While the bigger schools have the luxury of numbers which allows one player to play one side and stay fresher throughout the game, there is something to be said for the players at schools who have to go both ways.
McCook's Tyrone Sellers is just one of most players in Nebraska, who, if they are one of the better athletes on the team, it's not a matter of if they will play both ways, but where and if you can get them on special teams as well.
That could hamper some in regard to really learning one position or their effectiveness during a game simply due to fatigue. But after Sellers' experience at the Husker Summer camp, in front of the almost completely new coaching staff, Sellers thinks that versatility helped his cause. "I worked with coach John Papuchis at defense end and coach Ron Brown at tight end," Sellers said. "I think that helped, because they can see that I am not able to play just one side and that my athleticism makes me versatile enough to do a lot of things."
When it comes to the testing Sellers said that he only ran the 40, which he said was he ran at a 4.7-clip. But it was during the one-on-ones, where he thought he got his most work done. And yes, he's proud of the versatility he showed, but when it came to pass rushing, he thought that was where he shined.
"I was able to get off the line quick and most of the guys just can't stay with you, because they might get up fast, but they usually can't move fast enough to stop you from getting around the edge," Sellers said. "But there was one kid, a kid from North Dakota, he's just a big guy to try and get around."
Sellers is speaking of Brent Qvale, of course, a 6-7, 300 offensive lineman who, like Sellers, is trying to impress the big red. He impressed Sellers, but now Sellers already is looking to his own future, hoping that he made a solid impression on the staff. "I have a camp on the 22nd at Kansas State and then I'll just see how everything goes. I'm not going to worry about getting any figured out until after that," he said. "I think I had a good camp, but I am hoping to have even a better season, and I guess we'll just have to see."
The good news for Tyrone is that no matter what Nebraska decides to do, with offers already from Kansas, Kansas State and Wyoming, he's got a solid future ahead. But it wouldn't be such a bad thing to get that written offer from the home-state institution that is Cornhusker football. "It's kind of what you dream of, but I've already got some great choices in front of me and no matter what, I think I will have a great opportunity to play," he said. "Of course you hope you get the offer, but this is about my future and what is best for me.
"We'll see how it goes. I'm just trying to get better at everything I do and on both sides of the ball. That's about all I can really worry about right now."
2007: Sellers totaled 73 tackles on defense as a junior, including 51 solo and 17 for loss. On offense Tyrone caught 13 passes for 174 yards and six touchdowns. Was voted "Super-State" by the Lincoln Journal Star.