Nickel Finding His Way Around Ames

Dixie State College offensive lineman Walter Nickel was one of two transfers announced during Wednesday signing day festivities in Ames. The ISU newcomer took some time to discuss the recruiting process and look ahead to his Iowa State career in a visit with

CN: Since you arrived in Ames a little over a month ago, how has the transition gone for you?

Walter Nickel: Everyone that I've met here has been real nice. It wasn't a difficult thing for me to get adjusted to, but I still don't really know where I am. I don't even know where I'm at right now. Where in Ames am I, I have no clue. I just kind of get on the bus and they take me to wherever. But things are looking good so far.

CN: What type of teammate will you be the next few seasons?

Nickel: I'm dedicated and won't try to steal the spotlight from someone else. I'm going to do what the coaches tell me. I really can't say that I'm going to be outstanding or a hall-of-famer; I'm just going to play hard. Playing right away should be anybody's goal.

CN: What type of expectations have you placed on yourself?

Nickel: I don't think someone should come to a school and hope that one day they might get a chance. Everyone should want to perform right away, and especially a junior college player. I have two years and don't want to waste them sitting around.

CN: How much different are the facilities and offseason workouts from what you're used to?

Nickel: It's really a lot different from Dixie, where we don't even really have a weight room. But it's been a lot of fun. We're throwing the ball around a little bit and playing some football. I've been answering questions for long enough and sitting out. While these guys were playing a bowl game, I was at home watching. I want to get back in the swing of things.

CN: You've got to be getting anxious to put the pads on again.

Nickel: It seems that the end of the season you feel all beat up, but a week later you want to get back out there. I can't wait to get out there.

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