Walk-on Chronicles: Greg Milliken

It's one of the things that Greg Milliken just grew up knowing. From Wahoo (Nebr.), Lincoln is about 30 miles away is all and Milliken has always wanted to get to Lincoln. So when Nebraska called in December it was really a matter of how academically that stood in his way of accepting their walk-on offer. The opportunity to walk-on allows him to follow in the footsteps of two of his uncles.

Greg Milliken is like most in-state players from Nebraska. The goal is to get to Lincoln. Milliken got his call from Nebraska late in 2010 just a couple of weeks after the end of his senior season.

"Before the season started I always wanted to go to Nebraska," Milliken said. "I knew that it would be a great experience and a couple of weeks after the season ended Jeff Jamrog called me and said they wanted me to walk-on. It was in December."

Milliken was pretty sure it was what he was going to do, but he had to straighten some things out. Being part of the walk-on program means being accepted by the school and he hadn't done that yet.

"I knew right there that I was probably going to walk-on. I didn't have to see anything or verify anything. My hesitancy was really around being accepted to the school and stuff like that."

The 6-foot-1 and 195-pound Milliken has 4.5 speed and that translates into a lot of possible positions on the field at Nebraska. He says that Nebraska sees him on defense and that might be the best spot for him considering his strengths.

"I played running back and cornerback for Wahoo, but I didn't play a lot of defense this year. Nebraska is looking at me to play safety. I like the idea of moving back to safety. It's a cool position. I have the speed and the jumping ability so it might be my best spot anyway."

There were at least three full ride offers on the table when Milliken pulled the plug on being recruited and decided to go to Nebraska. He had reached out to a nearby junior college and division one schools too.

"Wayne State had offered me and like Doane and Midland had offered full rides. Those were the main teams. I sent some things to Fort Scott and also to Kansas and Kansas State; also some Iowa and Iowa State."

Milliken had a solid senior season on offense. He was recognized for his efforts with some very nice senior honors.

"My senior year I had 1,460 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. I think that I only had one touchdown receiving with 236 receiving yards. I also had four punt returns and had two for touchdowns. I was all-state in both papers, second team super state in the Omaha paper along with all-conference and all-district."

Getting a chance to be a Husker still has Milliken a little over the moon. He watched them intently all season and knows that he will call those same players his team mates.

"It's great. I watched Lavonte David, Jared Crick, Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez this year with all of my friends and just knowing how great they are and getting an opportunity to be their team mate is great. I have always wanted to play at Nebraska, ever since I was a kid."

Like many other walk-ons there are roots for Milliken with the Nebraska football program. His uncles before him walked on at Nebraska. "My two uncles played at Nebraska before me. They both walked on. My uncles are Alex Shada and Michael Shada."

Milliken is busy now with some round ball. After that is over he will head off to track. Milliken is one of the fastest returning track stars in the state this year.

"I am playing basketball. We are 17-5 and we are rated like #8. We have been rated off and on all season. When basketball is over I will run track. I Will Do the 100m, long jump and 4x100m.

"My best time in the 100m is a 10.8. I think out of the returning runners in the state I think that I am fourth fastest time in the state. I know that Daniel Davie is up there too."

The indecision for Milliken starts with his major. His intentions of becoming a physical therapist are temporarily on hold, but it could re-enter the picture after some time in Lincoln.

"I am a little undecided right now. I really don't have any idea. I was going to go into physical therapy, but I am undecided going into school has a freshman and eventually then will apply to the physical therapy college later. I have a 2.61 GPA right now."


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