Walk-On Intro: Cole Chvatal

When you grow up in Wahoo, Nebraska, Husker football runs supreme.

When you grow up in Wahoo, Nebraska, Husker football runs supreme.

That's why it isn't surprising that Cole Chvatal—a six-foot, 185-pound wide receiver out of Bishop Neumann High School—chose to walk-on at Nebraska over his second choice, Drake.

Honestly though, there wasn't much of a choice to be made. Chvatal has been a Husker fan for as long as he can remember.

For a guy like Chvatal, you don't have to explain the meaning of a Blackshirt; there's no need to illustrate how important the 300th sellout was; and don't even attempt to insult his intelligence pertaining to one of Nebraska's greatest traditions: the tunnel walk.

Trust me Husker fans, he's been there, and he's certainly done that.

For instance, when he was asked about his most memorable game as a Husker fan, he referenced the 2007 home matchup with the nation's number one ranked team—a game that many Husker fans will refer to as the loudest they've ever heard Memorial Stadium during a tunnel walk.

"I was at the USC home game, I went with my brother," Chvatal explained. "It was crazy—that was the loudest I had ever heard the stadium. Right before the game, the stands were shaking and everybody was just going completely nuts. It was unbelievable."

Experiences like these foster a sense of pride in a player. When the long, arduous spring workouts begin, its memories like these that help push a player to the max. These are the memories that have made Nebraska's walk on program so successful in years past.

Instead of sitting in the stands next to his brother, Chvatal will now be rushing out of the very same tunnel. He speculated about his first appearance in a Husker uniform.

"Honestly, I just really don't know what to expect," he said. "Im just going to do my best to take everything in. It will probably be a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life."

So, you see, it couldn't have been hard for Nebraska coaches to convince Chvatal to come play in the same stadium as players like Mike Rozier and Ndamakong Suh. But neither of these players made the top of his last. In fact, Chvatal will have the rare opportunity to play with his favorite Husker of all time: Rex Burkhead.

"I've always liked the running backs," he said, "But more recently, Rex Burkhead has been my favorite. It's going to be kind of surreal, just getting the chance to be out there with the guys I've watched the last few years."

Chvatal must have been watching Burkhead a lot this year, especially when he ran for over 300 yards in a single game. A moment he refers to as his most memorable.

As for his role on the future Husker depth chart, Chvatal said he talked to the coaches and "that they have me penciled in as a slot. But I can also play DB," he said. But more than anything, Chvatal is going to revel in the fact that he made it to the school he always dreamed about playing for.

"Its really cool with all the tradition. Being from Wahoo, we've had a lot of players that played at Nebraska. It's kind of like they're ‘Passing of the torch.'"

- Josh Harvey -

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