After running for nearly 1,900 yards in 2011, Wahoo running back Tyler Kavan came to Nebraska's camp Monday through Wednesday with a chip on his shoulder. He knows he might be from a C-1 school, but Kavan says it doesn't affect his effort on the field.
"I went to a combine earlier in the year with the top Nebraska kids and I did pretty well there. I placed in the top three in two events, so I knew I would be facing some of the top kids in the state again. I like to measure up and also knew there would be some kids from across the nation at this camp," said Kavan. "I think the camp went good. I learned a lot from it, but it was pretty hot. I definitely learned some drills that will help me train my feet to be quicker next season."
Kavan stands at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. For his efforts last season, he was named first-team Lincoln Journal Star Class C-1 All-State as a junior.
"I love Nebraska, I'm a true fan through and through. It's definitely a dream school," said Kavan. "They didn't really talk to me much at their camp, but I went to their junior day. I think that I'm on their radar and I hope they are looking at me."
A possible Nebraska walk-on candidate down the road, Kavan says he would be more than interested if the coaching staff approached him about being a walk-on.
"I would be excited and feel honored, not a ton of players get the opportunity, and I would think about it really hard, that's for sure," said Kavan. "I have a lot of other schools who are options as well, but Nebraska is definitely the dream school.
"South Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State, Wayne State, a lot of little schools around Nebraska are looking at me. At the camp I talked with the Southeast Missouri State coach, he said that he likes what I bring to the field."
So what does Kavan bring to the field?
"Energy. I bring energy to the field and never give up on a player," said the soon to be senior. "I bring a lot of effort. I may not be the fastest guy or the biggest guy, but I always bring effort and bring it. I just love the game."