Gifford attends 2014 opener

Luke Gifford was one of a number of commitments in attendance last night for Nebraska's season opener. What were Gifford's thoughts on the environment last night in Lincoln and what's the latest on his health?

Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast opened up the season against the No. 1 team in the state and lost. Worse than that, it seemed that Nebraska commitment Luke Gifford might have suffered a concussion in the opening game of the season.

"I am feeling a lot better," Gifford said. "Last year I really just got my bell rung and I also separated my AC joint. After the first game though I didn't have any problems.

"I am working very closely with the medical staff and when I woke up this morning I was feeling a lot better than I thought I would. I think that I will be just fine."

Gifford saw a young defense trying to stop a potent Wyoming offense while at the same time trying to come together as a team. The Nebraska commit thinks that there is a lot of potential for the Nebraska defense.

"They are young, athletic and they need some time to come together. The Wyoming offense is good, they are no slouch, and that is not a team that you want to start off with when you have a young defense.

"Their quarterback is good. They ran a lot of quick routes and as soon as they sucked you up they went long. He was accurate. As the season goes for this defense they will pick it up and get better."

Nebraska pulled the redshirt on a lot of young players last night. Some might see that as something that could scare off recruits because of the young players on the depth chart. Gifford sees it as a definite positive.

"It definitely is favorable to recruits," Gifford said. "It says that their main goal is to win games and that they are playing the guys they need to. Young guys want to play early and they can that playing at Nebraska."

There are a lot of Nebraska commitments that Husker fans should expect to see every weekend in Lincoln. Gifford and team mate Foster are two of them, but at least one other plans to be there at every game and two others are going to be there for at least most of the games.

"I had a great time at the game. I was hanging out with Peyton Newell, he's a good dude and he has a great family. I couldn't ask for anything better when it comes to this class coming together.

"All of the commitments were really having a good time, we are all becoming friends and I know Peyton, D.J. Foster, Tanner Farmer and even Freedom Akinmoladun are going to try and make it to ever home game."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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