Randy Gregory could be better.
A fellow junior college transfer, the defensive end though four games has 17 stops, five coming for loss, and an interception returned for a touchdown. While his statistics don't necessarily jump out of the box score, it's the attention from defenses that has impressed the Nebraska coaching staff.
"Lavonte (David) is a special player and did some special things when he was here. I think in his development and where Lavonte was after four games and where Randy (Gregory) was after four games is probably ahead of where Lavonte was at that time," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Monday. "It didn't happen for Lavonte right away. It took him a little bit of time. Obviously they play some different positions but I feel really good about Randy Gregory. I think he is going to be outstanding. There's a ton more out there for this kid. He's a talented guy who can do some pretty special things. I like him."
Nebraska doesn't Gregory to be the next Lavonte David – the comparisons wouldn't be fair. What they do need is constant pressure up front, something they have lacked from the defensive ends over the past few seasons. While it's hard to project someone as the next first-team All-American on your defense, Gregory has the potential to be a special player.
"He's a very bright kid," said Pelini. "He understands football. He's an instinctive guy. He's just got some natural football instincts to him."