Gregory's ahead of schedule

Junior college defensive end transfer Randy Gregory has been special in the Huskers' first four games, drawing comparisons to another high-profile junior college Blackshirt.

LINCOLN, Neb. - In his first season with Nebraska, junior college transfer Lavonte David racked up 152 tackles – a single-season Cornhusker record. He followed it up with a first-team All-American season in 2011. David not only will go down as one of the greatest junior college transfers to play at Nebraska, but one of the top Blackshirts ever.

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."

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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