A homecoming for Gregory

Randy Gregory has more than a few ticket requests on Saturday. When the Huskers take on Purdue, it will be sort of a homecoming for the sophomore defensive end.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After five games, Nebraska junior college transfer Randy Gregory is finally hitting the road for his first away game.

He can't think of a better road debut.

Nebraska will take on Purdue this Saturday at 11 a.m. in what will sure to be a homecoming for the sophomore. Gregory grew up Fisher, Indiana, just 70 miles from West Lafayette and even committed to the Boilermakers out of high school before going the junior college route.

"I committed there and knew a lot of guys there from high school," said Gregory on Monday. "I was real good friends with the staff there before Coach (Danny) Hope left. I went to a lot of games there and have a lot of friends who went to school there. It's a big game for me, I hope we can go in there, play well and come out with the W."

Gregory talked about the decision to head to Nebraska, after feeling he would wind up at Purdue his entire freshman season at junior college.

"I was at Arizona Western and my freshman year I had a pretty good year. I still intended on going to Purdue after my freshman year. After I got hurt my first game of my sophomore year, Coach (Rick Kaczenski) Kaz called me, I talked to him and had a good conversation," said Gregory. "I set up an official visit, came here and really enjoyed. I wanted to commit on the spot, but felt like I wanted to do it the right way. I talked to the staff at Purdue and told them how I felt about everything and then committed here. Lucky for me, the staff (at Purdue) got fired that same weekend and it kind of made it easier for me."

After attending a few games during his junior year and almost every home game his senior year of high school, Gregory knows what a Purdue atmosphere is like in West Lafayette.

"It's a lot different than here. Our fans travel pretty well. They haven't been able to fill up there stadium for a while, so we might be able to have just as much red as they have black and gold," said the potential All-Conference defensive end. "It was a big plus seeing them on the schedule and being able to play against them and being able to play against some of the kids that I actually went on visits with and hung out with when I was down there. (Purdue) actually has a kid that I went to junior college with that starts on the offensive line, so it will be kind of cool to go against him."

Purdue will start a true freshman quarterback on Saturday, his first start of the season – a rush defensive end's dream.

"It's definitely a little more exciting," said Gregory. "I want to get after every quarterback but the fact that he's a freshman I think kind of makes it a little more fun for us and hopefully we can rattle him a little bit, hit him a few times, shake him up a little bit and make him uncomfortable."

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