It was a bit unorthodox, but Ty Betka is finally set to put that Nebraska uniform on. The 5-foot-6 and 165-pound receiver originally from Superior (Nebr.) went to Drake right out of high school. He redshirted in 2012 and played sparingly in 2013.
Betka transferred to Nebraska to pursue his dream of becoming a Nebraska Cornhusker. It's not necessarily the way that one might plan it, but the fact that it's coming together at all is something that he and his family are very thankful for.
"On Monday they had walk on try outs," Cindy Betka, Ty's mother, said. "He ran a 4.38/40 and 3.83 Pro Agility. He got a call on Tuesday at 9:30 in the morning. He signed paperwork on Tuesday, practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He was on sidelines Saturday."
Betka technically is a transfer and will have to sit out this year and will have two years remaining of eligibility. Ty's mom admits that things didn't go to plan at Drake and if Ty was going to keep playing the game he wanted to do it in Lincoln.
"When he left Drake he said 'I would rather be on the scout team for UNL then start for Drake. And, if I don't at least try, I'll never know. No matter how it goes, I know I did my very best'."
Nebraska fans love a great story about an in-state kid following his dream of playing for Nebraska -- no matter how they get there. Ty Betka will give Husker fans something else to cheer about in the coming years with him on the field.