LINCOLN, Neb. – Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine's knee is hurting. The Nebraska junior says halfway through practice, it is throbbing in pain. Valentine estimates he’s only around 70 to 75 percent, but getting better everyday.
Nebraska is lucky Kevin Williams is more than capable.
The Huskers have taken it slow with Valentine, limiting his reps while he is on the mend. With 17 career starts to his name and 25-game appearances, Nebraska doesn’t need him in fall camp – they need him against BYU on Sept. 5.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Valentine said he’s in the best shape of his college career – feeling faster than he ever has.
“The summer workouts with Mark (Philipp), he had us running around, flying around. We were doing speed training everyday,” said Valentine. “I feel good.”
The former Illinois prep says he has lost 15-pounds in the offseason and is currently weighing around 318.
“I still want to go up a little bit. I want to play at 320 to 325, because I feel more comfortable at that weight,” said Valentine. “But, I’m feeling good out here.
“He (Philipp) didn’t really set a goal, we just went out and worked everyday. My own goal, I wanted to shed pounds to be faster on the field, to have more endurance on the field. We really didn’t’ set a big plan, it just kind of happened.”
Last season, Valentine recorded 45 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks.