LINCOLN, Neb. - With Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas still on the mend and questionable for this week's game with Miami, true freshman Tyrin Ferguson will need to be ready. While Ferguson wouldn't likely be the Huskers' starter if Banderas was out, he would be one snap away from running with the first-team.
Ferguson hasn't been playing football long. When he got to Nebraska, he had never played the middle linebacker spot. He admits it's completely different than what he did in high school. The freedom to make plays on the outside are trumped by making sure he's in the right gap.
A guy that needs to know the ins and outs of the defense, Ferguson has tried to pick things up as quickly has he can. His teammates describe him as not only a quick learner, but someone willing to go the extra mile.
"That is how I have always been coached," said Ferguson. "Sit in the front, come ten minutes early."
Ferguson says he sits so close to the front, he often feels a little spit from defensive cordinator Mark Banker.
He admits, he didn't plan to redshirt when he set foot on campus, but wasn't for sure what year one would hold. Right now he's providing depth at linebacker and trying to make plays on special teams.
In the video above, Ferguson talks about his play through week one and two.