LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska offensive tackle Zach Sterup started 10 games as a junior, but battled a knee injury down the stretch that caused him to miss the final two games of the 2014 season. In addition, Sterup missed spring football with a new coaching staff.
A position battle to watch heading into the fall, Sterup didn't rep with the first-team long before redshirt freshman Nick Gates took over the as Huskers' starter. The Nerbaska native admits, he was rusty. He didn't look the same.
“I just hadn’t played football for nine months,” Sterup told reporters, including the Omaha World Herald. “But Nick came out and earned it, though. I’m not taking anything away from that kid.
“It was a struggle for a little bit, but at the end of the day I just wanted to be here for my teammates. I was still practicing hard, still trying to bring energy to practice, and make this team as good as it could be.”
Now Gates is sidelined for at least this week with a high ankle injury - possibly longer. Sterup is back in the mix and talked about getting ready in the video above.