LINCOLN, Neb. – After hurting his ankle against Purdue, Nebraska running back Terrell Newby was hindered the rest of the regular season.
Now in the middle of bowl prep, Newby is approaching 100 percent and can’t help but notice the Huskers’ bowl opponent.
A Los Angeles native, UCLA was one of the final schools Newby considered during the recruiting process. The former four-star prospect actually had a UCLA hat on table during his recruiting selection.
“It means a lot to me personally. Obviously I want to go out and get the victory against these guys,” said Newby. “Especially since they beat us last time. Since it’s my hometown school, I want to go out and get a W.”
Unlike many high-profile west coast talents, Newby headed to the Midwest, leaving the Pac 12.
“I wanted change. I just wanted to get out of the city and experience something different,” said Newby. “Not a lot of Cali guys do that, but the whole time in the recruiting process the coaching staff did a great job.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I expected a lot of corn and land…I was pretty surprised by the facilities and everything around Lincoln.”
The visit was the most crucial part in Newby’s recruitment.
“It’s one of the biggest things in recruiting here, you have to visit,” said Newby. “Coming to the Midwest is different. When I was growing up, I didn’t even think about Nebraska.”
Newby rushed for 743 yards on 143 carries in the regular season. While his 5.2 yards per carry average was good for No. 12 in the Big Ten, his season wasn’t what many fans expected.
“I wouldn’t say that I met expectations,” said Newby. “I obviously had a lot of higher personal and team expectations.
He hopes to get a little closer to his goals in the Foster Farms Bowl.