Cryer ready to take advantage of opportunity

Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes, it just feels right. It didn't take long before defensive tackle, Barry Cryer got that when he took his trip to Nebraska. After that, it was just a matter of time. With that pledge and now, official signing behind him, though, he's looking to the future. One that he expects for the Huskers to be good and to include him almost from the moment he arrives. This is the moment he's been waiting for.

The junior college level if many things. One of those things that it's probably not to most of those playing at that level right now is where they want to be.


For defensive tackle, Barry Cryer, while he agrees with that, he says of his time at Dodge City, it's been a blessing in disguise. "It forces you to grow up." Barry said. "You either grow up or you don't make it very far, because nobody here is going to hold your hand."


"They'll show you the way, but you have to make your own success."


Cryer did that this last season, totaling a very impressive 8 sacks from the defensive-tackle position. That total was good enough to put him in the top 10 for Dodge City in sacks in a single season and even for a career.


Barry's going to take a little credit for that because of his ability, but he's going to give much of that credit to his tenacity, but not just on the field. "I watch about four hours of film a day." Barry said. "Sometimes I take it home with me and watch more if I can."


"You can't possibly ever know too much about the team you are facing."


It's not the team that Barry worries about or even has a shred of concern. It is of course, the person that he'll be trying to drive off of the ball. The film, said Cryer, is the ultimate guide in knowing not to just how to beat your man physically, but mentally as well. "If you know that guy's tendencies, you have the advantage going in. You know what he likes to do, what he doesn't like to do and where they might be vulnerable."


"It's up to you to get it done, but watching film makes sure that you are ready for anything that guy does."


The step up to Division 1-A is one that Cryer is anxious to make. Of course, you would expect all players to say that. Barry is one of those rare ones, however, that will say that he's actually glad he hit the junior college level before the jump. "Nobody wants to end up in JUCO ball, but if you are there, you need to get the most out of it." He said.


"The competition here is much better than high school. The guys are bigger, faster, just better, so you are just that much more prepared when you hit the big-time at places like Nebraska."


For someone with Cryer's success, you might think that he's coming in expecting to start. Heck, at the very least, expecting to play right away. Well, Barry does, but he'll be the first to tell you that between now and August is where he makes that idea happen. "I expect to play, because I know what kind of work it takes to do it." He said. "In high school, you get by on talent alone. You dominate and everyone just loves you and you don't have to do anything to get out there."


"Here and at the top level, every single day you have to bust it or you might as well not show up. If I've learned anything, it's what it takes to stay out there and most of it just comes down to work."


Barry might not describe himself as the blue collar type, but his coaches certainly would. Echoing his statement of the obsessiveness to watch film, that has also translated to the field of play. "You ask, he gives." Defensive line coach and defensive coordinator, Todd Middleton said. "There's nothing he's not willing to do to make it happen."


"A lot of guys you worry about when they are away from the field. Not Barry, because I know what he's doing, everything he can to get better and make it to big-time football."


Cryer did that and with the status will come the expectations. And, with the fact that he's coming in January, those expectations will probably be more like demands from those that follow the Huskers and probably those in command.


That's quite all right with Cryer, though, because he's got one thing on his mind and it has nothing to do with watching anyone else play. "First thing is, you have to have respect for those guys that are there." Barry said. "They have been there. They are returning starters, so you know those guys are good."


"But, I never was on a team where anyone was going to convince me I couldn't beat them, because if you are any good, you won't stand to lose. I might not start, but I expect to play. That's what I am going for. That's what I'm going to work my butt off to do."

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