All of the recruits in attendance for this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl are counting down the days. To the game, of course, but to the days when their next football career begins. Between Rodney Picou Jr., Craig Roark, Jordan Congdon, Leon Jackson, Marlon Lucky and Phillip Dillard, it's even easier for them to look that far ahead, because they are all going to the same school.
For many of the Nebraska-commits,
it's a definite treat to be able to meet their future teammates for the first
time, but some, for the second or even third chance around. "It's good to get to
know everyone you are coming in with." Rodney Picou said. "You start to see what
Waiting is the theme for everyone, but tomorrow, the players at least won't have to worry about that as practices will ensue and it will be back to just like playing during the season again. Only, this time the weekend game is be against the best group of individual talent that you have ever faced in your life. "I am so excited to play," Craig Roark said. "Now that we are down here, I just can't wait to get out on that field and play."
That's a lot of pressure when you know you are one of the best at your position and facing some of the best at theirs. It's pressure, well, at least for those that actually feel it. Don't ask a kicker about pressure. They will just smile at you. "You just have to know how to use it." Kicker Jordan Congdon said. "I don't usually worry about it, because it's only a problem if you let it affect you and think too much about what's around what you have to do instead of just doing it."
While Leon Jackson isn't a kicker, he would concur. "You don't think about how you are going to do something or what you are going to do," he said. "You just go out there, do what you do and see what it gets you."
Chances are, for
There's one thing that Craig Roark does best and that's destroy whoever is in front of him. One of the more punishing point-of-impact guys you are going to see in the entire country, Roark's one goal once in the down-position is to come up when the ball does and just as quickly put at least the guy across from him on his bad.
To that end, Roark has been successful more often than not, tallying close to 180 pancake-blocks this year, but there's no number that could equal the satisfaction he plans to feel after this week has come and gone. "These guys are the best," Roark said of his teammates and opponents for the week. "You have to want to play guys like this, because they best around. If you think you are good, that's when you find out if you are or not."
Husker fans want to find out to. They want to see for themselves what they have only seen on a couple of film clips, most of those coming from the players' senior year. They want to see what these guys are really made of, but fans don't have to worry according to Picou, because they are going to get to see just that. "We've got something for them," he said. "The west team is bringing it this weekend. When you look at the team we have, there's no excuse. We are coming like crazy."
Crazy is what Husker fans are
hoping. Crazy, plus maybe a few more future Huskers to add to the mix. While
potentials like Adam Myers-White, Raymond Henderson and others aren't saying
anything, Roark didn't hide his optimism for the week. "I think we get at least
two more guys," Craig said. "I am really confident, because
If that happens, the total of
"It's going to be exciting this week, but for quite a few of us, we are going to be doing it all over again pretty soon."
"That's the greatest part."