Just over a year ago
"They brought Matt Moore in and he instantly got most of the reps," Brian said. "I already hadn't enjoyed my time there, because it just wasn't the place for me. But when Matt started getting most of the reps after having just gotten there, I figured that it was time for something new."
Brian informed the coaches, made
arrangements and made his way down to
Hildebrand thinks about his
impending trip to
"I got to
While Brian started the first game, he would eventually split reps with two other quarterbacks as the season went along, Hildebrand ending the season with five games played, leading the team in completion percentage (56.6) and yards per game, averaging 158.2 yards. Brian totaled 791 yards on 56 completions, throwing three touchdowns.
It wasn't a wealth of experience, but from the hurried fashion in which he was thrown on the field, he thinks it will have taught him a lot about what he's going to be dealing with very soon.
"Coach Norvell said that in the NFL, they get free agents and have to gets these guys into the system as quickly as a week sometimes," Brian said of conversations with quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. "I guess they are used to teaching guys on the run."
That's what Hildebrand will be
the instant he arrives in
Obviously Brian wouldn't have
thought of himself as a Cornhusker, even after he had made the trip from
"It seemed like a good opportunity for me and really the kind of opportunity I was hoping to get," Brian said. "I know they have Zac Taylor there, so it's not like I am going to be thrown right on the field. I want to play. Everyone does, but I know that I still have a lot to pick up."
Back to the Beck situation, again, Hildebrand felt a little empathy toward Beck, but only from the situation of where he stood on the depth chart. Beyond that Beck tread into areas Hildebrand wouldn't go. He thinks back to his own situation and while he admits that sometimes you just want to go, taking the long road can ultimately be the best choice.
"For me, it's just that if I did
that or something like that, how many schools would have really been looking at
me right now," Brian wondered. "It was frustrating at
"It's only fair to the coaches, your players and everyone else. Sometimes it's hard to do that, but in the end, it's really the only thing I could do."
As for his future at
It's not about the future. It's about right now.
"When you are younger it's easy to look a little too far ahead, but I have learned over time that you just concentrate on what you are doing right now," he said. "I have goals, but I know that everything is one step at a time and that's how I plan to treat this."
"I'll do the best I can, learn as fast as I can and hopefully have a chance to play early. But I won't worry about that, because that doesn't help you or your team. I'll just do whatever I can to be an asset and just take things as they come."
"I'm just going to take it one step at a time."
Hildebrand will have three years
to play three, having used his redshirt year at