Cassidy excited about walk-on opportunity

It might have been a foregone conclusion that Austin Cassidy would end up a Husker with his father there, but that shouldn't take away from Austin's credentials on the football field. Nebraska was able to persuade another, in-state player to turn down financial support to walk-on and pay their own way in Lincoln for a chance to be a Husker.

Austin Cassidy, some of Tim Cassidy the Director of Football Operations, has agreed to walk on at Nebraska this fall. The 6-foot-1 and 208-pound Cassidy has 4.56 speed and could play offense of defense.

"I am pretty excited about it," Cassidy said. "I know the coaches pretty well through my dad, obviously. It's something that I have wanted to do since moving up here as a freshman."

The chance to be a Husker was just too much for Cassidy. He has unbelievable ties to the program and, even though he could have received scholarships elsewhere, he was looking at the opportunity to be a Husker, the coaches and his family as too good to pass up.

"This is a hard opportunity to pass up on. The coaches are great guys, my family is here now, it's a great school and overall it's just a better deal than anything else out there."

"I had a few division two opportunities, like to Nebraska-Omaha, Northwest Missouri State, and ever since I was little it's been my dream to go division one. I decided to take what Nebraska was given to me and run with it."

At Lincoln (Nebr.) Southwest, Cassidy was the signal caller. Cassidy could potentially make the move to play defense, but he never got a shot to play that position in high school because of the risk of injury and his importance at quarterback.

"I think that I was able to see the field real well and know the game plan, more than anything. I'll either play that or I will play safety. I practiced defense, but my coaches never wanted to take that chance of me getting hurt."

Southwest is emerging as the top power in Lincoln, replacing Southeast, and they had a great season once again. Cassidy led his team to the playoffs and took part in the longest game in Nebraska high school history.

"We ended up 10-1. We lost after five overtimes to Millard North. It was the longest game in Nebraska history. That was the semi-finals."

"I had over 1,500 yards rushing. We only passed the ball three or four times a game. I ended up getting all-state, all-city, all-conference, all-district and I was also academic all-state."

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