Escamilla will walk on at Nebraska

Nebraska has been grabbing all that they can to fill the walk on program in Lincoln with in-state players. The latest is Taylor Escamilla from Fremont (Nebr.) Bergan. Escamilla is a defensive lineman with a very high motor and never stops on plays. He brings the heart that you look for in a walk-on.

Taylor Escamilla will get to be a Husker, like he has always wanted. The 6-foot-1 and 265-pound Escamilla knew that he should take advantage of this opportunity.

"I have always wanted to play at Nebraska," Escamilla said. "I figured that if I had the chance to try that I better at least take it."

"When I was growing up, my dad was really into watching the Huskers play. I grew up watching the ‘94, ‘95 and ‘97 teams play. I watched them compete for national championships. I really liked that, the tradition around that place."

Escamilla had a chance to take a partial scholarship to play football at some smaller schools. He also had a chance to take a scholarship to wrestle.

"I could have taken a scholarship to wrestle at Nebraska-Omaha. There are some partial scholarships that I could have gotten from schools around the area."

Escamilla was one of the top defensive lineman in the state last year and will play there in college as well. He had a great year last year and really raked in some great honors on the offensive and defensive side of the football.

"Yeah, Nebraska likes me to play defensive line. I try to keep constantly moving towards the ball. I try to satisfy my purpose on defense first, by securing my guy, then move him on down the line. I want to protect the linebackers."

"I had 63 tackles, 23 were tackles for loss, five sacks and I blocked a field goal. I got all-state in class C by both papers, got honorary captain for both of those. In Lincoln it was for offense and in Omaha it was for defense. I was also second team, all-class by the Omaha paper."

Fremont (Nebr.) Bergon may have fell a little short of the some might have anticipated this season, losing in the quarter finals. A lot of pople, including most of the team, planned on winning state this year.

"We went 9-2, I think. We made it to the quarter finals of the playoffs. I think that there were a lot of us that fell like we came up a little short. Most of us were planning on winning state."

Escamilla is participating in wrestling right now, but afterward he will start to work out to get ready for Lincoln. He knows that he will have a height disadvantage and he is planning on addressing that in his workouts.

"Right now, I am going to just try and get stronger. I want to really build the core of my body. I need to really build a strong base. I am going to be working on getting faster too."

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