"We started daily doubles this week," Odighizuwa said. "I believe that our first game is a week from now. I think that it's September 4th, Labor Day weekend."
The work paid off for Odighizuwa who has seen gains in all areas of his game. In the end, he just wanted to get better so he can help his team win games this year.
"It feels good. It's what I have been waiting for all summer. I have been working hard and working long just to see this season come around.
"I really wasn't working on one particular thing. I just wanted to get bigger, faster, and stronger and I accomplished those things. I just want to help my team win games."
Odighizuwa was the defensive player of the year in his conference as a junior, so getting that leadership role was something he already had. However, the chance to be an example for his team mates is what he wanted to do.
"I feel like I earned the respect of my team my junior year, actually. This year was about leading by example, being there for every workout, on time and that is a big part of why I have earned that respect."
Speed off the edge is definitely an advantage that Odighizuwa gives his team. He had 96 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 18 sacks last season as a junior.
"I think one is my speed. I am also physical and quick off the ball. I know that I am more of a pass rush guy, but I really believe that I am good against the run."
Odighizuwa is sitting on a solid top seven. He knows that he is going to get a chance to get out to see the Huskers later in the year. Odighizua plans to take three official visits during the season.
The anchor of the Nebraska defensive line this year will be Ndamukong Suh who is from Portland. Odighizuwa found out about Suh last year and has seen some of his highlights from last season.
"I didn't know about Suh until last year. I have heard that he is a really, really great player. I heard that he scored two touchdowns on interceptions returns.
"I also saw that he scored as a fullback. I saw those highlights with him as a fullback and was like ‘what are they doing?' I think that he is really good and I like their coaching staff."
The persistence of the Nebraska coaching staff is what has kept the Huskers in the chase for Odighizuwa. Coach J.P. has been consistent, informative and didn't pressure Odighizuwa for anything.
"Coach John Papuchis is my recruiting coach from Nebraska. I actually like how he approached me. He is very patient. He never gave up. He kept after me and never pressured me."