While the 6-4, 265 lbs. Criss started on defense for two years in high school, he knew he would be going to the offensive side when he got to college. And oddly enough, it's something he found out he liked, especially down over the ball. "Yeah, I knew everyone who was looking at me was looking at me for the offensive side. But it was kind of funny when I got to Wyoming, I found out I actually liked playing center," he said.
Criss redshirted at Wyoming and due to NCAA rules, he'll have to sit out this year before having three years to play starting next year. Criss doesn't mind the wait. Point of fact, the first time he got into the Husker weight room, which he's seen quite a bit this year as he's been in Summer classes, that felt exactly like he hoped it would feel. "It felt normal. That's about all I can say. It felt like this is where I needed to be."
On his wall at home he has an article on Derek Meyer, the former Husker offensive lineman who transferred from Kansas State so that he could have one last shot at playing for his home-state dream school. Criss is hoping for the same thing. "That's what I am going to try and do. I have some time to wait, but I'm working hard so I can try for a shot to play," he said.
Nebraska loses its three-year starter at center, but will have junior Mike Caputo as the incumbent, backed up by amongst others, redshirt freshman Cole Pensick, who spent his high school days at Lincoln Northeast.