November 14, 2008

Voices from the Scrolls: The Ducky Dance?

You the fans asked, and the Huskers have answered. In this week's edition of Voices from the Scrolls, we've taken questions submitted by our readers and asked them to Nebraska's players and coaches themselves. Here are their answers:

Having lived and played through a coaching change at the end of last season, what are Kansas State's players going through right now? - Brizzad

"It's always different for everybody in every situation, but sometimes it's tough and sometimes it's exciting to get something new and try something different. It can go either way, good or bad. I don't necessarily know how it's going down there, but there's always two ways it can go." - senior wide receiver Nate Swift

"It's tough when you're going through a coaching change at any time just because, No. 1, you've built up a relationship with who's there, and then you're going to be thrown into something brand new. It's going to be uncomfortable because you're pretty much going to start back out, for an upperclassman, you're going to start back out and an underclassman because they're not going to know as much about you as the last staff." - senior linebacker Tyler Wortman

"Probably a lot of their younger guys are trying to figure out who's going to be here, who do they need to talk to keep their heads on straight, and obviously the older guys are going to keep playing hard for this coach, knowing that it's his last go-'round and their last go-'round at the school. I think you'll guys like the Ian Campbell's, who's like the spokesman for their team, really step up and talk to those young guys." - senior defensive end Zach Potter

"It's not a fun situation at all. Unfortunately we had to go through it last year. I wish the best for them and their coaching staff and whatnot, but we've got a game to play against them, and we're not going to say, 'Oh, we're feeling sorry for you.' We're going to go down there to win, and that's the bottom line." - junior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh

Who is the most impressive player on the scout team and why? - N_enigma

"Whaley. Alonzo Whaley. He's a hitter, and eventually his instincts are going to get better through repetitions. But he's impressive." - sophomore running back Roy Helu

"Obviously, Ricky Henry. He's down with us. He's going to be really good. He's really good already. He's just non-stop. He's a tenacious guy who keeps going. He's a really intense guy. So I guess good qualities to have as an offensive lineman." - Wortman

"I would say Khiry Cooper and Steven Osborne. Those two have really challenged our secondary, which has been great for them (the secondary) because we saw a lot of spread teams that like to pass the ball. And Ausitn Jones, he's been really great at running back. For the offensive line, I would say Cruz Barrett is coming along tremendously, as well as Brian Thorson. He's definitely a guy that's always hard working and has given us some good looks. His size is nothing different from what we see on game day." - Suh

What's the name of that dance Suh performed in the back of the end zone after the pass from Ganz? - HuskersBob

"That dance? Aw man, he looked like a big ol' ape. Just looked like a Donkey Kong just running through the forest or something. It was pretty funny. When they replayed it I was laughing. I don't know, I don't think he had it planned out, I think he was just so excited. Especially when you score right there (points to Southwest corner of Memorial Stadium), you've got fans just right there. So I could see his first offensive touchdown being something he was so excited for." - Helu

"I don't know about that. I think he needs to work on coming up with something new. That was different, for sure." - Wortman

"Joey (Ganz) and Beau Davis call it the Ducky Dance. So we'll just leave it at the Ducky Dance for that." -- Suh, who was given the nickname "Ducky" because of his apparent resemblance to a character from the movie "The Land Before Time"

Would you look forward to a rematch with say Oklahoma or Texas Tech, and if so, why? - HuskerWatson

"Both. Either or. If we had a chance to go to the Big 12 Championship and represent the North, I'd like to play any of those South teams again. It really doesn't matter. They both have good defenses." - Helu

"Really either one. Both are really good teams, and being able to play against that kind of competition again would be really good for us. Texas Tech, that loss was really hard. Just to see that the quality of team that is right now, I mean they're the No. 2 team in the nation right now, and we lost to them in overtime. To be able to go back and try that one against would probably be who I'd want to play." - Wortman

"I would love it. It would be great, especially with Oklahoma, with that game spiraling out of control in the first 4 to 5 minutes, that was tough. Then it would also be great to go against Texas Tech. We had a chance to put that game away and leave Lubbock with the win, but some unfortunate things happened. It would be great to see either one of those teams. But it'd also be great to see Texas. I'd love to play against Texas. I've got a friend that plays for them, Roy Miller, we played in the All-American game together. I would love to see Texas too, but hopefully it ends up working out that way with us winning the Big 12 North and getting a chance to play against any South team, whether it'd be Oklahoma, Texas Tech or Texas." - Suh

I'd like to hear some predictions on who will win between Oklahoma and Texas Tech since our guys have played both teams. - Tunnelwalker

"I'm not a predictions guy. Oklahoma's offense is really good, and Texas Tech's defense is real, real good. That's what I'm looking forward to: Oklahoma's offense versus Texas Tech's defense." - Helu

"Oklahoma is just so big and physical. I think if they're able to maintain a good time of possession I think they can do it just because they're able to move the ball so well that they'd be able to limit the potent attack of Texas Tech. But I don't know, that'd kind of throw things for a loop in the South." - Wortman

"I really don't know. They're two great teams, both have great offenses and good defenses. Hopefully I'll get to see a little bit of it, but I'll be playing my own game. I'd say it'll be a close game. I think it's definitely going to be a close game. I don't think it'll be a lopsided game by any means." - Suh

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