Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is a college football veteran. He boasts an impressive 41 years of coaching experience and spent the last two seasons at Central Florida with Huskers coach Scott Frost. Having made the decision to stay with Frost and relocate to Lincoln, Neb., last December, Verduzco is now working hard to develop Nebraska’s quarterbacks.
All eyes were on Verduzco’s quarterbacks room this spring, as sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and freshman Adrian Martinez battled for the Huskers’ starting spot. Even sophomore transfer Noah Vedral was a big talk of the spring, despite having to sit out this fall due to NCAA transfer rules. Since Frost wishes to wait until fall to name a starter, Verduzco’s room is sure to be the focus of fans for the remainder of the offseason.
To help fans get to know the Huskers’ new quarterbacks coach, Verduzco, a native of Pittsburg, Calif., participated in a round of a modified Proust Questionnaire. The questionnaire was made popular by French novelist Marcel Proust, who believed answering these questions would reveal a person’s true self.
Similar to athletic director Bill Moos’ Proust questionnaire, a few of the original questions were eliminated in favor of more modern questions. But the concept remains the same. Within these 13 questions, a little more is revealed about the man with an impressive résumé and a deep love for his family, his players, his faith and Italian food.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
Mario Verduzco: Interceptions.
Q: Which person, living or dead, do you most admire?
MV: Jesus Christ, living to this day.
Q: What is your current state of mind?
Q: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
MV: I don’t know. You tell me.
Q: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
MV: My wife, Cate.
Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
MV: My son, Charles.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
MV: My wife and my son, as well as my Catholic faith.
Q: What is your most marked characteristic?
MV: My most marked characteristic? Probably my schnoz.
Q: What do you most value in your friends?
MV: I would say probably honesty.
Q: Who is the last person who texted you?
MV: Erin Sorensen for this interview.
Q: Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?
MV: Oh, birds. I’ve been kind of a bird watcher. The zoologist at San Jose State, because I was a minor in biology, was awesome. He was maybe one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and because of him I’ve become a bit of an amateur bird watcher.
Q: What do you consider as your favorite meal?
MV: Pasta. Absolutely bolognese, and I can get after it now. I can cook anything you want. It’s also so relaxing because you’re only thinking about the task at hand. You know there is nothing else in your brain. For me, cooking is relaxation. It’s awesome.
One of the selling points when we’re recruiting a quarterback is that I tell them when they come over for dinner, I’ll cook them any Italian food they want. That’s awesome. They’re sold. It’s a done deal.
Q: What is your motto?
MV: I don’t know if it’s a motto, but the Catholic virtues of faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. It’s the answer to all questions. It’s answered every question in the world, when you think about it.