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Nebraska running back signee Maurice Washington is one step closer to academically qualifying for Nebraska.

Nebraska football mailbag: What’s RB Maurice Washington’s status?

Have Nebraska football questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Nebraska mailbag to talk all things Huskers. This week, we discuss the status of running back signee Maurice Washington, Land of 10 memories, and more.

According to the Omaha World-Herald’s Chris Heady, running back Maurice Washington only has one academic hurdle left to get to Nebraska. He has to score a 20 or above on his ACT, which is scheduled for July 24.

After a bumpy spring, I’m glad things seem to be settling down for Washington. He has a job and feels good about the upcoming ACT. His words also come across much more upbeat now than they did a couple of months ago.

As I’ve always said with Washington, the most important thing was to care for him as a person and as a student. Football always came after that, so I’m happy things seem to be going well for him now. Here’s hoping July 24 goes just as well.

Honestly, I don’t think so. Yes, he left Washington State’s athletic department in a bit of a bad spot and that should be a concern for anyone. However, I don’t think it will tarnish his reputation much in Nebraska. I don’t think Washington State fans are too pleased with him, but that’s not really his concern at this point.

As long as he can run a clean program at Nebraska, he’ll be fine. He has the charisma and has made fan engagement a big part of his every day job. Unless we later find out he’s run Nebraska’s finances into the ground, I imagine this story will be a small blip in his story with the Huskers.

I think Nebraska and Iowa fans like to ignore certain things about the other’s program because it’s exactly what you called it: a rivalry. It can be a bit controversial to call it that, but let’s call a spade a spade. Nebraska and Iowa are rivals.

As for what the future looks like, I’m not sure yet. I think the primary goal will be figuring out how to get Nebraska and Iowa back to Black Friday after the two-year hiatus in 2020 and ’21. I like having the Huskers and Hawkeyes matched up to end the season, and the hope would be that both could be the team that would keep the other from winning the West. We’ll see how that shapes up, though.

For now, I’ll be eager to see Nebraska in action this year against Iowa. The thing I’ll be most watching for? The Huskers’ endurance at that point, seeing as we’re expecting improvement in the strength and conditioning department.

There’s no way to answer this without inevitably upsetting someone, but I’d likely pick Nebraska. I’d be drawn to the notoriety of the Huskers, as well as all of the history. It’d be hard to pass on a traditional college football powerhouse, even if the program hasn’t exactly been a powerhouse the last 15 years.

With that said, I’m also not sure I’d want to live in Florida. I’ve experienced what it’s like to live in Florida thanks to family. It’s a great state, but it’s not one I think I’d want to live in long term. I say that not to upset anyone in the great state of Florida, but there are alligators and hurricanes and that’s nerve-wracking to me. I guess Nebraska has tornadoes and its own slew of problems, but I guess I just find those more manageable.

Regardless, I can see the draw to both programs and I don’t think you could go wrong with either.

The easy answer would be the time Bo Pelini carried the cat out of the tunnel at the spring game. However, everyone knows that story so I’ll share a personal one from behind the scenes.

I was a Delta Gamma at Nebraska, which meant I participated in the tried-and-true tradition of sorority recruitment. I was a recruitment guide before my senior year, which meant I had to pretend I was unaffiliated with a house and help guide those participating in recruitment along their way.

During that week, I noticed Pelini on his usual run through campus. He’d always run down 16th Street (past all the Greek houses) before turning right down Q Street. I will never forget Bid Day, when I was running to Delta Gamma from The Union when I spotted Pelini. Without knowing any different, he was out for his daily run when he got caught right in the middle of hundreds of women sprinting down the campus streets.

I will never forget the look on his face. It was a mix of sheer terror and laughter. I’m not sure how he hadn’t (literally) run into this situation before, but maybe it was always a surprise. Aside from anything else Bo-related, that moment will always make me laugh when I think about it.

I’m not even sure where to begin. I’ve had so many amazing moments the last year, but I’ll try to share a few that stick out.

Next Generations: I had the opportunity to travel to Connecticut and Colorado to tell stories about two Nebraska freshmen. Getting to know each player, their friends, their families and the communities that surround them was an experience I’ll never take for granted. It was a privilege to be invited into their worlds like that.

The stories: I’ve had the chance to tell some really neat stories over the last year. That included traveling to Greeley, Neb., to meet the friends that loved Sam Foltz but had stayed mostly out of the spotlight in the year after his death. That also included every player who let me pry just a little more to understand who they are and what has shaped them, as well as the coaches who invited me into their offices for film study or to talk about energy drinks and Louboutins. Those opportunities have shaped how I approach my job, because it’s always a reminder that there’s more to all of this than just the game. It’s the people, and I will always be thankful for those that have let me into their lives.

Getting to know you: Over the last year, I believe we built a community at Land of 10. You joined me every Wednesday evening for Facebook Lives. You asked mailbag questions and shared story ideas. We talked before and after every game, for better or worse. I’ll always appreciate that community, and I hope you’ll continue to join me on Twitter.

I’ve learned a great deal over the last year, and I wouldn’t be here today without your support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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