LINCOLN, Neb. — There are a lot of different motivators this season for Nebraska senior Drew Brown.
But there’s one he’ll lean on most, he said Saturday.
“For me it’s like Sam [Foltz] never got to play his senior season and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that,” Brown said ahead of Fan Day on Saturday evening. “Every single kick that I have he wasn’t able to have, and I think that’s a great motivator not only for me but for everyone on the team as well.”
The quest to honor Foltz, who died in a car crash a year ago, will officially begin Sunday.
Brown and the Nebraska football team will begin fall camp Sunday morning. This summer, Brown and the rest of the team participated in summer workouts in Lincoln, which began in early June.
The main change this summer was the time of the workouts. Instead of running early in the morning, under the guidance of offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, the team ran at 3 p.m. in the heat.
Nebraska defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg said Diaco was “heavily involved” in the summer workouts.
“It was was definitely one of the hardest working summers we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Stoltenberg said.
A few more notes from players before Fan Day:
- Stoltenberg said he’s now up to 315 pounds. He played at 290 last year.
- He also said true freshmen Damion Daniels and Deontre Thomas have impressed him this summer. He said they don’t have an ego, and have been working hard. They remind him a lot of Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are now sophomores.
- As noted, Nebraska’s workouts were in the afternoon heat this afternoon. Every player who spoke mentioned the workouts were tougher because of that.
- Stoltenberg said the general feeling around the team is the players have a heavy hand in keeping other teammates accountable, rather than the accountability coming from the coaches. Nebraska coach Mike Riley has spoken often about the importance of that.