Zack Darlington, a quarterback, missed the rest of his senior season at Apopka (Fla.) High, but enrolled early at Nebraska, as he originally planned to do, and is doing great.
“He got a good couple weeks of practice in with Nebraska, and he’s just continuing to get better,” Ty Darlington said. “He’s not cleared for contact, but that doesn’t really matter because it’s spring; he’s not gonna get tackled.”
Nebraska coaches pledged after the injury to honor Zack’s scholarship regardless of his playing future, a gesture that deeply touched the Darlington family.
“Coach (Bo) Pelini, it was really honorable of him to say that and to hold true to his commitment to Zack,” Ty Darlington said. “They’ve been nothing but hospitable to him and my family, and so far, he’s been able to fully participate. That’s been a blessing. We just pray that his health continues to improve and that he doesn’t have any lingering symptoms.”
Junior linebacker Eric Striker, on the defense’s potential:
“I think we can be the top defense in the nation, really, when we all put it together. Our best 11 is pretty dang good, so if we get our fits right, our scheme, if the players get to know the scheme, we’ll be pretty good.”