Published Monday, September 5, 2011 AT 3:27 PM / Updated at 4:59 PM
‘That’s why I’m here’
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Stopped and visited for a few minutes with Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford on Monday, and talked some with the junior-college transfer about making six tackles and forcing a fumble in his Husker debut Saturday.

Some of his thoughts:

>> On creaming Tennessee-Chattanooga tailback Chris Awuah on a third-down carry just inside the Huskers’ 15:

“It’s just a hit. That’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what they brought me in for — to make hits, make plays. That’s why I’m here.”

>> On taking or seeking any advice from linebacker Lavonte David, who starred immediately last season after transferring from junior college:

“He just told me to get with the older guys. He said he had a lot of help, so that’s exactly what I did. I got with the older guys and they helped me out a lot.”

>> On realizing NU’s success with plugging David and DeJon Gomes into their defense as JC transfers:

“I wasn’t even aware of that, but then I started looking at Gomes, and I seen how they put him in position to make a lot of plays. I was like, ‘That could be me when he’s gone,’ so that really inspired me to come here, too.”

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  1. bob jones says:

    Nice debut, Stafford needs to be on the field full time, he’s a difference maker.

    1. Kyle says:

      Bob…you couldn’t be any more correct. Hits like he made on Saturday need to be recognized. The guy was lights out.

  2. wa husker says:

    Hustle, moxy,fierce. Great Stafford debut. Wish he played on the O-line…