Published Friday, November 18, 2011 AT 11:22 AM / Updated at 12:05 PM
Garrison: Hard-working Choi overcoming obstacles
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska assistant coach John Garrison said junior offensive guard Seung Hoon Choi may have some of the shortest arms on the team, something that presumably would make it difficult to pass protect.

But Choi gets it done with exceptional strength (there may not be a Husker O-lineman stronger), high-energy and relentless effort. He’s one of the offensive line’s best against the pass rush, and that’s all a credit to him, according to Garrison.

“He came in (against Penn State) and played with a tremendous amount of energy,” Garrison said. “I’m proud of what he’s all about.”

World-Herald beat writer Sam McKewon wrote a little bit about Choi’s journey earlier this season. Choi, from Seoul, South Korea, moved to the United States when he was 14. He didn’t know English back then.

Choi learned the language, but at Nebraska, he struggled at times to comprehend the football terminology, according to Garrison. “There are some weird things being said.” For example, Garrison mentioned words like these: Slip. Deuce. Hail Mary.

“He’s done a nice job, for only playing football for three or four years before he got here, of learning those terms,” Garrison said. “He’s done it through hard work.”

Garrison was speaking at the Big Red Breakfast Friday morning. We’ll have more on his talk in the Metro edition of the World-Herald. Check back with Omaha.com for more.

Until then, here are a few extra nuggets that from Garrison…

>> Garrison said that this week, senior Yoshi Hardrick was “running fade routes in the end zone just to show me that he’s going to be OK to play.” Hardrick’s dealing with a sprained ankle. He also doesn’t have a healthy right hand, which he injured against Fresno State.

>> Garrison started breaking down game tape of his offense in front of the audience Friday. He had a laser pointer, but eventually realized he wasn’t really following the action. Then he apologized. “I’m sorry. I’m pointing out offensive linemen,” he said. “I don’t even look at anything else.”

>> Penn State’s defense brought extra pressure about 25 percent of the time before it played Nebraska last week, according to Garrison. But as the game unfolded in Happy Valley (the NU O-line held up well against a four-man rush), the Nittany Lions blitzed more often than they normally would. “I think they got nervous,” Garrison said.

>> NU assistant Ron Brown was apparently allotted 30 seconds to lead that touching pre-game prayer at Penn State last week. But … it ran a little long. No surprise, though. “You guys know Ron well. Thirty seconds and preaching — with Ron Brown? That doesn’t go together.”

>> Garrison said he’s more worn out this season than at any point during the three years he served on Nebraska’s staff as a quality control intern. That’s a bit puzzling to Garrison, considering the fact that he actually spent more time in the football offices back then than he has as a full-time assistant. He’d sometimes even spend the night in the players’ lounge to save time. “It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride, but one that’s been enjoyable,” he said.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.

Comments

  1. Donigan says:

    I love Choi! He reminds me of the linemen in the 90′s.

  2. John says:

    Go Bob! Will be rooting for you Saturday.