Finished my Prince Amukamara-Roy Helu story for Wednesday’s paper and realized I had some decent nuggets left over after the former Nebraska teammates were out at Boys Town on Tuesday.
Here’s a few:
>> Amukamara at first thought reports he was getting of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest the week before the NFL draft were fake. He said he texted Dennard on Saturday after his former NU teammate wasn’t drafted until the seventh round.
“I just told him, ‘I know this isn’t where you wanted to get picked, but you know what you can do and know what you can be, so just prove them wrong.’ ”
Amukamara, a cornerback who was a first-round pick a year ago, said the timing no doubt was unfortunate for Dennard, who some considered a second- or third-round pick and one of the top five or 10 cornerbacks available.
“I don’t know the true story, but there has to be a reason behind it,” Amukamara said of the incident in which Dennard was charged with hitting a police officer.
>> Helu said he saw some of Husker I-back Rex Burkhead’s statistics and watched some games from his junior season. “He did great. He did awesome,” Helu said.
Asked about his potential as a pro, Helu said: “He’s going to do that and more in the NFL.”
>> Amukamara said he had no problem with New York drafting Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley in the third round last Friday, and said the competition is good for the Giants.
“I saw him play and that guy’s a play-maker, and we do need play-makers on our team,” Amukamara said.
>> Any advice from Amukamara for Dennard, Lavonte David, Jared Crick, Marcel Jones and others heading into the NFL?
“I think just to check your ego at the door and just continue to do what got you there,” he said. “I mean, I got there and I wasn’t going to do what the vets told me, and I got hazed pretty bad. If I could do it all over again, I’d definitely give in.”