Quick hits from the Fan Day media presser at Memorial Stadium, where Husker players dished about their offseason and the upcoming 2012 campaign:
>> More talk about seniors, culture, leadership, family. We hit this hard last week at Big Ten Media Days with coach Bo Pelini, and it’s going to be a running theme with NU throughout camp.
“We’re finally starting to grow up,” said safety P.J. Smith, a fifth-year senior. “We’re finally starting to realize what we did the years before, wasn’t good enough. Practice wasn’t good enough. Working out wasn’t good enough. And you see that every guy took that challenge from Bo this year. We all enjoyed it this summer, you know? We’re finally buying into what he really wants us to do, working together and just going after it.”
>> Former Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom spoke to the team Thursday about what it takes to win a national title. Sounds like the talk went over well.
“The whole reason he played the way that he did, 100 mph, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — it didn’t matter, he was all about doing everything that he could for his teammates,” tight end Ben Cotton said. “It wasn’t for the fans. It wasn’t to impress the media. It wasn’t to get to the NFL. It wasn’t for anyone else but his teammates and his family. He wanted to make them proud. He wanted to give every ounce of energy he possibly could.”
>> Quarterback Taylor Martinez talked to the press, discussing briefly his time at the Manning Passing Academy and his work with personal quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun. Martinez wants to complete 70 percent of his passes this year, and believes that’s a reachable goal. He completed less than 60 percent in his first two years.
>> Kickoff strategy is ultimately not up to kicker Brett Maher. But with five more yards for his kickoffs and touchbacks coming out to the 25-yard line, a touchback is still a better option than pooch cover kicks, he says.