Imani Cross wasn’t going to celebrate his first career touchdown alone Saturday. Not when it was made so easy for the freshman I-back by his Nebraska teammates up front.
“I celebrated with my offensive line, because they did a tremendous job blocking for me,” Cross said. “I was very proud of them. And I really do owe it all to them, because it was a huge hole.”
Cross, the 225-pounder from Gainesville, Ga., scored on a 2-yard run with 12:50 left in the game. He finished the game with a career-high 66 yards on seven carries, including a 44-yard run later in the fourth quarter.
After his TD, Husker assistant coach Ron Brown told Cross to relish the moment but then move on.
“I want him to get used to that,” Brown said. “I told him it’s always nice to get the first one, but hopefully it’s the first of many to come.”
Cross has played in two of the Huskers’ first three games. With Rex Burkhead on the verge of coming back at I-back, there eventually will be a cut into the playing time and carries for Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and Cross.
“We’re all so excited for Rex to come back, so I’m not really worried about reps right now,” Cross said Monday. “I just want Rex to get healthy, because I know that will help the team win. So we’re not really worried about reps.”