One of greatest traditions that we have at Nebraska is the walk on program. Bob Devaney started the walk-on tradition At Nebraska (some would disagree with that point), but Tom Osborne perfected it.
“The walk-on program didn’t really necessarily have a day or year that it started. Remember, it’s only been in the last 60 years or so that they’ve given athletic scholarships, so, in theory, the players on the teams for the first 60 years were all walk-ons. With that said, Langston Coleman is kind of seen as the first successful walk-on player since they started giving out scholarships. Coleman came to NU in the 60s… But, the walk-on program was not all that important until the NCAA started limiting scholarships in the 70s. Once that happened, the program gained prominence and importance, with players like Toby and Jimmy Williams earning honors.” Nate Rohr
I.M. Hipp is another one of those great walk-ons that went through the historic program.
This is the link for NET… I was hoping the full length video of what NETV did on the walk-ons would be on this site, but all we get is about 3 minutes. The site is still good because they have a couple other links, one with Steven M. Sipple and the other is from the Husker’s home page.
There have been many good walk-ons that have come through the Nebraska system and all of them have gone on to do bigger and better things. Like the video said, the kick heard around the world was orchestrated by three walk-ons, probably the most well know being Alex Henery. The story of Derek Meyer’s comeback to Nebraska and now Scott Criss walking on after playing a season in Wyoming is a telling story of what players feel about playing for the Huskers. Continue reading