Huskers look at weight room with ‘different mindset’

March 7, 2019

Matt Farniok says he got bigger in the best way.

The 6-foot-6 Nebraska right tackle said he has stayed at his playing weight from last season, around 330.

“Really all I did was put on more muscle,” the junior said Tuesday, one day after the start of spring football.

Farniok said the Husker offensive linemen are moving quicker and they’re stronger. He sees the changes.

Greg Austin sees a different kind of change. Nebraska’s offensive line coach sees a bunch of linemen who are embracing the weight room.

“They look at the weight room with a totally different mindset than they did before we arrived here,” Austin said. “They compete, not only with each other, but they compete with themselves.”

Austin recalled a recent walk through the weight room. He sensed a “feeling of euphoria.”

“There was a pride about it,” he said. “There’s a pride that I never seen them exude since I’ve been here, just that feeling of, ‘This matters … this is a big, big, big portion of who we are and what we believe in, and why we’re going to get this program turned around.’

“I saw the guys excited about going and lifting and busting their ass in the weight room. That’s not something they were doing before. Weight room was just something that they kind of just like, ‘Alright, we got to do this. It’s just part of the deal.’ Now it’s, ‘Oh, I get to lift weights. I can’t wait to get in there and bust my ass in there.’”

Austin said that’s how it was when he played at Nebraska.

“The weight room is where I lived,” he said. “The other portion of living was on the football field …

He added with a smile, “and every once in a while, you went to class.”

Farniok, meanwhile, said he thinks Year 2 in Zach Duval’s winter conditioning program will push everything faster.

“It’s always better when you kind of know what you’re getting into,” he said. “Just like spring ball we just kind of hit the ground running in winter conditioning and we really made some great strides during that time that I think are really going to start paying off.“More Husker baseball postponementsThe snow doesn’t appear to leaving the ground any time soon, and it’s forcing a longer delay to the Nebraska baseball team’s home opener.The Huskers announced Wednesday that their March 13 game against North Dakota State has been postponed due to snowy field conditions. The teams are looking into dates to make up the game. Fans who had tickets to the game can use them for when it is rescheduled.Nebraska was originally scheduled to begin its home season Tuesday against Omaha. But winter’s grip on the region led to a postponement, as well as the Huskers moving this weekend’s three-game series against Baylor from Haymarket Park to Waco, Texas. Friday’s series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. As of now, Nebraska’s three-game home series against New Mexico State, set for March 15-17, is still on.- Lee NewspapersVolleyball sets spring game in McCookAfter one year off, the Nebraska volleyball spring road show is back in 2019.The volleyball program announced that it will play its only spring match in McCook this year. Nebraska will play Colorado State at 1 p.m. on April 20 at McCook Community College.Approximately 1,300 tickets will go on sale March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and older. All tickets must be paid for in cash. There will be a limit of four tickets per person, and you must be 16 or older with an ID to purchase tickets. Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m. The players will sign autographs following the match.The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017, and have also made visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.Nebraska didn’t play a spring match last season because it didn’t have a setter on the roster. - Brent C. Wagner