Cox says being at Nebraska has been ‘everything I could ask of it’
Ethan Cox had strong spring at defensive back for Nebraska. The redshirt freshman walk-on has quickly learned the cornerback position after starting his career at wide receiver.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound former high school quarterback had an impressive spring at his new position and is a contender for playing time in the Nebraska secondary.
Q: You’ve changed positions twice. How hard has that transition been?
A: It was pretty frustrating at first but I took some time and worked on getting the technique right. Mainly it was just repetitions doing it over and over again that made it come together.
Q: You got some time at defensive back this spring and have worked your way into the conversation for playing time this fall. What do you attribute that to?
A: I think you just have to be willing to sacrifice some things. You only get so many hours in the day and some days you are not going to have free time if you want to try and be the best. You have to attack everything with that mindset. Our coaches say desire to excel and no fear of failure every day just give it your all.
Q: What advice do you have for someone that is thinking about walking on at Nebraska but might have other options at smaller schools?
A: Whatever that person has in their heart to do, just do it and give it your all — 100 percent. There are definitely pros and cons to both. Being a walk-on here has been everything I could ask of it so far.
Q: You had other options besides walking on at Nebraska. What were those and why did you choose to walk-on at Nebraska?
A: I had an offer to play quarterback at UNK and a walk-on offer from Tulane. I chose Nebraska because I felt like this was a place that was going to make me the best football player. Working to get on the field (Memorial Stadium) is something that motivates you every day. Sometimes you might not have that motivation at a smaller school. Realistically, I wanted to go somewhere I wanted to be a student and I knew I wanted to be a student at Nebraska.