Former Keller Fossil Ridge star finds a home on Nebraska front

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In less than two collegiate seasons, Aaron Curry has become a consistent defensive tackle for Nebraska.

It took him much less time to make an impact against Purdue last weekend.

Curry started the game by sacking Danny Etling on the Boilermakers’ first offensive snap, just seconds into the first quarter. Curry added another solo tackle, as No. 24 Nebraska went on to win 44-7 on the road.

“I was even happier when I got my first sack of my career earlier this season against South Dakota State,” said Curry, a sophomore and former standout at Keller Fossil Ridge. “Those are my highlights so far, but I’m looking forward to making new ones throughout my career here.

“I’m going to put in the hard work, do what my coaches want me to do on the field and continue to progress in my technique and my play.”

Curry was drawn to Nebraska’s coaching staff. When he took his official visit and saw the team’s opulent facilities, he was sold.

“It is amazing,” Curry said. “We have one of the best weight rooms in the country. Being a part of the Nebraska program is a great experience. I’m tremendously lucky. Not everyone gets these opportunities. I’m blessed to be in the position I am now.”

Curry gets to go up against massive offensive linemen weekly in Big Ten play.

“It’s really difficult in the Big Ten,” said Curry of playing in a conference known for producing strong offensive and defensive lines. “I’m trying to hold my own. It was a big transition for me. The Big Ten play and work, in college it’s just a lot faster and more physical. In Texas in high school, I was pretty much the biggest guy on my team. Coming up to the next level, everyone is your size or bigger. So it’s a big change. You just have to have the right mindset and be aware of everything on the field.”

This week, Nebraska will take on Minnesota before taking on Northwestern, No. 22 Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Iowa to finish the season.

“Playing in the Big Ten is overwhelming at times,” Curry said. “But it’s a great atmosphere. Coming from Texas, with high school games in Cowboys Stadium, it’s a big change to have a sold out crowd. Like our stadium that can hold 90,000 plus. At times you have to block it out.”

Curry was one of five true freshmen to play for the Huskers last season. He saw action in the first four games of the 2012 season before missing time because of injuries. This year, he has played in all six of Nebraska’s games, starting twice.

“I’m just taking all of the coaching and trying to execute those things on the field,” he said. “That’s how I will become more successful and keep playing and get more reps. I’m studying my opponents, watching film and trying to get better.”

Games of the week

North Carolina State at No. 2 Florida State (2:30 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8/ESPN2): Florida State’s massive 51-14 win on the road against Clemson came at the perfect time. The Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) used the blowout road upset last week to vault in the polls and claim the No. 2 spot in the BCS debut rankings for the season. But Florida State is still playing with a redshirt freshman quarterback, Heisman candidate Jameis Winston, and could be in danger of a letdown performance against the Wolfpack (3-3, 0-3 ACC). Or, the Noles could roll to another lopsided win. Either way, Winston and Co. will be fun to watch.

No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) has done everything right this season, yet the Ducks would still be a spectator for the national championship game if the season ended today. But Oregon can make a statement at home against UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), a team that suffered a 24-10 loss to Stanford last week. Oregon’s offense, led by sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, has been unstoppable. Mariota already has more than 2,000 passing yards to go with 493 on the ground and 28 total touchdowns.

No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2): Before the season started, who would have guessed that this game could have a huge impact on the SEC East race? Probably very few. And hardly anyone outside of Columbia, Mo., would have predicted the Tigers (7-0, 3-0 SEC) to be the frontrunner. After upsets of Georgia and Florida, Missouri is in position, with a home win against South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC), to take the division. Next up for the Tigers will be Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss before a finale against No. 16 Texas A&M.

No. 6 Stanford at No. 25 Oregon State (9:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): Stanford has stabilized after a shocking upset loss to Utah two weeks ago. The Cardinal (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) knocked off then-undefeated UCLA last week and landed at No. 6 in the first BCS rankings of the season. Stanford can keep climbing back into the national picture with a win against Oregon State (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) this week that would set up a monster matchup at home against Oregon the following on Nov. 7, a Thursday-night ESPN showcase.


32 Consecutive years of being bowl eligible for Florida State after last week’s win, the longest active bowl eligibility streak.

8 Upsets in the AP Top 25 poll last week, setting up wild reshuffling in this week’s rankings and the debut of the BCS rankings. Top 10 teams Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisville and Stanford all lost. South Carolina, Georgia and Washington also went down.


“Sometimes God wets the wood before he lights it.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze after his Rebels upset then-No. 6 LSU last Saturday. Freeze was referencing his team’s close loss to Texas A&M the previous week. He went on to say that the Rebels had “gone through our share of drenching a little.”

“They might be the best team in the country.” – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Florida State, suggesting the Seminoles could challenge Alabama for the title after they beat his Tigers, 51-14.

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