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Defensive Back Myles Farmer Awaiting His Opportunity After Recovering from Injury

April 14, 2021

Georgia native Myles Farmer burst onto the scene last season. His two-interception game against Northwestern was one of the best games a defender played for the Huskers in the 2020 season. A few weeks later the Huskers were set to take on Purdue on the road. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher has said it was supposed to heavily involve Farmer in the game plan. The defender was ready for his moment as he told media on Wednesday after practice.

“Yeah, Coach Fisher told me the night before in the hotel that I was going to play a lot,” Farmer said. “So, I was in the room studying a lot. I was really excited for that game then to get injured it was devastating, but I was still there for my team. We came out with the win and that’s all that really matters.”

Farmer injured his ankle during warmups of that game. He was able to come back from the injury around Christmas time. He spent a lot of time in the training room and has been back running around. He’s not 100% yet, but he is practicing daily. For the first time we got to hear Farmer describe what happened to him before the game.

“We were warming up doing a fade ball drill,” Farmer said. “I went up to try and jump for the ball and my foot got stuck in the ground. That’s all.”

The Purdue field has a reputation for being one of the rougher fields in the league. Receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El and offensive lineman Spencer Long were other Huskers who have been injured there in the past decade. Farmer was aware of the reputation, but didn’t let it enter his thinking much. He ran on the field to test it and thought things were fine. He thinks the injury was just more of a freak accident.

Still it can be difficult to keep your head up after an injury like that. It helped Farmer that he wasn’t alone.

“Just knowing that stuff happens, you know? My teammates they kept me with high hopes,” Farmer said. “I still have high hopes. I knew I would be back soon. So I really wasn’t trying to get too down.”

Now Farmer is battling this spring for playing time in the defensive back room. There are a pair of returning seniors at his position. Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke are players he looks up to and has learned a lot from. It was interesting to hear Farmer describe why he was happy the pair returned even if he was next in line to start.

“That’s football. It’s competition everyday all day,” Farmer said.

“In the DB room that’s the culture. You’re going to compete regardless. It didn’t matter if they were gone or not. It was going to be a new guy to come in and try to take my spot. So, either way it’s going to be competition.”

Farmer figures to be a big part of the Husker defense this season. He’s been waiting and working since that Purdue game when he was supposed to get his next shot. There is a lot of talent back in the defensive back group. That should make Nebraska’s defense and special teams better in 2021.

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