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Myles Farmer Making Up For Lost Time After Injury-Shortened 2020 Season

August 10, 2021

Travis Fisher has three starters back from last year’s team in super senior safeties Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke and fourth-year cornerback Cam Taylor Britt.

Beyond those three, by classification Fisher has four sophomores, three redshirt freshmen, two second-year freshmen and three true freshmen in his room. Competition for the fourth starting spot and playing time in general has been strong in camp, but Fisher isn’t ready to single anyone out.

“This is all about work, it’s not about taking credit,” Fisher said. “This is all about work and right now, to me, it’s no time for giving credit. It’s time to work.”

That answer sums up Fisher’s whole persona as a coach, and it’s something his players have bought into since he’s been in Lincoln.

“It’s intense,” redshirt freshman safety Myles Farmer said. “You’re going to compete every day. That’s just the culture of the DB room, though. That’s what he brings to the room and that’s what’s rubbed off on the room since he’s been here.”

Farmer and sophomore cornerback Quinton Newsome have played as much football as anyone else in that room beyond the three veterans. They’re still listed as underclassmen on the roster, but both players have been in the program since 2019. Newsome is competing for the starting cornerback spot opposite Taylor-Britt while Farmer is pushing for playing time at safety.

“They’re going to play a lot of football here at Nebraska, a lot of good football,” Fisher said. “I think the future is very bright for both of them. Those guys are competing as well, Myles and Q. It’s very tough out there every day the way those guys are competing and working. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Williams and Dismuke taking advantage of their extra season of eligibility was a big deal for a Nebraska as the pair played the vast majority of snaps last season.

“It’s great,” Farmer said about the seniors’ return. “Those guys know a lot. They have a lot of college experience so there’s a lot of stuff they don’t miss that a younger guy might miss. It’s just little stuff that you pick up on watching them out there on the field.”

As much as Farmer has learned from those seniors, he’s still gunning for their spots, just like he knows the guys that have come in after him are coming for his.

“The young guys are going to come in and they’re going to make us work even harder because they’re trying to take our spots,” Farmer said. “The older guys always push me, being a younger guy still; you can say I’m a younger guy but I’m not. But they push us a lot and we just know there’s another guy trying to take our spot, so we’re competing all throughout the room.”

Farmer played in Nebraska’s first five games (and logged one start thanks to a targeting penalty suspension for Williams), recording eight tackles and two interceptions. Fisher said he was poised to see an expanded role in the second half of the season, then Farmer suffered a season-ending injury during warm-ups at Purdue.

Farmer said he isn’t locked into competing for one safety spot or the other; he’s learning it all and just wants to get on the field however he can. “Finishing” has been the focus for Farmer this offseason.

“Finishing plays, finishing drives, endurance, being able to go multiple plays and getting my calls better when I’m out there for a lot of plays,” Farmer said. “Just stepping my game up and becoming a vet.”

Another area in which players like Farmer can make an impact is special teams. In fact, Fisher expects it of his defensive backs no matter where they fall on the depth chart.

“Everybody in my room should be on special teams,” Fisher said. “If I’m traveling 11 guys, I think 11 guys should play special teams. I feel pretty good about the guys who we’re going to have travel, I feel pretty good about those guys playing special teams.”

Farmer said he’s working on the kickoff coverage unit and the hands team. Special teams improvement has been one of the themes of the offseason and that has continued into fall camp.

“They bring the juice,” Farmer said about the coaching staff’s emphasis on special teams. “Coach [Mike] Dawson brings the juice to practice. Coach [Bill] Busch puts an emphasis in special teams meetings before we go put there and work on what we’re working on. Special teams is a big factor and Coach Frost, Coach Busch and Coach Dawson made a big emphasis on that this fall camp and in the spring.”

Busch is in his third stint at Nebraska, this time as an analyst. He previously served as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2007 and as a graduate assistant from 1990 to 1993 and has extensive coaching experience. He joined the program in February after leaving LSU.

“Coach Busch, he’s intense; I’m not going to lie,” Farmer said. “He’s a very intense dude. He gets everybody awake in the morning during special teams meetings. It’s good to have him here. I’m glad he’s here.”

Whether it be special teams or defense, Myles Farmer was set to see significant playing time in 2020 until injury cut his season short. Now that he’s healthy again, Farmer is making up for lost time and is looking to pick up where he left off, bringing the same intensity into game one as he had heading into the Purdue game last year.

“I was excited at the beginning of camp, I’m still excited going through camp, I’m still excited for the season,” Farmer said. “I’m ready for it to get here. I know it’s like a couple weeks away. With camp gearing down and slowing down, I’m ready for the season to get out there and play.”

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