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Christian Banker Anxious to Help 'Restore Walk-on Tradition'

May 1, 2017
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The end of April was a whirlwind for Omaha Skutt wideout Christian Banker. In the midst of preparing for graduation and prom, he also got the call about walking on at Nebraska. Not long after on Friday, he made the decision to chase his dream and become a Husker. And then there was still prom Saturday night.

Banker is excited about his future with the Huskers. He now has to figure out where he’ll live and with who, but that’s another topic for another day. For now, he’s enjoying what lies ahead. In the midst of it all, he spoke with Hail Varsity about his decision to walk on, what playing for Nebraska means to him and more.

Q: Why did you decide to walk on at Nebraska?

CB: Coach [Kenny] Wilhite called me a couple of days ago and offered me the spot. He said, “If this is something you want to do, take it because this is your opportunity.” I talked about it with my parents and I decided it was something I wanted to do. No looking back.

Q: What do you think about Keith Williams and the wide receivers at Nebraska?

CB: They have a lot of wide receiver recruits coming so obviously there’s a reason for that. I went down to a couple of camps this summer with Coach [Williams] and you could easily tell he knows what he’s talking about. He’s also a fun guy and high-energy.

Q: What were you looking for from a school?

CB: I had places like UNK, Augustana and Washburn but when I was looking for a school, I was looking for a school for academic reasons. Nebraska fit that. My dream is to get admitted to UNMC. I’d like to do something in pediatrics.

Q: What does it mean to you to be a part of this walk-on class?

CB: I’ve heard a lot about this class restoring the walk-on tradition. I just want to prove those people right. We can be something special, I think. It’s exciting. I’ve talked to some of the guys and they’re equally excited. It’s going to be a good time.

Q: And what does it mean to you to play for Nebraska?

CB: Ever since I was in kindergarten, it has been my dream to play college football. Even just suiting up and standing on the sidelines in front of 90,000+ people would just be a dream come true.

Q: What would you like Nebraska fans to know about you?

CB: I’m willing to work as hard as I can for the team. I want to even just get one play in, just to see what would happen.

Q: Knowing Nebraska takes its walk-on program seriously, does that make you excited about your potential with the Huskers?

CB: There was actually a walk-on when I was a freshman that was a senior that walked on at Nebraska and he got to play in a couple of spring games. Just knowing someone that I know did this and it’s possible is pretty exciting.

Q: Your numbers were impressive your senior year. What do you credit that to?

CB: I had a good quarterback and good coach. A lot of my routes that I ran were set up by good play calling.

Q: OK, non-football related question… You wore a turtleneck to prom?


CB: I did. My friend and I had a conversation about sticking out at prom. We were both on the court so we wanted to make our appearance known. Someone said something about a turtleneck and I said, “I’ll do it.”
 
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