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Old 01-13-2009, 10:45 PM  
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Ndamukong Suh staying at Nebraska for his senior season

Suh returning for 2009 season
BY BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star
Monday, Jan 12, 2009 - 06:05:08 pm CST


When Bo Pelini arrived in Portland, Ore., last Tuesday to eat dinner with Ndamukong Suh and his family, he brought no sales pitch with him to the table.

Pelini was instead “very even-keeled,” according to Suh, talking over the pros and cons that were likely to surface if the 300-pound nose tackle decided to bulldoze into the NFL a year early.

“I never have, never will tell a guy, ‘You should come back,’” Pelini said. “I said, ‘You have to do what’s best for you and your family.’ ... I just said, ‘It’s on you. I’m going to support you either way.’”

But there’s no doubt Pelini was brimming with pleasure from the verdict Suh unveiled Monday when he made it official that he is returning for his senior season at Nebraska.

Suh decided to return despite information from the NFL Advisory Committee projecting him to be drafted by the second round, possibly even late in the first.

“School’s a huge thing for me and my family. I definitely want to graduate from the University of Nebraska,” Suh said. “And although the seniors had a great start in pushing this program the right way, I think I can help in pushing it even more in the right direction.”

Suh said he was almost 100 percent sure he was coming back after he got done talking with Pelini last week.

“The most important thing I said to him is, if you’re coming back, you need to come back for the right reasons,” Pelini said. “And the right reasons are not NFL-oriented. The right reasons are to get his degree, to play tremendous football, to help this program in the future, and it’s about team, it’s about Nebraska, it’s about what we have going on here. And he was totally on the same page as I was.

“He’s an unselfish football player, a great person, the kind of person you want to be the focal point of our football team.”

It’s a significant offseason victory for Nebraska. Combined with defensive ends Pierre Allen and Barry Turner — who figures to be granted another year of eligibility after missing almost all of the 2008 season because of an injury — Nebraska’s defensive line looks to again be a strong suit of the defense.

And with Suh coming back, the Huskers go into next season with arguably the top interior defensive lineman in the country.

“I have to go out there and prove it,” Suh said of any talk about him holding such a title. “It’s a great challenge. I love the challenge. That will be a goal to maintain that (top status). I don’t know if I’ve ever reached that yet, but it’s a goal to reach. And when I think I have achieved it, it’s a goal to maintain that.”

Despite missing spring practice with a knee injury, Suh led the Huskers in tackles (76), tackles for loss (19), sacks (7½) and interceptions (2), helping him to first-team All-Big 12 honors.

But he’s raising the bar for what he expects out of the 2009 season — at least from a team perspective.

“I don’t see why this team can’t go 14-0, but obviously that’s going to start next week (with winter conditioning),” Suh said. “I don’t see that’s not a goal we can’t reach, and why we won’t reach it.”

Coaching a defensive lineman with such a high ceiling is not new to Pelini.

As LSU’s defensive coordinator, he coached Glenn Dorsey, the defensive tackle who faced the decision of whether or not to make himself draft-eligible after his junior year.

Pelini said he even suggested to Dorsey that maybe it was in his best interest to leave early. But Dorsey stayed in school, helping LSU to a national title his senior season.

Dorsey was taken as the No. 5 overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in last year’s draft.

“They’re very similar,” Pelini said of Suh and Dorsey. “And in some ways, big Suh has got some edges in some areas. So it just shows you how good he can be.”

Pelini said a player with as much passion and skill as Suh has won’t lose any ground from staying another year in school, noting that every game next season allows him more opportunity “to put a stamp” on his status as an elite player.

“When you have the character and the ability that he has, he’ll never regret anything because he’s only going to better himself,” Pelini said. “Guys like him who have the kind of work ethic he has, the type of attitude, the type of character, don’t take a step back. I think a year from now everybody will be saying he made the right decision.”

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I saw Suh at a Huskers Volleyball game. I was really surprised with how trim the kid is.

I think a lot of us (or just me) think of DTs as big fatties but that's certainly not the case with this guy.

He could be any type of DT you want. 300? Fine. 320? Sure. He could fatten up a pinch and easily be there.

But seriously. The dude looks like a FB or LB.... Just 300 lbs.
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I saw Suh at a Huskers Volleyball game. I was really surprised with how trim the kid is.

I think a lot of us (or just me) think of DTs as big fatties but that's certainly not the case with this guy.

He could be any type of DT you want. 300? Fine. 320? Sure. He could fatten up a pinch and easily be there.

But seriously. The dude looks like a FB or LB.... Just 300 lbs.
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