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January 1, 2013

Gregory wants to help improve Blackshirts' attack

When the Nebraska staff made their recruiting pitch to defensive end Randy Gregory, they told him that he had the opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact on the Blackshirts defense next season.

Watching his future teammates come up short in their bowl game against one of the SEC's best teams, he understood exactly what the NU coaches were talking about.

"Yeah I did, I watched the whole game," Gregory replied when asked about the Capital One game played Tuesday afternoon. "I mean, I thought the team played hard and tough, but they missed out on a few big plays and I think Georgia made the big plays and that was the difference in the game.

"I think if we would've got those plays the outcome would have been a little bit different, but I'm still proud of the way they played. They played tough."

The Yuma (Ariz.) Arizona Western C.C. product, who in on one of the most promising recruits in this 2013 Husker class, said that he was pleased with the effort the Huskers displayed in defeat.

"In my opinion, Georgia is a National Championship caliber type of team, so for them to play that well against them says a lot about their ability and their character," the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder stated.

Gregory believes that with his skill set he'll bring something to the table the Cornhuskers' defense has been lacking this season.

"I think they need a little bit more of pass rush, obviously, in their game," Gregory said about how he could help next season's Nebraska squad. "I was talking to my dad about it when they said they actually had the No. 1 pass defense in the nation.

"That kind of surprised us because they don't really get that much pressure, so I think that's something that I can give them next year. I think I can add a little bit of consistent pressure on the quarterback, and hopefully that can help improve the defense as a whole."

Gregory remains academically on track to get to Lincoln by the summer, and his rehab is also progressing nicely. He said that his commitment to sign with and play for Nebraska remain firm.

"I'm totally solid," Gregory said about his commitment to NU. "I haven't talked to another team since the night I de-committed from Purdue."

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