Pelini High On Ganz, Ganz High On Huskers

Big 12 football media days are underway in Kansas City with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini first up to the podium Monday afternoon.

All 12 head coaches and chosen players will be signing autographs and answering questions through Wednesday.

Pelini brought three seniors to Kansas City, one of them quarterback Joe Ganz. Pelini said since returning to Lincoln as head coach, he's been impressed by Ganz.

“He’s very intelligent, he’s more athletic than I even thought when I first got here. You hear he’s a drop-back style guy, but he showed he can run, he can move his feet, he can do a lot of things. He’s a dynamic leader, somebody that plays with a tremendous amount of confidence and has that toughness about him and attitude, he’s the kind of guy you want leading your offense.”

Ganz is thoroughly familiar with the Husker offense and has three starts under his belt, even though the results weren't what he wanted.

“It makes me not be so unsure of what’s gonna happen when I go out there. I played against the best of the best. Kansas had one of the best defenses in the country last year, they won the Orange Bowl. It just gives me confidence that I can go out there and play with anybody. I threw seven picks in three games which is unacceptable and I was 1-2 as a starter which was terrible. I got a lot of work to do. Hopefully I'll have a good year.”

The senior feels Nebraska is going to be a better team in 2008, no matter what the national publications have predicted.

“I think we have a shot to contend for the Big 12 North. The guys are really excited. Coach Pelini brings instant credibility to our defense, instant confidence to our defense, they're gonna play a lot better. We’re gonna be very competitive and play teams pretty hard and hopefully come out on top and get back to the Big 12 championship game.”