Kyle Kasun living his dream as a walk-on at NebraskaKyle Kasun had his Rudy moment when he was lifted up on his teammates’ shoulders after a game-saving interception during the spring game. “It’s not like that anymore,” Kasun said recently. But that’s OK. He’s living his dream by being on the Huskers. Courtesy of Nebraska athletics department

LINCOLN, Neb. — Kyle Kasun gave up on football before he got to school last year at Nebraska.

A solid high school defensive back and receiver from Papillion, Nebraska, he turned down an invitation to walk on at South Dakota State and embraced life as a student in Lincoln. Kasun joined a fraternity. He reveled over his luck in scoring a roommate-free dorm room at Neihardt Hall.

He sat in the student section as the Cornhuskers played, though he did not often stay for the whole game.

When he made it to the end of the fourth quarter, Nebraska lost in the final seconds to Brigham Young and Wisconsin. He found it difficult to watch — and not in the same way as most of the 90,000-some fans at Memorial Stadium.

“It made me miss it even more,” Kasun said.

He thought he could help. He wanted to help.

Last Saturday night, Kasun again stayed until the end. He stood on the east sideline in full uniform after 10:30 p.m. as the first wave of Huskers filed toward their locker room under the north end zone seats in the wake of Nebraska’s 43-10 win over Fresno State.

Not bad for a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback who made the team at an open tryout in March, halfway through spring practice.

Kasun did not play Saturday. He likely won’t see the field this week when the Huskers host Wyoming, or Sept. 17 when Oregon visits.

 

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