Lance's Journal: Turning "The Catch" Into A Career

For many seasons, the Husker football radio team included a 3-man booth. But that is the case no longer. The recent departure of former Nebraska football and baseball player Adrian Fiala leaves Matt Davison as the lone color commentary man. Giving the Husker legend a lot more canvas to paint the picture. And you'll be hearing a lot more from Matt this fall as his role expands without Fiala. Matt says, "There's just going to be less chatter. There's going to be one less voice which means there's one less guy to talk so you might hear the broadcast breathe a little bit more."

Sideline reporter Lane Grindle believes Matt will thrive in the two-man booth, "It'll give him room to put a little more of his personality in it and I think that's one of his strengths. He smiles a lot, he's a happy guy, he likes to have a little bit of fun on the air."

Play-by-play announcer Greg Sharpe is excited about the new tandem. "Matt and I have great chemistry and I think we're going to put on a really good broadcast. I think Matt does a great job of breaking the game down and really succinctly putting it together so that audience totally understand what he's talking about. I think he's just going to do great in this role."

November 8th of 1997 is a day that changed Matt's life forever. It was the game saving miracle catch in Columbia, Missouri that vaulted the freshman from Tecumseh into Husker history. Matt says, That one play definitely changed my life. I don't know if I would have this job right now if it wasn't for that play. I'd like to think I would but the chances are pretty good that I wouldn't and as Coach Osborne talked to us about when we were playing, if you're given a platform you need to do something with it and hopefully I've been able to do some good things with it, not only through broadcasting but speaking and getting out in the community and serving others. I'm just a very lucky guy."

When Matt's not on the air, he's busy running a non-profit organization he founded called "Creating Captains." Matt's foundation operates football and volleyball camps all over the state in the summertime. Creating Captains" gives Matt the opportunity to talk with kids about peer pressures and being leaders in their communities.

For more information go to... http://creatingcaptains.org


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