Lincoln, NE - The University of Nebraska, like many programs, usually don't allow players who have not played a single down of football to talk to the media. Why let someone who hasn't been on the field represent the program?
Ron Kellogg III is a special situation.
The fourth-year junior walk-on has been around long enough to know what he should or shouldn't say. He knows what happens inside Memorial Stadium on Saturdays – even if he hasn't been a part of it.
“A lot of mental reps,” Kellogg joked on Tuesday when one reported asked how many snaps he taken in game situations.
The Omaha Westside standout finds himself in a battle for the Huskers backup quarterback position – fighting for time with sophomore Brion Carnes and true freshman Tommy Armstrong.
“I have a chance,” said Kellogg. “I feel really good about the offense, considering we have been running it ever since Coach Beck got here...Taylor (Martinez) and I really have a good grasp of what is going on and what he expects.”
Kellogg says the coaching staff will likely be evaluating right up until game day, which means he is in no position to predict if he sees the field on Saturday. Until then, he will be just giving 100 percent, using game week as an extended fall camp.
“Of course there will be nerves,” said the junior when answering a hypothetical question about his name being called this week. “There will be a lot of people. But you have to treat it like a practice. I will be excited. I will be pretty pumped when that moment comes.”
Known to be mobile, but more the tradtional pocket passing quarterback, Kellogg is currently 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. He can get out and run if he has to, but admits he won't be seen on Sportscenter taking one to the house for 50 yards.
“I just won't get hit like Taylor. I will try not to. I will slide,” said a laughing Kellogg. “When it comes to speed and stuff, I will run for a first down, but that's probably all your going to get out of me.”
Kellogg's push for playing time might suprise some, but not graduate assistant Joe Ganz. The former record-setting quarterback says he “loves Ron Kellogg to death,” and seems confident in the junior.
“He's exactly what you want in your backup. He's smart, knows the offense, is going to get people lined up and is going to get on people if they don't get lined up,” said Ganz. “He's a really good backup quarterback who pushes Taylor in the clasroom. That's where Taylor needs to be pushed.
“And he's a really good passer, he's got a good release and a strong arm. He's not the slightest of foot, but dangerous enough.”