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Andy Janovich: A Nebraska Cornhuskers Captain Four Years in the Making

Andy Janovich

Andy Janovich

While Nebraska's Alex Lewis certainly doesn’t deserve captain status (let alone a spot on the team), a young man from Gretna, Neb., who the locals love most certainly does.

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He’s been getting a lot of love ever since his breakout game against Southern Miss. It began during the press conference immediately after. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I speak of senior fullback Andy Janovich.

“He's just a good all-around player. He's obviously versatile. He can catch, he can run, he can run down on kicks and block on kick returns," said head coach Mike Riley of Janovich after the Huskers’ win over the Golden Eagles.

Riley isn’t the only one who recognizes his talent. Reggie Davis, his position coach, realizes he could very well be a major factor in getting the ground game on the right track.

“I think you want to do that anytime you find anyone who’s a playmaker: ‘How can we get this guy the ball?’ That would be true of Jano and anybody else on that side of the ball. Anytime you’ve got a playmaker, you want to get the ball in their hands.”

No one had the opportunity to talk to the man of the hour that day because he had slipped out of North Stadium, away from prying eyes, cameras and microphones.

He prefers to stay under the radar, he says.

Not only does Janovich play at a position cherished by Nebraska football fans but he is why Cornhusker fans love it. He shows up, does what is often a very thankless but necessary job and heads to the back grateful for the experience.

He’s humble, speaks confidently and is proud of what he stands for and those he stands with.

I can understand why he wasn’t selected a captain. He was the guy at the back of the room and ultimately, he didn’t care. It’s not about the limelight for Janovich, it’s about getting things done.

However, in light of the past five games for Nebraska, simply getting things done might be a fantastic rallying cry and he’d be the perfect guy to carry the banner.

When he started his career, he put time in on special teams. For two years, the fullback was essentially dismissed from offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s playbook so he blocked and blocked for sensational running back Ameer Abdullah.

It’s time for No. 35 to get his and he made a case why on Sept 26, 2015.

He is a leader, he is someone who will properly represent his teammates and stick up for the guys in the corner who keep their heads down just like him.

Janovich deserves to be a captain. Give him the “C.”

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and Periscope (eightlaces), and like his Facebook page.