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Lindsey overcomes health scare, ready to contribute to new Nebraska offense

Posted at 10:13 PM, Apr 07, 2018

Tyjon Lindsey's relationshp with new Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost began long before Frost returned to Lincoln. 

"When I was a sophomore (in high school), I was actually being recruited by Scott Frost to go to Oregon," said Lindsey. "I was all said and done to go to Oregon and you know he left so it was like a dream come true now that he's here so we'll see where it goes now."

Frost ended up becoming the head coach at UCF and Lindsey ended up coming to NU. However, Lindsey's freshman season with the Huskers was rather average on paper. The speedster from Bishop Gorman High School caught a total of 12 passes for 76 yards in his first college season. 

"All last year I'm going to be honest, my mind wasn't as right as it was back in high school and reality smacked me in my face," said Lindsey. 

There were times after Mike Riley was fired where Lindsey wondered about his future at Nebraska, but after speaking with former Oregon player De'Anthony Thomas, who was coached by Frost in Eugene, Lindsey decided it was best to stay in Lincoln.

"With De'Anthony Thomas, that's basically my brother talking to me so the first thing he said was trust me, trust me," Lindsey said. "Scott Frost is the guy."

But in January Lindsey faced another setback as the sophomore was one of two Huskers hospitalized with rhabdomyolosis, a muscle injury that can lead to kidney problems. 

"The whole time in the hospital, I was there for about a week and I was going through it basically setting my goals and expectations I have for the time I am right now," said Lindsey. "I'm ready to be that explosive guy that I always was when I was a younger dude."

Lindsey also credited Nebraska's new strength and conditioing coach Zach Duval. 

"He's getting me right," said Lindsey. "He's always there for me not only for my physical health but also my mental health, he's always there for me."