Husker junior Mohammed Seisay has what it takes to start at cornerback.
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By Randy York
Mohammed Seisay has never played a down at Nebraska. He’s never even played in a Spring Game, but he’s seasoned, he’s talented and he knows what Nebraska’s defensive coaches want to see this fall – Blackshirts who play hard, play together, play for each other and play to win. “With the departure of All-Americans who are now in the NFL, we need to fill a void,” Seisay (pronounced See-say) said. “We’ve all worked hard in the spring, and we all know what we’re supposed to do. It’s time to go out there on the field and put the Blackshirts back on the map. It’s not about individuals. It’s about the entire defense. It’s about older guys helping younger guys and in-between guys and all of us working together. We were really close last spring, but we’re even closer now. We’re with each other almost 24/7. We work out with each other, and we barbecue together. That’s what teams are supposed to do … get together, bond together and compete as one. I’m ready to do what I was recruited to do.”
At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Seisay is that bigger corner the Huskers wanted … the one who’s played well at two schools (Memphis and Eastern Arizona Community College) and is primed and positioned to take that next gigantic step. Having already used his redshirt, he’s a junior college transfer who has two years to play two years. For Mohammed Seisay, the future is now, and he can’t wait for the alarm clock to ring and fall camp to begin. “I really wanted to play in that Spring Game (canceled by rain),” he said. “I think I had a great spring overall, and I was ready to showcase my skills for everyone, but it didn’t happen. I know what kind of player I am, and I never want to stop learning. I think I can start this year. All in all, I did what I wanted and what my coaches wanted. The only thing I didn’t get to experience was playing in front a big crowd. I’ll have to wait for that, but I’ll be ready.”
The film from Seisay’s prep days in Virginia, in Conference USA with Memphis and at Eastern Arizona does not lie. Seisay has size, speed, agility and instinct. Watch his film. He shows he can break on routes, change direction, catch, cover, accelerate and find the end zone. He chose Nebraska after visiting Arkansas, Ole Miss and Indiana. Once he knew Nebraska was the place, he canceled visits to the last two offers he seriously considered – Florida State and Oklahoma. Even though Seisay wasn’t recruited by first-year secondary coach Terry Joseph, he’s adapted well. Both coach and player got their Husker baptism at the same time last spring. “Coach Joseph really knows his stuff,” Seisay said. “He’s a people person, and we connected immediately. He was learning a little more about the defense at the same time he was teaching it to us, so he was really good simplifying it, explaining it and breaking it down. We’d spend a couple days on scheme, a couple more going 1-on-1 and couple more in groups. We’d learn the defense, then practice it, then come back and watch film and correct our mistakes.”
Growing in the East Coast and playing in the West, Seisay was ready to anchor his talents in the Midwest. “The people in Nebraska are really friendly,” he said. “They’re genuine, and they really know their football. I think I fit in well here because my parents raised me well. Even as a young man, I learned to respect my elders and all of that. I learned a lot at military school, too. I know the importance of family. The way I look at it, Nebraska is my new family, and I’m going to do everything I can to help my family. We can’t worry about who’s not here anymore. We just have to do the best we can every day.” Seisay makes sure that he applies every sentiment to his own situation. Even though he’s quiet, reserved, polite and says “Yes sir” with a certain respect, you can sense he has the fundamentals of a leader. He has the experience to step into a starter’s role. The man considered to be one of the nation’s top 10 junior college players last season also has maturity to wear a Blackshirt, not to mention the ability to do his part and put that fabled unit back on the map.
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