Next time you get pulled over in Nebraska, try talking Cornhuskers football before the officer writes you a ticket. A possible college football transfer looking to be the next Nebraska place kicker tried it, and it worked for him.
According to the Quincy-Herald Whig, Pat Smith, a kicker from Western Illinois University was driving through Cornhuskers territory to make his official visit at Nebraska when he got pulled over. He told the officer he was on his way to visit the Big Ten school and was considering transferring and kicking as a graduate student.
Rather than give him a ticket, the cop spent the next 15 minutes talking Cornhuskers football and ended up leaving Smith with a warning and a positive impression of the school and its passionate fans. The officer left so much of an impression, that on Monday, Smith informed WIU coach Bob Nielson of his pending transfer. With one year left of eligible play, Smith will be competing for the starting position as kicker with the Cornhuskers.