Norfolk’s McCallum chases dreams as Nebraska walk-on

February 8, 2018 GMT

Lane McCallum graduated from Norfolk High in 2017, wanted to play football at the highest level possible and pursued an opportunity at Air Force.

But McCallum left Air Force after a semester as a kicker and will join Nebraska’s football program as a walk-on.

“The past couple days I have been filling out paperwork and (Nebraska) finally said I am on the roster,” McCallum said.

McCallum — 6-foot-2, 205 pounds — played multiple positions at Norfolk, including linebacker and running back. He will start out as a safety at Nebraska.

“They want me as a safety, and I’m happy with that,” McCallum said. “That is the position that I wanted to play and schools recruited me out of high school as.”


McCallum was a two-time All-Nebraska selection. He made the team in 2015 as a kicker and as a linebacker in 2016. He set the Norfolk career scoring record with 354 points.

Like many other in-state walk-ons in the 2018 class, the opportunity to chase a dream of playing football in Nebraska weighed heavily on McCallum.

“It was something that was lingering on my heart even when I was at Air Force,” McCallum said.

McCallum watched Scott Frost’s introductory press conference. He took notice when Frost said there are guys from Nebraska playing elsewhere that he’ll want to keep in the state moving forward.

That’s when McCallum decided he wanted to come home.

“That press conference was a turning moment and I would regret not giving it a try at Nebraska,” McCallum said. “I decided to chase my dreams.”