Walter Nickel: Everyone that I've met here has been real nice. It wasn't a difficult thing for me to get adjusted to, but I still don't really know where I am. I don't even know where I'm at right now. Where in Ames am I, I have no clue. I just kind of get on the bus and they take me to wherever. But things are looking good so far.
CN: What type of teammate will you be the next few seasons?
Nickel: I'm dedicated and won't try to steal the spotlight from someone else. I'm going to do what the coaches tell me. I really can't say that I'm going to be outstanding or a hall-of-famer; I'm just going to play hard. Playing right away should be anybody's goal.
CN: What type of expectations have you placed on yourself?
Nickel: I don't think someone should come to a school and hope that one day they might get a chance. Everyone should want to perform right away, and especially a junior college player. I have two years and don't want to waste them sitting around.
CN: How much different are the facilities and offseason workouts from what you're used to?
Nickel: It's really a lot different from Dixie, where we don't even really have a weight room. But it's been a lot of fun. We're throwing the ball around a little bit and playing some football. I've been answering questions for long enough and sitting out. While these guys were playing a bowl game, I was at home watching. I want to get back in the swing of things.
CN: You've got to be getting anxious to put the pads on again.
Nickel: It seems that the end of the season you feel all beat up, but a week later you want to get back out there. I can't wait to get out there.