(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer This week's game at struggling Purdue might not move the needle much for Nebraska fans. To the Cornhuskers' Randy Gregory, it's a red-letter game.
Gregory has become a fan favorite for his tenacious play at defensive end. To frustrated Purdue fans, Gregory is the in-state kid who got away.
The native of Fishers, Ind., signed a letter of intent with the Boilermakers in 2011, but had to go to junior college to become academically eligible. Coming off a big first year at Arizona Western, Gregory broke his left leg in the 2012 opener.
As Danny Hope's hold on the Purdue coaching job slipped, Nebraska and other schools swooped in to woo Gregory. He visited Nebraska the weekend of its win over Michigan and verbally committed four days later. Hope was fired three weeks after that, and Gregory said new coach Darrell Hazell never tried to re-recruit him.
Gregory wore a wide grin when he met with reporters this week. He said h...