Judges choose biggest Husker fan during UNL Homecoming Week
Story by Emily Nohr, NewsNetNebraska
About 300 people squeezed around a small stage on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus Friday evening to witness the Huskers “Biggest Fan” competition.
More than 30 contestants sang, chanted and even body rolled around the stage to impress a panel of four judges, including former Husker football player Tommie Frazier.
The contest, sponsored by the Scarlet Guard and held outside the Wick Alumni Center, was one of many UNL Homecoming events that took place this week.
Knoll Hall competitor Alex Lucier was declared the Huskers “Biggest Fan” by sporting a Scottish warrior costume. He spoke in an accent and encouraged Husker fans to cheer loud in Saturday night’s Husker football game against Ohio State.
“Years from now when you’re asked where you were on that glorious night, you’ll raise your head high and tell them you were there watching and cheering. Go Big Red!” he shouted, as audience members squealed.
Lucier’s winning feat will be announced at Saturday night’s football game.
UNL student and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority contestant Hanna Flachman said Lucier deserved to win.
“He was creative and inspirational,” she said.
Some contestants painted their bodies red, white and black, while others dressed up as corncobs and corn stalks.
One contestant dumped a can of red paint all over herself, causing the contest to postpone for about five minutes for cleanup purposes.
Jessica Erstad, wife of Huskers baseball team head coach Darin Erstad, served as one of the judges and said she loved seeing students give it their all.
“They have more courage than I have,” she said. “It’s great people who can stand in front of a crowd and do that.”