I grew up in Western Nebraska. Not North Platte or Kearney or Valentine, but real Western Nebraska, nearly equidistant from the Wyoming and South Dakota borders and just 1000 feet short of being a mile high Western Nebraska.
Most people just call it the sticks, and that's fine. I don't need to wax poetic about it to either prove or disprove that notion.
The fact is, there aren't a lot of people out there. It's part of the beauty of the place, but when it comes to producing Division I football talent, population density is your friend.
That's what makes the fact that Rushville's Brandon Johnson is entering his senior year at Iowa State that much more remarkable.
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