National Signing Day had its positives and negatives for Nebraska, but one area that appears to be stuffed to the brim with talent is the offensive line.
The 2014 class featured the additions highly ranked prospects Tanner Farmer, D.J. Foster and Nick Gates alone. However, by virtue of transfer, an addition to this bunch blows the roof off of the Big Red’s potential maulers up front.
Upon former Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman Alex Lewis‘ announcement that he would be transferring to Nebraska in May 2013, there was much jubilation. That was until two felony assault charges were pressed against him.
Allegedly, Lewis and Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb whooped up on an Air Force Cadet as a verbal back-and-forth became heated. Lewis would eventually plead guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault and the felony charges would be dropped.
What does this mean for the Big Red? There’s another hoss on board.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini announced that Lewis has been lifting with the team, the new No. 71 has his own bio up on the Huskers’ official website and a line that has question marks at offensive tackle going into the 2014 season may have found a key piece of the puzzle.
Last season, offensive line coach John Garrison was propping up his players with two-by-fours and bringing in duct tape by the truck load.
As it stands, the Huskers also have Matt Finnin, Zach Sterup and Givens Price to shuffle around in an attempt to fill the holes left by Jeremiah Sirles and Brent Qvale who held down the fort on the outside for quite some time.
The addition of Lewis not only gives Garrison the opportunity to try out another player to keep Nebraska’s quarterbacks upright when it comes to pass protection, but the Huskers now have a level of depth up front on offense that they haven’t seen in ages.
While Lewis wasn’t a five-star commitment’s fax nor necessarily a player suited for an area of severe need, his addition to Nebraska’s roster should be considered an extremely pleasant surprise.