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CU transfer brightens o-line outlook in ’14

The outlook on the Huskers’ offensive line in 2014 got a little bit brighter on Friday with the news that Colorado offensive tackle Alex Lewis will transfer to Nebraska. The junior-to-be will sit out this year under NCAA transfer rules, then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Lewis, the son of Nebraska All-American lineman Bill Lewis, played both tackle and tight end as a freshman in 2011 for the Buffs before becoming the starter at left tackle for all of 2012. He sat out all of spring practice this year following shoulder surgery.

Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride, who helped set up the initial call between the Huskers and the Lewis family, told HuskerOnline.com that Alex has all the tools to play at the next level.

“He’s the real deal. He’s going to play on Sunday’s. He’s one of those guys that nobody went after because he was only 245 pounds. Had he been in Nebraska it wouldn’t have been a question for him to get an offer from them out of high school.”

In what’s been a relatively quiet start to the 2014 recruiting cycle, this is some genuinely good news for the Huskers. Nebraska will lose five seniors — Spencer Long, Andrew Rodriguez, Cole Pensick, Brent Qvale and Jeremiah Sirles — off its offensive line following the 2013 season. All five of them have starting experience.

The addition of Lewis, along with 2013 JUCO transfers Chongo Kondolo and Matt Finnin, should help cushion the blow of those departures. Nebraska’s offensive line may not have a ton of game experience in 2014, but now it looks like the Huskers will at least have plenty of system experience.