offensive line coach Greg Austin works the offensive line during practice Friday
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Huskers Work Out Was a ‘No Brainer’ for Junior College Center Seth Falley

June 19, 2021

The new rule allowing schools to work players out individually for one hour this summer has been a boon for college programs. It allows schools to get hands on with prospects after going a year without face-to-face evaluation. When we think about the work outs so far this month for Nebraska we’ve seen mostly high school prospects come in.

But junior college players are allowed to do them as well. Seth Falley, one of the top JUCO centers in the country, came in for a private workout with Nebraska on Friday.

“Coach (Ryan) Held got ahold of me,” Falley said. “He’s got a connection with Butler, he actually used to coach there. He just got in contact with me and Nebraska is obviously one of the meccas of college football, so getting asked to come work out was kind of a no brainer.”

Everything Falley did during his workout was very thorough. He has his measurables taken including his BMI and wingspan. He was able to do a 40-yard dash and vertical jump just like a true combine experience. After that they went into drills with a specific position coach. Falley worked out with offensive line coach Greg Austin. Once that was completed they did a sports psychology test.

“We did like a little computer test that just kind of showed our mental thought process,” Falley said. “It was actually pretty cool. It was like a personality test with different questions. Do you consider yourself like a driven person? Do you avoid conflict? Do you take a conflict head on? Just stuff like that.”

One of the high points of the trip for Falley was getting to work directly with Austin. He found similarities between Austin’s style and his current offensive line coach at Butler Community College.

“It was awesome working with Coach Austin,” Falley said. “He’s obviously a very knowledgeable coach. He’s really good at what he does. Just kind of hearing his insight on how he likes to coaches guys is very interesting. It’s pretty similar to how our offensive line coach teaches it.”

Austin told the lineman that he was impressed with his technical skills. Falley’s ability to take coaching also stood out. That was one of the advantages of being an older guy coming in for a work out. Austin also told him that he moved well for his size. After completing the next season at Butler, Falley will have three years to play two seasons.

Nebraska plans to keep in touch with the center. They were upfront with him that they only have two spots in this class for offensive linemen. The Huskers will reevaluate things after their official visitors come to campus. That includes an offensive lineman from June 28-30.

Falley is hearing quite a bit from Virginia Tech. They are in a similar situation as Nebraska with scholarship number. No matter where Falley ends up he knows what he is looking for in a future school.

“Obviously, you want to go to a place and get a good education,” Falley said. “The other part is tradition. Nebraska has got a great tradition for winning football games and just putting out guys that are studs to go be in the NFL and do great things. I just want somewhere that I’m following a tradition or following a standard just like I have a Butler.

“That’s what I look for mostly is just going somewhere that’s got the standards that are set and you just need to go reach it.”

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