Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers’ Pipeline Building is Underway
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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers’ Pipeline Building is Underway

December 31, 2019

Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.

Build your team through the trenches. 

You have to win the line of scrimmage to win in the Big Ten. 

Those are very popular sentiments around these parts when it comes to how the Nebraska football team should be built. I’m not here to debate that today. There isn’t a way around the need for teams in this conference to be strong up front. Offensive line play is also identifiable with Nebraska football. It holds a special place in Husker fans’ hearts. 

The Pipeline is not just the greatest offensive line ever assembled. It is also part of of a mindset and level of execution that fans long for on the line. It will be hard to ever replicate that group but Coach Scott Frost and offensive line coach Greg Austin are on their way to building the trenches in Lincoln. 

Taking a look at how the Huskers are being built under Frost, there has been a lot of talk about the amount of receivers brought on the team in two years. This complaining is happening even as Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters have mentioned how they didn’t have the number of pass catchers they like when taking the job. Perhaps lost in that noise is that the Huskers now quietly have 18 scholarship offensive linemen on the team. 

One of the linemen not on scholarship yet is Colorado State transfer Nouredin Nouili. The Norris High graduate transfer has some specific recall when asked what comes to mind when he thinks of the Nebraska Pipeline.

“Toughness. Nastiness. Somebody who will knock you upside the head,” he said. “I want to be one of them. I want to be one of guys that brings back the tradition of the Nebraska offensive line. Of course, there are the Blackshirts as well and the defensive side but the offensive side is mostly known for the pipeline. Or I should say was known for it. I want to bring that tradition back and bring it back to the back-to-back national championship years.”

Digging deeper into the numbers, 10 of those 18 are will be redshirt sophomores or younger during the 2020 season. The team is built through the trenches. That’s especially important for Frost’s offense. The Huskers ran the ball 211 more times than they threw it in 2019. That way significantly higher than 50 more rushes in 2018. If Frost’s version of this spread wants to continue running the ball at this clip and more efficiently then building a dominant line will help. 

There is a lot of work left to be done, but the building blocks are in Lincoln to building an effective offensive line.

Recruit Watch

>> Sam Hart, a 2021 tight end/defensive lineman from Colorado, has committed to Ohio State. 

>> Jeffrey Bowie, one of the Huskers top 2021 targets in Iowa as a defensive end, picked up a cool honor. 

>> Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg picked up his first offer this weekend.


>> Derek Peterson looked at something Joe Burrow did that was pretty cool in his column. 

>> The Husker basketball team closed out non-conference play with some stellar defense, writers Jacob Padilla. 

>> In our year in review series, Mike Babcock looks at the need for a strong running game. (Premium)

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