Nebraska acquired a commit from Stanford offensive tackle switch Walter Rouse. Three takes on the choice of the 6-foot-6, 318-pounder:
In Year 2 in NU’s NIL growth, Matt Rhule has taken a distinct — and maybe higher — tack.
If the Huskers poured a ton of vitality final 12 months into signing receivers and defensive backs who may assist immediately, this 12 months has been about top-shelf linemen who can begin immediately.
First, Arizona State heart Ben Scott joined this system. Now, a multi-year beginning tackle from Stanford who, after recovering from a torn labrum, may anchor both facet of the road. Both are arguably higher than the 2 departed gamers they’d be changing and supply instant expertise.
Can they add up to one Trey Palmer? They may add up to extra, in a way. A great offensive line makes numerous issues simpler for an offense.
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Nebraska beat Iowa and Oklahoma on the recruiting path, which is a uncommon feat. NU would possibly beat one or the opposite, however hardly ever each when each are within the combine.
It’s a feather within the cap of offensive line coach Donovan Raiola, who, in Rouse, obtained his prime lineman addition to this point, even when it is only for one 12 months.
The Hawkeyes and Sooners have a tendency to do effectively in producing NFL linemen — higher lately than Nebraska, at any price — and each had wants on the place. Rouse’s selection places an extra pep in NU’s offseason step.
Health issues, however NU is getting a frontrunner on and off the sphere.
Rouse was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, referred to as the “tutorial Heisman” in the way it takes efficiency within the sport and within the classroom into consideration.
He’s a pointy man with expertise in a pro-style, run-first program at Stanford.
He has to get well from the labrum challenge, so he will not apply till coaching camp. Once he is in a position to go, he provides Nebraska the choice of transferring one in all its present prime tackles — Turner Corcoran, Bryce Benhart or Teddy Prochazka — to guard. It would not be a stretch to transfer Corcoran to proper or left guard, put Ethan Piper reverse that, have Scott anchor heart, with Rouse at one tackle and both Prochazka or Benhart on the different.
Nebraska may have a good offensive line subsequent season — on paper, not less than — if everybody stays wholesome.
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