Lincoln, NE - After being named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches last year, junior guard Spencer Long had a conversation with Nebraska assistant offensive line coach John Garrison about not settling.
"He just told me to focus on improving myself and just know you haven't arrived, not even close to arriving to my potential," said Long. "He's really helped me become the best player I can be, I'm still working towards that obviously."
Last year, with three seniors up front, including Mike Caputo, Long wasn't called upon to be a leader. Now as an experienced veteran, the usually quiet Long is adjusting to a new role this offseason.
"I've probably had to step up a lot in that room," Long said. "I'm not really a vocal guy, so I kind of lead by example, or try to at least.
"Someone has to fill their shoes. I'm trying. We will see."
Long is currently hovering around 300 pounds, nearly five pounds less than his playing weight last fall.
"I lost a bit of weight, because I had to get my tonsils removed. But I'm back up to it now," said Long. "This summer I will put on some good weight to be more ready for the fall."
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