Schedule Scouting: OL

An in-depth look at the top offensive lineman the Huskers will face this season.

Offensive Lineman
September 1st – Southern Mississippi
Player: Jason Weaver (OT)

In 2010 Jason Weaver missed most of the season after being injured in the second game of the year. He earned second team CUSA honors last year, and this year he was granted a sixth year of eligibility. Weaver and teammate Austin Quattrochi (C) are expected to earn first team CUSA honors in 2012. Southern Mississippi's offensive line is returning four starters, so should improve from last season.

September 8th- UCLA
Player: Xavier Su'a-Filo (OT)

The offensive line has been improving since 2008 when they averaged their lowest yards per game (83) since 1985. This year UCLA has no offensive lineman predicted to make first or second team Pac-12, but sophomore tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo is predicted to make third team. He could, however, easily rise up the ranks if he has a great season.

September 15th- Arkansas State
Player: Zack McKnight (OT)

Arkansas State loses two all conference offensive lineman this year, but are still expected to be better and more experienced than last year. This year the offensive line is expected to consist of three seniors and three juniors. Zack McKnight (Sr.) is expected to earn second team Sun Belt Conference honors, and two of the teams top six recruits this year are offensive lineman.

September 22nd- Idaho State
Player: Elijah Ruhl (OG)

Elijah Ruhl is a former JUCO player and will be entering his junior year at Idaho State. He is the largest player on the Idaho State football team measuring 6-foot-4 329 pounds. Last year he was part of an offensive line that helped Kevin Yost and Rodrick Rumble set several single-season and single-game passing records.

September 29th- Wisconsin
Player: Travis Frederick (C)

This year Wisconsin must replace three All Conference offensive linemen, two of which were All Americans. However, they still have center Travis Frederick and offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, who are both expected to be first team Big Ten. Even with the loss of some of the best lineman in college football Wisconsin's line is expected to be one of the best in the Big Ten and average 6-foot-5 321 pounds.

October 6th- Ohio State
Player: Andrew Norwell (OG)

Despite having a mobile quarterback Ohio State's offensive line still allowed 46 sacks year. This year they loose their two year starting left tackle, their four year starting center, and their three year starting tackle. Even with all this experience being lost Ohio State is expected to improve after their poor performance last year. Both offensive guard Andrew Norwell and offensive tackle Jack Mewhort are expected to earn second team Big Ten honors.

October 20th- Northwestern
Player: Brian Mulroe

Last year Northwestern's unit averaged 167 yards per game, but also allowed 43 sacks. This year they loose their starting left tackle and right guard, but return five starters with a total of 73 career starts. Senior left guard Brian Mulroe is expected to earn second team Big Ten honors, and be a leader for this line. Expect this offensive line to improve from last year.

October 27h- Michigan
Player: Taylor Lewan (OT)

Last year as a sophmore, Lewan was a All-Big Ten second team perfomer, heping Michigan advance to the Sugar Bowl. At 6-foot-8, 302 pounds, it's understand why Lewan is a dominant force, but he also has become a leader heading into 2012. After losing David Molk last year, the Wolverines will look for Ricky Barnmum to take over.

November 3rd- Michigan State
Player: Chris McDonald (OG)

Last year Michigan State averaged 138 yards per game and allowed only 16 sacks. This year they loose their top offensive lineman in left guard Joel Foreman, who was the first Spartan offensive lineman to start four consecutive yeas since 1988. However, they do still have right guard Chris McDonald who is expected to earn first team Big Ten honors. Expect Michigan States rushing yards per game to improve in 2012.

November 10th- Penn State
Player: Matt Stankiewitch (C)

The only returning starter for Penn State this year is senior center Matt Stankiewitch, which means that they only have 17 career starts returning. Not only is Stankeinwitch the only returning starter, but also he is also the only senior on the offensive line. Expect their numbers to drop from last years 165 yards per game, and a Big Ten best only 14 sacks allowed.

November 17th- Minnesota
Player: Jimmy Gjere (OT)

Minnesota looses two starters, but still has 40 career starts returning, they are also in the second year of a new scheme, so that should help them improve. There is not a single senior starting on the offensive line, and three sophomores. Last year right tackle Jimmy Gjere started as a redshirt freshman but suffered a concussion and missed most of the season. Even thought they have a young team they should improve off their 160 yards per game and 22 sacks allowed.

November 23rd- Iowa
Player: James Ferentz (C)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was an offensive line coach in the NFL, so that has always been important to him. This year he is bringing in his son Brian Ferentz to try to help strengthen the line that underachieved last year. This year they loose their best offensive lineman in left tackle Riley Reiff, their right tackle and their right guard. They are rturnng two starters, both seniors, and should improve on their last years 138 rushing yards per game.

- Josh Harvey -
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