Long ready to step up

With the duo of Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed gone, Jake Long is now a leader at the tight end position.

LINCOLN, Neb. - One of the biggest question marks this spring for the Nebraska Cornhuskers is how they will replace 42 catches, 596 yards, and two touchdowns at the tight end position.

The tight end spot was anchored the past three seasons with the duo of Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed - tight ends who complimented each other quite well.

With the pair now prepping for possible pro careers, the Huskers are looking for answers at the position.

A likely candidate to pick up the slack will be senior Jake Long, who registered six catches, for 55 yards and a touchdown in 2012.

The brother of All-American guard Spencer Long, Jake has always played second fiddle to Cotton and Reed, but now has the opportunity to be a front runner at the position.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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