High School: Arvada West (CO)
Thurston did a lot of his work on the Big Ten’s net leading punt game last year as a shield blocker for the Huskers.
Thurston has been hit the injury bug before early in his career, but hopes to stay healthy this fall as he competes for the starting center spot with Ryne Reeves.
Besides senior offensive tackle Alex Lewis, four sports appear to be open on the offensive line. This includes center, where Nebraska has struggled to keep anyone healthy or playing at a high level the last few years.
BRR projection: The offensive line is a concern heading into the fall, but the center spot shouldn’t be. Thurston did enough to earn the spot heading into the camp. The former four-star Colorado prep had a solid spring and really showcased his ability to move in the spring game. Thurston has had a solid push up front during the spring and looks like he has benefited from offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh’s teaching.
This isn’t the trendy pick, but unless Reeves comes back from injury and blows everyone away, Thurston should be the guy.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
A former four-star prospect and the top player in Colorado in the 2012 class, Thurston picked the Huskers in June heading into his senior year over offers from schools such as Michigan, Arkansas, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Utah.
“I just felt at home and had that gut feeling,” said Thurston at the time.
A projected offensive tackle in high school, Thurston was already planning on playing one of the interior line spots in college. He was a Semper Fi All-American his senior year of high school.
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