Huskers in pursuit of another JC OL

Nebraska is looking for some immediate help at the offensive tackle position. It seems that at least one of the targets this year that Nebraska will take at the tackle position will be a mid-term transfer. Nebraska has targeted another big offensive tackle that will be ready to transfer at semester in December.

One of the top junior college tackles this year will be James Tretheway. Tretheway from the College of San Mateo (Calif.) is excited that fall camp has arrived and is three weeks away from their first scrimmage.

"Yeah we started practice," Tretheway said. "We have a scrimmage in three weeks and I believe that our first game is September 4."

Tretheway is hopeful that his team can improve their record from last year. They have a lot of key personnel returning including some Tretheway and some others along the offensive line.

"Last year we were 6-5. I think that we will do a lot better this year. We have a lot of people returning because we were a young team last year. I think that this year we will be a lot better."

"Counting a transfer who started at his old school we will have three returning starters on the offensive line. Our center played quite a bit as a freshman and then we have a greyshirt freshman that is in the fifth spot."

The offense is one that Husker fans are still familiar with, but their option attack might be a better run to pass ratio than what Nebraska fans tend to remember. "We run the option as an offense. We run the majority of the time, but it's not like an 85/15 ratio of run to pass. It's not that bad."

Tretheway was academically eligible to attend about any school that he liked, however there is sometimes another reason to go the junior college route. Tretheway admittedly will tell you he just wasn't ready for football at the higher levels. He is happy that he took the junior college route before going into division one football.

"I came out of El Camino high school and my grades were fine to go to almost any college. I wanted to continue playing though and I wasn't quite ready so I went to junior college. I greyshirted my first year out, started last year and will start this year. This will be my fifth semester and I will be ready to transfer in December with three to play two."

The spring evaluation period brought a couple of phone calls, but he and his coach agree that it's better to stay focused on the season for the team and ultimately for his college football future beyond San Mateo.

"I have spoke to a few coaches, but after talking to my coach about my recruiting we really think that I should just focus on the season and try not to worry about scouts too much. Get my job now and if I perform they will still be interested later."

"I talked to a few coaches in the spring. I spoke to the coach at Nebraska and the coach at Cincinnati. I went to Stanford's Junior Day out there. That is all that I have done. I don't have any offers yet."

James spoke to the offensive line coach at Nebraska when they called this spring. There were some discussions to set up an official visit to Nebraska which would land on the weekend for October 8 for Tretheway.

"I spoke to Coach Wagner from Nebraska. They told me they wanted to trip me out there on my bye week, but I haven't had any contact with them since then. I am not too sure how any of that is working out."

One of the tallest hurdles that Nebraska has to overcome is distance. Although he admits that if he had to leave he would, but when it comes to picking out a school distance is the first thing that he will be looking at.

"I would prefer to stay on the West coast, but if that were to happen that I couldn't, moving away isn't going to kill me. I think that I am looking at staying around here first. After that it is getting a good education. I have also put a big emphasis on the player to coach relationship. All throughout high school and at San Mateo I have had great relationships with my offensive line coaches."

Recently Tretheway took part in a junior college combine and tested very well. "I am up to 6-foot-6 and 295. At a recent combine I ran a 5.12 40-yard dash, but I pretty consistently run in the 5.2 range. I think that my strengths are my lower body strength. I would say that I am trying to improve my upper body strength the most."

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