Family tradition

For some, a chance to walk on at Nebraska means that they will be turning down a scholarship elsewhere to pursue a dream. It's a tough choice for some, but not for Luke Lingenfelter. The chance to one day play at Nebraska was something that he had dreamt about for too long to decide to go elsewhere and not pursue. Following in footsteps of family before him, Luke will be a Husker.

Nebraska is going back through the state, like they did last year with Dreu Young and Kyle Moore, and keeping a strong walk-on program alive in Lincoln. The latest to add their name is 6-foot-3 and 220-pound Luke Lingenfelter from Plainview (Nebr.).

"I decided a couple of days ago," Lingenfelter said. "I decided to walk onto Nebraska two days ago or so."

For Luke, this has been a long time coming. He has dreamt about this for 10-plus years. The chance to be a Husker was too much to pass up.

"It's the dream. It's been a dream to be a Husker since I was seven years old. A lot of my family has played for the Huskers."

"My grandfather, two of my uncles and of course my cousin is there now. I have some ties to the program there in Lincoln."

The chance to walk on at Nebraska came at a cost, financially, but this is not a new story for people that want to play for Nebraska. Lingenfelter chose walking-on over financial assistance from other schools.

"I had some offers. Chadron State, South Dakota said that they were going to offer and I basically had by choices doing to Nebraska-Omaha, South Dakota and Nebraska right away."

Besides Nebraska, Lingenfelter was getting looks from other division one schools. However, the graduation rates of those other schools was eye-opening.

"I got some looks from Kansas and Colorado, but they really only graduate about 60% of their kids. I think that Colorado is 66% and Kansas is 55%. Nebraska is over 90%."

"That just shows right there how important an education is for their players at Nebraska. That just shows that their emphasis is on playing football and not getting their players an education or their graduation."

Lingenfelter made a recent trip to Lincoln where the chance to walk on was discussed. The positions were a big discussion point with Lingenfelter and Nebraska.

"When I went down there they said open end, where Jay Moore played, or they think that I have a big enough, wide enough frame to think about moving to inside tackle. Go up to about 300 pounds. That wouldn't slow me down."

This year, Lingenfelter was a standout on offense and defense and helped lead his team to the playoffs. The playoff run was shorter than what was a little shorter than what was planned. Luke still had a great season and received honors on both sides of the ball.

"I played mostly defensive end and nose guard for Plainview this year. We went 7-2. We lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was a heart breaker, seven turnovers. Just terrible."

"We have never kept stats. I got super state as an offensive lineman and defensive end all-state, across the two papers. On offense I ended up playing every position across the line. It depended on the match up with the other team."

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