First game experience a memorable one

Not bad for your first game experience at Nebraska. Sure, Husker commit offensive lineman Brent Qvale was in Lincoln in June, but this was a bit different. OK, this was far different than anything he could have envisioned.

I said before that when sophomore kicker Alex Henery lined up to try the 57-yard field goal to take the lead from Colorado, I didn't think he was going to make it. That's a long kick.

I wasn't alone.

"Yeah, I didn't think he was going to make it. It was a long kick, but just the situation – you don't see stuff like that very much," Brent Qvale said.

But he did, and Qvale reacted.

"We were going crazy," he said. "We were jumping up and down. It was just crazy."

Almost as crazy as when junior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh intercepted a Cody Hawkins pass, taking it into the end zone and sealing the victory for the Huskers.

"I was standing beside Nick Ash and we were both just going nuts, and that quarterback, Suh just rolled that guy when he tried to tackle him," Brent said of himself and his fellow Husker commit.

The morning after the game, as coaches have to do, Offensive Line coach Barney Cotton was in the film room breaking down yesterday's game. Qvale was with him, and he talked about just some of the things Cotton pointed out about what the line did, what he would be doing and just how different things would be. Qvale said he was both excited and a little surprised.

"You see what that offensive line did, if they wanted to run, they pretty much did. Colorado wasn't really able to consistently stop them," he said. "But I was surprised when I was watching the techniques, because it's a lot of zone, and the hardest part is just learning the plays.

"The scheme really isn't that hard, so you don't have to think all the time. You can just get out there and play football."

Brent said that his trip in June was comprehensive enough that there wasn't a lot he wanted to see which he didn't get an opportunity to the last time he was in Lincoln. But the official visits are the dog and pony show, and he got the full tour.

He remembered one moment of the tour when he, along with fellow O-Line commits Jeremiah Sirles, Nick Ash and Andrew Rodriguez, Rodriguez committed for next year's class – all together in the weight room. "There was that running back from Florida who was visiting and I know someone said to him as he was looking at us, 'those guys could be blocking for you while you are here'," Qvale said of Tampa, Florida's Jarvis Giles. "I think he really liked his visit."

Qvale liked his enough, he knows that. From the full tour of the campus to the game which he couldn't imagine, he couldn't even imagine what it would be like playing there, in front of that and perhaps one day of being part of it himself.

He knows his future offensive line coach is excited, though, because from what Qvale said Coach Cotton is just as excited as he is about the future. "He said that he really likes his recruiting class as far as the offensive line, not just this year, but that guy for next year, too," Brent said. "You see what they have already done in just the first year, he talked about what he thinks this group will be like in the future.

"It's great to be a part of that. It's pretty cool to know that the transition is always going to be difficult, but there wasn't anything I saw that made me think it was going to be a lot more thinking than playing. It's nice to know that you get a chance to go out there and just plow people into the ground."

We won't call it the future "Pipeline", but Qvale likes to think that from what he's seen what he'll be part of down the road will be something special. He's sure of it, actually, but he didn't need this game, no matter how exciting, to show him just a glimpse of what things will be like. "It's going to be something. I mean, the coaches are great, they know what they are doing and the players all really get along," he said. "It's going to be fun to be part of that. It makes you excited to play, and you get really excited about the future."

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