The senior offensive lineman talks about the offense's efforts…
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 315 pounds
High School: Elkhorn (Neb.)
2012 Review:For the second straight season, Long started every game for the Huskers in the trenches, protecting Taylor Martinez and becoming a first-team All-Big Ten player in the process.
Long was a catalyst for an offensive line that helped produce the nation's No. 8 running attack at 253.4 yards per game, also first in the Big Ten.
His play earned him second-team All-American honors last year by the Associated Press - the first time a Nebraska offensive lineman has earned such honors since Toniu Fonoti in 2001.
2013 Outlook:With 27 career starts under his belt, Long returns as one of the most experienced offensive lineman in the Big Ten and has the second most offensive line starts on the team behind Jeremiah Sirles (28). The projected offensive line starters actually have 77 starts and 153 appearances combined.
"This is the closest we have been as an o-line," said Long during the spring. "We have had a lot of games together and a lot of playing time on the o-line. I think it's going to be one of our strengths this year."
Long finds himself this summer on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch list, but still found areas of his game this spring he would like to improve on.
"My biggest weakness is consistency. I need to become a better football player in that area," said Long. "I need to eliminate the same mistakes."
How he ended up in Lincoln:Long was a two sport athlete, playing both baseball and football for Elkhorn High School. He excelled on both sides of the line on the football team, playing both offensive and defensive line. His play on the gridiron earned him honorable-mention all-area honors. Not heavily recruited out of high school, he decided to walk-on at Nebraska, with a strong high school GPA.