Nebraska hoping for better play from offensive line

Nebraska's Cole Conrad goes through a drill during pre-game warm ups at Memorial Stadium. (NTV News)

Any football coach will tell you the key to victory starts up front in the trenches. Nebraska historically has been known to dominate in that area. That was not the case in 2016 for the offensive line.

Big Red finished 73rd nationally in rushing offense and 87th in yards per attempt. The good news for Nebraska they return 6 linemen who started at least one game for the Huskers last year. Look for Big Red to get the ball out of Tanner Lee's hands quickly this season and give their receivers a chance to make plays through the screen game.

"When you get that going, then you help the offensive line," Mike Riley stated at Big Ten Media Days. " When you get the draw game going, you help the offensive line, when you get the quick game going you help the offensive line. At the same time, we expect them to do a good job. I guess I'll go backwards and say the first good job we need from them is to be able to run the football. If they'll do that, that will help their pass protection too. "

It's a busy 48 hours for the Husker program. Fan Day and movie night is taking place at Memorial Stadium tonight from 6-9 pm. Nebraska opening up fall camp tomorrow morning at 9 am. We'll have plenty of coverage on NTV News at 5:30 and 10 pm.

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