10 Players Who Will Make or Break New Cornhusker Offense – No. 4

By at June 23, 2011 | 10:22 AM | Print

Basic elements of Tim Beck’s new offense were unveiled in April to the Cornhuskers’ adoring public. Just what Beck’s plans are past page one are anyone’s guess. One thing that isn’t difficult to predict is the talent with which he will try to get the Big Red Machine rolling. If these ten pieces of the puzzle don’t fall into place, the wheels may fall off of Beck’s invention entirely.

No. 4: Jeremiah Sirles

Sirles is a special breed of lineman. The 6’6” 320-pound mountain of a man got the call to start at left tackle as a redshirt freshman. He raised more than a few eyebrows with his performance. Rated a Second-Team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, Sirles participated in all 14 games for the Cornhuskers.

He sat out this past spring due to a shoulder injury, but should be ready to do his best to nullify Big Ten defenders. Nebraska will need all of the effort he can give as the Cornhuskers replace three senior starters on the offensive line.

Sirles is crucial to the success of the Nebraska passing attack. From what’s known of Beck’s passing preferences, his quarterbacks won’t drop seven steps back often, but they do need to feel comfortable in the pocket or production will go down the tubes in a hurry.

Fortunately, thanks to Sirles’ year of experience going against the best that the Big 12 had to offer coupled with an offseason to heal and improve, his quarterbacks should be able to sleep easy at night.

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