10 Players Who Will Make or Break New Cornhusker Offense – No. 5

By at June 22, 2011 | 10:37 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. 5: Brent Qvale

Nebraska’s offensive line is deep, talented and extremely young. You’ll find no better example of this than at the interior positions. Fortunately, the Cornhuskers have a very impressive nucleus to build around and that bunch begins with Qvale.

At 6’7” 325 pounds, the mammoth land-mover from Williston, North Dakota will likely be lining up at right guard this fall. Qvale has already begun acclimating to the speed of FBS football. He played a reserve role in 2010 backing up Ricky Henry and Keith Williams. He was also a part of Nebraska’s PAT and field goal units.

Qvale’s brute strength is a must for Beck’s offense as the inside run game looks to be a staple. Moving massive Big Ten defensive linemen out of the way might be a chore initially, but he’ll have savvy center Mike Caputo helping him to make accurate adjustments. He also has the advantage of going up against players like Jared Crick, Baker Steinkuhler and Terrence Moore in practice.

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