Nebraska football: Former “pipeline” member passes away

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The Nebraska football program has been having a tough spring when it comes to former Huskers passing away. Brian Nunns was among the youngest of the sad group.

Former Nebraska football offensive lineman Brian Nunns died late last week. The 45-year-old, who was a member of the “pipeline” offensive lines of the glory days of the 1990s passed in his home in Lincoln.

As the Lincoln Journal Star reports, the cause of death has not been released, but members of the family have said he became ill on Wednesday night and was gone by Thursday morning.

Nunns joins what is a sad list of former Huskers that have passed on this spring, unfortunately he’s one of the younger names on the list. Former Cornhusker quarterbacks David Humm and Dennis Claridge died earlier this year. 48-year-old former All-American linebacker Travis Hill also passed away in March.

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Nunns might not have been a household name to fans of the Huskers in the 1990s but he was definitely a contributing factor the offensive lines that chewed up and spit out opposing defenses.

The Lincoln High graduate was a backup offensive tackle that earned varsity letters in 1994 and 1995. He appeared in every game but one in 1995. That was of course the year that the Huskers ran over, around and through the Florida Gators en route to their second straight national title.

That year, the running game averaged, yes averaged, 399.8 yards per game. Last season, the Nebraska offense averaged 385 total yards per game (rushing and passing combined).

Nunns was a roommate of the famous and infamous Peter Brothers when he was in college and was a standout in baseball, football and wrestling during his high school days in Lincoln.

Over the last few years, the former Nebraska football standout had started his own home building business in Nunns construction. Brian Nunns is survived by his parents, a sister and a large extended family.