Nebraska Football: ‘Tight knit’ offensive line billed as big change, improvement

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Offensive tackle Cole Conrad
LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Offensive tackle Cole Conrad /

There’s quite a bit of hope that the offensive line for the Nebraska football team can make some big leaps forward. The coaching staff thinks it can.

There was not a unit on the Nebraska football team that took more blame for the Huskers’ struggles the last few years than the offensive line. And that blame was not really misplaced. the offensive line the last couple of years especially has just not been very good.

However, appearing on Sports Nightly on Monday night, second-year offensive line coach Donovan Raiola believes the offensive line is ready to show up and show out.

"“It’s a process with offensive line play, right? They’re learning new technique, a new kind of language. So everything was new last year and I’m just really happy going into my second year with these guys. Their comfort level is totally different.”"

Raiola also reiterated some things he and head coach Matt Rhule have been saying since the spring. That the offensive line is a tight-knit group. Perhaps as close as any group on the Nebraska football team.

Rhule has previously said that it’s as tight-knit a group as he’s ever had as a coach. Raiola thinks that could be a very big boon come the regular season.

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“No matter what the situation is, you’re never going to be too high, too low. You’re always going to face some form of adversity, but knowing your brother has your back – that’s big,” the O-line coach said on Sports Nightly. “That’s what’s really special. They love being together. That’s a great thing.”

Most importantly, Raiola said that the Huskers’ offensive line has picked up the terminology of offensive coordinator Marcus Lattimore over the course of the spring. That means that the learning curve won’t be as big this fall.

It won’t be long now before we see just how much the group has knitted together. Fall camp for Nebraska football starts at the end of this month and then the regular season kicks off on August 31.