6’4” – 315 lbs. – 5.10e
2010: 0 GP / 0 GS
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (RG)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (RG)
2013: 6 GP / 6 GS (RG)
Redshirted in 2009 and did not participate in a game during his redshirt freshman season, but immediately stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011, earning an All-Big Ten honorable mention nomination from the conference’s coaches. He was a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection in 2012, then was named a team captain for the 2013 season, starting the first six games before sustaining a season-ending left knee injury against Purdue. Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in both 2011 and 2012. Biological sciences major.
• Highly intelligent player, has received numerous academic distinctions.
• Will conclude his career with 33 starts for a major football program.
• Has an appealing combination of height and length for the position.
• Was frequently asked to pull on run plays, looked athletic doing so.
• Can get out in front of runners on screens and make second-level blocks.
• Possesses a mean streak, seeks out contact and looks to finish.
• Initial burst off of the line of scrimmage is impressive; fires off.
• Adept at taking out defenders with cut blocks on screens and rushes.
• Season-ending left knee injury will require extensive medical evaluations.
• Possesses a somewhat uneven build, is rather top-heavy with thin legs.
• Despite his athleticism, finds himself out of position too often.
• Can be exposed in pass protection, seemingly lacking anticipation.
• Doesn’t do a great job of sustaining his blocks, runs himself out of plays.
• It’s not uncommon to find him on the ground due to a lack of balance.
Prior to his injury, Long was in the midst of a decorated collegiate career with the Cornhuskers, but the serious knee injury he sustained this season will prompt serious questions about his health and whether or not his mobility, Long’s greatest asset as a player, will be adversely affected. Has some intriguing tools but is too inconsistent to project as a future starter. RD 5-6