Husker football coaches at the Rococo Theatre

Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held (left) and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco (center) join offensive line coach Greg Austin talk to host Greg Sharpe during a signing day event for football season ticket holders on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at the Rococo Theatre.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

For Wednesday's paper, I wrote about Scott Frost and Greg Austin believing that the Nebraska offensive line can make big strides as a unit and the role the weight room plays in that.

I didn't have room to get to Austin's comments about the two 2018 linemen that NU is adding to the fold, so here's a quick run down of what the first-year offensive line coach had to say after a Wednesday evening event at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln.

Will Farniok, 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Washington)

Committed: April 8, 2017

Rating: Three stars by 247Sports and Rivals 

Austin: "Tough kid. Already in the fold, already doing a good job lifting weights and going to school and being a part of the college life. Really excited about seeing him in spring ball and seeing what he can do immediately.

"A guy that will develop in terms of his body, getting bigger stronger faster and staying with his roots of being a tough kid. He’s the youngest of four brothers, four offensive linemen, big offensive linemen, so we’re expecting some immediate success from him."

Willie Canty III, 6-6, 290, Belle Glade, Florida (Glades Central) 

Committed: Feb. 7

Rated: Three stars by 247Sports and Rivals 

Austin: "Big tackle prospect. Athletic guy. Tough, gritty guy. Comes from kind of a rural area down there with Lake Okeechobee in Belle Glade, Florida. Really excited about him and his potential.

"In this offense you really have to recruit athletic tackles, guys who can hold the edge and move their feet well in protection. We think we got a good guy that can do that (and) that we’ll get a lot of use out of."

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Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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