As was chronicled in Sunday's newspaper, Matt Finnin has quite the story to tell.

Basically the offensive lineman put his whole football career up in the air to be by his ailing father.

What's amazing is that he still managed to take 21 credit hours a semester and play good enough football to earn 35 scholarship offers while being by his dad's side last year.

"I think a lot of those teams that were recruiting him ... I think they saw as well who he was and what he'd been through," said Husker offensive line coach John Garrison. "There's just so much more than what's on a highlight tape. I think that's what's special about Matt."

Now it's go time.

Finnin is planning to arrive to Lincoln this weekend. And the competition is about to heat up like the summer temperatures.

Many fascinating position battles await this fall. Much attention will be on the depth chart fights on defense. But don't let your eye wander too far away from what's going on at the offensive tackle spots.

It's a pretty interesting storyline when you think about it.

Here you've got a hungry player with two years to play -- three if the NCAA were to grant a medical hardship for the situation with his father -- fully dialed in on chasing a starting job immediately despite the fact their are three senior offensive tackles to deal with.

“I didn’t come to Nebraska to sit the bench,” Finnin told me last week.

Jeremiah Sirles, Brent Qvale and Andrew Rodriguez could say the same thing, of course. They have the experience advantage and know all the terminology. Finnin is going to have to play catch up in a matter of months.

Among the seniors, Sirles and Qvale might be considered the lead candidates, though Rodriguez will remain an interesting case to me as long as he wears the Husker uniform. He's always been a lineman thought to have great potential. Now he meets a now-or-never season. Can he make the most of it?

You'd think the addition of a JUCO recruit would further stoke the competitive fire of the veterans.

That can be nothing but a good thing for all involved.

As for Finnin? One of his coaches at College of DuPage, Ken DuBose, said, "His best football is ahead of him."

DuBose brought up the game against Iowa Western as an example of how good Finnin can be. That's the game that pitted Finnin against K-State defensive end recruit Devon Nash. According to DuBose, Finnin dominated that day.

The coach also pointed out that Finnin has really only played one year of football since high school. The 21-year-old Finnin should be fresh.

DuBose knows he'll be determined. “Nebraska's going to get someone who really wants to play football."

Finnin was certainly eager to get to campus when I talked to him. The situation with his father made him grow up fast, he said.

The strain wasn't desired, but he's sure it added mental toughness.

Said Finnin: "The small things, they don’t get me like they used to."