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Wyoming vs. Nebraska, 9/10

Nebraska offensive lineman David Knevel (77) during second quarter action against Wyoming at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

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David Knevel is going to have the opportunity to play professional football in his home county. 

The former Husker offensive lineman was selected No. 23 overall by the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League Draft on Thursday night. 

Knevel, a Brantford, Ontario native, was selected with the third pick in the third round of the nine-team league's draft. 

In his Nebraska career, Knevel played in 31 career games. He started the 2017 season at right tackle, but had a foot injury derail most of his season. Knevel appeared in eight games but the 6-foot-9, 315-pounder was mostly relegated to field goal shield duty and didn't return to regular action on offense until some right guard duty late in the year. 

Knevel, according to HuskerOnline, also has an invite to the Oakland Raiders' minicamp this weekend. 

Here's what the CFL's website wrote of Knevel's selection: "After a record-setting first round in which seven offensive linemen were selected, Knevel was the eighth off the board. Previously the top-ranked player in the Central Scouting Bureau, the University of Nebraska product could be a ‘futures’ pick for the Lions as he tests NFL waters."

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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