Six defensive linemen fill need

2013-02-06T20:05:00Z 2013-04-03T21:46:07Z Six defensive linemen fill needBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nebraska addressed a critical need by signing six defensive linemen Wednesday, including one junior college player — defensive end Randy Gregory of Arizona Western Community College.

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said it’s been obvious that Nebraska, over the last couple of years, hasn’t been as athletic or dynamic along the defensive line as coaches would like.

“There was a huge emphasis this year in terms of finding those athletic kids who give us a little more athletic dynamic to their play,” he said. “ I think every single one of them has a chance to come in and play and give us something.”

Papuchis said Kevin Maurice of Orlando, Fla., may have been under the radar in the recruiting world, but wasn’t under the radar with his production on the field.

And he labeled Maliek Collins of Kansas City, Mo., “a stud,” noting that he likes the fact Collins is an accomplished wrestler.

“I think that gives you some traits and qualities that are hard to teach,” Papuchis said. “When you wrestle, it’s a one-on-one thing. You’re in the ring with somebody else, and you’re either going to whip that dude or you’re not. Maliek hasn’t lost yet, as far as I know. I like that type of competitiveness.”

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 402-473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBR.

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