Monte Engebritson, who started at tight end for the 1983 Nebraska team that fell 48 seconds short of a national title, died on Thursday at his home in Blacksburg, Va.
Engebritson, who battled cancer for the last 13 years, was 45.
A 1979 graduate of Hastings High School, Engebritson walked on to the Husker team and eventually earned three letters in football.
He caught only eight passes for 116 yards and one touchdown in his Husker career, but spent most of his playing time as a key blocker for an offense that was, in its time, considered the most explosive in college football history.
In his final game, Engebritson caught two passes for 12 yards in the Huskers’ 31-30 loss to Miami in the Orange Bowl.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983 with a degree in business, then worked for seven years as a plant supervisor at Square D Company.
In the early 1990s, Engebritson moved to Virginia, where he was employed as a plant manager and North American project manager for Federal Mogul Corporation.
A memorial service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hastings Holiday Inn Convention Center in Hastings, where both Engebritson and his wife, Lori, grew up.
Engebritson also is survived by his daughter, Erin, and son, Seth, both of Blacksburg; and by his mother, Elaine Smith Engebritson, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and many other family members in Nebraska and Missouri.