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Husker football practice, 9/19/17

Nebraska offensive linemen Brenden Jaimes (left) and Boe Wilson participate in a blocking drill during football practice last year at Hawks Championship Center.

As Nebraska spring football approaches, Husker Extra is counting down the 25 most intriguing players expected to participate.

The list so far:

No. 25: Tyjon Lindsey, WR

No. 24: Chris Walker, OL

No. 23: Devine Ozigbo, RB

No. 22: Mohamed Barry, LB

No. 21: Barret Pickering, PK

No. 20: Jaevon McQuitty, WR

No. 19: Antonio Reed, S

No. 18: Collin Miller, LB

No. 17: Deontai Williams, DB

No. 16: Dedrick Young, LB

No. 15. Damion Daniels, DT

No. 14: Ben Stille, DL

No: 13: Boe Wilson, OL

No. 12: Guy Thomas, OLB

No. 11: Jaylin Bradley, RB

Brenden Jaimes, offensive lineman, sophomore

Nick Gates, Nebraska's regular starter at left tackle last season, surprised a lot of folks in early January when he announced he was skipping his senior season to enter his name for the NFL Draft.

Jaimes, a nine-game starter at right tackle last season, is regarded as a leading candidate to replace Gates.

One of Nebraska's issues in 2018 is there aren't many other viable candidates at tackle — which makes Jaimes all the more valuable.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound player made his Husker debut in the fourth game last season, against Rutgers, because David Knevel was dealing with an ankle injury and Matt Farniok had a wrist issue. Knevel completed his eligibility last season. Farniok is now set for his sophomore year. Junior Christian Gaylord is another tackle to watch this spring. The Huskers need him to raise his game.

A graduate of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, Jaimes last season became the first true freshman to start on Nebraska's offensive line since 2011, when Tyler Moore started the first four games at right tackle in place of injured Marcel Jones. Moore transferred to Florida before his sophomore season began.

Only 11 true freshmen have lettered along Nebraska's offensive line since the NCAA restored freshman eligibility in 1972.

Jaimes generally held up well last season, although the Huskers finished 87th in total offense and 120th in rushing.

However, Jaimes showed a lot of potential. We're guessing he'll adapt well to Scott Frost's fast-paced spread offense.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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