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Brian Nunns, a Nebraska walk-on offensive lineman during the program's glorious 1990s, died Thursday in Lincoln. He was 45.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known, but he fell ill the night before his passing, according to friends.

A graduate of Lincoln High, Nunns earned varsity letters for the Huskers in both 1994 and 1995 as a reserve tackle. In 1995, the 6-foot-2, 295-pounder played in every game but one as NU roared to its second straight national championship behind a rushing attack that averaged 399.8 yards per game.

Nunns was a roommate of former Nebraska defensive line greats Jason Peter and Christian Peter.

An all-city offensive tackle at Lincoln High, Nunns also lettered for the Links in baseball and wrestling.

In recent years, Nunns worked as a home builder for Nunns Construction Company. He previously was a sales manager for Lifetime Fitness from 2008-2014.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Linda Nunns; sister, Diana (James) Schilf; grandmother, Irene Wellman, of York; three nieces and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner Street.

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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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