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NU football practice, 8.7

Nebraska offensive lineman Bryce Benhart (54) runs through drills on Aug. 7 during practice at the Hawks Championship Center.

Bryce Benhart was always the biggest player on the field in high school and, well, he’s not going to be too far off throughout his college career, either.

Nebraska’s freshman tackle, who is listed No. 2 on the depth chart at right tackle behind junior captain Matt Farniok, is in the process of not relying so much on that size.

“He has done a great job,” Farniok said of his understudy. “He has learned that when you are in high school you can be bigger than everyone so you can kind of get away without the best technique. He has tightened it up and he has gotten a lot better with how he moves his body, his footwork, striking within the frame.”

There is much to learn for Benhart, who is listed at 6-foot-9 and 295 pounds on the latest roster update from the school.

The Lakeville, Minnesota, native wrestled throughout high school and was considered a consensus four-star prospect by the recruiting services.

Head coach Scott Frost on Monday said there is a big group of freshmen who are still on the border in terms of whether or not they redshirt this fall or play in more than four games. Considering Benhart’s positioning on the depth chart, it’s natural to wonder if he’s part of that group and whether his fate in 2019 is dependent, at least to some degree, on how healthy the Husker frontline stays.

Regardless, Farniok says the young guy has made the most of his first three months on campus.

“He is starting to excel in the tiny details of what it takes to become a good offensive lineman and a great offensive lineman. I love it,” Farniok said. “I am so excited for him. He is a great guy, too. He is always eager to learn. He’s another prototype mindset for a lineman. He wants to be the best he can be and he wants to help any way he can.”

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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