The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2019 season.
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6-4, 300 • Sophomore • offensive line
The next in-state walk-on name to know might be the starting left guard this fall. Hixson, from Omaha Skutt, got a taste of major college football while appearing in four games last year. Since then, offensive line coach Greg Austin describes Hixson as playing with “his hair on fire.” Coach Scott Frost said in April that Hixson would be a top candidate for a scholarship among walk-ons if one becomes available. Nebraska could still shuffle its line in a variety of ways — for example, true freshman Bryce Benhart could play and move Matt Farniok inside from right tackle. But Hixson will be a trendy pick to play big minutes when fall camp arrives.