LINCOLN — Matt Farniok hasn’t moved to a different position just yet. The junior remains at right tackle as spring practice begins, even if offseason scuttlebutt had him moving to guard. Coaches haven’t talked to Farniok about moving to guard, either.
“It’s just ‘do your job right now and we’ll figure all that out later,’” Farniok said.
Offensive line coach Greg Austin said Farniok will play at the position that best suits both the player and the team.
“At our first game, we’re going to have our five best guys on the field,” Austin said.
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There’s a good chance Farniok is one of those five. He’s become one of the line’s vocal leaders, Austin said, after he spent 2018 “champing at the bit” as outgoing seniors Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer led the group.
“And now that he has his turn, he hasn’t turned back,” Austin said. “Everything that he says, the guys listen to, and he backs it up with his mindset and the way he attacks everything.”
Farniok might be “throwing up in a trash can” on a normal day in the weight room because he’s pushing himself so hard to be a good lifter. Teammates notice.
“He’s going to push himself and he’s going to demand other guys push themselves as well,” Austin said.
Should Farniok slide inside to guard, candidates at right tackle include senior Christian Gaylord and sophomore Matt Sichterman.
Gaylord, who has played sparingly in his first four seasons at Nebraska, needs confidence, Austin said.
“There’s plays where he looks like he’s one of the best tackles in the country, and there’s plays where I’m like ‘bro, where you going?’” Austin said. “He’s just one of those kids who desires that arm around the shoulder. These kids want to know, ‘Hey, I care for you first.’”