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Fullback was once Nebraska's signature position for native sons. Now it's going extinct

Luke Sims

Luke Sims ran for more than 1,000 yards last season for Omaha Creighton Prep. He also made the All-Nebraska second team as a defensive lineman. 

In-state starters

This decade there have been 13 in-state Huskers who've started at least one game on the offensive line, and nine each on the defensive line and in the secondary were in-state lettermen.


Big, bruising fullbacks used to be a powerful part of the Husker offense, featuring in-state stars like Tom Rathman (Grand Island), Cory Schlesinger (Columbus) and Joel Makovicka (Brainard).

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Tim Johnk

Tim Johnk, a former Husker fullback, understands that position's importance in Nebraska football history. He's sad to see it disappearing. “It’s always hard to watch the old Nebraska change."

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Dirk writes stories and columns about Husker football in addition to covering general assignments and enterprise for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @dirkchatelain. Phone: 402-444-1062.

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