Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 11:25 AM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 45 Paul Thurston
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Meet No. 45 on our list:

Paul Thurston | 6-5 | 280 pounds | Freshman | Offensive lineman

He’s set to compete for playing time among the second-string interior linemen this fall, perhaps setting himself up to be the center of the future on Nebraska’s offensive line.

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

Thurston worked at center this spring, and after battling through some growing pains, all accounts were that he began to settle in. The adjustment was expected — he was dealing with things like delivering a shotgun snap perfectly every time and executing assignments at the Huskers’ rapid-fire pace.

He was a highly regarded recruit out of Colorado, a guy that many analysts figured would move from tackle to guard. Safe to say the NU staff is encouraged by Thurston’s potential.
Something that offensive line coach John Garrison said he likes about Thurston: He’s smart, willing to learn and determined to correct mistakes.

Previous entries:
>> Honorable mentions
>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.