Published Monday, July 29, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 7:47 PM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 5 Spencer Long
Sam McKewon 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.

Spencer Long | 6-foot-4 | 315 pounds | Sr. | Guard

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

The better an offensive line tends to be, the less you tend to notice it.

For decades, Nebraska fans accurately presumed that the Huskers’ offensive line would be a strength, the starters would have earned the right to start and all-conference and All-America awards were in the offing. For the past decade, however, the Huskers’ line has been average-to-decent, and it seems to attract attention for being precisely that.

Long, the former walk-on from Elkhorn who may become a brain surgeon someday, could be the leader who changes it. A consistent, tough-minded, mentally-sharp guard, he anchors what could be NU’s best line since 2001. He pulls with efficiency. He doesn’t give up sacks. He doesn’t commit dumb penalties. He’s what the Pipeline, as a whole, used to be — and what the Huskers would like the offensive line to become again.

Long can’t make his teammates find that kind of excellence, but he can display it in his final season. He’s one of NU’s top players regardless of position.

Previous entries (and honorable mentions):

>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston
>> No. 44: Mauro Bondi
>> No. 43: Sam Cotton
>> No. 42: Michael Rose
>> No. 41: Jordan Westerkamp
>> No. 40: Tommy Armstrong
>> No. 39: Trevor Roach
>> No. 38: Andy Janovich
>> No. 37: Mo Seisay
>> No. 36: Alonzo Moore
>> No. 35: Harvey Jackson
>> No. 34: Charles Jackson
>> No. 33: Avery Moss
>> No. 32: Terrell Newby
>> No. 31: Matt Finnin
>> No. 30: Aaron Curry
>> No. 29: Jared Afalava
>> No. 28: Vacated
>> No. 27: Adam Taylor
>> No. 26: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
>> No. 25: Andrew Rodriguez
>> No. 24: Andrew Green
>> No. 23: Randy Gregory
>> No. 22: Kevin Williams
>> No. 21: Greg McMullen
>> No. 20: Imani Cross
>> No. 19: Brent Qvale
>> No. 18: C.J. Zimmerer
>> No. 17: Jake Cotton
>> No. 16: Thad Randle
>> No. 15: Jake Long
>> No. 14: Jeremiah Sirles
>> No. 13: Josh Mitchell
>> No. 12: Corey Cooper
>> No. 11: David Santos
>> No. 10: Zaire Anderson
>> No. 9: Cole Pensick
>> No. 8: Jason Ankrah
>> No. 7: Jamal Turner
>> No. 6: Quincy Enunwa

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