In a surprise development by the NCAA, Andy Christensen, (pictured above) a guard on the Cornhusker football team, was granted a sixth year of eligibility. He missed the entire 2008 season due to legal troubles. Christensen did miss the entire 2005 season due to a shoulder injury suffered in fall camp.
Due to his receiving an acquital, I will not go into detail regarding the circumstances that found Christensen in a courtroom in 2008, instead of being a member of the Cornhusker football team.
This is a huge "get" for Nebraska in 2009, because Andy was a consistent starter in 2007 and probably the best player at the guard position going into the 2008 season. In his absence last year, Keith Williams got the playing time at the guard spot and by the end of the year, Williams was a consistent and very good player at the guard position.
With players like Williams, Ricky Henry, DJ Jones and Cruz Barret in the fold at guard for 2009, along with Christensen re-joining the program the guard position looks very strong for Nebraska and actually looks like it can absorb the loss of senior Matt Slauson.
With the return of Nebraska's top two centers and experience at both guard positions the offensive line looks to be on solid foundation for 2009.
Look for Nebraska, especially early in the season in 2009, to rely heavily on the interior experience of that offensive line, two experienced running backs in Roy Helu Jr and Quentin Castille, to return to some good old fashioned smash-mouth football, NEBRASKA STYLE!