Husker starting keeper Nouili declared ineligible for 2022 season
The Huskers will be without a significant piece of their offensive line in the 2022 season.
Nouredin Nouiliwho should be the starting left guard and arguably the most consistent guy up front for Nebraska last year, has announced he won’t be eligible this coming season, along with head coach Husker Scott Frost adding more details to the situation in a statement.
“I’m sorry,” Nouili posted on social media, before explaining the “why” part in a message.
“This spring, I was notified by the NCAA that due to a failed drug test, I am ineligible for the 2022 season. I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, Coaches and Husker fans for my error in judgment It is an honor to be part of this football program and represent this university and I do not take this responsibility lightly.
“Thank you to Coach Frost, our athletic and college administration for allowing me to continue in this program in 2022. I look forward to getting back on the court to represent Nebraska in 2023. Go Big Red!”
Frost said in a statement that the Huskers will fully support Nouili as he continues his academic and athletic career in Nebraska. He will participate fully in training this fall, but will not be able to participate in matches until 2023.
“He’s an exceptional young man who made a mistake that will force him to miss the 2022 season and lose a year of eligibility,” Frost said.
It’s a blow to Nebraska’s O-line situation, as Nouili gave that unit a spark when they were inserted into the starting lineup after a few games last year. He made his first start against Northwestern, when the team rushed for 427 yards. For his work, he was placed on a scholarship during the season, starting the last seven games. Arriving as an extra after starting his career and starting games in his freshman year at Colorado State, the Frankfurt, Germany native apparently had the best grip on any job on Donovan Raiola’s O line as a n any player last spring.
“Looking back, I wish I could have put Nouri on the pitch faster,” Frost even said at the end of last season. “He’s really made a difference on the left side of the line since he’s been there. He’s a physical presence. He’s going to keep improving. Teaching him the offense and making sure we were comfortable that he knew it was all kind of what was holding it up.”
Nouili was pumped in the spring on how things were going for him and the new O line as a whole under Raiola’s watch.
“If anyone sees the practice, you can see how the line of scrimmage is moved immediately compared to the last two years, where there is a bit of a dropout and then it moves,” Nouili said at the time. “Now let’s say if Jaq (Yant) is running and he’s going to fall, he always gains four yards. That helps a lot, just getting the ball out better.”
The Huskers plan to have Teddy Prochazka back for fall camp at left tackle, and Turner Corcoran is back fully healthy and could be an option at right or inside tackle, with the latter perhaps looking more of a possibility due to Nouili’s absence.
Veteran Pitcher Bando is definitely another option to remember as a guard option, with a sixth-year senior Trent Hixson seeming to be positioning himself as the best candidate at center to succeed Cameron Jurgens. Certainly Bryce Benhart will look to lock in the right tackle, although there are still options to move pieces around if a youngster likes Henri Loutvoskyor one Ethan Piperor veteran transfer add as Kevin Williams Jr. proved that they also deserved consideration for a high-level position.