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2007 walk-ons
(bio info below)
Austin CassidyDB6-1205Lincoln, Neb.Lincoln Southwest HS    
Matt DonahoeWR/DB    6-2175Fremont, Neb.Fremont HS
Taylor EscamillaDL6-1275Fremont, Neb.Archbisop Bergan HS
Ben Franzluebbers      DL6-4245Dodge, Neb.Dodge HS
Thomas GroveRB/LB6-2190Arlington, Neb.    Arlington HS
Cory IskeOL6-2260Omaha, Neb.Millard West HS
Ben LesterWR5-10    160Tecumseh, Neb.Tecumseh HS
Luke Lingenfelter    DE6-4240    Plainview, Neb.Plainview HS
Mike MasinOL6-7320Lincoln, Neb.Lincoln Southeast HS
Mathew MayFS/RB6-1195Imperial, Neb.Chase County HS
Kevin ThorsenFB/DL6-2245Elkhorn, Neb.Elkhorn HS
Lance ThorellRB/DB6-1180Loomis, Neb.Loomis HS

Player bios

Austin Cassidy
DB, 6-1, 205, Lincoln, Neb.
(Lincoln Southwest HS)
Cassidy was a standout performer for Coach Mark King at Lincoln Southwest High School, and is projected as a defensive back prospect for the Huskers. He was a first-team Super State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star and a secondteam All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald. Cassidy compiled a 14-1 record as the Silverhawks' starting quarterback over the past two seasons, including a perfect regular season in 2006. The 6-1, 205-pound Cassidy rushed for 1,507 yards as a senior, averaging a Class A best 8.3 yards per carry, with eight runs of 40 or more yards. A captain on the football team, Cassidy is also a track standout. He has qualified for the state meet in six events over the past two years, and was the Class A gold medalist in the pole vault as a junior. Cassidy also attracted recruiting interest from Northwestern, Air Force, Buffalo, Princeton, Cornell, South Dakota, Northern Colorado and UNO.

Matt Donahue
WR/DB, 6-2, 175, Fremont, Neb.
(Fremont HS)
Donahue was a three-year, two-way starter for Fremont, starring as a wide receiver and in the Tiger secondary. Donahue tied for the Class A lead as a senior with five interceptions, helping Fremont High to a state playoff berth. He also caught 42 passes as a senior, and ranked second in Class A with 91 receiving yards per game. Donahue, who owns six school records, caught seven touchdown passes as a senior. For his efforts, Donahue was a firstteam Super State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and an All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald.

Taylor Escamilla
DL, 6-1, 275, Fremont, Neb.
(Archbishop Bergan HS)
Escamilla was a two-way star on the offensive line and defensive line for Archbishop Bergan High School in Fremont, Neb. Escamilla's play helped his team to a 9-2 record in 2006, and a trip to the Class C2 state quarterfinals. Escamilla was the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star's Class C2 all-state team as an offensive lineman. His dominance on both sides of the ball was evident by him being named the honorary captain of the Omaha World- Herald's Class C2 all-state defensive unit. The World-Herald also named him a second-team All-Nebraska pick on defense after a senior year in which he had 63 tackles, five sacks and 23 tackles for loss. Escamilla turned down scholarship offers from several smaller schools to walk on at Nebraska.

Ben Franzluebbers
DL, 6-4, 245, Dodge, Neb.
(Dodge HS)
Ben Franzluebbers was a first-team Class D2 all-state selection by both the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. He was also the honorary captain of the Class D2 defensive unit by both papers. Franzluebbers helped Dodge to a 12-1 record and the Class D-2 state championship. In the 28- 20 state title win over Stapleton, Franzluebbers caught a touchdown pass and added a sack and two fumble recoveries on defense. For the season, Franzluebbers caught 24 passes and scored 12 touchdowns on offense, while registering 110 tackles, five sacks and six fumble recoveries on defense.

Thomas Grove
RB/LB, 6-2, 190, Arlington, Neb.
(Arlington HS)
Thomas Grove was a two-way standout for Coach Steven Gubbels at Arlington High School. Grove helped Arlington to an 8-2 record and trip to the second round of the Class C-1 state playoffs. Grove rushed for 1,133 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Eagles as a running back. On defense, he recorded 29 tackles, two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries from his linebacker spot. For his efforts, Grove was an honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald.

   Cory Iske
OL, 6-2, 260, Omaha, Neb.
(Millard West HS)
Cory Iske is expected to begin on the offensive line at Nebraska. The 6-2, 260-pound prospect has been a key performer up front for Millard West over the past two years, including helping the Wildcats to a Class A state semifinal appearance in 2005 as a junior.

Ben Lester
WR, 5-10, 160, Tecumseh, Neb.
(Tecumseh HS)
Ben Lester joins Nebraska as a wide receiver following an outstanding senior season as a wideout/defensive back for Tecumseh High School. The 5-10, 155-pound Lester was named to the Lincoln Journal Star�s All-Class C-2 team as an athlete in 2006, while he garnered honorable-mention honors from the Omaha World-Herald. Lester is the grandson of former long-time Husker offensive line coach Milt Tenopir.

Luke Lingenfelter
DE, 6-4, 240, Plainview, Neb.
(Plainview HS)
Luke Lingenfelter earned first-team All-Class C-2 accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star (offensive line) and Omaha World-Herald (defensive line) in 2006. The 6-4, 240-pound Lingenfelter helped Plainview High School earn a state playoff appearance as a senior. As a junior, Lingenfelter helped Plainview to the Class C-2 state title, earning all-state honors. His cousin, Newton Lingenfelter, recently finished his Husker career as an offensive lineman in 2006.

Mathew May
FS/RB, 6-1, 195, Imperial, Neb.
(Chase County HS)
Mathew May joins the Huskers following a standout senior season at linebacker in 2006 for Chase County High School. May is projected as a safety or running back prospect for the Huskers. May tallied 104 tackles and four interceptions as a senior to earn All-Class C-1 honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald. He also served as the team's leading rusher with nearly 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns, as the Longhorns reached the Class C-1 state quarterfinals one year following an appearance in the state championship game.

Mike Masin
OL, 6-7, 320, Lincoln, Neb.
(Southeast HS)
Mike Masin earned honorable-mention All-Class A honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald while playing for Lincoln Southeast High School in 2006. The 6-7, 320-pound offensive line prospect led the way up front for the Knights as a senior, one year after a Class A playoff appearance by Southeast in 2005. Masin also received interest from Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas and Ohio. Masin is also a standout for the Knight basketball team, leading the state in field-goal percentage and averages nearly a double-double per contest.

Kevin Thomsen
FB/DL, 6-2, 245, Elkhorn, Neb.
(Elkhorn HS)
Kevin Thomsen, a first-team Class B all-state selection by the Omaha World- Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, had a standout senior season for Elkhorn High School, helping the Antlers to a 12-1 record and Class B runner-up finish. Thomsen recorded 61 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and four interceptions from his defensive line position, while he also rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Thomsen also earned first-team All-Omaha area accolades from the World-Herald.

Lance Thorell
RB/DB, 6-1, 180, Loomis, Neb.
(Loomis HS)
Lance Thorell, a standout on both sides of the ball for Loomis High School, helped lead the Wolves to a Class D-1 state quarterfinals in 2006. Thorell earned first-team All-Class D-1 honors at defensive back from the Lincoln Journal Star after totaling 118 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He added more than 1,000 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns while also playing running back for Loomis.