The All-RSS Team: Offensive tackle

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the offensive tackle.


1. Zach Wiegert - 916 votes (33.8%)

The face of Nebraska's vaunted "Pipeline" offensive line during the mid-1990s, Zach Wiegert ended his college career considered one of the best offensive tackles in school history.

In helping lead the Huskers to their third national championship in 1994, Wiegert earned consensus All-American honors and became NU's seventh Outland Trophy winner after racking up a team-high 113 pancake blocks that season.

He was so good that he even received one first-place vote for the '94 Heisman Trophy, as he finished ninth in the voting with 27 total points.

Wiegert played in 46 games and was a three-year starter, which makes the one sack he allowed during his career maybe his most impressive feat of all.

One of only 17 Huskers to be a three-time all-conference selection, Wiegert went on to become the 38th overall selection in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. His No. 72 jersey was retired prior to the '95 season.


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2. Rob Zatechka - 553 votes (20.4%)

He may not have the same individual accolades on the field as others players on these lists, but there's no arguing that Rob Zatechka ended his college career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history.

A three-time Academic All-American, Zatechka won every major national academic award as a senior and graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Oh yeah, he also started every game on NU's 1994 national title team and earned second-team All-Big Eight honors.


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3. Richie Incognito - 318 votes (11.7%)

Known maybe just as much, if not more, for his negative headlines off the field than his accomplishments on it, Richie Incognito certainly elicits strong opinions when his name comes up in regard to Nebraska football.

But despite his notorious temper, knack for drawing personal fouls, and his sudden dismissal from the Huskers prior to his junior year in 2004, when Incognito was at his best, he was downright dominant.

After becoming the first freshman offensive lineman to start a season opener and only the third freshman to ever start on the 0-line, Incognito when on to post the second-highest pancake total (171) in school history and earn first-team Freshman All-American honors in 2002.

He was named first-team All-Big 12 Conference his next season as a sophomore, and he entered his junior campaign regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

Things fell apart for the rest of his college career, but Incognito was still selected in the third round by the St. Louis Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft. He's now going into his 11th NFL season, has started all 134 games in which he's played, and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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