Honors & Awards
The 6-5, 320-pound Slauson reaped the rewards of his off-season commitment to improve his overall level of conditioning. After dropping more than 20 pounds during the off-season, Slauson was Nebraska’s most complete offensive lineman, helping the Huskers amass more than 400 yards of total offense nine times, and top 30 points 10 times in 13 games
The unit also displayed the physical nature Nebraska coaches wanted, helping the Huskers control the football and rank second nationally in time of possession. He and his offensive line mates played a key role in the success of quarterback Joe Ganz who established Nebraska season records for passing yards, total offense and completion percentage. The Huskers also developed a strong running game averaging 211.7 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry in the final six games of the regular season.
Slauson’s play did not go unnoticed, as he received first-team All-Big 12 honors from the San Antonio Express-News, while being a second-team all-conference selection by several other sources.
Behind the offensive line, Nebraska averaged 468.2 yards per game, its best offensive total in 10 seasons, while averaging a school-record 323.8 passing yards per contest. The line allowed quarterbacks Joe Ganz and Sam Keller to post four of the top five passing days in school history. I-back Marlon Lucky also flourished on the ground, rushing for 1,019 yards, while posting the best all-purpose season by a Husker in 10 years. Slauson also played a key role in protecting the quarterback, and Nebraska finished the year by allowing just 18 sacks in 296 pass attempts.
Slauson earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and second-team all-league mention by Rivals.com.
Slauson helped clear the way for NU’s four-man I-back committee to combine for more than 2,400 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. From his right tackle spot, Slauson also helped provide sufficient protection for quarterback Zac Taylor to break most of the Huskers’ single-season and career passing records and earn Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors.
Slauson was honored for his performance, as he was a second-team All-Big 12 performer according to several media outlets, including the Associated Press. He was also an honorable-mention all-conference pick by the Big 12 coaches.
Slauson started at right tackle against Kansas State, Colorado and Michigan. His performance was a major factor in Nebraska’s 3-0 finish to the season, including what was at the time the second-best passing game in school history with 392 yards at Colorado.
Before Nebraska (Air Force Prep)
Slauson began his high school career at Sweet Home High School in Oregon, where he starred on the offensive line for Coach Rob Younger. Overall, Slauson lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and four times in track during his prep career.
Games Played - 48 (9 in 2005, 14 in 2006, 12 in 2007, 13 in 2008)
Games Started - 35 (3 in 2005, 11 in 2006, 8 in 2007, 13 in 2008)