Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015; Spring 2015, 2018)
Cole Conrad is part of a senior trio of offensive linemen who will be counted on to lead the position group in 2018. Conrad joins guards Tanner Farmer and Jerald Foster to give NU three offensive linemen who have been through the tough line of scrimmage battles in the Big Ten.
Conrad has been a versatile performer the last two seasons, starting a total of 12 games, while spending time at all three line positions. Conrad started five games at center last season, and becomes a front-runner at that position heading into fall practice.
Conrad joined the program as a walk-on from Archbishop Bergan High School in Fremont, before earning a scholarship. Off the field, Conrad is on track to earn his degree in criminology and criminal justice in December. He was an Academic All-Big Ten choice in 2016.
After starting five games over his first two seasons, Conrad made seven starts at center as a junior. He started the first three games, then battled injuries in the middle of the season before regaining his starting spot for the final four contests. The offensive line helped Nebraska rank second in the Big Ten in passing (277.5 yards per game) in a year in which the Huskers posted the fifth-highest passing total in school history (3,330 yards). The line helped Tanner Lee throw for 3,143 yards in his only season as a Husker, while Stanley Morgan Jr. set a school record with 986 receiving yards and JD Spielman posted the first 200-yard receiving game in school history against No. 9 Ohio State.
Conrad played in all 13 games, while starting the final five games of the season. He began the year as the top reserve tackle, and then emerged as a starter when David Knevel was hobbled by an injury for the final month of the season. Conrad was also a member of the Huskers' place-kicking unit.
Nebraska's offensive line led the Big Ten and was among the nation's best units in protecting the passer. The line also helped Tommy Armstrong Jr. become Nebraska's all-time leader in passing and total offense.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Conrad provided depth at tackle, but did not play in a game.
Conrad redshirted and worked on the scout team offense.
Before Nebraska (Archbishop Bergan HS)
Conrad helped Archbishop Bergan High School to an 8-2 record in 2013, including a trip to the second round of the Class C-2 state playoffs. Conrad’s dominant play on the offensive line for Coach Seth Mruz helped power an offense that averaged nearly 270 rushing yards per game. On defense, Conrad made 27 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Conrad was also a key part of Bergan’s success in 2012, when the Knights posted an 8-3 record and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
Conrad earned first-team Class C-2 all-state honors as an offensive lineman from the Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star as a senior. He was also the honorary defensive captain of the Fremont Tribune’s all-area team.
The son of Jim and Christy Conrad, Cole was born on July 24, 1995. He is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. He has volunteered with the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.