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Five Huskers to Participate in NFL Combine

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska’s Drew Brown, Nick Gates, Chris Jones, Joshua Kalu and Tanner Lee were among the 336 players who received invitations to the NFL Combine on Tuesday. The combine is scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Indianapolis, Ind.

The five Huskers selected for the 2018 combine are the most invitees to a combine since 2011 when NU sent nine players. Lee will be the first Husker quarterback to participate since 2008, when Sam Keller attended. Lee started all 12 games for the Huskers last season and threw for 23 touchdowns and 3,143 yards, completing 57 percent of his passes.

Brown, who served as NU’s place-kicker for four seasons, finished his career ranked second in Nebraska history with 59 field goals, while ranking fourth in school history in scoring with 355 points. Brown, who went 178-of-180 on extra points during his career, earned All-Big Ten honors during each of his last three years.

Gates completed his third season on Nebraska’s offensive line in 2017. He started 35 games in his Nebraska career, including 25 straight at left tackle over his final two seasons. Gates was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

Jones and Kalu each played in the Husker secondary. Jones finished his four-year career at Nebraska with 76 tackles, 65 of which were solo stops. He had five career interceptions and two career sacks, while achieving honorable-mention All-Big Ten status in 2016. Kalu compiled 215 career tackles, 152 of which were unassisted, and added seven interceptions.


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