An all-conference selection as a sophomore, the 6-3, 300-pound Incognito has already been named to the watch list for the Rimington Award, presented annually to the nation's best center. He was named to the initial watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 2003 and should again be a strong contender for those prestigious awards this fall.
Head Coach Bill Callahan and offensive line coach Dennis Wagner believe Incognito's ability to control the center of the line of scrimmage will allow the line to be a more complete unit. Incognito has great strength, mobility and footwork which has allowed him to be a standout at left tackle, both as a run blocker and in pass protection. Those traits will serve him well this fall, as he makes the transition to center and the Huskers implement the West Coast Offense.
Last season Incognito started all 13 games at left tackle and spearheaded an offensive line that powered the Huskers to a top-10 national rushing attack. Nebraska finished the season averaging 235.6 yards per game on the ground to rank seventh nationally.
Incognito provided a consistent force in an offensive line riddled with injuries throughout the year. The Glendale, Ariz., native was honored for his outstanding work with numerous postseason awards. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press and the Dallas Morning News and was a second-team all-league pick by the conference coaches and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In 2002, Incognito got his Husker career off to a strong start. He was the first Husker freshman offensive lineman in school history to start in the season opener, and just the third rookie lineman to earn any start in his first year of competition, joining Rob Zatechka (1991) and Dominic Raiola (1998). He earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades and was a first-team freshman All-American by the Football Writers, The Sporting News and Rivals.com.
Nebraska ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and seventh nationally in rushing offense at 235.6 yards per game. The Huskers rushed for more than 250 yards seven times in 2003, led by a season-high 337 yards on the ground in an 18-10 victory over Penn State.
Incognito and his running mates on the Husker offensive line allowed Nebraska to control the time of possession battle throughout the year. The Huskers averaged nearly 32 minutes in time of possession behind their power running attack. Nebraska did not track pancakes during the 2003 season, but Incognito was regularly credited by Husker coaches who said his play was at a higher level than in 2002 when Incognito posted the second-highest pancake total in school history.
Nebraska controlled the ball for an average of more than 38 minutes in the first three games of the season behind a dominant rushing attack. In wins over Oklahoma State, Utah State and Penn State, the Huskers averaged 292.7 yards on the ground. Against the Nittany Lions, Nebraska had the ball for 39:45 and held its largest time of possession advantage in five seasons.
The Husker ground game picked up steam in a three-game mid-season stretch against Missouri, Texas A&M and Iowa State. Nebraska averaged nearly 290 yards rushing in those contests, led by 333 yards in a 48-12 victory over Texas A&M.
Nebraska powered its way to 290 yards rushing at Kansas. The Huskers wore down the Jayhawks in the second half, rushing for 173 yards after halftime. The Husker ground attack also controlled the game in a 31-22 win at Colorado. Nebraska controlled the football in a 17-3 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. The Huskers rushed for 229 yards in the game, including 138 by I-back Cory Ross on a school-record 37 carries.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Incognito finished his redshirt freshman campaign as Nebraska’s pancake leader with 171 knock-down blocks in the regular season, which was the second-highest total at Nebraska since the statistic has been tracked (1995). All-America guard Toniu Fonoti’s total of 201 pancakes in 2001 is the only season total to rank ahead of Incognito’s 2002 effort.
Incognito had nine double-figure pancake games, including three consecutive games with 20 or more. He posted 28 pancakes at Texas A&M, the second-most ever by a Husker, as the line set a school single-game record with 110 knockdowns. The unit paved the way for 381 rushing yards in Nebraska’s 38-31comeback victory. Incognito also topped 20 pancakes against Oklahoma State (21) and Texas (22).
Incognito recorded double-figure pancake totals in each of Nebraska’s final six games and led the Huskers in pancakes eight times during the season. Nebraska finished the season fourth in rushing offense, averaging 268.7 yards per game. The Huskers topped 300 rushing yards five times in 2002, all in a six-game mid-season stretch (McNeese State to Kansas) when the NU offense averaged 346.8 yards on the ground.
Before Nebraska (Mountain Ridge HS)
An All-America offensive lineman, Incognito was named to PrepStar’s 120-man Dream Team. He was a second-team honoree on the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West list. Incognito was a finalist for the Arizona Player-of-the-Year Award, and won the Brian Murray Award, which goes to the best lineman in the state, and the Frank Kush Award, representing the best offensive lineman in Arizona. He earned first-team all-state honors on offense from the Arizona Republic and was named to its super all-state team.
Incognito earned one letter in track (shot put) and also competed in weight lifting. He was the first Division I-A player to come out of Mountain Ridge, which opened in 1996. Incognito only visited Nebraska and committed in May of 2000, before attending the Big Red Football School. He was also recruited by Michigan, Michigan State, Southern California and Oregon.
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