Redshirt freshman Jermaine Leslie is hopeful of playing a role on the Husker offensive line this season after suffering a severe ankle injury late in 2002. Husker coaches immediately noticed Leslie?s talent and physical maturity when he arrived in Lincoln last summer, and considered playing him as a true freshman. Ultimately, the decision was made for Leslie to redshirt.
Leslie suffered a broken and dislocated left ankle during Nebraska?s Independence Bowl preparations and underwent subsequent surgery. The extensive rehabilitation caused Leslie to miss winter conditioning and spring practice, but he should be near full speed by fall camp. He is listed third at left guard behind Mike Erickson and Tim Green.
Leslie redshirted in his first season at Nebraska. He suffered an ankle injury during the Huskers? bowl preparations.
Before Nebraska (Weatherford HS)
Leslie started on the offensive line as a senior for Coach Mike Sneed at Weatherford High School in Texas. Leslie played tight end as a sophomore and junior, but suffered a season-ending knee injury three games into his junior year. Although it was his first year on the line, he earned all-district and all-area honors as an offensive guard in 2001, ranked No. 76 on SuperPrep?s Southwest Team and was selected as the 26th-best offensive lineman nationally by Rivals.com. Leslie served as a team captain and also competed in power lifting.
Leslie competed in track for three years and won district titles in both the shot put and discus as a senior. He chose Nebraska over Oklahoma State and SMU, but only visited Nebraska.
The son of Sherry and Brent Glover, Jermaine was born on Oct. 10, 1983. His stepfather, Brent, lived in North Dakota for a time and has extended family in Lincoln. Leslie has not declared a major.