- 2003 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll
Nick Povendo was a valuable reserve on the Nebraska offensive line during each of his final three seasons as a Husker. He played in all but one game during that stretch serving as a backup offensive tackle.
Povendo played in 10 of 11 games as a senior and served as the top reserve to starting left tackle Seppo Evwaraye. Povendo and his counterparts on the NU pipeline helped the Husker offense set several passing records in 2004. They also paved the way for the first 1,000-yard rushing campaign by a Nebraska I-back since the 2001 season.
Povendo played in all 13 games as Richie Incognito's top backup at left tackle and as a member of Nebraska's extra-point and field goal units. He helped the Husker offense average nearly 240 yards per game on the ground, including seven 250-yard rushing games in 2003. Povendo's playing time increased late in the season as injuries continued to mount on the offensive line.
Povendo played in all 14 games as Nebraska's top reserve behind tackles Dan Vili Waldrop and Richie Incognito. Povendo started against Iowa State and Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl and regularly rotated into the lineup to spell the starters. Povendo helped pave the way for a Nebraska running game that led the Big 12 in rushing offense at 268.7 yards per game. He finished the year with 14 pancakes, including a season-high five against Utah State.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman)
Povendo played in just one game (Rice) and missed several games after being bit by a spider. The bite required surgery to clean out the wound.
A scholarship athlete, Povendo redshirted his first year.
Before Nebraska (Keller HS)
Povendo played offensive guard for Coach Ken Mizell at Keller High School. Povendo was a three-year starter on offense, earning All-America honors from SuperPrep and PrepStar. As a senior, Povendo helped clear the way for two running backs who combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards. Serving as a team captain, he earned all-state and super-state honors at offensive guard. An honorable-mention All-America selection by USA Today, Povendo also played soccer, starting as a goalkeeper during his freshman and sophomore seasons, and powerlifted for three years. Povendo selected Nebraska over Tennessee, Colorado, Syracuse, Purdue, Texas Christian and Baylor.
The son of Mike and Kay Povendo, Nick was born June 9, 1981, in Clarksville, Tenn., and moved to Texas, when he was 18 months old. He is majoring in criminal justice. Povendo was named to the 2003 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Povendo's Career Statistics:
Games Played- 38 (1 in 2001, 14 in 2002, 13 in 2003; 10 in 2004)
Games Started- 2 (2 in 2002)