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#51 Richie Incognito
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 310
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Glendale, Ariz.
High School: Mountain Ridge
  • 2004 Rimington Award Watch List
  • 2004 Preseason No. 1 Center in Nation (NationalChamps.net)
  • 2004 Preseason No. 4 Center in Nation (Lindy's)
  • 2004 Preseason No. 6 Center in Nation (Sporting News)
  • 2004 Preseason Honorable-Mention All-American (Street & Smith's)
  • 2004 Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 (Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Street & Smith's)
  • Nebraska Finisher Award (Spring, 2004)
  • 2003 First-Team All-Big 12 (AP, Dallas Morning News)
  • 2003 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, FWST)
  • 2003 Outland Trophy Watch List
  • 2003 Lombardi Award Watch List
  • 2002 First-Team Freshman All-American (FWAA, The Sporting News, Rivals.com)
  • 2002 First-Team All-Big 12 (The Sporting News)
  • 2002 First-Team Freshman All-Big 12 (The Sporting News)
  • 2002 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Dallas Morning News)
  • 2002 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches)

2004 Outlook
Richie Incognito enters his junior season with two outstanding years behind him and remains on track to add to Nebraska's tradition of award-winning offensive linemen. Incognito started his first two seasons at left tackle, but is expected to anchor the Husker offensive line at center in 2004.

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.

2003 (Sophomore)
Incognito took snaps at center during spring ball, but the emergence of Josh Sewell allowed Incognito to return to left tackle in the fall. He started all 13 games at the position and handled long snapping duties during the first part of 2003.

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 played in all 14 games as Nebraska's top left tackle and started every game except Iowa State, when he sat out the first half. He was only the third Husker freshman offensive lineman to earn a start in their rookie season and the first to start a season opener.

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.

2001 (Redshirt)
A scholarship athlete, Incognito redshirted his first season at Nebraska.

Before Nebraska (Mountain Ridge HS)
Incognito played both sides of the ball at Mountain Ridge in Glendale, Ariz., and served as a deep snapper. Incognito helped Coach Jim Ewan’s team to an 8-4 record and the first round of the state playoffs in 2000.

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.

Personal
The son of Richard and Donna Incognito, Richie was born on July 5, 1983, in Englewood, N.J., and moved to Glendale in 1995. He has a younger brother, Derek. Richie is a communication studies major.

Incognito's Career Statistics

Year

Games Played/Started

2001

Redshirted

2002

14/13

2003

13/13

Total

27/26