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John Garrison
Position: Rush End
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 265
Year: Freshman
City/State: Blue Springs, Mo.
High School: Blue Springs
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  • 2002 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News)
  • 2002 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, Associated Press)
  • 2002 Tom Novak Award Winner
  • 2001 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP)
  • 2000 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll

Senior center John Garrison will close an excellent Husker career in the 2002 Independence Bowl. Garrison is a two-year starter at center for Nebraska and has played in every game since his freshman season in 1999. This season Garrison played a key role in Nebraska's Big 12-leading rushing offense and served as one of three team captains.

Nebraska finished the regular season averaging 268.9 yards per game on the ground, good for third in the nation. Garrison was the most experienced player on the offensive front coming into 2002 and played a key leadership role for NU?s offensive line.

Veteran Husker offensive line coach Milt Tenopir has said the mobile Garrison is one of the most consistent centers Nebraska has ever had. Garrison's steady play was recognized as he was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection for the second consecutive season. Garrison ranks second on the team in 2002 with 140 pancakes, including seven double-figure pancake games. He has raised his career pancake total to 271, good for seventh on Nebraska?s career knock-down block list.

Garrison and his offensive line mates were at their best during a six-game stretch in October and November. Beginning with a season-high 444 yards rushing against McNeese State, Nebraska averaged 346.8 yards rushing and topped 300 yards on the ground in five of those six contests. Included in that stretch was a 381-yard rushing effort in a 38-31 comeback victory at Texas A&M. In that game, Garrison had 20 pancakes to tie his career-best and was part of an NU offensive line that produced a school-record 110 knock-downs in the game.

The 6-4, 290-pound Garrison also continued his role as the long snapper for Nebraska?s punting unit in 2002. His near-perfect execution on snapping has triggered the Huskers' 38.0-yard net punting average that ranks ninth in the nation.

2002: Arizona State-Garrison had six pancakes as Nebraska rushed for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-10 rout of Arizona State.
Troy State-The Husker offense gained 313 total yards, including 199 on the ground in NU's 31-16 victory. Garrison recorded seven pancakes.
Utah State-Garrison had a team-high 14 pancakes as the Huskers scored 37 points before halftime in the 44-13 win and gained 288 rushing yards and 418 total yards.
Penn State-He recorded 14 pancakes to lead an offensive line that helped NU pick up 252 yards on the ground and did not allow a sack.
Iowa State-Garrison had five pancakes in Nebraska's 36-14 loss at Iowa State.
McNeese State-With Garrison leading the way with 12 pancakes, the Huskers rolled up season highs in both rushing yards (444) and total offense (595) en route to a 38-14 victory.
Missouri-Nebraska rushed for 325 yards behind Garrison and the offensive line in a 24-13 win. The offensive line's play allowed the Huskers to control the ball for more than 20 minutes in the second half.
Oklahoma State-Garrison recorded 12 pancakes and the Huskers rushed for 259 yards in a 24-21 loss at Oklahoma State.
Texas A&M-Garrison tied his career high with 20 pancakes in NU's 38-31 victory. The Huskers rushed for 381 yards in the game, including 243 yards after halftime. The Husker offensive line set a school record with 110 pancakes as a team.
Texas-Garrison had 11 pancakes to help the Husker running game rack up 320 yards rushing against the nation?s third-ranked defense.
Kansas-Garrison helped Nebraska to 352 yards rushing in a 45-7 victory and had eight pancakes in the victory.
Kansas State-Garrison recorded 16 pancakes in Nebraska?s 49-13 loss.
Colorado-Garrison had eight pancakes in his final regular-season game with Nebraska.

2001: Garrison settled in at center after seeing action at the guard positions in 2000. Husker coaches were impressed with Garrison's play in the spring and in fall camp, which allowed Jon Rutherford to move to guard. A first-year starter, Garrison finished second on the team in pancake blocks (125 total, 10.4 average) and ranked ninth on the NU single-season pancake chart. He also snapped for every special teams unit.

Garrison recorded his first career start against TCU and helped NU gain 310 yards of total offense. He recorded six pancake blocks. Garrison helped the Huskers to 457 yards total offense, including 330 rushing yards, against Troy State. He led the offensive line with 10 pancakes, the first double-digit pancake effort of his career. Garrison posted eight pancakes, as the Huskers rushed for 182 yards in a 27-10 win over No. 17 Notre Dame. Garrison helped NU gain nearly 500 yards total offense by recording his second double-figure pancake total of the season with 14 knock-down blocks vs. Rice. He was one of five Huskers to reach double-figure pancakes in the game. Garrison helped NU to 412 rushing yards and 532 total-offense yards at Missouri, as quarterback Eric Crouch set a school QB rushing record with 191 yards on the ground. Garrison was third on the team with six pancakes. He tied for third on the team with seven pancakes, helping NU to 359 rushing yards and 476 total-offense yards against Iowa State. Garrison was one of four Huskers with double-figure pancakes at Baylor, recording 10 knock-down blocks. He helped NU to 641 rushing yards, the second-highest total in school history against the Bears. The Huskers gained 531 total-offense yards against Texas Tech, including 335 rushing yards, as Garrison was second on the team with 16 pancakes, marking his third double-figure pancake performance. Garrison tied for second on the team with eight pancakes against Oklahoma. He helped the Huskers rush for 164 yards and gain 329 yards total offense. Garrison had 11 pancakes to rank second on the team, as Nebraska rushed for 284 yards and gained 448 yards of total offense at Kansas. Against Kansas State, Garrison recorded a career-high 20 pancakes while helping NU to 264 rushing yards and 324 total-offense yards. The 20 pancakes tied for fifth on the NU single-game chart and tied for the third-highest single-game total in 2001, behind Toniu Fonoti's 32 vs. Texas Tech and 25 vs. Kansas State. Garrison recorded nine pancakes in the loss at Colorado, while helping the Huskers to 354 rushing yards and 552 total-offense yards. Garrison started against Miami in the 2002 Rose Bowl national championship game.

2000: Garrison played in every game in 2000 as a backup center and guard and NU?s long snapper. He was errorless in his snapper duties, snapping for PATs, field goals and punts. Garrison saw some action as All-American Dominic Raiola's backup at center, before moving to guard midway through the season. Garrison had four pancakes, two each vs. Baylor and Kansas. He also had one tackle at Texas Tech. He played in the Alamo Bowl, seeing action as snapper and backup right guard.

1999: Garrison joined Taylor Gehman and Fonoti as one of three true freshmen to play in 1999. Early in the fall, the Huskers were looking for a deep snapper to relieve Raiola. Garrison, who began fall camp at rush end, offered his services and the job has been his ever since. Garrison was the No. 1 snapper all season and was errorless in his duties, snapping for PATs, field goals and punts. He saw action as the No. 3 center behind Raiola and Matt Baldwin, becoming the fourth true freshman to earn playing time on the Husker offensive line (also Jake Young in 1986, Will Shields in 1989 and Fonoti in 1999). Garrison had two pancakes at Missouri. Garrison was the snapper in the Fiesta Bowl game vs. Tennessee and had one assisted tackle.

At Blue Springs HS: A prep All-American, Garrison played defensive end for Coach Bob Beatty at Class 5A (largest) Blue Springs High School. Garrison earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, recording 101 tackles (67 solo), 29 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered. He was also his team's deep snapper and won the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the best defensive lineman in the Kansas City metro area. In three years, he totaled 248 tackles (153 solo), 56 tackles for loss, 25 sacks and one interception, as Blue Springs posted a 28-5 mark in that span.

Personal: The son of John and Jill Garrison, John was born July 7, 1980, in Clarksburg, W. Va., moving to Pittsburgh in sixth grade and to Missouri before ninth grade. Garrison majors in special education and is on schedule to graduate in May 2003, even though he has not redshirted. Garrison is a member of the 2002 Unity Council. Garrison married Erin Smith in June 2002.

Year

Total

Avg.

Single-Game High

1999

2

0.2

2 vs. Missouri

2000

4

0.4

2 vs. Baylor and Kansas

2001

125

10.4

20 vs. Kansas State

2002 140 11.0 20 vs. Texas A&M

Total

271

5.6

20 vs. Kansas State (2001), Texas A&M (2002)

Tackles: 0 UT, 1 AT, 1 TT (vs. Texas Tech), 2000
Games Played: 49 (12 in 1999; 11 in 2000; 12 in 2001; 14 in 2002)
Games Started: 26 (12 in 2001; 14 in 2002)
Career Pancake Best: 20 vs. Kansas State, 2001; Texas A&M, 2002
Double Digit Pancake Games: 13 (6 in 2001; 7 in 2002)