Junior Matt Finnin is hopeful of moving into the playing rotation at offensive tackle during the 2014 season following the graduation of three senior tackles from the 2013 Husker squad. Finnin worked primarily with the second offensive unit this spring and will enter fall with a chance for significant action.
Finnin saw limited action as a reserve last season, but possesses the prototypical size for an offensive tackle at 6-7 and 305 pounds. Finnin joined the Husker program after spending the 2012 season at the College of DuPage. He was granted an additional year of eligibility in the offseason and has two years remaining at Nebraska.
Finnin was a reserve tackle and saw action in Husker victories over Southern Miss, South Dakota State, Illinois and Purdue.
Before Nebraska (College of Dupage/Crete Monee HS)
Finnin joined the Huskers after spending the 2012 season at the College of DuPage in Illinois. Finnin was a physical presence on the offensive line for Coach Gary Thomas’ team in 2012, helping DuPage to a 9-2 record and a victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the Citizen’s Bank Bowl. The 2012 season was Finnin’s only season at College of DuPage.
Finnin graduated from high school in 2010 and signed with Western Michigan. He redshirted for the Broncos in 2010, but then returned home the following spring for family reasons. He enrolled at Eastern Illinois in August of 2011, but again left school to return home.
At Monee High School in Crete, Ill., Finnin was a member of back-to-back Southland Athletic Conference championship teams in 2008 and 2009. He was named to the Southtown Star’s All-Area team as a junior and to the NWI Times All-Area squad as a senior. Finnin was a member of the Chicago Sun Times’ Top 100 and was named to the EdgyTim.com all-state team. Finnin was regarded among the top 40 overall junior-college prospects by Rivals.com and among the top 10 junior-college offensive tackles. Finnin had a number of offers including Ohio State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Maryland and Kansas before choosing Nebraska.
Finnin was born on Aug. 19, 1991, and he is the son of Gary Finnin and Cathy Norton. Finnin is a history major. He has volunteered his time with the Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and local rec center and hospital outreach events.
» Games Played -- 4 (all in 2013)