Huskers move Jurgens, ‘an explosive athlete,’ to the offensive line
Cameron Jurgens won three Class B state shot put titles while at Beatrice. His winning throw at the 2018 state track meet was about 6 inches farther than Frost’s winning throw back in 1993.
“Anybody who threw the shot put farther than I did I have a special place in my heart for,” Frost said Monday.
Frost has a special new position for the true freshman, as well: interior offensive line. Goodbye tight end. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Jurgens is just too good a blocker — and Frost likes the young NU tight ends ahead of Jurgens too much — to stay at his current position.
“He’s as physical and as good of a blocker as we have on our football team,” Frost said. “I really think he’s got potential to be a really good player on the offensive line.”
Because interior linemen in Frost’s system learn both positions, Jurgens could play center or guard. He’ll put on weight instead of trying to lose it, and he’s embraced the position switch, even though he may still play tight end this season. Jurgens has three more games to play as a true freshman while retaining his redshirt.
“He’s just an exceptional athlete — an exceptionally explosive athlete,” Frost said. “I just think, after watching him awhile, that his body type fits that. I can’t wait to see it.”
It helps that sophomore Jack Stoll and redshirt freshmen Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal have developed quickly as tight ends. All three have played significant snaps in NU’s first five games.