Minnesota vs. Nebraska, 12.12

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost greets Huskers captain Matt Farniok (71) during Senior Day festivities before the Minnesota game Dec. 12 at Memorial Stadium.

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A two-time captain and veteran starter on Nebraska's offensive line is off to the NFL. 

Senior Matt Farniok, who played tackle, guard and center during his Husker career, announced he will not use the sixth season granted by the NCAA and instead will turn his attention toward playing professional ball. 

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound Farniok, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, started 32 games in Lincoln and was the full-time right guard in 2020. He also replaced Cameron Jurgens at times at center and, until this season, was mostly a right tackle. 

"I chose Nebraska because of its great tradition, and every day I worked to honor that tradition," he tweeted. "It has been an unbelievable experience that I will remember the rest of my life."

Farniok was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten choice and was named Nebraska's offensive lineman of the year in 2019. One of only 13 two-time captains in school history, Farniok earned his degree in criminology and criminal justice last May. His younger brother, Will Farniok, is a sophomore center for the Huskers.

The elder Farniok is the fourth veteran offensive lineman to indicate he's not returning for 2021, joining tackle Brenden Jaimes (NFL), guard Boe Wilson (transfer to Western Kentucky) and tackle Christian Gaylord (done playing football). 

Jaimes started 40 straight games, including 31 at left tackle, before announcing his departure the Monday before Nebraska's Dec. 19 regular-season finale at Rutgers. The Huskers in 2021 are set to return starters in the sophomore Jurgens, redshirt freshman left guard Ethan Piper and redshirt freshman right tackle Bryce Benhart. 

"To the boys on the (O-Line), you are my brothers forever, and it was an honor to be in the room with you," Farniok tweeted. "Thank you for the great memories."

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.


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