Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2018, 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Redshirt freshman Will Farniok will head into his first season of action looking to compete for playing time on the Nebraska offensive line. The 6-3, 295-pound Farniok is one of several players who will compete during fall camp for the starting center position vacated by the graduation of Tanner Farmer and Cole Conrad who handled the position in 2019.
Farniok is the younger brother of junior offensive lineman Matt Farniok, NU’s returning starter at right tackle. Will Farniok joined the Nebraska program in January of 2018 after graduating from high school a semester early. He is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
After enrolling at Nebraska in January, Farniok redshirted while gaining valuable experience in his first season in Lincoln. Although he did not play in a game, Farniok was a member of Nebraska's travel roster for the Huskers' trips to Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Before Nebraska (Washington HS)
Farniok joined the Husker program from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was part of three state championship teams.
Farniok was a dominant player on the offensive line, helping Coach Chad Stadem’s teams to a 35-1 record over the past three seasons. In 2017, Farniok powered an offense that scored 40 points or more in nine of its 12 victories. Farniok earned a spot on the South Dakota Coaches Association all-state team as a center in each of his final three seasons. A two-time All-Metro pick, Farniok was named the Outstanding Lineman of the 2016 state championship game, an honor that his three older brothers also earned during their prep careers.
Following his senior season, Farniok played in the Offense-Defense 88 All-American Bowl and was named the national offensive lineman of the year by the organization. Farniok also participated in the Nike Opening Combine, the U.S. Army All-America Combine and the Rivals Camp Series. An outstanding student, Farniok was a 2017 academic all-state selection and a four-year academic honor roll member.
Farniok was listed by both ESPN and 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in South Dakota, and he is ranked as the No. 7 center prospect in the nation by ESPN. Farniok was also a two-year basketball letterwinner and competed in track, where he was a state qualifier. Farniok chose Nebraska over Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Will is the son of Brad Farniok and Christine and Rich Jones and Rich Jones, and Brad Farniok, and was born on April 21, 2000. He is majoring in biological sciences. Farniok has volunteered with Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits. Farniok’s father played collegiately at St. Cloud State, while he had older brothers who played at Iowa State and Oklahoma. Will's third older brother, Matt, is a junior offensive lineman at Nebraska.