Evwaraye started the first nine games of the season, stretching his starting streak to 20 games, and played in every game except the matchup with Kansas State. Evwaraye helped Nebraska show vast improvement in its passing game, as the Huskers ranked second in passing yards per game in conference play at 265.8 yards per game. The play of the line allowed first-year quarterback Zac Taylor to shatter several Nebraska passing records, including single-game and single-season records.
Evwaraye earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press for his efforts. He was also a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick and earned his undergraduate degree in communication studies in December of 2005.
Evwaraye's quick transition to offense earned him recognition as NU's Most Improved Offensive Player during the spring of 2004. His improvement carried into the fall when he started all 11 games at left tackle and was a key part of a line that performed well despite having new starters at four of the five line spots.
Evwaraye spent his first three seasons at Nebraska on defense. Evwaraye first came to the United States from Finland as an exchange student at Laurel-Concord (Neb.) High School, and committed to the Huskers during his senior season.
Evwaraye and his line mates helped Nebraska get off to a quick start, paving the way for big offensive numbers in the first two games. The Huskers racked up 581 yards in total offense in the opener against Western Illinois, with 476 yards a week later against Southern Miss. Nebraska put together both offensive efforts without the line allowing a sack.
The offensive line played a key part in NU's balanced attack on the season, and helped the Huskers establish a new single-game passing record with 342 yards through the air against Baylor. Nebraska racked up 511 yards of total offense in that contest, its best output in Big 12 play.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Laurel-Concord HS)
Evwaraye earned All-Nebraska offensive first-team honors from the Omaha World-Herald and super-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star in 2000. Evwaraye helped Laurel-Concord to a state title in 2000 and to the state playoffs in 1999. He played nose tackle as a junior and started on both sides of the ball as a senior. Evwaraye missed the first three games of his senior season while appealing a Nebraska School Activities Association ruling that allows foreign exchange students just one year of eligibility. Evwaraye attended the Big Red Football School after his junior season and only visited Nebraska.
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