Nebraska football was able to pick up a commitment on Wednesday from former Florida Gator offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua. Mazzccua had Nebraska football and his final group last January before ultimately selecting Florida last season. Now, he will get a chance to make an impact on the Huskers offensive line.
Mazzccua’s experience as well as height and size undoubtedly make him an impact player for this program. He was the starter for Florida last season, appearing in 11 of 12 games. He measures in at six-foot-eight, 315 pounds, and should be able to bring a bruising element to the line. This is something that Nebraska football needs, as it looks to focus on improving line play.
Mazzccua will have one season of eligibility remaining for Nebraska.
With this big commitment, we offer three thoughts on Nebraska football’s newest addition.
Nebraska Football gains experienced depth
Nebraska football is getting a ton of experience on the line with Mazzccua. He played 743 total steps for Florida last season, and started in 11 of 12 games for the Gators. Availability has always been an asset of his throughout the course of his career, and that includes Baylor.
He played in 11 games with 10 starts in 2022, and ranked as the second-best guard in the Big 12 according to Pro Football Focus.
When you look at the guard position for Nebraska football currently, they do not have a ton of depth. Henry Lutovsky and Ethan Piper will both be back next season. With Nouredin Nouili no longer in the picture, this experience at the guard position will be helpful.
Mazzccua is a solid lineman overall, but one of his specialties is run-blocking. This will undoubtedly help the Nebraska football offense, especially with the addition of transfer running back Dante Dowdell.
Run-blocking was something Mazzccua did well at Baylor in 2022. He had a 78.5 grade in run blocking per Pro Football Focus. This was best in the conference and 15th best in the nation. This was something that carried over from the 2021 season, when he recorded a 74.3 run blocking grade.
Nebraska Football is gaining a good run-blocker
Nebraska football is going to have a stable of running backs that should provide the team some success in 2024. Dowdell, along with Emmett Johnson (for now) Rahmir Johnson, and Gabe Ervin all should help the Nebraska offense get to the next level.
Having a good run blocker like Mazzccua on the line is going to be important. He understands how important it is to win the battles in the trenches. The lineman is very physical at the point of his block, and is able to use his feet to drive the defensive lineman back. He is not afraid to finish his blocks either, which certainly helps bring a physical presence to this game. Proper leverage is a big selling point of his game, and he is able to use this technique to win many of his matchups.
The Huskers want to run the football more. Now, they are getting players that complement each other well, and will be able to give Nebraska the ability to do so.
Mazzccua adds to a solid transfer portal haul
Nebraska football was able to get a player at a position of need. They identified what one of their weaker areas was, and they were able to get a high-quality lineman. Not only that, they used the transfer portal for the third time in less than a week to get a player that complements the rest of the offense.
The Huskers have made it a point to recruit largely at the high school level. That is certainly a change from how other programs tend to do things. However, they used the portal smartly and effectively for this recruiting class. It’s been quite the busy week for the program, as they look to put the finishing touches on the rest of the group.
Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football transfer portal group has four transfers in the class in total. Isaiah Neyor, Blye Hill, Dowdell and now Mazzccua should all be able to help the program in a big way.
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