Oft-injured Nebraska lineman Brent Qvale says he is feeling better than ever, which is fortuitous for an offense in need of a new starter at left tackle.
Tyler Moore, the leading contender for the job, was still missing from practice Monday and offensive coordinator Tim Beck said he had no idea whether Moore would return. Coach Bo Pelini announced Saturday that Moore had left the team to address some personal issues and that the door was open for his return.
''It hurts our depth,'' line coach Barney Cotton said. ''Next man up.''
That man appears to be Qvale, who by all accounts has been outstanding through the first nine days of practice.
Qvale came out of spring projected to be the backup to Moore. But Qvale began working with the No. 1 unit late last week before Moore left.
Qvale played in all but one game last season as a backup guard and moved to tackle full-time in the spring. He's in line to make his first start Sept. 1 against Southern...