Long, a former walk-on, ranks third on the team in career starts, trailing only to tackle Jeremiah Sirles and quarterback Taylor Martinez. Long earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and coaches in 2012, even making the AP's All-America second team. With Long out, Nebraska is expected to try several different options to complete replace him on the senior-laden offensive line. Starting center Cole Pensick has some experience at guard, but junior Mike Moudy, Long's listed backup, played the remainder of the game against Purdue. Nebraska is off this week, hitting the road to face Minnesota next on Oct. 26. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
Long was the first NU offensive lineman since 2001 to earned first- or second-team All-America honors and just the second-first team all-conference offensive lineman in that same time. This fall, Long figures to be a strong contender for first-team All-America honors and a candidate for the Outland Trophy. Long has also established himself as one of Nebraska's top student-athletes. He has been a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection and a first-team academic All-Big Ten honoree each of the past two years. Long will be a strong candidate for Academic All-America honors this fall. A former walk-on, Long was also one of five players to be awarded a scholarship before the start of the 2012 season. His twin brother, Jake, is the projected starter at tight end in 2012.