August 17, 2006

The pride of Culbertson

In August 2003, Ben Eisenhart walked on to the Nebraska football program.

He had just completed a record-breaking athletic career at Class D-2 Culbertson High School and wanted to find out if he possessed what it took to play big-time college football.

During his senior year at Culbertson, Eisenhart rushed for 2,336 yards as a running back and set state records by romping for 445 yards in one game and scoring seven touchdowns in another. On defense, he finished his high school career with 22 interceptions from the linebacker position. He lettered four times in basketball and captured three state Class D long jump titles in track and field (twice winning the all-class Gold Medal at the state meet).

Eisenhart came to Lincoln with impressive credentials and just one goal in mind - to make the Husker football team.

Three years later, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior is not only on the Husker roster, but he's a scholarship player working his way up the depth chart at strong safety. Eisenhart is expected to see significant playing time this season on special teams where he was a standout in 2005 and at safety where he's sharing time in fall camp with Tierre Green.

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