Former Husker lineman heading to the NFL Draft

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Former Husker offensive lineman Nick Gates said that he will be heading to the 2018 NFL Draft.

He posted a message to his Twitter followers announcing his decision.

Gates said he wouldn't be in the position he is in without those who have guided him along the way. He said his time at Nebraska has been essential to his growth.

Gates said thank you to "my family, my team, Nebraska fans and our former football staff." He adds that Coach Riley and Coach Cavanaugh gave him a chance and it is because of it that he said he can now pursue his dreams.

The Las Vegas native said the decision took some time to make.

"I believe Coach Frost will take Husker Nation to where we need to go," said Gates. "However, after talking it over with my family, friends, and coaches, I have officially decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft."

Gates started 26 straight games at left tackle, marking the longest streak by a Husker at that position. He passed Richie Incognito, who made 22 consecutive starts from 2002 to 2003.

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