NOLAN KERN | Sioux Falls | OL | #74 | rSR | 6030 | 320 | Eau Claire, WI | Regis HS
Overview: Look out, here comes the nasty! Kern is a ferocious run-mauler who plays with a nasty streak in the trenches and brings loads of versatility. He has played both guards spots, in addition to center and special teams during his time at Sioux Falls, demonstrating violent hands, physicality and aggressiveness. He was even used at right tackle during the Dream Bowl and did very well for his first time playing the position. Kern displays the ability to combo block in the run game and climb to the second level, he also shows excellent lateral movement in pass protection. The ultimate finisher, Kern owns brute strength, power and intensity, totaling 263 career knockdowns during his time with the Cougars. An impressive pro day showing and more consistent foot quickness bodes well for his opportunity at the next level.
Background: Son of Richard Kern and Susan Kern. A standout offensive lineman at Eau Claire Regis High School; played on both the offensive and defensive lines for head coach Bryant Brenner. Was a four-time first-team All-Cloverbelt Conference selection, three-time All-Northwest Region honoree and twice was named honorable mention all-state. Also excelled in Track and Field for the Ramblers, finishing conference runner-up twice in the shot put and discus; was also a three-time regional champion in the shot put and discus and qualified twice for the state meet. Majored in pew-law.
Career: Finished with 263 career knockdowns. A three-year starter, Kern had a monster season in 2019 when he led USF with 89 knockdowns and had the second highest grade among USF offensive linemen at 88.21 percent. He had a positive rep on 591 of 670 plays. He allowed just 2.5 sacks. Named All-NSIC second team in 2018; averaged a 80 percent grade over three seasons with a team-high 163 knockdowns, five sacks allowed on 1,133 plays and 1,031 positive reps. Has totaled 21 games with a 70 percent grade or better, including 14 over 80 percent and nine at 85 percent or better. Was a part of the NSIC title team in 2016 (12-1, 11-0 in league), two playoff teams, which had a combined 2-2 record; USF is 28-7 in his three seasons.