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Nebraska Spring Football: Marcus Newby Ready To Put QBs On Notice

When Marcus Newby put pen to paper making himself an official member of the Cornhuskers’ 2013 recruiting class, the coaches had a right to be excited. Now, thanks to the latest installment of Nebraska spring football, fans may want to snag tickets for the bandwagon while they can.

Throughout spring ball, the 6’1″ 215-pound linebacker has consistently had one mission on several plays: seek and sack. Nebraska’s defensive ends have been challenged by powerful offensive lines more often than not due to lack of a rush threat from the back seven.

Thanks to cramming linebackers onto the roster over the past few classes, that’s changed.

Bo Pelini has compared Newby to Demorrio Williams, a player that helped add fame to his name during the Big Red’s 2003 season. Williams freaked out Big 12 defensive coordinators as he tallied 11 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. While Newby still has some work to do in order to take over one of the outside linebacker slots, even his teammates see that his raw talent can help him contribute this season.

“He’s coming off the edge faster than anybody else, and he’s got the strength to bull rush, too,” said cornerback Josh Mitchell of Newby. “When you have someone come off the edge fast, especially pairing up with a guy like Randy (Gregory), it makes it easier on the linebackers and the secondary.”

Thanks to his raw skill, Nebraska defense’s No. 3 doesn’t have to think, merely act.

Enjoy the fireworks.

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