Nebraska Football: Luke Reimer impressed in big way on Saturday

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 07: Riley Lees #19 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by JoJo Domann #13 and Luke Reimer #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ryan Field on November 07, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 07: Riley Lees #19 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by JoJo Domann #13 and Luke Reimer #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ryan Field on November 07, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Luke Reimer was a big part of the Nebraska Football defense on Saturday.

It’s always fun over the course of the season to see certain players step up and be assets to the Nebraska football program. That was certainly the case for Luke Reimer. The linebacker had a heckuva day, and he made his presence known. Furthermore, he set a blueprint for how all linebackers should play from here on out.

He recorded 10 tackles, a sack, forced fumble, and one and a half tackles for a loss. It’s crazy to think that he has gone from a walk-on player to a starting linebacker. I remember writing about him when he was first a walk-on, and discussing his potential. Now, it looks like he is living up to the notion that he has a tremendous work ethic.

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When I watched him on Saturday, I was amazed at how quickly he flew around the field. He was all over the place. He made tackles against the run. He flew in to disrupt plays, on a unit that struggled for a portion of the afternoon, Reimer was a tremendous bright spot. It seemed like he never ran out of energy. He was in the backfield on almost every play, and if he didn’t make an initial play, he was there to assist.

The way he flew to the football was mighty impressive. This is exactly the type of player that Nebraska football needs moving forward. That type of energy that Reimer brought to the table was extremely important defensively. We talk all the time about wanting to bring the Blackshirts back. Reimer played like he belonged on the Blackshirt defenses of old. You can tell when you watched the game that he was having a blast out there. It was definitely noticeable, and it was great to see.

After making his debut on Saturday, I wonder what he will do for a follow-up act. Nebraska football is going to need him to stop Penn State. Although the Nittany Lions have had their share of struggles this season, they still are a very capable team with a lot of weapons. Especially if the offense continues to struggle, the defense will have to be there to pick them up.

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Reimer should be able to be a huge part of that moving forward. He certainly earned more playing time on Saturday, and he was a bright spot in a game that did not feature as many as we would have liked.