A starting cornerback job is up for grabs and it is between three Nebraska football players who either have not received a ton of playing time recently. Nadab Joseph, Braxton Clark, and Quinton Newsome are battling for the other starting cornerback spot. As it stands right now, Newsome is getting the most attention from the coaches.
This is certainly intriguing to me. For one, those three names possess a ton of talent. Out of the three listed above, Newsome was the guy that I thought would on it be on the outside looking in. Nevertheless, he’s taken advantage of these past couple of days and really worked hard.
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Committing to Nebraska on August 6, 2018, Newsome was a three-star recruit, and the 70th overall player in his class from the state of Georgia per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. There is no doubt he came into Lincoln with a little bit of intrigue in regards to how he would play.
He really came onto the scene last year, as he recorded 11 tackles in eight games played. His best game came in the opener against Ohio State, as he recorded four tackles and a forced fumble. He made an impact early, and contributed steadily from that point on. Once on the outside looking in at the beginning of his Nebraska football career, he is now a savvy veteran on a defense that features plenty of them.
Measuring in at six-foot-two, 180 pounds, he certainly is the ideal size for a corner. However, just size is not going to cut it alone. In order for him to win this battle, he is going to have to do a little bit more in order to get the job done. According to secondaries coach Travis Fisher, Newsome is doing just that.
“A lot of guys are doing a good job, but Quinton Newsome is doing a great job at that spot,” the coach said.
Asked what has been the key to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Newsome moving to the front of the pack, Fisher said, “It’s all about just being able to take the coaching and being able to go out and take the classroom teaching to the field, and then being able to make mistakes in practice and come back and correct the mistake.”
If Newsome is able to take over that secondary spot, I would consider that a major win for him. He has the experience, we saw it last year. Now he may get a chance to show it, in a big way.
However, the spring is far from over, and as a result, other guys may be able to step up and show what they are made of, in between now and the conclusion of spring practices.