Nebraska Football: Malachi Coleman blows fans away with speed display

Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watch the band perform(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watch the band perform(Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Nebraska football fans didn’t really need to be convinced that Malachi Coleman is very, very good. He still put on a display to remind everyone.

Thanks to the Lincoln East product signing on the dotted line during the Early Signing Period, Husker fans can breathe a sigh of relief. There were some times when there was doubt he would ever play a down in Lincoln.

However, he’s going to play for the Nebraska football team. The only questions left are where and how soon. Is he going to play a big part as a true freshman? And will he wind up as a tight end or a wide receiver?

There’s an argument for both. He’s got the height where some college coaches might be salivating at the idea of putting him at tight end and watching him make a difference on offense at that position. However, as demonstrated in a video he posted to Twitter on Thursday, his blazing speed makes the argument for putting him out wide and letting him work. There’s also the possibility that he might not play on offense at all.

Malachi Coleman’s speed, athleticism and build could make him a very special defensive end.

If the video of him steaming down the track wasn’t impressive enough, Malachi Coleman said that he ran a 4.38 40-yard-dash, laser timed. That’s the kind of speed new Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule has shown a propensity for. It’s the kind of speed that can really help dial up his offense. It’s also the kind of speed that had Husker fans and teammates alike expressing shock, joy, and excitement.

That last tweet, from new Nebraska football quarterback Jeff Sims is especially noteworthy.

While the quarterback position for 2023 is far from decided, there’s a lot of talk that Sims has the inside track at starting. Even if he doesn’t get the job this year, he’s got some time to stick around.

At some point, Sims is almost certainly going to be throwing to Malachi Coleman. Now he can see what his new Nebraska football teammate really brings to the table.