Nebraska Cornhuskers News: Malcolm Hartzog impressing, Sam Haiby done, more

Malcolm Hartzog (13) celebrates during the NCAA football game,
Malcolm Hartzog (13) celebrates during the NCAA football game, /

Now that the Nebraska Cornhuskers have kicked off their spring practice, there have been a number of different players that have gotten shouts out from the new Huskers coaching staff. Some might remember that during the first practice, Matt Rhule went out of his way to talk up the play of Gabe Ervin. On the defensive side of the ball, Tony White has apparently been quite impressed with Malcolm Hartzog.

That might not be a huge surprise to Nebraska football fans who watched him grow last year. As a true freshman he went from getting just three snaps in Week 3 to 50, 60, or 70 snaps a week towards the end of the season.

He finished the year with 22 tackles two passes defended and three interceptions.

While White hasn’t said exactly what’s allowed the young defensive back to stand out, it can’t be bad news to hear that he is indeed looking like he’s picking up right where he left off, under the new staff.

Other Nebraska Cornhuskers news

  • Husker fans are still learning quite a bit about the new coaching staff and how they go about doing things but so far it’s been mostly a breath of fresh air. That includes new defensive backs coach Evan Cooper who has a unique view on how defenders need to keep their eyes up and why. “If you don’t hit with your eyes up, you’re afraid of contact. Nobody on the Nebraska defense is afraid of contact.”
  • While its been positivity only for the Nebraska football team so far, it’s a bittersweet time of year for the Nebraska women’s basketball team. Amy Williams’ team’s season came to an end on Thursday night with a loss in the WNIT to Kansas. However, Sam Haiby ended her season bit earlier with an injury on Sunday. This week she said goodbye as her Nebraska Cornhuskers career is officially over.
  • Haymarket park has some new outfield pads adorning its walls. Those pads honor the 2001, 2002 and 2005 Nebraska baseball teams that made trips to the College World Series. Easily the best teams in the history of the program.
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball is very much in recruiting mode and that means trying to reel in some of the best transfer players in the country to Lincoln. Among those is Temple transfer Damian Dunn. Dunn has reportedly been contacted by Fred Hoiberg among many others. The guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this past season for the Owls.