Ex-Nebraska football player shines in prep for 2024 CFL Draft

  • Some former Nebraska football players are still holding out hope for an NFL draft pick.
  • Eteva Mauga-Clements is making the most of his shot the pros in Canada.

Sep 25, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Eteva Mauga-Clements (22)
Sep 25, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Eteva Mauga-Clements (22) / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Despite not getting a single invite to the NFL Combine, there are a number of former Nebraska football players who are hoping they’ll still get a call from the league on draft day. Things are a little bit different for ex-Husker linebacker Eteva Mauga-Clements.

Mauga-Clements is doing his best to get a call from another league. The ex-Cornhusker is looking for his shot with the pros, but instead of the NFL, he’s attempting to break into the Canadian Football League. 

Mauga-Clements has been working out in the CFL Combine over the last few days ahead of the April 30 draft. In participating in those workouts, he was named the Coach’s Pick on defense for Sunday. 

The Coach’s Pick was put together as a way to focus on players who were really showing something each day of the combine. The ex-Nebraska football star stood out on the last day of this get together and it certainly looks as though he’s got a very good shot of getting picked in the 2024 CFL Draft.

​“He was very smooth today with great movement skills. He really fit in and he had that right mentality all week. Seeing him learn and adapt to the CFL environment so quickly and so seamlessly bodes well for him; that's something that teams will really focus on.”

One coach wrote according to a recent press release.

Former Nebraska football player stands out in push for CFL shot

Eteva Mauga-Clements showed similar push when he was trying to play for a starting job in Lincoln. Mauga-Clements became a Husker by way of transfer from Diablo Valley Community College. He recorded 82 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 18 career games.

He then played for the Huskers from 2020-2022, notching just 6 tackles in his first two years. In 2022, he had a bit of a breakout season for Nebraska football with 39 tackles and a sack. 

Now Eteva Mauga-Clements is hoping he can keep his football career going in the Great White North.