Nebraska is deep and young at linebacker. Other than Zaire Anderson, there looks to be only one upperclassman—junior David Santos—who will be in the starting rotation. So there will be work for Newby to do if he wants to see the field as a linebacker.
But Newby has a secret weapon in his locker. During the Spring Game, Newby was used as a hybrid defensive end or outside linebacker in a three-man-front look. Functionally, though, Newby’s role was as a pure outside pass-rusher, and he excelled.
While Newby might be a ways down the depth chart as a linebacker, if he can excel as a pass-rusher in fall practice, he can earn playing time—and provide a real weapon for the Blackshirts in 2014.
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