Nebraska Football: 5 takeaways from spring ball for Huskers

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Defense ends on a high note

One of the reasons to be optimistic about this Nebraska football in 2021 is the defense. The Huskers lost just one starter and as the spring showed, there is young talent on this defense too.

Will Honas suffered an injury during the spring game, which was disappointing but outside of that, Saturday was a solid day for the defense.

Although there wasn’t live tackling when the top defense was on the field, the unit was still dominant, allowing just one rushing yard on nine attempts and just 2-of-8 passes to be completed for only 18 yards.

While the top unit played well, even without a few key players, young guys stepped up too such as Blaise Gunnerson who notched a sack and has the look of being a solid pass rusher. Nash Hutmacher also had a solid outing as a backup D-lineman and one thing you will notice, is just like on the offensive line, the D-line is getting bigger, deeper, and just more like the Nebraska, we used to know.

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It has taken some time, but Nebraska football feels like it’s turning a corner. Only time will tell though as none of this matters unless the Huskers can win games this fall.