Season snapshot: Hausmann learning on the job – 247Sports

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Everyone has been pretty fired up about Ernest Hausmann since he arrived on campus in January.
It was understood already in the spring he probably had the goods to rip through a redshirt. It wasn’t known he’d have to be out there starting in his second college football game. Right into the fire, indeed.
There were certainly a couple missed tackles by the young buck but, you know, join the club.
“He played good,” said Husker junior inside linebacker Luke Reimer. “Obviously there’s some plays he wanted back, some missed tackles, but I had some missed tackles – we played a really mentally clean game, we just needed to kind of finish through tackles and finish plays. A little technique stuff. And that was across the room for the inside linebackers. It wasn’t just Ernie, it wasn’t just me, that was across the room.”
Hausmann finished with six tackles a week after posting three while also playing key snaps in the 31-28 loss to Northwestern. Clearly the tackle stats don’t tell all. It’s a position where those stats tend to accumulate no matter what. It’s about reliability of being where you’re supposed to be the lion’s share of the time, a process that obviously takes some time for a player new to this level.
Certainly Hausmann flashed in Saturday’s 38-17 win over North Dakota his ability to put himself in the right neighborhood. It’s just locating the finer points (that sometimes take guys multiple years to get down) that he’s trying to do on the fly just a couple games into his Husker career.
Nebraska going more 1s v 1s this week in practices can’t hurt a young player like him either.
It’s possible it may not be a one-week pinch hitting starting assignment for the linebacker from Columbus High School. Nick Henrich is dealing with a hand injury that’ll keep his status up in the air momentarily and veteran Garrett Snodgrass is also on the shelf. Nebraska has a lot of young linebackers behind the scenes, but it’s clear Hausmann is in front of that pack. Nebraska also switched Chris Kolarevic back inside to add depth there along with Reimer.
“First major play for Ernest, I thought he held up well,” said Husker head coach Scott Frost. “He has a chance to be a special player around here. He’s going to provide depth, along with with Va (Eteva Mauga-Clements) for us, and Snodgrass gets back (behind) the two starters.”
Kolarevic taking more inside reps for now makes sense, especially if Isaac Gifford can keep taking ownership of the nickel as he did on Saturday when he had eight tackles, including one for loss. Javin Wright, who blocked a punt on Saturday, also continues to be in the mix there along with Gifford.
“It’s great to have a guy like Chris who can move inside like that,” Frost said of Nebraska’s current inside backer standing. Erik Chinander said last week the Huskers had been cross-training Kolarevic at the different spots this offseason.
Ideally for the Huskers, Hausmann will continue to be a fast learner but also not have to do it with the weight of a top-line role for an extended period of time, though certainly a competitor like the freshman is going to be eager in taking on the challenge.
Reimer leaves no question Hausmann has all the tools to become a really good player in this program.
“He’s a beast,” Reimer said. “As a true freshman, coming in and playing how he played, I’m really impressed with Ernie and I knew he was going to play like that because he knows his stuff extremely well and he’s a really athletically gifted player.”
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