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Nebraska Football: Knowledge paying off for Heinrich Haarberg

COLUMBUS, OHIO - OCTOBER 6, 2012: A football helmet for the Nebraska Cornhuskers sits on the field before a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 63-38. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

As the Nebraska football backup quarterback race continues to heat up, one player is seeing the benefits of coming to campus early. Heinrich Haarberg came to Lincoln in the winter. Now, he is seeing that extra time begin to pay off.

Thanks to coming in early, Haarberg has been able to spend that time learning. This is certainly good news, as he figures to be in the quarterback conversation for the future.

Once Adrian Martinez leaves the Nebraska football program, there is not a ton of experience at the quarterback position. This is where Haarberg could come in. However, he has to focus on his development right now. As noted in a report by Chris Bassnett of the Lincoln Journal Star, the quarterback is doing exactly that.

This is certainly encouraging to me. For one thing, it tells me that his development the process is going smoothly. He has the skills, now it’s all about continuing to learn the Nebraska football playbook. Who knows, he could be in line to see action next year if something happens with Martinez.

As I talked a little bit about earlier in the of-season, he certainly has to be ready for whatever comes his way. This is where that extra work and early arrival in Lincoln helps him. Hopefully, we will be able to see him in a little bit of game action so we can gauge how much he has progressed.

As for now, he feels confident about where he is at currently. With Kearney Catholic running a similar offense to Nebraska’s, he is pleased with how the program has prepared him.

“They’ve done a great job giving me the offense ever since I got here,” Haarberg said. “But now it’s more at one time and expecting me to handle it better, and handle it not like a true freshman, but start to mature a little bit and start being a little bit faster.”

I’ll be intrigued to see where he stands once for camp begins. He is undoubtedly going to be a key part of the future for Nebraska football. Right now, it’s just about learning and finding his way.

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