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Nebraska Football: Wynden Ho’ohuli is finding his footing

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)

Wynden Ho’ohuli is fitting in with Nebraska football well. A former four-star recruit, he was the 19th overall linebacker in his class, and the top overall player in the state of Hawaii per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. However, it’s no longer about high school accolades and flash, it’s about execution at the collegiate level.

He has been working with linebackers coach Mike Dawson. As Ho’ohuli continues to get adjusted to the Nebraska football defense, Dawson seems to be impressed with what he sees.

Just looking at how Ho’ohuli plays from a film standpoint, he has a little bit of everything. Measuring in at six-foot-three, 200 pounds, he can both stop the run and defend the pass. In particular, I was impressed with his run-stopping abilities. To me, that is going to be a key part of his game. One thing that could be a hallmark of his game is his physicality. Whether it’s stopping the run or defending the pass, he can do both very well.

Coaches are impressed with what they see

As it stands right now, Dawson likes how the linebacker is progressing. This is important to me, especially because Ho’ohuli came in during the summertime. By nature, he has some catching up to do.

 Wynden Ho’ohuli is working with Dawson with the outside backers. Working hard, but taking on a lot. “For these guys now that don’t come in as a mid-year, it’s friggin’ full speed ahead by that first practice rolls around. … You guys are really going to enjoy getting to know him. A lot of fun. Great personality. He’s doing a nice job on the field, getting stronger and getting better every single day.”

A good personality and strong play style are good things that can go a long way. He is undoubtedly going to be a key part of the future of this linebacking unit. I’ll be interested to see when he has his chance to really break out for Nebraska football. He has all the tools to be successful at the collegiate level.

As camp continues, we are hearing more about some of the more underrated guys. For right now, Wynden Ho’ohuli is one of them. However, something tells me he will not be underrated for long.

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