Saturday’s spring game was a strong showing for the defense, particularly when it came to stopping the passing offense.
Garrett Nelson had a big hand in doing so. He had two sacks on the day and was able to disrupt the offense. He had a noticeable hand in disrupting the offense, even if it meant not getting completely to the quarterback.
As the competition gets tougher, particularly in the Big Ten, one of Nelson’s goals is to become a better pass rusher. Nelson has made his mark on the Nebraska football defense as a tackler. He has recorded 102 in three years of play. With 6.5 sacks in his Nebraska football career, he has shown pass-rushing prowess as well.
In 2021, he had two stints of two games in a row with at least one sack. He recorded a sack against Michigan State and Northwestern on September 25 and October 2. He then accomplish that feat again against Ohio State on November 6 and Wisconsin on November 20. Going up against some tough offensive lines Big Ten, Nelson was able to leave his mark as a pass-rusher.
Now, that is something he wants to make a hallmark of his game. As noted in a report from Brian Christopherson of 247Sports, that is something Nelson wants to focus on or 2022. Nebraska football has been missing a consistent pass-rushing presence. If Nelson were to add that consistent pass rushing element to his game, that could make him a complete player. As he told Christopherson, that is something he wants to work on.
“As we start playing in the Big Ten, with those first-round tackles, I want to be able to do that against them as well just to cement myself and cement the edge guys as a true threat in the Big Ten and nationally.”
His athleticism and physicality could help him in achieving this goal. If he were able to accomplish it, it would make him that much more of a threat.