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Life in the Red: After playing 'as well as anybody' in spring, Husker LB Henrich off to fast start in camp
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Life in the Red: After playing 'as well as anybody' in spring, Husker LB Henrich off to fast start in camp

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Nebraska vs. Rutgers, 12.18

Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski (8) throws a pass over Nebraska's Nick Henrich (42) during the first quarter Dec. 18, 2020, in Piscataway, N.J. 

Parker Gabriel and Steven M. Sipple talk Husker football in the latest Two-Minute Drill from Memorial Stadium.

Among Nebraska defensive players, not many will engender more conversation over the next few weeks than redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Henrich. 

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Omaha Burke played well late last season after switching back from outside linebacker to inside.

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By all accounts, he had a productive spring. 

In fact, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander on Monday had high praise for Henrich. 

"I thought through the spring, I thought Nick played as well as anybody on the football team," Chinander said. "So far through four (preseason camp) practices, he’s continued on that path. He’s got competition, that room is pretty tight. You’ve got those four guys at the top right now — Nick and Luke (Reimer) and Garrett Snodgrass and Chris Kolarevic. You’ve got some freshmen and some young guy pushing them from behind. That competition is really, really high and I think that’s good to have that competition. Even if those guys separate themselves, they know they can’t stop.

"Nick’s done really well so far." 

» Check back for more on Henrich later this week in the Lincoln Journal Star and online

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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