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Nebraska Football: Newsome earns Special Teams POTW honors



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Nebraska football corner Quinton Newsome had a couple big-time plays on Saturday. He returned a blocked field goal 68 yards to the house for a touchdown. He also recovered a punt that was fumbled by Alex Bullock in the first quarter. For all his efforts, he was named the Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

Newsome became the first Husker to receive a weekly honor since Malcolm Hartzog received Freshman of the Week honors on October 3, 2022. For Newsome, this is just another notch in the belt of what has been a productive and lengthy Nebraska football career.

He has recorded 142 total tackles in four seasons of play. His best season came in 2021, when he recorded 57 on the year. The defensive back has been a key part of the Nebraska football defense all these years.

He has been a mainstay in the secondary, and has been a crucial part of a defensive unit that will return 19 players next year. If nothing else, the future is bright.

Newsome recorded five total tackles against Purdue on Saturday. However, his blocked field goal was a key turning point in the game.

Perhaps more than just a blocked field goal, this also showed how important his return to the Nebraska football program was. He is continuing to serve as an anchor for this defense. The Huskers will need him as they try to clinch a bowl bid on Saturday.

The defensive unit as a whole has been absolutely fantastic. Everybody is stepping up, from freshmen to seniors. Shoutout to Newsome for getting recognition. Here’s to hoping he continues to play at a high level as the Huskers enter the meat of their schedule.

Danny is a Nebraska athletics fan and writer. He also enjoys writing about recruiting in his free time. Danny has been following the Huskers for the last five years. Find him on Twitter @NebCornholio.