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Ernest Hausmann’s story is special. His journey to Nebraska began at a dinner 15 years ago in Columbus, Nebraska, and eventually resulted in his adoption and journey to the United States from Uganda. The story goes from there.
On the football side of things, Hausmann was a star athlete during his time at Columbus (Nebraska) High School. Having started playing football in the fourth grade, Hausmann’s love for the game only grew in time. He was Nebraska’s first commitment of the 2022 class, selecting the Huskers on March 3, 2021, over scholarship offers from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and a number of others. He finished his senior season at Columbus with 80 tackles, nine tackles for loss and two sacks. He added 37 catches for 600 yards and eight touchdowns on the other side of the ball.
Hausmann enrolled early at Nebraska and had an opportunity to get settled with the Huskers throughout the spring. Coach Scott Frost shared his excitement for the addition of Hausmann to his roster during the early signing day press conference in December.
“I am fired up about Ernest,” Frost said. “He is a Nebraska kid and he has not played football his whole life like other kids but I see the potential there for him to have an elite career. I am really excited to add him to our young core of linebackers and see what he can do. I love his demeanor and his love for the game, and I am really fired up about his talent.”
How has it gone for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Hausmann nearly seven months into his collegiate journey? Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud joined Sports Nightly on Wednesday, providing an update on Hausmann so far.
“He’s been what we anticipated,” Ruud said. “I think the fact he got here early and got that spring ball in is going to be huge for him possibly having an opportunity to play and contribute real minutes in the fall. He was able to learn and make his mistakes throughout spring.”
Ruud noted that something seemed to click for Hausmann several practices into spring ball. He said the freshman made a big jump “in probably practice 10 or 11 to 12 and 13.” It was exactly what Ruud hoped he would see.
“That’s always what you look for in young guys. When does it start kind of clicking in?” Ruud said. “I’m excited to see how well he progresses in the fall.”
Hausmann will provide depth alongside returners Luke Reimer and Nick Henrich. In 2021, Reimer led Nebraska with 108 tackles. Henrich followed right behind with 99.
Reimer, however, dealt with a groin injury through the spring. That opened the door for players like Hausmann, Garrett Snodgrass and Eteva Mauga-Clements to get some much-needed reps. Mauga-Clements, for example, took first-team reps alongside Henrich through spring.
“I think (Eteva) along with Ernest Hausmann probably benefited from the spring more than anyone else,” Ruud said.
Plenty has yet to be answered as Nebraska prepares for fall camp, but it sounds like Frost’s excitement around Hausmann several months ago was well-warranted. From everything we’ve heard so far, it sounds like Hausmann’s journey at Nebraska has only begun.
It’ll be a fun one to watch.
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