Dominant in the two or the three point

If you have ever seen Peyton Newell play for Hiawatha (Kans.) you will have seen Newell playing in a two-point and more as a linebacker. This past week Newell had a chance to operate out of a three-point and was dominant.

At 280-pounds there is a lot that Peyton Newell can do that a lot of other high school football players around the nation can't. Simply put, players with Newell's size very rarely have his athleticism, his quickness as well as his size and speed.

In watching film of the Nebraska commitment from Hiawatha (Kans.) you will see that Newell lines up more like a walk up outside linebacker. He's in the two-point and it puts the offense in a tough position. Do you challenge Newell, obviously the best defender on the field, or run away from him and into numbers?

Both options are bad. However, what you will see is that with the physical package that Newell has that he gets a lot of one on one or running backs trying to chip on him that he can exploit and even when he's not set up to make a devastating hit that he's powerful enough to reach out and grab opposing quarterbacks.

What people haven't seen and really project Newell to do at the next level is play with his hand in the dirt. It's not really a stretch for Newell. He has tremendous quickness, great hands, plays with leverage and has a great motor.

Still, you look for a chance to preview the 6-foot-3 and 280-pound defensive lineman to just get a look. This past week Newell got that chance moving down into the two-point for Hiawatha and really kept to his disruptive ways.

In play number one you get an idea as to the type of quickness that Newell has. He shoots the C gap with the tight end trying to crash down on him. It's an option with the offense banking on basically a tight end chip to get Newell out of position enough to have the pitch man and the quarterback with the safety out in space.

On the second video the tight end releases and Newell is now one on one with the offensive tackle who actually has a size advantage on Peyton. Newell appears to want to cross his face, but with his eyes in the backfield is able to cross the lineman's face, keeping his outside arm free, and keep outside contain. Newell shows an ability to set the edge and really keep contain.

Videos three and four are similar, but show a couple of different things. The first thing that you notice is that Newell's eyes are always in the backfield. In video three, Newell takes the C gap with the lineman allowing him to take himself out of the play. Newell diagnoses the play and crosses the face of the lineman using his strength and quickness and is basically two-gapping at that point.

In video four Newell is locked out with the lineman. You see that No. 68 for the opposing team is a big man and still doesn't hold a punch advantage. Newell keeps his eyes in the backfield and allows the play to set up. He then goes with the lineman and at the last second is able to shed the block and make the stop.

Newell finished the night with 10 total tackles, three tackles for loss and blocked a PAT. Whether it's in the two-point or the three-point one thing stays consistent with Newell, he's a dominating force. You can see why Newell projects to play inside at the next level because of his strength, but you could also see Newell playing end in a 3-4 front and possibly even in a 4-3.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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