Height/Weight: 5-foot-10 / 200-pounds
High school: Chaminade high school (CA)
The former four-star prospect rushed for 297 yards on 67 carries, finding the end zone five times. His season high of 107 yards against Florida Atlantic was a career high.
The running back position is once again loaded, but doesn’t feature a guy like Abdullah at the top. We thought spring practices might give us a better picture going into the fall who the guy might be in the backfield, but if anything it made it even more confusing.
Newby just looked like a different runner in the 15 practices. The confidence was there. And while his weight of 200 pounds hasn’t changed on the official roster, the running back looked a little more toned in March and April.
"I feel like I've developed a lot throughout the spring,” said Newby. “Just getting acclimated through the little time period. I feel comfortable with this offense and they've done a good job keeping some stuff we had last year and new stuff from this year, so I feel really adjusted.
"Things just started clicking for me. Picking up on the little things on offense and studying the film."
BRR projection: Newby likely did himself the biggest favor coming out of the spring, showing an ability to be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield, a must in offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf’s offense.
The junior started with the first-team offense in the Red-White game and rushed for 55 yards on seven carries.
While it’s very likely a running back by committee approach could happen in Lincoln, Newby looks like the guy the staff might turn to first.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
While UCLA made an offer midway through the season and a big push to get into his final two, Newby's feeling for the Huskers never faded. He committed to Nebraska in early January of his senior year.
A four-star prospect on Scout.com, Newby was the nation’s No. 119 player in the country when he picked the Huskers.
Besides Nebraska and UCLA, Newby had offers from Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, California, Washington State and Wisconsin.
"I feel like I had the strongest connection with the Nebraska staff," Newby said at the time of his commitment.