Nebraska Senior RB Terrell Newby Enters Fall In Three-Man Race

It's time for our season previews. A look at Nebraska senior running back Terrell Newby.


Position: RB 

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10 / 200-pounds

High school: Chaminade high school (CA)

Year: Senior

2014 review:

Terrell Newby played in all 13 contests as a backup running back to All-American Ameer Abdullah and on special teams.

The former four-star prospect rushed for 297 yards on 67 carries, finding the end zone five times. He rushed for 107 yards against Florida Atlantic, a career high at the time.

2015 recap:

A starter in eight games, Newby rushed for 765 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry last season, finding the end zone a total of seven times.

His 205 yards on 28 carries against South Alabama was a career high and was good enough for Big Ten Player of the Week honors in week two of the season.

After suffering an ankle injury against Purdue late in the season, Newby only carried the ball 18 times in the last four games, including just four carries UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.

2016 preview:

After blinking, Terrell Newby is a senior and will have a strong competition on his hands in the fall to stay relevant in the Nebraska backfield. While he was never considered to be the next Ameer Abdullah, Newby had a lot of hype – not only as a signee, but heading into 2015. While he started more times than any other Nebraska running back, he failed take hold of the position. An ankle injury late in the year didn’t help.

Newby finished the spring among the top three backs, with Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon also getting their touches. At this point, it appears the Huskers could be headed for another running back by committee type of approach in 2016.

“Newby is going to be different then Devine in some ways,” said head coach Mike Riley. “So that would be a good combination for us. Now we are looking for other players."

Last season Newby had 24 catches out of the Nebraska backfield. It wouldn’t surprise us to see the former California prep carve out a role as a solid third down back for Nebraska. Not only can he can out of the backfield, but he’s also one of the better blockers in the position room.

We won’t put a projected number on his production in 2016. The running back position has been too hard to predict during the Mike Riley era, but we have a hard time imagining him even duplicating last year’s stats. That being said, Newby did receive the first carries in the spring game and showed a nice burst of acceleration hitting the hole. 

Newby would need 640 yards in the fall to become just the 29th Husker ever to run for 2,000 yards in his career.

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, 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.

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