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Maverick Noonan Learning The Defense on NU Unofficial Visit


If Maverick Noonan wants to know how to be a dominant football player he doesn’t need to look far. In fact, he needs to just look across the dinner table at his father Danny. 

On Tuesday, he didn’t travel far to take his most recent unofficial visit. Noonan and his family, including Danny, who was an All-American defensive lineman at Nebraska in 1986, took a deeper dive into Nebraska’s defense and their philosophy. 

“I thought it was pretty fun. I got to meet coach (Scott) Frost, coach (Mike) Dawson and all the other coaches,” the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Elkhorn South junior-to-be said. “I watched an hour of film with Dawson and talked with coach Frost a bit. I wasn’t there too long.”

Outside of the regular photos in jerseys and hanging out in the locker room Noonan and the coaches had time to dig into the guts of Nebraska’s defense. 

“They mainly just talked about the position that I would be playing as an outside backer and pass rusher,” he said “It was good for me to learn more about the defense and how they play.” 

Unlike most kids his age, Noonan isn’t overly active on social media and has a quiet confidence about him. After all, he just needs to look to his father for advice on what it takes to be an elite athlete. 

After his All-American year in 1986, Danny was selected as the No. 12 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1987 draft. He would later become a strength coach in Lincoln. The father-son duo work out multiple times a week together and it can get intense. 

“Usually we do strength workouts four times a week and run two times a week,” Maverick said. “It is just easier because I can workout whenever I want and he knows what he’s doing. It gives me a better training session and he will help me through it but you do have those times you are about to throw up.”

Nebraska isn’t the only school that would like to secure a commitment from Noonan. Kansas State, Arizona State, Michigan State and Missouri have all offered scholarships. 

“I went to Notre Dame earlier this month (June 6) for a workout,” he said. “I plan on going to Iowa State later in July and probably K-State some time soon. I might be going to Northwestern later this month.”

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