Redshirt freshman David Engelhaupt will look to compete for playing time at tight end for the Nebraska offense in 2017. The in-state product from Norfolk Catholic is one of several young players who will look to step up at a position where Nebraska graduated three four-year letterwinners.
Engelhaupt spent his first season in the program adding strength and muscle to his 6-3 frame, and his ability showed up during spring ball which he capped with a strong spring game.
Engelhaupt redshirted in his first season with the Huskers and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Norfolk Catholic HS)
Engelhaupt was one of two in-state players in Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting class. Engelhaupt starred on both sides of the ball for Coach Jeff Bellar’s team at Norfolk Catholic, annually among the top prep programs in the state. As a senior, Engelhaupt played a key role on offense and defense. He rushed 177 times for 1,465 yards and 30 touchdowns, while adding 20 catches for 308 yards and four more scores.
On defense, Engelhaupt recorded 89 tackles, five sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries. He also averaged 39.5 yards per punt to help the Knights to a 12-1 record and a Class C-1 state runner-up finish.
Engelhaupt was a second-team All-Nebraska choice as a linebacker by the Omaha World-Herald and second-team Super-State choice by the Lincoln Journal Star. He was also a first-team Class C-1 pick by both papers and was the honorary captain of the World-Herald’s Class C-1 team.
Engelhaupt led Norfolk Catholic to a 9-2 record and a state playoff berth as a junior in 2014. In addition to his outstanding play on offense and defense, Engelhaupt was a standout punter for the Knights. He was a first-team Class C-1 all-state pick as a punter by both newspapers and was the Journal Star’s second-team Super-State punter.
Engelhaupt was also on the Norfolk Catholic varsity in 2013, when the school went 8-3 and reached the state quarterfinals. Engelhaupt also played on the varsity basketball team for three years, averaging better than eight points per game for his career, including 10.1 ppg in 22 games as a senior. He was also a member of the Norfolk Catholic track and field team.
Engelhaupt was ranked among the top six players in Nebraska by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports and was listed among the top 100 defensive ends in the nation by 247 Sports. He chose Nebraska over Wyoming and New Mexico.
David was born on April 27, 1997, and is the son of Dave and Lu Engelhaupt. He is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.