Tight end Tyson Hetzer is one of two members of the 2008 Nebraska recruiting class who joined the program in January, and took part in spring practice. Unfortunately, Hetzer’s spring was cut short after he suffered a knee injury. The California native had subsequent surgery, but Husker coaches and medical staff are hopeful Hetzer will be ready for the start of the season.
Hetzer came to the Huskers after playing the 2007 season at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., and has two seasons of eligibility with the Huskers. At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Hetzer will provide Nebraska with outstanding size at the tight end position, and if healthy he could be a contender for playing time this fall.
Before Nebraska (Anderson HS/Citrus College)
In 2007, Hetzer caught 13 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown for a 6-5 Citrus College team. Hetzer also played a key role as a blocker from his tight end spot, and was ranked among the top 100 junior-college prospects according to Rivals.com.
Hetzer began his college career at Shasta (Calif.) College in 2005-06, where he played on the basketball team and helped the squad to a 21-11 record. Following the season he transferred to Division II North Alabama, hoping to play football, but after one semester he transferred to Citrus College.
Hetzer had an outstanding two-sport high school career at Anderson High School. Tyson played two seasons of varsity football for the Cubs, lining up at wide receiver, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, while also handling punting duties. On the hardwood, Hetzer was twice named Anderson's Most Valuable Player. Hetzer committed to Nebraska in the summer of 2007, and also received offers from Louisville, Kansas State, Arizona State and Utah State.
Tyson is the son of Leslie and Charlie Hetzer and was born on Oct. 4, 1986. He is majoring in sociology at Nebraska.