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Eric Hagg

| | College: Nebraska
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Hagg's impact on the Nebraska defense was not immediate, but he showed enough as a true freshman to play in seven games on special teams (two tackles) after being a top recruit out of the metro Phoenix area as a receiver and defensive back. The ball skills he displayed in the Valley of the Sun proved quite useful in his career with the Blackshirts.

In 2007, Hagg started 10 of 13 games, including the Gator Bowl win over Clemson, a victory sealed by a late pass breakup and a sack in a fourth-quarter, goal-to-go situation. His heady play led to Honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and a spot on the second-team Academic All-Big 12 squad. He again played in every game as a junior, this time starting 10 of 14 and finishing with 40 tackles, including his second and third career sacks.

In his final year in Lincoln, Hagg set career marks with 49 stops and five interceptions, adding a school-record 95-yard punt return for a score, Nebraska's only touchdown in a 20-13 loss to Texas. His role as a hybrid safety/linebacker was instrumental for a Huskers defense that finished fifth against the pass and 11th in total yards allowed, and he was named a third-team AP All-American. Although he's not suited for consistent man coverage, he possesses excellent range and the size necessary to track down and win jump balls as a centerfielder at the next level.


Positives: Very experienced and has a strong frame with adequate bulk and overall size. Breaks on the ball quickly and gets in a position to get a hand on the ball. Is a fluid athlete and possesses the necessary closing burst to recover and track down the ball. Has the range to cover half the field as a deep safety and moves laterally with ease. Is a physical player who relishes opportunities to mix it up against the run. Stays with tight ends and slot receivers and plays with ideal pad level which allows him to change directions without losing acceleration. Takes smart angles to the ball carrier and moves effectively through traffic to make the stop. Is a sure, wrap-up tackler who comes off the edge under control and closes quickly when blitzing. Intelligent prospect shows a knack for making plays in crucial situations. Active and involved in the community.

Negatives: Is late getting into position against the run and does not always diagnose plays in time. Will get caught peeking into the backfield and has a tendency to bite on play action. Allows blockers into his body and does not use his hands effectively when attempting to disengage. Does not get his head around in a hurry and often fails to break up the pass even when he is in position to do so. Fails to explode through the ballcarrier and can be run over. Will play back on his heels when filling a hole and can be beaten in space by quicker, more agile runners. Possesses below average top-end speed for the position and can be run away from. Is a bit of a 'tweener who lacks the necessary quickness to consistently match up in man coverage as well as the necessary bulk and strength to play linebacker.

Career Notes

Hagg earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors as a junior when he started 10 games as a nickel back and helped Nebraska lead the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. He made 40 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had an interception, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. Hagg played in all 13 games with 10 starts as a sophomore in 2008. He finished the year with 39 tackles, including 29 solo stops and five tackles for loss. He notched his first career sack in the fourth quarter of the Gator Bowl win over Clemson, and also had seven breakups. Hagg played in seven games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams, and made two assisted tackles.

2010 Season

Hagg was voted as his teammates as the Team MVP for the 2010 Huskers. The 6-2, 210-pound Hagg one of the leaders of a Blackshirt unit that finished in the top five nationally in passing yards allowing and pass efficiency defense, while also ranking in the top 12 in total defense and scoring defense. Hagg finished the season with a team-high five interceptions and had 49 tackles, including 39 solo stops. He was chosen as a first-team All-Big 12 choice by both the Big 12 coaches and the Associated Press.

Western Kentucky: Hagg was around the ball, holding Western Kentucky to just 120 yards in the air, as he recorded three tackles, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble in NU's 49-10 victory. Idaho: Hagg had one tackle, as the Blackshirts recorded six turnovers in a 38-17 victory. Washington: Was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, leading a ball-hawking defense … totaled one tackle, but snuffed out the Huskies' first drive with an interception and added two breakups, as Nebraska held Jake Locker to a career-worst 4-for-20 performance and just 71 yards. South Dakota State: Hagg helped the Blackshirts limit their second opponent under 100 yards passing, as he totaled a pair of tackles in Nebraska's 17-3 victory. Kansas State: Hagg helped the Blackshirts limit Kansas State to just 135 yards passing, as he totaled three stops and intercepted a Wildcat pass at the 7-yard line to end the first half.

Texas: Helped limit Texas to just 62 yards passing, its lowest output since 1983, as he had two solo stops … provided Nebraska's lone touchdown with a school-record 95-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma State: Totaled a season-high eight tackles and nabbed his third interception of the season in helping the Huskers down the No. 17 Cowboys in Stillwater. Missouri: Hagg keyed a Blackshirt defense that harassed the Tigers all afternoon in knocking off the Tigers, 31-17 … recorded seven tackles, a season-high two tackles for loss, including a sack, as the Huskers totaled six sacks and held Blaine Gabbert to 18-of-42 passing for a season-low 199 yards. Iowa State: Hagg made two of the biggest plays in NU's 31-30 overtime win at Iowa State … picked off a pass in the third quarter which led to a Husker score that put NU ahead 24-10 … snuffed out ISU's upset bid by intercepting the Cyclones' fake PAT attempt in the end zone in overtime … also added a pair of solo stops in the win.

Kansas: Hagg had one tackle, as the Blackshirts held Kansas to just 87 total yards, including 15 through the air. Texas A&M: Had five tackles - all solo - including one for loss … tallied one pass breakup. Colorado: Helped a pass defense which held CU to just 10-of-27 passing in NU's Big 12 North clinching win … totaled three solo tackles and added his fifth interception of the season, which he returned 26 yards to set up a score that put NU up 31-3.

2009 Season

Played in all 14 games with 10 starts, helping NU rank among the nation's best defenses. He finished with 40 tackles, including seven for loss, along with two sacks. Hagg also intercepted a pass, broke up four others, forced a fumble, and had three quarterback hurries. Hagg also continued to play a role on NU's special teams. Hagg posted his second career sack against Arkansas State, and had a tackle for loss for a second straight game at Virginia Tech. Hagg led Nebraska with six tackles in the shutout of Louisiana-Lafayette and also forced a fumble in the game. He had a tackle for loss at Missouri, before a five-tackle effort against Texas Tech. Hagg tied his season high with six solo tackles at Baylor, and also added a tackle for loss and a PBU in the game.

In a 10-3 win over Oklahoma, Hagg had a key tackle for loss on a Sooner fourth-down rush and added a pass breakup and a hurry. Against Kansas State, Hagg had four tackles, including a 14-yard sack and added a season-high two breakups. Hagg recorded his first career interception in the first quarter against Texas, setting up a field goal for the game's first points. He finished the year with a tackle for loss in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona.

2008 Season

Hagg played in all 13 games with 10 starts and was among the select group of defenders to be awarded a Blackshirt late in the season. Hagg finished the year with 39 tackles, including 29 solo stops, and added five tackles for loss, a sack and seven pass breakups. He opened 2008 in strong fashion with five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Western Michigan. Hagg recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including nine solo stops against New Mexico State, then made his first career tackle for loss against Virginia Tech. He added four tackles each against Baylor and Oklahoma, and had tackles for loss against Kansas and Colorado. Hagg had two pass breakups against both San Jose State and Kansas.

Hagg saved his biggest plays for the Gator Bowl win over Clemson. With the Tigers threatening for the go-ahead score late in the contest, Hagg had a key pass breakup on a first-and-goal play, then threw Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper for a 16-yard sack on second down, allowing NU to preserve the 26-21 victory.

2007 Season

Did not see action in Nebraska's first four games, but ended any chance of a redshirt when he first saw action against Iowa State. Hagg went on to play in seven games, both on kick coverage and as a reserve in the secondary. He made a pair of assisted tackles in Nebraska's win over Kansas State.

High School

Hagg starred at receiver and defensive back for Coach Larry Allen at Ironwood. On offense, Hagg caught 49 passes for 920 yards and nine touchdowns, while making 33 tackles and intercepting four passes on defense. His efforts as a senior earned him first-team Arizona 5A all-state honors from the Arizona Republic.

Hagg's impressive senior season came on the heels of a strong junior campaign, when he had 37 catches, including 12 touchdowns and made better than 40 tackles on defense. He also had seven interceptions and blocked a punt.

Hagg was ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 15 prospect in the state of Arizona. Scout.com listed Hagg as a three-star wideout, while SuperPrep Magazine ranked him as the No. 14 recruit in the Grand Canyon State.

In addition to his outstanding accomplishments on the gridiron, Hagg was also a top basketball player, starting for Ironwood and averaging 10 points per game as a senior.


Hagg is the son of Eric Hagg Sr., and was born on Sept. 15, 1989. Hagg only visited Nebraska, but had numerous other offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State.

Latest News
03/15/2011 - Nebraska Pro day: 18 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. DB Eric Hagg (6-2, 206) ran 4.57 and 4.55 in the 40 and had a 38??-inch vertical. He looked good in individual drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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