Nick Herbig says he's motivated to improve on last season: 'That’s all that matters to me is this team'
Nick Herbig had a strong season in 2021, but the Wisconsin linebacker is looking for more this season even though he had 9 sacks, which led the Badgers.
“I am pissed,” he said, per 247Sports. “I didn’t do what I wanted to do. I felt I could have helped the team a lot more than I did. That’s all that matters to me is this team. That’s all I care about, and it’s all I am going to care about. I am excited about this season.”
Herbig had more than one sack 3 times, including a career-high 2.5 in an October victory over Iowa. He recorded 26 quarterback hurries and six hits over 13 contests, per Pro Football Focus. His 14.5 tackles for a loss of yards also marked a career-high and ranked seventh in the Big Ten. His best game was a 2.5 sack performance against Iowa.
However, there were missed opportunities as the Badgers went 9-4 and missed out on a trip to the Big Ten championship game. But he doesn’t focus on the disappointments.
“They’re stuck in my head. People always say, ‘Don’t dwell on it.’ I don’t dwell on them, I just don’t forget them,” Herbig said. “When I have the chance again, I know what it feels like to be a loser, being down on the sidelines or sitting in the locker room crying because we lost and I couldn’t make a play for this team.”
This season, Herbig will step into a leadership role as Wisconsin will have 8 new starters on defense.