Nebraska gets down to the goal line and is about to score against North Dakota. The Huskers have hit split-zone, a run play where the tight end goes across the formation and blocks, several times.
A New tight end enters the field and Chancellor Brewington is inserted into the game at this point. Nebraska lines him up at wide out, and then motions him in. He comes with speed and power.
The ball gets snapped and Brewington slips past the defender and runs past the goal line where Adrian Martinez lobs the ball to him to go up a touchdown. The crowd erupts in celebration and Brewington screams in excitement as he is held up by one of his offensive line teammates.
Brewington arrived on campus in 2021 and said he expected to treat Nebraska like his old school. He was surprisingly mistaken when several changes happened to him mentally and physically.
At first, Brewington said he thought he would be a receiver for the Huskers, but then quickly found a home in a different position group. He brought a different type of athleticism to the table in the group.
“Everyone was much bigger in this conference,” Brewington said. “I was big receiver coming in and had to fit in where I can. They thought the best spot for me was tight end so I embraced it and ran with it.”
Brewington was as fast and fluid as a receiver. He had to gain several more pounds than he ever had. Brewington weighed 200 pounds when he first got to Nebraska. He played his last game at 225 pounds, and he gained over 20 pounds of muscle. Despite the weight gain, he kept the same speed.
Over the last two seasons, Brewington played in 22 of the Huskers’ games, including all 12 last season. He finished his Nebraska career with 14 catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
But Brewington didn’t just grow physically, he grew mentally. He opened a lot quicker than expected. At his last school, Northern Arizona University, Brewington said he had a hard time showing who he truly was despite becoming a leader on the offense. This time around, it became much quicker to show his true self.
“Every relationship inside the building was professional,” Brewington said. “There’s unique situations with certain authority figures that allowed me to be more comfortable and relaxed.”
Brewington became more talkative and outgoing. He had more camaraderie with his teammates.
“Having more fun and getting to know the people more helped a lot,” Brewington said. “(It’s) easier to play harder for your teammates if you know them better.”
Even his family saw a difference, Brewington’s father, Jamie Brewington, said he noticed that difference immediately. He knew that Chancellor was older and had a different mindset going into his new school. Jamie saw that his son treated every interaction at the Memorial stadium differently than he used to.
“He was even more driven than at Northern Arizona,” Jamie said. “He became more of a leader and worked smarter. He became more of a man.”
Right before Brewington left for Nebraska, he broke both wrists in a weightlifting accident in 2020 and missed that fall in Lincoln. He was granted a redshirt in as part of the NCAA’s blanket for anyone who played during the 2020-21 seasons, but he was not granted another redshirt after last season for his injury.
Brewington has been through a lot of life altering injuries, and he approaches life differently now. He came to Nebraska with a different mindset, unlike his freshman year at Northern Arizona. This was a positive environment. He was wiser and more mature. He approached the team, football, and coaches way differently.
All these changes have propelled Brewington to be more successful on the field and on March 22, he participated in the Huskers’ annual pro day in front of NFL scouts and personnel. He wasn’t drafted, but Brewington hopes to continue his career, possibly in the XFL or USFL.