“I’m getting to know these guys,” said Williams. “I’m starting to get a picture of what guys are. Their skill-set.”
One of those guys is former walk-on Brandon Reilly. The junior from Lincoln Southwest has flashed on more than one occasion this spring and in multiple practices.
Reilly was hurt last season, battling a hamstring for much of the year. At this point, it looks like it’s behind the receiver.
“I think he’s going to be a big factor,” said Williams. “I’m buying what he’s selling right now. I like him a lot. He’s versatile. At this point, he knows the whole offense. He’s been playing all three positions - even at this early stage. I think the sky is the limit for him at this point from what I have seen.”
Williams went on to describe Reilly’s skill-set.
“He’s quicker than you think and fast,” said Williams. “He’s tough and smart. He knows all three positions and he’s played X, R, and Z in three consecutive plays.”
At 6-foot-1, Reilly isn’t the tallest receiver on the roster, but is working on his ability to make the tough catch in the air.
“Going up and getting the ball is a skill itself,” said Williams. “He’s working on that…it’s a skill you can develop and get better at if you pay attention to it. He and I have been talking about that to improve on it. I think he’s got the ability to make those type of plays.”
Last season, Reilly recorded six catches for 85 yards in seven appearances - including four catches against USC in the Holiday Bowl.
Earlier this spring Big Red Report caught up with the junior receiver. You can see that video below.