HAS STANLEY MORGAN MADE A JUMP?
It’s not uncommon for players to make a big jump between their freshman and sophomore years. If Morgan makes the jump, he could be a nightmare for defensive coordinators in the Big Ten.
With Pierson-El sidelined, Nebraska seniors Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly are the Huskers No. 1 and No. 2 option. Throw an improved Morgan into the mix and it is a pick your poison type of scenario at the wide receiver spot.
Former receiver Kenny Bell nearly doubled his numbers from his first year playing to his sophomore season. Westerkamp did double those numbers, by quite a large margin.
A 50 catch, 600 yard season isn’t probably out of reach for Morgan.
CAN THE POSITION STAY HEALTHY?
Since joining the Big Ten, it feels like no position has been hurt more over the years than the wide receiver spot by injury. The biggest injury in 2015 was definitely De’Mornay Pierson-El (knee/leg) – the junior isn’t expected to be back for spring football.
But the nagging injuries also piled up throughout the year and Nebraska will hope to stay healthy throughout the entire spring.
HOW ACTIVE WILL THE TIGHT ENDS BE?
It took a little over two-thirds of the season to see it, but tight end Cethan Carter became a big weapon for the Nebraska offense late in 2015. The question will be how the senior and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf can build off the success?
In the last three games of the year, Carter had 10 catches for 165 yards and two rushes for 48 yards on the ground.
Redshirt freshman Matt Snyder might not have redshirted last year if an elbow injury had not crept up in fall camp. His development at the position will be interesting to watch. Early in his career, he’s likely not the same blocker as seniors Sam Cotton and Trey Foster. But, Snyder is athletic and a bigger receiving threat than the pair.
WILL DERRION GRIM BE READY?
After breaking California state records in receiving, 2015 signee Derrion Grim has enrolled early and will be participating in spring football.
Getting a jump on the playbook will go a long way, but what should we expect this season? Grim wasn’t playing the best competition night in and night out. It was probably a contributing factor why the recruit was a consensus three-star prospect across all the major networks. But, head coach Mike Riley liked his production.
“I think it’s going to give me a great chance in my opinion,” said Grim when asked about possibly playing next year. “If I have time to read the playbook and get used to the speed of college football, it’s going to help me out a lot. I’m ready to get faster as a player. They are telling me that they are excited and really can’t wait for me to get there.”