Many expected Alston to play in 2015 after the four-star prospect picked the Huskers shortly before National Signing Day last year. But, an early fall camp knee injury derailed the chances and the California product was forced to redshirt.
In a move to protect the knee, Alston did not partake in the Huskers’ spring game this past April, but did return to the practice field during the spring. Alston says he is nearly 100 percent.
“Sometimes you just got to take the good out of stuff that happens to you," Alston told reporters in the spring, including the Lincoln Journal Star. "When I got hurt, I was able to really watch and learn the plays and sit out and observe. It just kind of helped me mentally."
A speedy receiver, Alston might struggle to make the Huskers’ two-deep considering how loaded the position is. While he’s been known to struggle with drops, the redshirt freshman looked like improved in the category this spring. Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams is not afraid to play young guys (Stanley Morgan in 2015), but Alston will need to gain his trust during the fall.
It’s amazing how much just one year can change one’s opinion. Last year we projected Alston to be a part of the offense in 2015. Now we think he might have to wait until the three seniors depart.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Alston visited California, Oregon State and Washington State and had numerous other offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Penn State, Utah and Washington. But, in the end he was committed to Coach Riley at Oregon State before Riley took the job at Nebraska, meaning he would be following Riley if he got a job elsewhere.
"I think that the visit was everything that I hoped that it would be and more,” said Alston at the time of his commitment. “The academics along with the new coaching staff and the attitude of the players have them pointed at winning championships…They like me because I can play inside and I can play outside. They like my explosiveness. They told me that they are going to find ways to get me the ball in space .
“I'm excited to build a strong legacy here at Nebraska. They were going to be a great program with or without me, and I'm just excited that I can be a part of the process."