Nebraska Cornhuskers: Who Will Step Up This Season?

By Paul Troupe

2011 was the year of dropped passes and horrible throws for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. While Taylor Martinez is busy fixing his mechanics, the Husker receivers are busy working on running routes and keeping their hands on the ball.

Kenny Bell was developing a nice rapport with Martinez at the end of the season, but the Huskers are going to need more than just Bell. This position might be the youngest for the Cornhuskers, with just a handful of upperclassmen with experience.

Besides Bell, the Huskers have Quincy Enunwa, Tim Marlowe, and Jamal Turner with some game experience.

As many will remember, Turner was essentially benched last season for his immaturity and lack of hard work. Enunwa made some great plays, but he also dropped too many passes. Marlowe also made some great plays last season, and will look to have a strong senior campaign.

The Huskers also do have some highly touted incoming freshmen.

Jordan Westerkamp could have the biggest impact of them all. His size, strength, and athleticism helped him standout in Illinois High School football. Westerkamp fills an immediate need and could turn into a great slot receiver for the Huskers. Though he is just 6 feet tall, he still knows how to use his body to get position on smaller cornerbacks.

The player the Huskers could most use this season is Jamal Turner. It has been quite a few years since the Huskers have had such an athletic player at the receiver position. Turner is fast and agile. We saw glimpses of what he could do last season, but it is what we have not seen that could be of the most benefit. Turner’s best play came on a screen pass that went for only a short game, but he was one broken tackle away from taking it the distance.

In a season where the Huskers are going to need to need someone to step up, who will it be?

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM

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