Husker nation is getting ready for the day they have been waiting a long time for. After the Nebraska Cornhuskers were blown out by the South Carolina Gamecocks to end the 2011 season, Husker fans immediately turned to the fall and for year two in the B1G 10 conference.
With just a few days left, head coach Bo Pelini has yet to release the depth chart for the first game. This leaves Husker nation with a few big questions. Offensively, who starts at wide receiver for the Cornhuskers?
Kenny Bell seemed to develop a chemistry with quarterback Taylor Martinez as the season progressed. With Brandon Kinnie lost to graduation, the Huskers have a few receivers to turn to, but there could be a lot of possibilities as to who starts. Whoever starts, the passing game is going to play a major role in dictating how far Nebraska goes this season.
I think clearly Bell should get the nod at receiver. The second receiver is tricky. Quincy Enunwa played hard last year, but sometimes, the ball just does not get thrown his way. He could make an impact for the Huskers besides just being a great run blocker.
Jamal Turner was a player who created some buzz, but was in the dog house of offensive coordinator Tim Beck to end the season. I do think Turner is going to see a lot of action, but not as a starter, barring injury to someone ahead of him. Turner’s speed and former play as a quarterback could help him get on the same page as Martinez and see things similar, resulting in big plays.
Jordan Westerkamp is a mighty fine recruit from Illinois who could become a big time playmaker for the Huskers. However, being a true freshmen, and only on campus for a few weeks, I don’t think we will see him as a starter. He could become a great slot receiver for the Huskers this year if he learns the playbook quickly. Westerkamp knows how to use his body to shield defenders, but he must get used to the quicker play at this level.
Tim Marlowe played well in his time, but I think he is just too small for the bigger lineup Nebraska wants to put out. A couple of guys lower on the depth chart who could make a splash are Taariq Allen, Lane Hovey, and Steven Osborne. While I do not think any of them will see a lot playing time, they should see at least a little.
My prediction then is that Bell and Enunwa will start at receiver, with Turner and Westerkamp interchanging in the slot and fourth receiver position.