The Nebraska Cornhuskers are looking to repeat their trip to the Big Ten Championship in 2013 (though hopefully with a more promising result) and they will lean on their offense to be as potent as ever to get them there. With Taylor Martinez back and looking to have his best season yet, they have a good chance, but it will be the experience in their receiving corps that will take them over the top next fall.
The Huskers return their top three pass catchers from 2012 with senior Quincy Enunwa and juniors Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner. Together, they are projected to be one of the best receiver trios in the Big Ten heading into 2013. The group combined for 124 catches, 1,750 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and have stepped up their leadership role with the younger receivers on the roster.
Their experience will help to offset the inexperience at tight end, where senior Jake Long is the likely starter with a total of four career starts and seven career catches. They will provide Martinez reliable options in the passing game that will force defenses to play back in pass coverage which in turn will open things up in the box for Nebraska’s running game.
Bell, in particular, will look to continue his strong play from last season when he set the school record for catches, yards and touchdowns for a sophomore. he led the team with 50 catches for 863 yards and scoring a third of Nebraska’s receiving touchdowns last year.
While the identity of the Nebraska offense will continue to be the running game, having legitimate threats at wide receiver will be the key to forcing defenses to defend the entire field. With Enunwa, Bell and Turner leading the charge, Big Ten defenses should expect to have their hands full.