While many people may think that Taylor Martinez is the key to the Nebraska offense in 2013, there is another player that plays a large role on that side of the ball as well. Wide receiver Kenny Bell may be the second-biggest key to the offense next season along with running back Ameer Abdullah.
Bell was one of the top players in Nebraska’s scheme last season, but the Cornhuskers under-utilized him in my opinion, and could have gotten more out of the talented wideout.
He finished the 2012 season with 50 catches, 863 yards and eight touchdowns, almost doubling his production from his freshman season. The sophomore receiver is regarded as one of the best at his position in the Big Ten and could have an even more productive junior season in 2013.
Is it possible to improve on one of the top offenses in college football? The Cornhuskers were ranked eighth in the nation in rush yards (253.4) and 28th in points per game (34.8).
However, it was the passing attack that held the offense from achieving great things. They averaged just 207.4 pass yards per game — good for 90th in the nation — while having one of the best quarterbacks in the conference on their team. Martinez was an improved passer in 2012, but he wasn’t given enough opportunity to throw the ball around to his talented receivers, including Bell.
If the Cornhuskers want to overcome the ceiling that they have seemingly met in 2012, Bo Pelini will need to get the ball to their talented trio of receivers and include Bell in much more of the offense.