The decision on who would be the starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers was undoubtedly one of the easiest questions for the coaching staff in the 2013 offseason. Head coach Bo Pelini, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and graduate assistant/former starting quarterback Joe Ganz likely did not waste many hours, or even minutes, having a debate on who would be under center on opening day. With a returning starter and all-conference player who already held many of the records for Nebraska quarterbacks, including most starts, the conversation would seem somewhat redundant.
Of course Taylor Martinez would be the starter. Every Husker fan is well aware of how the season actually ended up playing out with Martinez sidelined with a foot injury and freshman Tommy Armstrong and fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg II splitting duties under center. There will be decisions for the Husker coaching staff to make at quarterback during the offseason. Who will be on the receiving end of the ball in 2014 may be more certain, but the impending future allows fans a better opportunity for a lively discussion.
Kellogg and Martinez were seniors and are now gone leaving sophomore to be Armstrong as the elder statesman in the running for the starting role. Tyson Broekemeier is a sophomore, but the young man from Aurora, Neb. is not projected to add much more than depth to the position during his junior campaign in 2014. This means there is a lot of youth at the position for the Huskers.
The wide receiver position is different scenario for the Huskers’ offense. The Huskers lost senior Quincy Enunwa due to graduation this year, but outside of Enunwa the Huskers will be returning a good deal of talent and experience at the position. Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner, Jordon Westerkamp, Alonzo Moore and Sam Burtch will all be returning in 2014. Five of the 17 Huskers who are listed at wide receiver are currently upperclassmen including Bell and Turner. Both Turner and Bell will seniors in 2014. This means the Huskers, who currently have youth and inexperience at the quarterback position, will in one year have the same situation at the wide receiver position.
To offset the departure of Enunwa this season and Turner and Bell next year the Huskers must continue to recruit hard for fresh talented wide receivers. Athleticism at the position should be a key focus of the Nebraska coaching staff during the recruiting process. The Huskers have landed a prospect who may be able to fill a hole left by one of the three key wide receivers.
Glenn Irons would love to follow in the footsteps of an Enunwa or Bell. The freshman to be from Louisiana may have the skill-set to do so. Irons has good size at 5-foot-10 but is not by any means the imposing figure that Enunwa is who stands at 6-foot-2. What Irons lacks in size he makes up for in speed, a key attribute that could contribute to the Husker offense immediately. Irons also played top level high school football which should help him with the transition to college football.