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2010 Apr 20

SPRING IN REVIEW: Wide Receiver

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Following the 2010 spring camp, Nebraska now looks back at the progress made by each position group - and what progress is yet to come.

Position: Wide Receiver

Spring Summary: It’s Niles Paul’s world - the rest of the Nebraska receivers are just trying to catch up. But it’s important that Paul has a running mate for 2010 - and that appears to be junior Brandon Kinnie. Kinnie has the frame and the hands, but he needs to better develop top-end speed and separation skills. NU welcomed tight end Mike McNeill to the “adjuster” role; he still has to get used to “all the running” wide receivers do, but he could be a useful asset on third down. Khiry Cooper is busy playing baseball this spring, while guys like Curenski Gilleylen, Will Henry, Tim Marlowe and Antonio Bell continue to fight for playing time. Because this group appears more humble than last year’s version, we expect it to be better.


Big Mover: Gilleylen, who worked hard this spring to get back in the of the good graces of position coach Ted Gilmore. He has the straight-line speed and build to be a solid slot receiver; Gilleylen needs to hold on to the ball more, and run more effectively after the catch. Too often, Gilleylen dropped the ball because he was too worried about where he was about to run.


More to Prove: Antonio Bell. Needs to get bigger, stronger, and more aggressive in getting open. Bell has too much speed to sit the bench.


Wild Card: Cooper, whose athletic skills are off the charts, but split between two sports. Cooper could be a terrific slot receiver if he solely devoted his time to football.


Freshmen to Add: Quincy Enunwa, the big-bodied sleeper that some within the program expect to compete for playing time right away, and Kenny Bell, an injury-prone speedster who’s a long-strider and needs to gain to play significant snaps at NU.


Injuries: Nothing serious.


How to Spend Summer Vacation: Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry. Finding a role for McNeill beyond simply a new position. And separating from defensive backs at the line of scrimmage. Paul can do it consistently. The rest of the Huskers cannot.

Spring Reviews on Quarterback, Offensive LineRunning Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Tags: spring game 2010, niles paul, brandon kinnie, khiry cooper, mike mcneill, will henry, curenski gilleylen, tim marlowe, antonio bell, kenny bell, recruiting

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