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Nebraska’s offense sputtered in the second half of the season last year. The Cornhuskers failed to score more than 20 points in their last four games.
The reason for the struggles on offense in the second half of the season was the result of teams figuring out that quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead were the only options for the Cornhusker’s offense.
Martinez and Burkhead accounted for 88 percent of the offensive production for the team. Nebraska’s opponents stacked the line of scrimmage to stop the dynamic dual.
Nebraska must find another option on offense if the team expects to take the next step forward. That option must come out of the passing game.
Martinez is not going to turn into Payton Manning in his third year as the starting quarterback, but if he could eliminate his poor choices and find a receiver to step up, the team could become an offensive power.
Nebraska has some options in the passing game. Wide receiver Kenny Bell was the team’s best freshman last year. Bell caught 32 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns. Bell is the team’s best deep threat in 2012.
The best place for Nebraska to look for a third option is at tight end. Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton are underutilized in the Cornhusker’s offense. Both players have the skills to provide Martinez an option in the passing game and keep the chains moving down the field.
If Nebraska continues to rely on Martinez and Burkhead to win games, it will be another disappointing season for Husker Nation.