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The only reason that this unit doesn’t receive a straight “F” is due to the emergence of what looks to be one of Nebraska’s few sure-fire receivers.
Brandon Kinnie has stolen the spotlight from Niles Paul for the time being and the big-bodied junior has nowhere to go but up.
Kinnie leads all Nebraska receivers with 215 yards, though he has yet to score a touchdown.
Another capable receiver, Mike McNeill, has been shortchanged a bit due to Taylor Martinez’s rushing ability coupled with the potent attack of Nebraska’s ground game.
Niles Paul continues to amaze and baffle during a game making a stellar reception while dropping what appears to be an easy route. Some have questioned Paul’s abilities, but it’s clear that he has the physical tools to be a star.
If Paul can regain focus and help his quarterback by being more consistent in simply catching the ball before taking off, he should regain superstar status.
Nebraska fans have yet to see the tight ends in passing situations, but much like McNeill, these players have been utilized for Nebraska’s punishing ground attack.
While the Cornhuskers have shown the ability to punish with a ground game, a solid receiving corps needs to show up quickly.