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Two years ago, Nebraska boasted one of the most prolific big-play offenses in the country.
The departure of Roy Helu, Jr. was sure to hurt, but nobody expected it to be this bad. In four games against currently ranked opponents this year, Tim Beck's new offense failed to surpass 24 points (averaged 18.75) and did not have more than 350 total yards in any of those games.
One obvious way to create more explosion has already been discussed: Get Martinez into the open. However, this can also be accomplished by using the full skill set of Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah.
Rex Burkhead was worn down at many points this season, and there's nothing wrong with giving him some plays off to utilize the change-of-pace backs, as opposed to exclusively using Green as a receiver and Abdullah as a return man.
Receivers Quincy Enunwa and Kenny Bell were Nebraska's big-play pass catchers this year. I thought true freshman Jamal Turner showed a ton of promise early on, but for some reason his playing time decreased as the season went on.
In 2010, tight end Kyler Reed caught 22 passes for almost 400 yards and eight touchdowns and emerged as the Cornhuskers' downfield home-run threat. However, he was disappointing this season, catching only one touchdown.
He must step up next year as Bell, Enunwa and hopefully Turner continue to develop.