July 12, 2006

Fall camp preview: Developing solid depth

It's been a near three-year process, but it appears that in 2006 Nebraska will finally have the type of receivers to effectively run the West Coast offense.


Last year NU had three receivers catch over 40 balls and a total of five were over 25. If you compare that to a year ago, the Huskers only had one receiver over 25 receptions (Ross Pilkington - 27).


This year common logic and the fact that Nebraska returns nearly all of their top receivers and starting quarterback Zac Taylor would make you think it will not be out of the question to see three receivers catch over 50 balls.


Second year position coach Ted Gilmore has done an excellent job in developing NU's receivers in his short time in Lincoln.


Gilmore is no stranger to developing West Coast offense wide receivers, as he played a hand in helping both Purdue and Colorado jump start their WCO in their early stages.


You really start to see Gilmore's technique and teaching come on strong at the middle of the season with sophomore Nate Swift. The 6-foot-2 Swift had an eight game stretch last season that was statistically as good as any receiver in the Big 12 Conference.


This was also true with sophomore Todd Peterson. Gilmore saw potential in Peterson and and by the Baylor game he became one of NU's top receivers.


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