2013 Nebraska Position Breakdown: Wide Receivers
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsTop to bottom, this is the deepest and most talented receiving core in Nebraska history. The starting trio of juniors Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner, along with senior Quincy Enunwa stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any unit in the country. Bell (6-1, 185), who last season was named second-team All-Big Ten, has led Nebraska in receptions, yards and touchdowns each of the last two seasons. One of the fastest players on the team, Bell is one of the nation's top deep threats and a candidate to become the first Husker receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards for a season. Also an underrated blocker, Bell is dangerous with the ball in his hands and is used on reverses because of his ability to make defenders miss in the open field. A preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, Bell will vie for kick return duties this fall as well.
Since taking over as the wide receivers coach in 2011, Rich Fisher has stressed blocking to his players. Quincy Enunwa (6-2, 225) has been Fisher's star pupil in that regard and is one of the best blocking receivers in the country. Enunwa, who has 21 career starts, is an underrated athlete with deceptive speed. Willing to make the tough grab in traffic, Enunwa has solid hands and is hard to bring down after the catch. One of the most respected lead-by-example players on the roster, Enunwa was named one of Nebraska's four team captains for the 2013 season, a first for the Huskers under Pelini.
Mike Carter-USA TODAY SportsA former high school quarterback, Jamal Turner (6-1, 185) has become an explosive play-maker for Nebraska. Turner seemed to have a coming out party during the second half of the season last year and looks on the verge of becoming a truly special player. Since stepping onto the field as a true freshman, Turner has been one of the most explosive and elusive open field players on the team. After making huge strides as a route runner and now having a better grasp of the offense, expect even more big plays from Turner. Watch for him on special teams, too.
A pair of impressive redshirt freshman will finally have the chance to show what they can do. Jordan Westerkamp (6-0, 200) and Alonzo Moore (6-2, 185) impressed coaches and teammates during their first years on campus. A consensus four-star recruit, Westerkamp is considered one of the best prep receivers in Illinois state history. Westerkamp is capable of lining up at any of Nebraska's receiver spots, but for now at least, coaches seem to prefer him in the slot. There are some who believe he has the best hands on the team. Coaches nearly played him as a true freshman but decided to give him a year to better learn the offense.
A versatile four-star athlete according to Rivals, Alonzo Moore was used at several positions in high school. The Louisiana native slipped through the fingers of the SEC. Moore was moved to wide receiver and was one of the most praised players on the scout team by his teammates. A tremendous athlete who added more than 15 pounds of muscle during his redshirt year, Moore will be apart of the regular rotation at receiver and is expected to receive a large share of snaps this fall. Like Bell and Turner, Moore is a candidate to contribute in the return game as well.
Nebraska has played as many as eight players with their first group, so expect a few more receivers to get opportunities this fall. Keep an eye on sophomores Taariq Allen (6-3, 195) and Sam Burtch (6-3, 195) along with juniors Tyler Evans (6-1, 195) and Tyler Wullenwaber (6-1, 195).
Possible 2013 Depth Chart:
'X' WR: Kenny Bell (Jr.), Alonzo Moore (RFr.), Tyler Evans (Jr.)
'Z' WR: Quincy Enunwa (Sr.), Taariq Allen (So.), Sam Burch (So.)
'A' WR: Jamal Turner (Jr.), Jordan Westerkamp (RFr.), Tyler Wuellenwaber (Jr.)
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