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Cornhuskers Offense: What will 2020 bring?

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The spring game is only 66 days away! I might not make the trip to Lincoln this year, but I’ll be watching for sure! It’s always GO BIG RED in my world! Is this the season that the Cornhuskers offense regains its power and pride?

I will be examining the offense very closely this spring. I have the same questions that other Nebraska fans have. Is this offense capable of executing a basic play? Can the wide receivers block on the perimeter? Will the quarterback make the correct read? Will the offensive line hold up in pass protection? The 2019 Cornhusker offense was a cringefest! There was absolutely zero chemistry. What will 2020 bring? I’m interested to see who tops the depth chart this spring. New faces in key places will narrate the story of this Nebraska Cornhusker team!  

Players to watch this spring

  • Senior- RB Dedrick Mills
  • Juniors- QB Adrian Martinez, WR Omar Manning
  • Sophomore- C Cameron Jurgens
  • Freshmen- RB Marvin Scott III
The Cornhuskers need Dedrick Mills to be productive in 2020.

Dedrick Mills

Will Dedrick Mills be the “thumper” that the Cornhuskers offense needs? I believe that Mills can. During the final three games of 2019, Mills seemed to define his role in the offense, running for a total of 347 yards. In the previous nine games combined, he ran for only 398 yards! The Cornhuskers will need Mills to produce in 2020. But can he increase the physicality in short-yardage situations and also provide the offense with a long run when necessary?   

With all of the new running backs on the team, Mills must solidify himself at the top of the depth chart. Yes, Mills can and Yes Mills will! As the lone senior at running back, the younger players will rely on Dedrick to “show them the ropes.” Come this spring, he will have to lead the younger backs and run the ball with a purpose. The reward for his leadership will be from the coaches, gift wrapped in more playing time. I predict he starts the season at the top of the depth chart and by the fall, Mills will be the number 2 back.

Adrian Martinez will be looking to bounce back after a difficult 2019 season.

Adrian Martinez

Is Adrian Martinez “our guy?” I’m not sure. The 2019 season was unkind to Adrian. He never looked comfortable in the offense. He was slow to make reads in both the running and passing games. I believe Adrian was overloaded with information. He played the entire season like he was “thinking” and not attacking. I know he has the potential to be a dangerous dual-threat quarterback, but will he ever live up to his full potential? I sure hope so. The Cornhuskers will need consistent quarterback play in 2020 if they want to make it to a bowl game, at least.

Omar Manning will be a dangerous red-zone threat for the Huskers.

Omar Manning

Can Omar Manning, be a reliable target on key downs for Nebraska? Maybe. His body type says yes, but only time will tell if this is indeed true. Listed at 6’4 and 225 pounds, Manning will be an easy target for his quarterback. I’ve watched tape on Omar recently. He possesses quick feet, which allow him to get off the ball fast and he can create separation downfield. When a play breaks down, Manning knows how to reroute and make himself available. Omar Manning’s skill set should complement the Cornhusker’s offensive attack very well. Look for him to contribute immediately! 

Versatility and athleticism best describe center Cameron Jurgens.

Cameron Jurgens

Will Cameron Jurgens be able to handle the mental aspects of playing center? Centers are usually one of the most intelligent players on a football field. They must be. They set the line protection in the passing game, open up holes in the running game, and have to snap the ball to the quarterback. Most of their work takes place before the ball is even snapped! Cameron certainly has all of the physical attributes to be a great center. In year two as a starter, can Cameron embrace the mental hurdles that come with the position?   

Marvin Scott III “running through the secondary'” will be a common theme once he gets on the field.

Marvin Scott III

What if Marvin Scott III cracks the rotation in his freshman year? The running back room is crowded so it’s likely he will redshirt this upcoming season. Marvin Scott III might be my favorite player in this recruiting class! The dude is a small truck! At 5’9 and 200 plus pounds, with a low center of gravity, balance, and strength, you constantly see him running through defenders. He is a talented inside runner that can make one cut and go! I can’t wait to see him suit up in Cornhusker scarlet and cream!

Final Thoughts

I have more questions than answers about this Cornhuskers offense. Will the coaches have the players prepared and ready to go every week? Do the players have the mental toughness required when things don’t go their way? The picture will become more clear as we move closer to spring practice. Ultimately we won’t know much until September 5th against Purdue. So, enjoy the off-season, embrace the process, and all of your questions will be answered in time! Husk that corn, throw them bones, and as always, “Go Big Red!” 

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