In what was a busy offseason for Nebraska football one of the best additions to the program was former Montana wide receiver Samori Toure. It appears that some national analysts think so as well.
When I think about what he can bring to the table for this Nebraska football offense, two things really stick out to me. For one, he has sure hands. That allows him to catch the football with ease. Secondly, he has the ability to run well after the catch. With Nebraska football needing more explosive production from their wide receivers, this is certainly a good trait to have.
Perhaps the most overlooked thing that he brings to the table is veteran leadership. Nebraska football has a lot of young wide receivers. They are all athletic and have playmaking potential. However, that’s just the thing. They have potential, and they are not proven yet. Toure at least brings stability. Chances are, you know what you’re going to get out of him every Saturday.
Take a look at last season’s statistics for example. He recorded 87 catches for 1495 yards and 13 touchdowns. He showed his ability to stretch the field, averaging 17.2 yards per reception. At the very least, both teammates and opposing players knew that Toure was explosive and could make things happen.
As far as praise from national analysts go, Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com had nothing but good things to say about Toure. In an offseason that saw some key offensive players leave, Fornelli believes that Toure can be a major difference maker at wide receiver.
“I could make the argument that the biggest transfer in Lincoln is Wan’Dale Robinson transferring to Kentucky, but as for players coming in, Toure could help Huskers fans get over the loss of Robinson quickly,” Fornelli wrote. “Toure is a big target at 6-foot-3 and comes to Nebraska from Montana in the FCS, where he caught 87 passes last season for a school-record 1,495 receiving yards. He’s expected to work out of the slot and could easily finish the season as Nebraska’s leading receiver.
That is certainly high praise and lofty expectations. However, I truly think that Toure could live up to them. He has the explosive playmaking ability. Couple that with Nebraska’s wide-open offense, and it could be a match made in heaven in Lincoln.
Time will tell how it all shakes out, but the potential is certainly there for success.