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Nebraska Football: Tight end usage+NFL interest=perfect storm

Nebraska Cornhuskers tight end Austin Allen #11 Football vs Minnesota

Nebraska football wants to place more of an emphasis on the tight end position. It seems that NFL teams are taking notice as well.

There were four NFL teams with scouts at practice on Wednesday. They were watching the workouts of Austin Allen and Travis Vokolek.

For reference purposes, Allen caught 18 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown last season. His best game came against Illinois. He caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.6 yards per catch.

Serving as the backup tight end, Vokolek did not see as much action as Allen. He did however make a minor impact while he was out there. He caught nine passes for 91 yards. His best game statistically came against Iowa. He caught three passes for 31 yards in that game.

With the way that Nebraska football wants to emphasize the tight end position, this could work in the duo’s favor as far as getting to the NFL. If Nebraska can continue to make the tight end a focal point of their offense, that could only increase the stock of Allen and Vokolek.

The fact that NFL teams are interested in these two coincide with Nebraska’s plans to use them nicely. I can certainly see why teams are starting to put these two on their radar. Allen measures in at six-foot-eight, 260 pounds. Vokolek comes in at six-foot-six, 260 pounds. Those are size numbers that could fit the NFL very nicely. Those two have the bodies of National Football League tight ends.

For them, it’s going to be all about performance. Their stocks can easily rise or fall this season. Truthfully , I would expect them to rise. There is no reason that Nebraska football should not use the tight ends more, especially in the red zone. They would be doing the position a disservice if they failed to do so.

As long as they keep using them the right way, NFL dreams could be very realistic for Allen and Vokolek. It will be intriguing to see how they are utilized and how many more NFL scouts put these two on their radar.

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