As Nebraska football gets set to take on Fordham, head coach Scott Frost elaborated on why some players did not see much playing time on Saturday.
One of those players was wide receiver Zavier Betts. After showing a ton of potential last season, he was expected to have a big role in 2021. At least on Saturday, he did not have an impact at all. That certainly was not his fault, as he did not see a single snap on Saturday.
That right there is concerning to me. I could see last year, where Scott Frost in the coaching staff wanted to ease him into things. Heading into his second year, he should be on the field quite a bit. That was not the case on Saturday, and it was extremely perplexing to say the least. He should have at least seen the field for a couple of snaps.
There would have been no harm in putting him out there. His speed and playmaking ability would have been a welcome asset on Saturday. Instead, he was sitting on the sidelines. If Nebraska football wants to turn their season around, they need to play Betts at wide receiver. They need as many playmakers on the field as possible.
More Betts action down the road?
In his Monday press conference, head coach Scott Frost elaborated a little bit as to why the wideout did not see the field. In addition, he promised to use him more moving forward. As noted in a report from the Lincoln Journal Star, Frost noted that Betts would be used more moving forward.
Frost said the plan was to get freshman wideout Zavier Betts more reps against Illinois, and the plan is to get him more involved going forward.
Nebraska football has to use the wide receiver from here on out. He is an explosive playmaker. Failure to do so would be inexcusable. Hopefully, Betts will actually be more part of the game plan moving forward, and that Frost is not just using coach-speak.