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Nebraska Football: Isaiah Garcia–Castaneda offer signifies offensive goal

With the ink barely drying on Mickey Joseph’s new contract, Nebraska football is already sending out multiple wide receiver offers. Earlier Friday afternoon they extended an offer to former FIU wide receiver Tyreke Chambers. Friday evening, they put an offer out to New Mexico State wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda.

Garcia-Castaneda caught 37 passes for 578 yards and five touchdowns last season. His best game came against San Jose State on October 3. In that contest, he caught seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 15.1 yards per reception. A sophomore last season, the 2021 campaign was his first look at extended collegiate action.

He would have two years of eligibility remaining, plus another redshirt year.

Fitting Nebraska’s style of offense

Measuring in at 6 feet, 185 pounds, Garcia-Castaneda is exactly the type of wide receiver I would expect Nebraska football to go after. I hate to keep referring to him, but this is a Mickey Joseph type of receiver. He is a big-play threat who can get downfield quickly and give corners matchup problems.

It’s very clear that Nebraska football wants to find players that can stretch the field and allow for the quarterback to throw deep shots down the field. Quite honestly, when you look at some of the other offenses in the Big Ten conference, this line of thinking is the correct one. Nebraska had a legit deep threat with Samori Toure last year, and they are looking for it again.

Garcia-Castaneda could be a nightmare matchup on the outside. He has the elusiveness to get past corners. Finding a good outside receiver is going to be crucial if Nebraska football wants to run the offense that we are thinking of. Downfield threats combined with running the football is what many successful teams in college football do.

Just look at Ohio State for example. They always seem to have a perfect balance of both. Not only that, it is working for them quite well.

I’ll be interested to see what happens with his recruitment. Nebraska is obviously trying to formulate a certain style of offense that they want to run. A balanced game that features explosive running backs and explosive wide receivers appears to be the way they want to go. We shall see how well Nebraska can emulate it.

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