It’s no secret that the Nebraska football wide receivers room got a bit of an overhaul this offseason. Led by new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph, he was able to bring in his own guys, and help Nebraska football establish a completely new dynamic. However, several players from the past staff still remain. One of those players is Zavier Betts.
Betts is somebody that Joseph really likes. In a report from Parker Gabriel of the Lincoln Journal-Star, it was noted that Betts is somebody Joseph is really seeing progress from.. For his part, the wideout recorded 20 catches for 286 yards. A lot of you may remember his 86-yard touchdown run against Northwestern, or his big touchdown run against Penn State in 2020. There is no doubt that Betts has playmaking ability. Joseph just wants to unleash it a little bit more.
In my opinion, I think pairing Betts with Joseph is good for both parties. Joseph is known for liking dynamic playmakers, and Betts can be one in the right situation. Fortunately, I think Betts is in the right situation. His speed allows him to be a very dynamic player and for him, it has more so been about getting consistent opportunities.
A bond is forming
Bellevue West coach Brandon Huffman noted in Gabriel’s report that the combination of Betts and Joseph could be a very good thing for the receiver.
“Oh man, (Betts) loves him. That’s another super cool thing,” Huffman said. “Every offensive coach that was there brought up Zavier starting to turn the corner. Zavier has always been athletically gifted. He struggles a little bit in focus and drive and Mickey was telling me that he’s always the first one in the room now. …
“Mickey called him right there while we were standing there because he wanted Zavier to know that they were bragging him up. Zavier needs that kind of stuff. He’s a kid that needs an arm around his shoulder and needs a little love and I’m pumped because it sounds like he’s doing great.”
I’ll be interested to see how this pairing does. It’s obvious that both individuals are gifted at what they do.Nebraska football needs to really turn the corner. This combination could be something that helps the program do that.