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Nebraska Football: Could this be the year Alante Brown breaks through?

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It’s no secret that the Nebraska football wide receiver room is absolutely loaded. They really focused on recruiting and adding to that position this offseason. With all the hype surrounding the new additions, I feel like some of the receivers currently on the roster have been forgotten about.

Husker247 is doing an interesting series about certain players with spring practice is only two weeks away. Monday, they focused on wide receiver Alante Brown. In my opinion, he is an interesting player to focus on.

Last season, he played in 11 games. He caught three passes for 30 yards, and was also active on kickoff return. He took five kick returns for 77 yards. It was a bit of a reduced role in comparison to the 2020 season.

2020 saw him begin to carve out a name for himself in the Nebraska football program. He played in eight contests, returning the ball 10 times for 196 yards. He also caught three passes for 41 yards, and carried the ball once for 18 yards.

Brown could step up for Nebraska Football

In my opinion, he does have a little bit of an advantage coming into spring practices. He is already familiar with the system, and that could work in his favor. He is another player who I think is going to benefit from having Mickey Joseph on the staff.

With the ball in his hands, Brown is an explosive receiver. In that respect, he was a little bit ahead of his time in terms of his play style. He is a perfect fit for Mickey Joseph right now. With the exception of maybe Samori Toure last year, Nebraska football never really had downfield playmakers. Now, there seems to be a focus there.

I will be interested to see what his role will be as the spring practices begin. He has the speed to be effective, and we have seen him show spurts of production. The season finale against Rutgers in 2020 was perhaps his biggest game in terms of statistics. He caught two passes for 25 yards in that contest.

We haven’t really seen him be able to show off his skills in an expanded role. Will that will come this year? I would personally he has as good a chance as ever to really make an impact. With Mickey Joseph in town now, the game has changed. Here’s to hoping it works in Brown’s favor.

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