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Nebraska Football: Oliver Martin forging bond with Mickey Joseph

November 21, 2020: Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Oliver Martin (89) running with the ball after making a catch against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo John Peterson.

Nebraska football wide receiver Oliver Martin was bogged down  by injuries in the 2021 season. following Nebraska’s loss to Illinois, his knee injury kept getting worse. Martin had a great game against Illinois, catching 10 passes 103 yards. However, he paid the price in doing so.

He ended up finishing the 2021 campaign with 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. Now, he enters the 2022 season with a renewed outlook, hoping to put the injury issues behind him.

Martin has a strong relationship with Mickey Joseph as well. As noted in a report from Robin Washut of HuskerOnline.com, Martin is excited by Joseph’s arrival. Martin understands Joseph’s expectations, and the two have grown a strong relationship ever since the coach came to Lincoln.

“He’s a big relationship guy,” Martin said of Joseph. “That’s one thing that’s stuck out to compared to the other coaches I’ve had, is he’s made relationships with all the guys, and they’re pretty tight, and there’s a brotherhood in the room.

“He holds a lot of people accountable. You need to be at meetings on time; you need to be at the right place at the right time; you need to execute your assignments on the field, and if not, he’ll let you know… I feel like I’m a lot closer with him than previous coaches I’ve had, and that’s big for me.”

Martin could have a chance to be productive in this Nebraska football offense. With Joseph arriving in Lincoln, this is a chance for the wide receiver unit to reset. The production has been there for Martin, health has been the issue. We saw the types of talents he brings to the table. The Illinois game is proof of that. He can move the sticks, and has the ability to run after the catch.

Martin has a chance to be a big complementary piece for 2022. As with some of wide receivers in this unit, Mickey Joseph coming to town may prove to be a blessing.

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