The Nebraska football wide receiver room is a positional unit that I have been eager to see. We got to see a little bit of it on Monday, as photos and video clips poured out of practice. It seems as though Mickey Joseph is working to get consistency from his wide receiver unit. With that being said, wide receiver Omar Manning is somebody he is impressed with.
Manning came to the Nebraska football program with high expectations. So far, he’s shown glimpses of what he could do. He caught 27 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns last season. Manning was once a top junior college wide receiver. He has yet to be that impact playmaker in Lincoln.
Joseph talked about players who were standing out so far in camp on Monday. He mentioned Manning as a guy that’s really separated himself from the rest of the pack to this point, as transcribed by Brian Christopherson of 247Sports. “As a whole the group has been pretty solid … but I think Omar is having a pretty good camp right now,” Joseph said. “He’s playing at a high level.
This bodes well for Nebraska football, Manning
Admittedly, this is a very standard answer. However, it is telling that Manning is standing out. This to me means that he is showing that second gear that could make them an elite wide receiver. He hasn’t really shown that in Lincoln to this point.
This is where having a coach like Joseph is going to benefit Manning tremendously. Joseph will challenge him, and do whatever it takes to get him to that extra gear. This is one of the reasons why Joseph was brought in. The wide receiver room needed to be challenged, and the coach can certainly do that. I see the Joseph-Manning bond being beneficial for the wide receiver in particular.
The Nebraska offense would certainly benefit from Manning being that down-the-field playmaker. In a day and age of wide-open offense, the wide receiver certainly has the skill set and physicality to be able to do that.
A healthy and focused Omar Manning is going to do wonders for the Nebraska football wide receiver room. The fact that he is already competing at a high level in practice certainly says a lot. It’s been an up-and-down tenure for the wide receiver in Lincoln. This could be the year that changes. I’m excited to see if he can finally reach his potential.