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Nebraska Football: Marcus Washington finding his groove

Nebraska football wide receiver Trey Palmer has gotten a ton of credit for his play. He has been Nebraska’s top wide receiving weapon. However, another wide receiver has emerged as a key part of the Nebraska football passing game. Marcus Washington has picked up his play.

Washington has 18 catches for 266 yards on the season. He is coming off a game against Rutgers that saw record for catches for 53 yards. He averaged 13.3 yards per reception, and a 21-yard grab was his longest of the evening.

His emergence in the Nebraska football offense has come partly because defenses have been focusing on Palmer. That has allowed Washington to be able to get open, and he has really continued to develop a strong relationship with quarterback Casey Thompson on the field.  The two players were teammates at Texas.  The strong connection has shown in Washington’s statistics, and he has been able to complement Palmer well on the field.

Washington has 18 catches for 266 yards on the season. He is also averaging 14.8 yards per reception. In 2021, he caught 18 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per reception. He has almost exceeded his totals from last year, and there is still a lot of season left.

There is a good chance that he will be able to follow up his strong performance from last Friday against Purdue on Saturday. They average 230.8 passing yards allowed per game. That is good for sixth in the Big Ten conference. They also give up the fourth -most yards per reception in the conference at 7.2.  There are going to be opportunities for this Nebraska football passing game to play at a high level.

Washington’s role could continue to expand on Saturday. He has found a connection with Thompson, and it has resulted in him being a valuable second option on the offense. The premier college football programs have more than one explosive player on offense. It’s clear that Nebraska football has found that with Washington. He has adjusted to his role and become a valuable contributor.

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