Most Intriguing Huskers: No. 23, junior WR Oliver Martin | national
As the countdown to the start of Nebraska preseason camp continues, the Journal Star is counting its annual list of the 30 Most Intriguing Huskers.
The list, as always, isn’t about the Top 30 or Top 30, but rather is plot-based. We’ll cover breakout applicants, new faces, old faces and more. The list tends to lean towards youth and inexperience because, well, these types of players are scheming. But there are also more than a few regulars.
N ° 30: Thomas Fidone, tight end, rookie
# 29: Will Nixon, wide receiver, rookie
# 28: Noa Pola-Gates, defensive back, rookie redshirt
N ° 27: Sevion Morrison, running back, rookie
# 26: Bryce Benhart, right tackle, rookie redshirt
# 25: Myles Farmer, security, rookie redshirt
# 24: Casey Rogers, defensive lineman, second year
# 23: WR Oliver Martin, jr.
Martin arrived on campus last summer, had to get used to Nebraska’s schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic, and didn’t even find out he was eligible to play until the middle of NU’s shortened season. .
He still managed to start four games and, even with five modest catches in the home stretch, make a favorable mark in 2020.
Then he really burst into the conversation during the winter conditioning and the spring ball.
Martin, a former four-star rookie from Iowa City, Iowa, who started his career in Michigan and spent 2019 in Iowa, was among Nebraska’s top index testers and then put on a remarkable spring.
“We do one-on-one pretty much every day and I don’t think he’s lost a rep,” said fellow receiver Wyatt Liewer in mid-spring. “He looks really good.”
Martin credited the time he had over the winter and spring to fully understand the playbook. In the May 1 red-white spring game, he was part of a potentially very interesting trio of wide receivers. alongside senior transfer Samori Touré and junior Omar Manning.
He might not have the same kind of conversation as either of those two – Toure drew rave reviews this spring upon arriving from Montana and Manning has tantalizing physical talent, but only played one. only game in 2020 – but Martin just as important offensively for a Nebraska team that desperately needs to be more dangerous in the passing game, especially on the pitch.
Martin will likely win a scholarship now that he’s been on campus for a year. His rise isn’t exactly the type out of nowhere, considering he was an All-American Bowl selection as a senior in high school and finished as the No. 47 player in the country for the recruiting class of 2017. , according to 247Sports. .
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