When it comes to the defense, Nebraska has had a very good offseason. Several players elected to use the bonus year given to them in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 season. Ben Stille, Will Honas, JoJo Domann, Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke all returned. To have players at all three levels of the defense come back is a nice stabilizing force for the defense.
There was one player that had a decision to make who was not a senior: cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt. The Alabama native played his way into seeing his stock rise during the 2020 season, posting 28 total tacks, three tackles for loss and two interceptions last season. He also led the team with six passes defended and tied for the team lead in interceptions.
Taylor-Britt was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in the conference. It turns out the decision to go to the NFL or return to Nebraska wasn’t hard for himas he explained on Monday.
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“I really didn’t have a decision,” Taylor-Britt said. “I already knew that I would come back to try and better myself and prove to myself know that I’m able to do what I’m capable of doing. So, I really didn’t have a decision on whether to come back or leave. I got this little chip on my shoulder right now. And I’ll say the chip is I didn’t play to my ability and I know people may say that I play well and this and that. I feel like I got a lot more in me.”
That chip is his shoulder is something we’ve heard about from a lot of players and coaches this spring. So far the team seems dialed in on showing they are capable of more. It has been a rocky start under coach Scott Frost so far in his tenure. As a collective unit the team is hungry to be better. The Huskers want better results in the fall. It starts this spring with attention to detail.
Taylor-Britt has a lot of smaller things he wants to be better at by the end of spring football.
“Just being a better mature person. As a player getting a feel for the game itself,” Taylor-Britt said. “As a first-time defensive back, you got to have certain techniques to deal with different wide receivers. Every time I get up there I try to work on something different. As far as on the line, pressing, working my hands and feet. I’m trying to work on my craft just trying to better myself every day.”
Now he’s one of the more veteran players in the cornerback group. Taylor-Britt is setting the example for the younger players in his room. Dicaprio Bootle moved on to pursue playing in the NFL. It was even more important for Taylor-Britt to return to the team. It’s great for Nebraska that he is back.
It’s even better that he seems to be on a mission to improve his play and help elevate the team.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.