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Former Virginia Receiver Billy Kemp Commits to Nebraska for Final Year

January 09, 2023

Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield said on Friday that he’d like more depth at receiver. Different receivers with different skillsets and bodies. On Monday, he got another veteran set of hands to throw to.

Former Virginia wide receiver Billy Kemp announced at halftime of the College Football Playoff Final that he’ll play at Nebraska in 2023. Kemp came to Memorial Stadium for an official visit this last weekend.

Kemp played in 50 games across five seasons at Virginia and finished fourth on the school’s all-time receptions list (192) and 10th in reception yards (1,774). He was also the first player at Virginia to lead the team in punt returns and yardage for four straight seasons. At one point he went 28 straight games with a reception. He didn’t tally any offensive stats in eight games as a freshman. Kemp then started 21 of 35 games between his sophomore and junior seasons, tallying 176 catches, 1,658 yards and eight touchdowns.

He made 16 catches for 116 yards in four starts out of seven games for Virginia this past season. He struggled to find consistency through lingering injuries and missed the last three games entirely.

Kemp’s season at Nebraska will be his sixth year of college football without redshirting. He gained a year of extra eligibility through the COVID year and was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA in the aftermath of the shooting of three Cavalier football players by a former teammate. He originally entered the NFL Draft in December until the NCAA granted his final year of eligibility. At that point he entered the transfer portal.

Nebraska’s roster includes several receivers but few with major game experience. Only Alante Brown, Marcus Washington and Brody Belt played significant snaps at receiver.

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