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Nebraska Continues to Add Talent to Skill Positions With Former Texas Receiver

May 24, 2022

The Nebraska football program continues to add skill talent via the transfer portal.

The Huskers secured the commitment of receiver Marcus Washington on Tuesday. Washington spent the past three seasons at Texas, where he caught passes from former Longhorn and current Husker quarterback Casey Thompson. In his Texas career, Washington, a 6-foot-2, 191-pounder, caught 25 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

The 2021 campaign was Washington’s most productive—he hauled in 18 catches for 277 yards and two scores. The St. Louis, Missouri, native’s best game statistically came in the Longhorns’ 57-56 overtime loss at home to Kansas, where he had five catches for 100 yards and two scores.

Washington is the third transfer receiver brought in by Nebraska this offseason, joining Trey Palmer from LSU and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda from New Mexico State.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Washington was a four-star prospect in the 2019 class out of Trinity Catholic High School and heavily considered Nebraska during his first recruitment process. While in high school he held offers from Alabama and Ohio State, among others.

What it means for Nebraska

Add another body to a Husker receivers room that unofficially has 10 scholarship bodies in it, including Omar Manning, Oliver Martin, Palmer, Garcia-Castaneda, Alante Brown, Kamonte Grimes, Shawn Hardy II and true freshmen Victor Jones, Decoldest Crawford and Janiran Bonner.

Washington’s addition could be viewed as a replacement for the one wideout the Huskers did lose during the spring—Zavier Betts, who left the program and whose status with the team in uncertain for the rest of the season.

Here’s what Nebraska receivers coach Mickey Joseph said about Betts in April following the departure:

“We visit with Zavier. He’s not on the team right now, but we visit with Zavier,” Joseph said. “And we’re going to visit that again down the road. Like I said, it’s going to be (Scott) Frost’s decision about what he wants to do with him. But you know, my thing with Zavier is, Zavier is always going to be a part of me, and a part of this program. But we’ll deal with that down the line.”

While Washington’s stats won’t blow anyone away, he has caught the most passes out of anyone on Nebraska’s roster from the projected starting quarterback, Thompson. What does that mean? It’s hard to say because Washington hasn’t gone through the spring practices like the rest of the wideouts in Lincoln have. But there’s likely a connection between Thompson and Washington, and that’s a good thing to have.

What we do know is Joseph is not shy about introducing even more competition to his room. That draws similarities to another Husker assistant, Travis Fisher, who’s been aggressive in revamping his defensive backs room. Fisher signed a combined five additions from the transfer portal and junior college ranks this offseason, including corners Tommi Hill (Arizona State), Javier Morton (Garden City Community College) and Omar Brown (Northern Iowa) and safeties DeShon Singleton (Hutchinson Community College) and Kaine Williams (Alabama).

During the spring, Joseph touched on his coaching style and how he wants to teach the wideouts in his room.

“I’m going to coach you with energy. I’m going to coach you hard, I’m going to coach you with energy,” he said. “I’m going to give you confidence, but I’m going to coach you hard. I’m going to coach you really hard and I’m going to tell you something every play, either it’s going to be good or it’s going to be bad, but I’m going to communicate something to you every play.”

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