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Freshman watch: WR Zavier Betts working his way into important role for Huskers

Freshman watch: WR Zavier Betts working his way into important role for Huskers

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Penn State vs. Nebraska, 11.14

Nebraska's Zavier Betts (15) scores the first touchdown of his career against Penn State on Nov. 14 at Memorial Stadium.

Kade Warner offered his thoughts on what is slowing down Nebraska's offense among other topics in a Monday news conference.

Zavier Betts certainly made quite a splash in a win against Penn State when he took a fly sweep 45 yards for a touchdown

The freshman wide receiver from Bellevue West, though, has something else working for him through limited action in three games this fall: When the ball gets thrown his way, it turns into positive yards. 

The numbers are still small, but Betts has been targeted five times so far in his career and he has five catches for 80 yards. The yardage is good for third on the team, trailing only sophomore receiver Wan'Dale Robinson and junior tight end Austin Allen, both of whom have been targeted far more frequently. 

Betts is a big target, literally, at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, and he's given the quarterbacks safe, easy throws underneath so far, besides his star turn against PSU. 

Much of the discussion around NU's young receiver corps is that they're learning the ropes and trying to be proficient in more and more of the offense. For Betts, it will be interesting to see just how far he can take that over the next three games. 

The early (and still very preliminary) results are encouraging. 

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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