September 6, 2006

NU Notes: Huskers bring back the tight end

The tight end is back in Nebraska's offense.

In 2005, Nebraska's tight ends only had 22 catches for 165 yards and no touchdowns over an entire 12 game season.

Under the guidance of first-year position coach Shawn Watson on Saturday, the Huskers got nine catches for 118 yards and four touchdowns out of their tight ends.

Before Watson came to Nebraska, he was the offensive coordinator at Colorado. During his time in Boulder Watson was a big fan of working the tight end into the offense. After coaching the tight ends through one game in Lincoln it appears some of his love for the tight end as rubbed off on offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and head coach Bill Callahan.

"Coach Callahan and coach Norvell have put some things on me to develop these guys as receivers and at the same time develop them in our offense," Watson said.

"It boils down to this: If we're able to run the football as good as we did and with the offensive line and the backs we have, the tight end is a huge weapon in the passing game with the play action. The guy that has the tight end in man coverage is also a guy that has a responsibility to play the run."

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