Jamal Turner interrupted Kenny Bell’s interview session with reporters after Saturday’s 49-20 win over Southern Miss. He wanted to tell his teammate something.
“Love you, man.”
The two hugged. Then Bell started telling the media about the strengthening bond within the receiver room.
“Everything we do together,” he said. “We’re a wide receiving corps that spends a lot of time together. Here and outside of here.”
Sophomore Tyler Wullenwaber apologized for being cliche before describing the group’s chemistry as a “brotherhood.”
“We would do anything for each other,” he said.
Lots of love to go around when your offense tallies 632 yards (354 through the air) and scores seven touchdowns. The receivers, all seven of them (not counting the injured Tim Marlowe), had their way with the Southern Miss secondary Saturday, showing why they’re so confident after a committed offseason. Great start for Bell, Turner, Wullenwaber and the guys.
Now they have to keep it going. They’ve set a standard. No letdowns will be tolerated.
We’ll have a little more on Nebraska’s debut this week, but the Huskers are now turning their focus toward Saturday’s road trip to UCLA. Check back later Monday for more on that (Bo Pelini’s weekly press conference starts any minute now)
Until then, you might as well glance through a few leftover quotes from Saturday’s game…
>> Steven Osborne’s 29-yard touchdown grab was harder than you think, receiver coach Rich Fisher said. “To jump, judge that ball in the air and then obviously, to be able to catch and lock it away and to have the wherewithal to get your feet inbounds — tremendous play,” Fisher said. “Huge touchdown for us.”
>> Sophomore Tyler Evans grabbed a 26-yard pass on third down in the second quarter, his first career catch. Could have been a touchdown, according to Bell. “That’s an awesome feeling seeing Tyler reel in a pass like that, where he just stumbled,” Bell said. “He would have had six. I would have lost my mind.”
>> Remember when junior Quincy Enunwa started dragging defenders for about 10 yards? Six or seven Southern Miss players had a shot at him. Bell laughed about it afterward. “I’d hate to have to tackle that guy,” Bell said. “That one over-route that he caught where the entire defense was tackling him and he was walking with them. That was unbelievable. He’s a stud.”
>> Wullenwaber’s split-second by split-second account of his first career catch (an 8-yarder in the second quarter): “That first catch, it’s like, ‘Ah, I don’t want to drop it.’ I just, trust that I’ve been working hard on my catching. Once I caught it, I can’t really even remember. I turned, saw him there, lowered my shoulder, and kept the ball (covered). It was definitely a great feeling.”