Q&A: Husker wide receiver Brandon Reilly

Brandon Reilly

With a strong finish last season — a career-long 35-yard catch against Iowa that set up the tying field goal and four receptions against USC in the Holiday Bowl — the junior from Lincoln Southwest is poised for a breakout season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver also hopes to remain a key part of Nebraska’s punt-block unit after getting one against Purdue last season.

Q: You bounced back from a hamstring injury early last year. How healthy are you heading into this season?

A: This is as good as I’ve felt, probably ever, and I’m faster than I was last year. I feel 100 percent.

Q: Are you still planning to be involved in special teams, even though you might get more time at wide receiver this season?

A: I hope to be back at kick return this year and also on the punt-block team. We got pretty excited when we would go out there for that. With De’Mornay (Pierson-El) back there, I know we’re going to set up some pretty good returns.

Q: What parts of your game did you work on most in the offseason?

A: I’d probably say route running. Coach (Keith) Williams definitely stresses that the most, whether it’s releases or getting in and out of breaks. That’s what he focuses on most. He has a lot of drills he’s come up with.

Q: What are some of those drills?

A: He has cone drills. Not sure how he came up with them. That’s what he stresses the most. I was pretty unfamiliar with that, so that’s probably what I spent the majority of my time on this summer.

Q: How surprised were you by the hands-on approach Williams takes teaching your group?

A: A little bit at first, but once you get to know him, I don’t expect anything different from him.

Q: From what you’ve learned about this new offense so far, how do you think it will suit your game?

A: In the past, when someone dropped a pass here or there, it was kind of a huge deal because they didn’t come very often. I know we’re going to try the deep ball more than we ever have. That obviously excites me because that’s what I’ve been working on the most throughout the spring and summer. I think that will give us a lot of confidence.

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