Troy Walters is to blame for not playing more receivers in Nebraska's 34-31 loss at Colorado.
That's according to NU's offensive coordinator on Wednesday, Troy Walters, who also coaches the Husker receivers.
Nebraska primarily used three wideouts at CU — JD Spielman, Wan'Dale Robinson and Kanawai Noa, with a little bit of Mike Williams, too. Walters said he didn't use enough backups, and he needs to trust more receivers to run NU's offense.
"We've got to get more guys going, and that's on me," Walters said Wednesday. "I've got to get guys in early, get them in the flow of the game, because we're going to need the depth as we continue the season. I'll place all the blame on me. ... If JD, Wan'Dale and Kanawai, if they're the only ones playing, they're going to get worn down by the end of the season."
Walters mentioned Williams, Jaevon McQuitty, Jaron Woodyard — who didn't travel to CU because of an undisclosed injury — Darien Chase and Miles Jones as receivers who will play more often.
NU's receivers have 14 catches this season. Spielman and Robinson account for 13 of them.
Walters wants backup receivers to "play fast" and know what they're doing in games. Hesitancy breaks up the purpose of Nebraska's up-tempo, no huddle offense.
"If we play fast, then we'll get to where we need to be, and the quarterbacks will have confidence in us," Walters said.
More quick hits from Wednesday's availability after practice:
» Walters remains pleased with Noa, who doesn't have a catch yet this season.
"Sometimes the read doesn't go to him, or Adrian (Martinez) throws somewhere else," Walters said. "But we've got to get him more in the mix, we've got to get balls to him, we've got to get him touches. He's a great route runner."
» Northern Illinois' aggressive defense will create some negative plays, but also present opportunities for big plays on offense, too. Walters said NIU is a good opponent for Nebraska to play right now because the Huskies play hard and commit to their scheme. If NU does the same, it should play well.
"It's kind of feast or famine," Walters said.
» Offensive line coach Greg Austin said Nebraska's between-the-tackles runs are averaging five yards. NU just hasn't called many of them.
» Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said he believes Martinez needs to get involved more quickly in the run game because it gets him more involved in the game."
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