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Bringing back Zavier Betts is a wise move by Nebraska Football



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Nebraska football will be getting one familiar face back in 2023 and that’s Zavier Betts. Here’s why it could be a really good move for the Huskers.

Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule has been known for giving second chances. He did it back in the day with Robbie Anderson and now, he’s giving former Husker Zavier Betts another shot.

That’s at least according to what Mitch Sherman of The Athletic tweeted late on Friday night. There have been rumors that Betts, who didn’t play football last season, after playing for Nebraska in 2020 and 2021, would rejoin the team and Sherman says it will happen according to a source close to Betts.

Betts was ranked 112th overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2020 and was the top-ranked player in the state of Nebraska. Landing him was viewed as a major recruiting win for Scott Frost and during his first two seasons, Betts flashed with 32 receptions.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder wideout caught 12 passes for 132 yards as a freshman, before hauling in 20 receptions for 286 yards as a sophomore. Betts ran into some legal troubles last offseason and Frost told reporters in March that he was no longer part of the Nebraska football team.

Bringing back Zavier Betts is smart

Recently though, Betts entered his name in the transfer portal, which was a clear sign that he wanted to play football again and since then, there has been talk of a return.

Anderson, now an NFL player, also quit the Temple football team at one point but was allowed to return as a non-scholarship player and you wonder if Rhule offered Betts the same choice.

There was talk of Betts taking a possible visit to Pittsburgh, so Nebraska might have had some competition and scholarship or not, when Betts has his head on straight, he’s a good player, one that I could see contributing for the Huskers in 2023.

Nebraska has added Billy Kemp in the transfer portal but outside of Marcus Washington, doesn’t have a proven threat on the outside. Betts can’t really be called proven after missing last season but the talent is there and we have seen college production.

There’s no doubt Betts can play big-time college football and if Rhule can keep him on the right path, this could wind up being another success story, just like Anderson and that’s something we’d all love to see.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska