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Nebraska Football: Alex Bullock’s impressive journey continues



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Oct 10, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers fans react to a call against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Oftentimes on depth charts, there are either surprises or unsung players that make their way up the proverbial totem pole. Friday, it was revealed wide receiver Alex Bullock would be a starting receiver. Marcus Washington fell back to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Bullock has been getting rave reviews over the course of preseason camp. It was recently confirmed by Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule on Friday that the wide receiver is on scholarship. Now, he has a chance to show what he is made of.

It’s quite the story. A walk-on wide receiver from Omaha manages to find his way into the top receiver rotation. He did get a bit of playing time last year as a redshirt freshman, playing in two games. Bullock played a special teams role against Georgia Southern and Iowa and made his only tackle of the season against the Hawkeyes.

He was a star at Creighton Prep and parlayed a successful senior season into a walk-on offer from Nebraska. He caught 54 passes for 765 yards and eight touchdowns. Bullock was recognized by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. A decorated high school player, Bullock will have a chance to make a name for himself at the collegiate level this season.

Washington made solid contributions for Nebraska football

It is interesting that Washington has been relegated to the second spot. To me, this means that his injuries are still bothering him. Washington did not practice a ton over the course of camp. With that being said, it’s not like he was a throwaway player last year.

He served as a viable second weapon for quarterback Casey Thompson. Washington finished the season with 31 receptions for 471 yards and a touchdown.

Nevertheless, Bullock has been impressing the coaching staff throughout the course of camp. Rhule praised Bullock’s athleticism and ability to catch the football on Friday, as noted by the Omaha World-Herald’s Sam McKewon.

At face value, the decision to start Alex Bullock over Marcus Washington may seem like a bit of a surprising one. However, between the coach’s praise during camp and Washington’s injury issues throughout camp, it makes a bit more sense.

Now, Bullock will have to go out and prove himself. No matter what happens, the journey from walk-on to starting wide receiver is certainly an impressive climb.

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