Nebraska Football: Billy Kemp wants to “show the ropes” to rest of receiver room

Nebraska football receiver Billy Kemp IV when he was with Virginia (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska football receiver Billy Kemp IV when he was with Virginia (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Billy Kemp IV is brand new to Nebraska football fans and he’s only been a member of the team for a couple of months. But he’s far from a rookie.

That’s likely one of the reasons that Matt Rhule went out and got the Virginia transfer. He knew that Kemp is not only entering his sixth year of playing football but is also excited to try and pass on what he knows.

Kemp sat down with Cole Stukenholtz and Matt McMaster of the KLIN Husker Hour on Saturday morning and laid out his goals when it comes to helping the rest of the receiver room this coming season.

"“I’m definitely looking forward to showing them the ropes. You know, going into my sixth year of college football, I just plan to help them really get a head start on the things that I didn’t know and the things that I learned throughout all my years of college football, whether it’s route running, studying film, studying the playbook whatever it may be. They know that they can come up to me or call me whenever they need help with something and I’ll be there.”"

Those kinds of comments are welcomed, especially when you consider that there was a real question as to who was going to be a leader for Nebraska football in 2023. It feels like Kemp could not only be a leader for the receivers’ room, but the offense as a whole.

Nebraska football receiver Billy Kemp IV wants to lead

The wide receiver room might be short of known leaders, but it’s not short on talent. With Marcus Washington, Malachi Coleman, Zavier Betts, Kemp, and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda among others, there are a ton of potential weapons.

If the room falls short, it might indeed be because there isn’t a ton of experience outside of Kemp and Washington. The former Virginia Cavaliers player could lend his voice to helping his teammates navigate life outside of the stadium as well as inside of it.

He seems anxious to do exactly light. He seems like exactly what Nebraska football needs at the beginning of the Matt Rhule era.