Though still early in the season, Nebraska TE Thomas Fidone has been one of the bright spots for the Nebraska football offense. It’s time for him to get the ball more.
Except for the first Nebraska football game against Minnesota, Thomas Fidone has caught a pass in every game.
Listed at 6’6-250lbs, he is a large target, resembling the physicality of Rob Gronkowski. Nebraska football’s passing game has struggled, ranking 125th in the nation, averaging 139.4 yards passing per game.
The receiving corps has had some initial difficulties, with few wideouts standing out (outside of Billy Kemp and Marcus Washington). This is not the case with Fidone. He ranks third on the Nebraska football team in receiving, following Kemp and Washington. He also remains a forceful blocker for the rushing game.
Nebraska football shows toughness through Thomas Fidone
Fidone’s toughness is apparent, and he clearly remains a favorite target of quarterback Heinrich Haarberg.
Sure, the Michigan defense shut down Nebraska football. Though, Fidone still caught two passes for 31 yards.
New offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield should do everything possible to get the ball in Fidone’s hands. Satterfield needs to prioritize plays that involve Fidone.
While Kemp and Washington both have talent, Kemp is more of a speed threat and ideal for slant routes. Getting the ball to Fidone in the middle of the field is a must for success on the offense. His talent is clear, and he seems nearly impossible to cover for any linebacker or defensive back.
Nebraska football’s next opponent, Illinois, is a great chance to emphasize tight-end routes, with Fidone as the primary target. Illinois ranks 110th in total defense, giving up 419.4 yards per game. Whether it be in the middle of the field, shots down the sideline, or the red zone, Fidone needs more passes thrown in his direction.
Nebraska football can’t ask for a better opportunity going against a low-ranking defense like Illinois. The offense needs to run a consistent multiple tight-end formation, allowing more opportunities for Fidone to make plays.