The mustache may be ‘funny,’ but Kade Warner takes leadership role to Husker receivers seriously

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Kade Warner, shown sporting his mustache during Nebraska’s fan day last fall, has embraced his role as veteran leader of the Husker receivers.

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Evan Bland


Kade Warner sounds like a football coach. With a thick black mustache, he can look like a turn-of-the-century villain.And with Nebraska’s season opener barely a week away, the 22-year-old junior receiver is playing like a starter.Warner held court with media members for 13 minutes on a Zoom call Thursday and offered insight on a variety of topics. He broke down the play of quarterbacks Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey, noting nuanced improvements like pocket presence and deep-ball accuracy. He described what his weeknight NFL white-board sessions are like with other NU receivers and how he’s gone from a former walk-on to position leader.But first, that mustache. It’s a fall-camp thing, Warner said, though teammates have encouraged him to keep the facial hair into the season. As his picture circulated on social media Thursday afternoon, his father — NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner — jokingly tweeted to not “go embarrassing the family with that look.” His mother, Brenda, replied she just bought face masks …

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