The Huskers recently named their captains for the 2020-2021 season and a former walk on was honored with this position. His name is Kade Warner. Warner may sound very familiar. You may be brought back to the Greatest Show on Turf and the 2000 Super Bowl where Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner absolutely dominated the passing game in the NFL. Kade just so happens to be his son.
Kade attended Desert Mountain High School where he dominated the gridiron. According to MaxPreps, he accumulated nearly 3,000 reception yards with 39 total touchdowns in high school. He caught 241 passes averaging nearly 100 reception yards per game. He broke many receiving records at Desert Mountain, passing former DM receiver and current Ravens Tight End Mark Andrews in career catches. Kade was also a multi-sport athlete playing basketball, track, and lacrosse. However, he was always undersized. Listed at 6’1 he was a 2-star recruit according to 247 sports with barely any college recognition. He decided to walk on to Nebraska where he had to earn his way from the bottom of the totem poll.
Warner immediately made a name for himself as a redshirt freshmen where he caught 17 passes for 95 yards. Injury cut short his sophomore year. However in the 7 games he played, he averaged 12.6 yards per reception according to huskers.com. Kade never runs the wrong route and will always catch the ball when it’s thrown to him. Some compare him to a Danny Amendola type receiver.
Kade has earned a lot of respect from his peers and coaches, as stated in this article by Evan Bland, Omaha World Herald:
“Kade Warner’s leadership has been unmatched in the receiving corps,” NU tight end Austin Allen said of the veteran wide receiver. “That’s helped these new receivers that are new to the program get a lot better.”
Coach Frost has high words for his reliable wide receiver saying:
“Kade’s been a leader for us and the best thing he’s done is he’s been out there the entire time — I don’t think he’s missed any time,” Frost said. “If you’re going to play, you gotta be on the field and he’s been out there the entire time and done a good job leading at that position.”
From walk on to captain, Kade is one of Nebraska’s most dependable receivers and will most definitely make a bigger name for himself this season.