Nebraska wide receivers Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have both been selected to the Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the top wide receiver in the FBS.
Here’s the bit on both receivers from the athletic department release. I could retype this like every other media outlet, but I am big on being productive as possible, so I’m just going to quote it in its entirety:
Morgan enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2017, setting career bests with 61 catches, 986 receiving yards and 10 touchdown. A second-team All-Big Ten pick, Morgan ranked second in the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns and fourth in catches per game as a junior.
Morgan’s 986 receiving yards broke the school record held by 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, while his five 100-yard receiving games were the most by a Husker in school history. In Big Ten play, he was in the top five among conference receivers in 100-yard games (first), receiving yards per game (second) and receptions per game (fifth).
Spielman comes off a record-breaking freshman campaign that saw him earn All-Big Ten honors at both wide receiver and kick returner. As a receiver, Spielman hauled in 55 passes for 830 yards and a pair of scores, establishing school freshman marks in receptions, receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games (two) and all-purpose yards (1,572).
He ranked first or second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards, receiving yards per game, catches and all-purpose yards in 2017. In conference play, Spielman became just the second Big Ten freshman since 1985 to lead the league in receiving yards per game during the conference season (88.1). He tied Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor for second in the Big Ten with an average of 157.8 all-purpose yards per game in league play and was fifth in catches per game. Spielman established Nebraska’s single-game receiving yards record with a 200-yard performance against Ohio State.
Nebraska has never had a 1,000 yard receiver. NEVER.
Could this be the year?
I hope so, just so I don’t have to ever type that again.
I hope we throw the ball all over the place this season. I want to see how Husker fans deal with the conflict between their WE MUST RUN THE BALL brain and SCOTT FROST KNOWS BEST brain.
I’m sure many will do poorly at which point I will be more than happy to pounce upon them like a hungry, hungry wolf. Yes, just like Duran Duran.