Two Nebraska football receivers looking for record performances

IOWA CITY, IA- NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.
IOWA CITY, IA- NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. /

Stanley Morgan is living up to the hype while JD Spielman is starting a new legend for the Nebraska football team

While the Nebraska football team’s offense has been rather up and down this season, the passing game has produced some big days. As Tanner Lee gets better every week, his top two receivers are able to put together seasons that has them on the cusp of recording school records.

Stanley Morgan came into the year knowing the Huskers were going to lean on him. While he’s had some games that left something to be desired, he has had himself a 2017 on the whole his coaches could have only dreamed about. Despite missing a game due to injury, Morgan is close to setting a school record for yards in a season.

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Despite guys like Johnny Rodgers and Irving Fryar having played for Nebraska, Morgan has a chance to be the first Cornhusker receiver to put up 1,000 yards in a season. If Morgan can continue to average 93.1 yards per game, he would finish with 1,024 yards. That would beat out Rodgers’ school record of 942 yards.

Morgan is also on pace for 61 catches, which would put 2017 as the fifth best ever number for catches in a season. Freshman JD Spielman had the talent to put up a big season but his coaches were rightfully curious just what he would do this year.

It turns out Spielman has become the team’s number two receiver. If he continues on his 68.1 yards per game, he’ll finish with 842 yards. That means a particularly big day could even have him within striking distance of Rodgers as well. Even if he falls short of the former Heisman winner, he would blow away the mark for most receiving yards in a season by a freshman. Nate Swift holds the current mark thanks to 641 yards in 2005.

Spielman has another school record in his sights. The young receiver has 959 all-purpose yards. He would need just 300 more yards this season overall in order to hold the school record on that mark.

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Considering the struggles of the Cornhuskers’ running game, it seems more likely than not that all of these records could be broken. Those positive records in a season most Nebraska football fans have written off as a failure would be interesting to see.