Nebraska Football: Two former Husker stars sign with Bengals

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Two Nebraska football alumni will be calling Cincinnati home  for at least a bit.

As roster cut downs conclude this weekend, there’s been a lot of movement for Nebraska football alumni. Sunday, two former Nebraska stars signed with the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

Stanley Morgan Jr. was signed to the practice squad. He signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent last year, and appeared in 11 games last season. He was mostly used in a special teams role, totaling 177 snaps at that area of the football. He also played 143 offensive snaps. He recorded three catches for 18 total yards last season.

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Freedom Akinmoladun was also signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. He spent time with the Giants last season, and played in two games. He recorded two snaps and four special teams snaps in each of those games.

It’s great to see two former Nebraska stars find NFL homes for now. Morgan was a big-time playmaking receiver for Nebraska, and he was as explosive as they come. I still wish Nebraska football had him.

Akinmoladun was a major part of the Nebraska football defense when he was in Lincoln. Now, he will try to continue to parlay that talent in the National Football League.

It’s always great when Nebraska football alums are able to find homes. With the type of talent that Scott Frost is bringing into Lincoln in future classes, I could see many more Nebraska football players in the NFL. Frost is really putting his stamp on these recruiting classes and the staff is bringing in big-time playmakers, particularly offensively. This team will be fun to watch in the coming years.

Hopefully, Morgan can latch onto a bigger role for Cincinnati this season. It’s always fun to hear stories of practice squad guys making the team. For Akinmoladun, hopefully he can find some sort of home in Cincinnati.

I wish both of them well, and I can’t wait to hopefully see them on the field this year. They both have the talent to succeed, they just need a chance to show what they’re made of.