Tyjon Lindsey has nine catches for 48 yards through his first six collegiate games.
For the heralded Nebraska freshman wide receiver, it may not be the start he and Husker fans envisioned after he regularly electrified during fall camp.
He didn’t catch a pass against Wisconsin on Saturday night, has just one for 4 yards in his past three games, and a season-long of 11, but he still earned a big atta-boy in the wide receivers room when the group watched the tape of NU’s 38-17 loss to the Badgers.
Lindsey helped fellow wide receiver Stanley Morgan finish off his 80-yard touchdown late in the second quarter with a key block against UW cornerback Derrick Tindal.
“We were all excited because he’s a young guy, he’s been thrust into this role,” wide receivers coach Keith Williams said. “He didn’t play almost at all his senior year (of high school) and it’s Big Ten, it’s major college football. The physicality part of it, he wasn’t used to.”
Morgan raced the final 55 yards after he secured a deep crossing route from quarterback Tanner Lee, but the Badgers had several defenders trying to close down his angle on the right sideline. Lindsey, who ran a vertical route that helped clear out the right side for Morgan to work, saw the catch and immediately turned to find somebody to hit.
He identified Tindal, lined him up for a good 15 yards and made contact about the 25. Tindal tried to separate when Morgan gave a head fake toward the inside, but Lindsey rerouted him and planted him on his backside inside the 10.
“Him making that block, and him even deciding to try to make it – he could have ran the guy off or whatever or just kind of shoved him,” Williams said. “He took it upon himself to make a block that was going to impact the play and so we all were excited for that.”