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Nebraska vs. Iowa, 11/24/17

Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan snares a touchdown catch at Memorial Stadium in November.

FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star file photo

As Nebraska spring football approaches, Husker Extra is counting down the 25 most intriguing players expected to participate.

The list so far:

No. 25: Tyjon Lindsey, WR

No. 24: Chris Walker, OL

No. 23: Devine Ozigbo, RB

No. 22: Mohamed Barry, LB

No. 21: Barret Pickering, PK

No. 20: Jaevon McQuitty, WR

No. 19: Antonio Reed, S

No. 18: Collin Miller, LB

No. 17: Deontai Williams, DB

No. 16: Dedrick Young, LB

No. 15. Damion Daniels, DT

No. 14: Ben Stille, DL

No: 13: Boe Wilson, OL

No. 12: Guy Thomas, OLB

No. 11: Jaylin Bradley, RB

No. 10: Brenden Jaimes, OL

Stanley Morgan, WR, senior

Stanley Morgan is the top returning wide receiver in the Big Ten statistically and one of the most productive returning pass-catchers in the nation.

His new offensive coordinator and position coach, Troy Walters, says he may be used even more heavily in Nebraska’s new offense.

Morgan wasn’t a sure bet to return to the Huskers at all, but the 6-foot-1, 195-pound New Orleans native announced in January, after just a couple of conversations with new head coach Scott Frost, that he would be back for his final season.

So just what can Husker fans expect from the wideout who set the school’s single-season record with 986 receiving yards (16.2 per catch) and added 10 touchdowns?

Central Florida junior Tre’Quan Smith (6-1, 205) racked up 1,171 yards (19.8 per catch) and 13 touchdowns last fall, becoming the sixth 1,000-yard receiver in Walters’ past eight seasons coaching the position. Like Morgan, he’s more of a true receiver rather than the multi-purpose players that also have a history of thriving in this system.

Now Morgan takes his turn as a foundational piece of Frost’s first offense here. He will be targeted often. NU is inexperienced at quarterback, but also aims to have more run-pass balance than 2017.

Add in his role in mentoring younger pass-catchers like JD Spielman, Tyjon Lindsey, Jaevon McQuitty and others, and Morgan looks like a candidate for captaincy and is certainly a central cog.

There’s risk involved in passing up the NFL Draft for a new coaching staff, a new offense and a new quarterback. Morgan took it, and now he’s looking to capitalize.

Intriguing, indeed.

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


Sports writer

Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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