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Morgan Leaves Behind a Legacy, Even if his Teams Weren’t Always Successful

Stanley Morgan Jr. will leave Nebraska as one of the Husker’s most prolific wide receivers in team history. The numbers speak for themselves. His 189 career receptions put him at number one all time, just ahead of Kenny Bell’s mark of 181. Morgan also has the most receiving yards in Husker history with 2,747.

At 38 games in a row, Morgan surpassed Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers on Friday, for most consecutive games with a catch. Against Iowa, Morgan hauled in seven catches for 81 yards, good enough to put him over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, the first Husker ever to do so.

“It’s overwhelming. I kind of teared up on the field,” Morgan said. “I’ve never been the first ever, I don’t think, to a lot of things. I’m a junior. My dad’s a senior. I’m not even the first Stanley Morgan.”

Despite his tremendous personal accomplishments, Morgan’s Husker teams struggled immensely. Morgan joined Nebraska in a tumultuous era, committing to the Huskers just a few weeks before former head coach Bo Pelini was fired. Also, Morgan experienced three losing seasons and never got a chance to play in a bowl game his final two years.

Morgan also won’t likely be able to hold on to his records for long, either. J.D. Spielman will be a junior next season and has a good chance to supplant Morgan in career receiving yards, receptions, and receptions in a single season.

“These records are about to be blown through the roof,” Morgan said, speaking to reporters from Kinnick Stadium. The idea that his records could be shattered hasn’t made Morgan bitter, however. Far from it. “I’ll always be the first to get it, so I’ve got that on him.”

(Photo by Kenny Larabee)

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