Husker Wide Receiver Tiers

Husker Wide Receiver Tiers

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the WR at Nebraska has never been very impactful. In the last 20 years, the Huskers have only had one player qualify as a tier 1 WR – Stanley Morgan in 2017. Mike Riley’s offensive system had the best success for WR at Nebraska producing three Tier 2 WR to go along with Stanley Morgan’s 2017 season.

Average WR Stats by Tier
Rec
Yards
TD
Avg
Tier 1
6.64
100.43
0.82
15.13
Tier 2
4.83
69.30
0.51
14.35
Tier 3
3.53
47.57
0.34
13.46
Tier 4
2.60
29.54
0.19
11.35

The average Tier 1 WR had a 1200-yard, 10 TD season (assuming 12 games played). With only a single 1000-yard season in school history, it’s easy to see why Tier 1 WR have been so limited at Nebraska. The Huskers have also been only able to manage 11 Tier 2 receiving seasons the last twenty years.

However, things may be looking up for Husker WRs. 2018 was just the third year Nebraska had multiple Tier 2 or better WRs. Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman both accomplished this feat in 2017 and 2018. In 2008, Nate Swift and Todd Peterson were both Tier 2 WR for Bo Pelini’s first season.

As with the running back situation, WR looks to be an era to see growth with the Scott Frost offense. JD Spielman has a special opportunity in 2019 – become Nebraska’s first three-time Tier 2 or better WR in the last 20 years.

Nebraska WR Tiers since 1998
Name
Year
G
Rec
Yards
TD
Avg
Tier
Stanley Morgan Jr.
2018
12
5.83
83.67
0.58
14.34
2
JD Spielman
2018
10
6.60
81.80
0.80
12.39
2
Stanley Morgan Jr.
2017
11
5.55
89.64
0.91
16.16
1
JD Spielman
2017
11
5.00
75.45
0.18
15.09
2
Demornay Pierson-El
2017
12
3.75
51.92
0.42
13.84
3
Tyler Hoppes
2017
12
2.83
31.42
0.25
11.09
4
Jordan Westerkamp
2016
10
3.80
52.60
0.50
13.84
3
Stanley Morgan Jr.
2016
13
2.54
34.85
0.15
13.73
4
Brandon Reilly
2015
12
3.33
62.83
0.33
18.85
2
Jordan Westerkamp
2015
13
5.00
70.62
0.54
14.12
2
Stanley Morgan Jr.
2015
11
2.27
27.64
0.27
12.16
4
Jordan Westerkamp
2014
13
3.38
57.46
0.38
16.98
3
Kenny Bell
2014
13
3.62
60.62
0.46
16.77
2
Demornay Pierson-El
2014
13
1.77
24.69
0.31
13.96
4
Quincy Enunwa
2013
12
4.25
62.75
1.00
14.76
2
Kenny Bell
2013
13
4.00
44.38
0.31
11.10
3
Kenny Bell
2012
14
3.57
61.64
0.57
17.26
2
Jamal Turner
2012
14
2.29
29.79
0.21
13.03
4
Quincy Enunwa
2012
14
3.00
33.57
0.07
11.19
4
Kenny Bell
2011
13
2.46
35.46
0.23
14.41
4
Niles Paul
2010
12
3.25
43.00
0.08
13.23
3
Brandon Kinnie
2010
14
3.14
35.29
0.36
11.23
4
Niles Paul
2009
14
2.86
56.86
0.29
19.90
3
Mike McNeill
2009
14
2.00
18.50
0.29
9.25
4
Nate Swift
2008
13
4.85
72.38
0.77
14.94
2
Mike McNeill
2008
13
2.46
34.00
0.46
13.81
4
Todd Peterson
2008
13
4.77
60.46
0.31
12.68
2
Menelik Holt
2008
12
2.50
29.58
0.08
11.83
4
Nate Swift
2007
12
3.00
43.33
0.25
14.44
3
Maurice Purify
2007
11
5.18
74.00
0.82
14.28
2
Terrence Nunn
2007
12
2.92
37.67
0.08
12.91
4
Maurice Purify
2006
14
2.43
45.00
0.50
18.53
3
Terrence Nunn
2006
14
3.00
42.64
0.21
14.21
3
Nate Swift
2005
12
3.75
53.42
0.58
14.24
3
Frantz Hardy
2005
11
2.27
31.73
0.09
13.96
4
Terrence Nunn
2005
12
3.58
41.25
0.58
11.51
3
Grant Mulkey
2005
12
2.17
22.58
0.00
10.42
4
Matt Herian
2004
8
3.00
38.50
0.38
12.83
4
Ross Pilkington
2004
11
2.45
30.64
0.18
12.48
4
Wilson Thomas
2002
14
2.14
25.21
0.21
11.77
4
Wilson Thomas
2001
12
3.08
51.33
0.25
16.65
3
Matt Davison
2000
11
1.91
35.36
0.27
18.52
4
Matt Davison
1999
12
2.42
36.75
0.17
15.21
4
Matt Davison
1998
12
2.67
32.83
0.00
12.31
4

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