Honors & Awards
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (2017, Coaches & Media)
» BTN All-Freshman Team (2015)
» Nebraska Newcomer of the Year Award (2015)
» Nebraska Record for Season Receiving Yards (986 in 2017)
» Nebraska Record for 100-Yards Receiving Games in a Season (5 in 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Stanley Morgan Jr. had a record-breaking junior season that led to first-team All-Big Ten accolades from Phil Steele and second-team recognition from the league coaches and media. Morgan set career highs with 61 catches, 986 receiving yards and 10 touchdown grabs in 2017, all of which surpassed his career totals entering the season. He led the Huskers in each of those three categories and despite missing one game due to injury, Morgan set Nebraska’s season record with his 986 receiving yards, eclipsing the previous record of 942 by Johnny Rodgers in his Heisman-trophy winning 1972 season. In addition to his school record, Morgan’s 61 catches ranked fifth in school history (fourth among wide receivers) and his 10 touchdown receptions tied for third in program history. He also set a Nebraska season record with five 100-yard receiving games and his 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State ranked second in NU history.
Morgan ranked second in the conference and 16th nationally with his 10 touchdown catches, which led all Big Ten wide receivers. One of only 20 FBS receivers with double-digit touchdown catches in 2017, Morgan also ranked second in the Big Ten and 31st nationally in receiving yards. On a per-game basis, Morgan led the Big Ten and was 15th nationally with an average of 89.6 receiving yards per game. In Big Ten play, he ranked second in the league behind teammate JD Spielman with 85.9 receiving yards per contest. Morgan tied for the conference lead with seven touchdowns and three 100-yard receiving efforts in Big Ten play despite missing one league game.
Morgan’s 61 catches were three more than he produced in his first two seasons combined. His 986 receiving yards were 229 more yards than his career total entering the year, and his 10 touchdown catches doubled the total from his first two years. Morgan also produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts. He had multiple receptions in each of his 11 games, including seven games with five-or-more catches when his career high entering the season was a five-catch effort at Wisconsin in 2016. By catching a pass in each of his 11 games, Morgan extended his streak to 26 consecutive games with a reception, the fifth-longest streak in NU history.
Morgan’s breakout season began when he posted his first career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 102 yards and one touchdown against Arkansas State. He followed that performance with another 100-yard game at Oregon, setting then-career highs with seven receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, the first multi-touchdown game of his career. Morgan finished non-conference play with six receptions for 94 yards against Northern Illinois, when he became the 25th Husker to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards.
After missing the Rutgers game due to injury, Morgan returned to catch a career-high eight passes for 96 yards and one touchdown in the Huskers’ win at Illinois. The next week against No. 9 Wisconsin, Morgan caught four passes for 115 yards. His 80-yard touchdown catch near the end of the first half was the longest reception in a Big Ten game in 2017 and marked the longest reception of Morgan’s career and the seventh-longest receiving touchdown in Husker history.
At Purdue, Morgan helped Nebraska match the largest fourth-quarter comeback in program history. He caught six passes for 112 yards and one touchdown, including two receptions for 42 yards in the Huskers’ 12-point fourth-quarter rally. He caught the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds remaining. The next week against Northwestern, Morgan caught four passes and recorded his 100th career reception. Morgan then had the best game of his career at No. 13 Penn State, catching seven passes for a career-high 185 yards, the second-most receiving yards in school history. He finished his junior season with seven catches for 74 yards against Iowa, when he had a pair of touchdown catches.
Following his outstanding junior season, Morgan ranked fifth all-time at Nebraska in receiving yards (1,743) and seventh in receptions (119) and receiving touchdowns (15).
Morgan played in all 13 games with nine starts. He had 33 receptions for 453 yards, an average of 13.7 yards per catch. He caught a pair of touchdown passes, including a career-long 72-yard catch for a touchdown at Indiana.
Morgan opened the season with a single catch against Fresno State and two receptions against Wyoming. He had three catches for 35 yards against Oregon, starting a streak of four straight games with at least three receptions. He had four receptions for 33 yards at Northwestern and three catches each against both Illinois and Indiana. His 72-yard catch and run for a touchdown at Indiana gave the Huskers a 24-15 fourth-quarter lead en route to a five-point NU win.
Morgan had a career-high five catches for 58 yards at Wisconsin, including four catches for 56 yards in the fourth quarter as Nebraska rallied to force overtime. He had 56 receiving yards at Ohio State and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass at Iowa. He had three catches for 28 yards in the Music City Bowl.
Morgan played in all 13 games with three starts. He caught 25 passes for 304 yards and three touchdown receptions. Morgan was also NU’s top kickoff return threat with 14 returns for 324 yards, an average of 23.1 yards per return.
Morgan caught at least two passes in each of the four non-conference games, highlighted by season highs of four receptions for 78 yards at Miami. His first career touchdown reception came against the Hurricanes, an eight-yard grab with 33 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. He also had three kickoff returns for 71 yards against Miami.
Morgan had three catches for 26 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown catch at Purdue. He also had an NU season-long 42-yard kickoff return in the game. He had three catches against both Michigan State and Iowa, and had 89 yards on three kickoff returns against the Spartans. Morgan had two catches for 31 yards against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. His 22-yard third-quarter touchdown catch gave Nebraska the lead for good in the game.
Before Nebraska (St. Augustine HS)
Morgan Jr. was a three-year standout for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, annually one of the state’s top prep programs. He finished his senior season with 46 catches for 891 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing two games with a shoulder injury. His play helped Coach Cyril Crutchfield’s team to a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs. Morgan was chosen as a first-team Class 5A all-state performer for his play as a senior.
Morgan produced big numbers as a junior, helping St. Augustine to a 9-2 record and a trip to the semifinals of the state playoffs. Morgan had 66 receptions for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named a second-team Class 5A all-state pick by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
Morgan first showed his play-making ability as a sophomore in 2012. He caught 61 passes for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping St. Augustine to a state semifinal appearance and a 9-4 overall record.
Morgan was ranked among the top 30 receivers in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN. Rivals also ranked him as the No. 11 overall prospect in Louisiana, and the 247 composite rankings listed him as the No. 21 recruit in the state.
Morgan only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee, Utah and UCLA. Morgan also played basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Morgan was born on Sept. 7, 1996, and he is the son of Monique Jason and Stanley Morgan Sr. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. Morgan Jr. has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Uplifting Athletes, Red Cross, the Lincoln Marathon and local hospital and school outreach events. He was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2017.