Honors & Awards
» 2017 Freshman All-American (FWAA, USA Today)
» Third-Team All-Big Ten Wide Receiver (2017, Coaches)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten Wide Receiver (2017, Media)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten Kick Returner (2017, Coaches)
» BTN Big Ten All-Freshman Team Wide Receiver (2017)
» BTN Big Ten All-Freshman Team Kick Returner (2017)
» Nebraska Single-Game Receiving Yards Record (200 vs. Ohio State in 2017)
» Nebraska Freshman Receptions Record (55 in 2017)
» Nebraska Freshman Receiving Yards Record (830 in 2017)
» Nebraska Freshman All-Purpose Yards Record (1,572 in 2017)
» Nebraska Scout Team Offensive MVP (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
2017 Season Notes
» Returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown in the opener against Arkansas State
» Scored first-career receiving touchdown against Rutgers
» Set school record with 200 receiving yards against Ohio State, besting the previous top mark in program history of 167, set by Matt Davison in 1998
» His 11 receptions against the Buckeyes tied for third-most in a single game in school history
» Hauled in a 77-yard touchdown reception against OSU, the longest reception of his career
» Had a career-best 102 kickoff return yards against Northwestern
» Had a 40-yard run against Northwestern, the longest rush by a Husker this season
JD Spielman is poised to compete for a strong role in the Nebraska offense and special teams in 2017. The 5-9, 180-pound Spielman has outstanding play-making ability both as a receiver and in the return game. With the graduation of three senior wideouts from the 2016 team, Spielman is among a group of candidates that are poised to take a step forward. During spring practice, Spielman worked primarily in the slot and formed a strong duo at the spot with junior Keyan Williams.
Spielman redshirted and worked on the scout team, where he earned Scout Team Offensive MVP honors.
Before Nebraska (Eden Prairie HS)
Spielman joins the Nebraska program after a career as an electrifying playmaker at Eden Prairie High School in the Minneapolis area. As a senior, Spielman helped Coach Mike Grant’s Eden Prairie team to an 11-1 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Spielman rushed for 1,259 yards on just 102 carries for an average of better than 12 yards per rush, while scoring 19 rushing touchdowns. He also had 151 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions.
Spielman had 234 kickoff return yards and also totaled 241 yards on 12 punt returns. Defensively, Spielman had more than 100 tackles and a pair of interception returns for touchdowns. His play in 2015 earned Spielman recognition as the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year, the Minnesota 6A Player of the Year and the USA Today Minnesota Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned first-team AP all-state honors and first-team USA Today Minnesota all-state accolades as a running back.
Spielman’s game-breaking ability helped Eden Prairie to a perfect 13-0 record and Class AAAAAA state title in 2014. Spielman was a difference-maker on offense and in the return game and earned AP all-state honors as an all-purpose performer. Spielman was also on the Eden Prairie varsity squad in 2013 when the team went 12-0 and captured a state title.
In addition to his football skills, Spielman was a standout lacrosse player at Eden Prairie. He helped the school to a pair of state championships and originally committed to play lacrosse at Ohio State.
Spielman was ranked among the top three prospects in Minnesota by Rivals.com, ESPN and 247 Sports. Each of the three services ranked him among the top 50 athlete prospects in the country. Spielman chose Nebraska over offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan and Minnesota. He participated in the Semper Fi All-American Game.
Spielman was born on Dec. 4, 1997. Spielman is the adopted son of Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and his wife, Michele. Spielman has not declared a major, but he earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in his first semester. Spielman has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Uplifting Athletes and local hospital visits. JD Spielman’s uncle is former Ohio State All-America linebacker and NFL standout Chris Spielman, who now serves as a college and NFL analyst for Fox Sports.