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2018 Gameday Program Senior Feature - Stanley Morgan Jr.

By Matt Jesus

When Stanley Morgan Jr. took the field for his first snap as a Cornhusker in 2015, everyone knew he was going to be special. 

Morgan played in every game that season and recorded three starts as a true freshman. He caught 25 passes for 304 yards and had three touchdown receptions. Morgan was also Nebraska’s top kickoff return threat with 14 returns for 324 yards, but his play-making abilities did not stop there. After being named Nebraska Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, he continued to rack up the receptions and yards. By his junior year, Morgan set Nebraska records for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with five and most receiving yards in a single season with 986.

Now a senior, Morgan was named a team captain this season, a great feat for him.

“It means the most to me,” Morgan said. “Once my name got called in the meeting room and I found out I was going to be a captain it hit me. It hit me real hard. Just to show my hard work has paid off.”

But that was just the beginning for his historic season. Morgan is looking to become Nebraska’s first 1,000-yard receiver and pass Kenny Bell as NU’s all-time leader in career receptions.

“It would mean a lot to me to hold that record, for about a year because JD (Spielman) might come a long and get it, but it’ll be amazing,” Morgan said. “I never really pictured that I would be the all-time leading receiver or breaking records. It would mean a lot to me.”

Looking at that receptions list, you can see a number of great Husker wideouts like Kenny Bell, Jordan Westerkamp, Nate Swift, Johnny Rodgers and many more. Being a part of that list is something Morgan does not take lightly.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Morgan said. “Coming from where I come from, to see myself now where I’m at, I mean it’s just a dream come true.”

A dream, that unfortunately must come to an end after this season. Today is his last game in Memorial Stadium, but for Morgan, it will just be another day in the office. He knows what he wants to accomplish, and knows that his goals are still obtainable.

“I want to get the 1,000 (yards),” he said. “Just to show that every time I stepped on the field at Nebraska, I worked my tail off and gave it my all. Just not for me but for this community, for this team, my coaches and for my family back home.”

As he gets ready to take his final snaps as a Cornhusker, things are only going to begin to go up for Morgan, but he still has the team in mind.

“Hopefully they let us into a bowl game” Morgan said. 

After, the New Orleans native hopes to play on Sundays.

“For me personally though, train and get ready for the next step in my life and hopefully make it to the NFL.”

Morgan’s four-year career at Nebraska was a special one, as he wrote his way into the Nebraska record book. The No. 11 prospect in the state of Louisiana had numerous offers including Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and UCLA, but it only took one visit for him to find his home in Lincoln. 

And Husker fans are sure glad he did.

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