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Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Leander, Texas
High School: Leander


Honors & Awards

  • 2008 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2011)

Curenski Gilleylen provided depth on the Nebraska offense throughout his career in Lincoln. After spending his first three seasons as part of the Husker receiving corps, Gilleylen completed his time with the Huskers as a reserve I-back in 2011. Gilleylen appeared in one game in a reserve role.

Gilleylen earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering in May of 2012.

2011 (Senior)
Gilleylen appeared in Nebraska's victory over Michigan State, but did not have a carry in the game.

2010 (Junior)
Gilleylen played in seven games, but did not have a reception. He battled injuries that kept him out of the first three games, but played in five of the final eight contests.

2009 (Sophomore)
Gilleylen played in 11 games with starts against Arkansas State and Missouri. He provided a deep threat early in the year, catching five passes of at least 35 yards in the season's first four games. He finished the year with 17 catches for 302 yards and his 17.8 yards per catch ranked second on the team.

Gilleylen opened the year with four catches for 92 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown, against Florida Atlantic. He had a 43-yard catch against Arkansas State and a 35-yarder at Virginia Tech, before grabbing two passes for 85 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette. Gilleylen also had three catches against both Missouri and Iowa State.

2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gilleylen played in 11 games as a reserve receiver and special teams performer. He caught two passes for 11 yards, one for five yards vs. Virginia Tech and a six-yard catch at Oklahoma. He had two kickoff returns for 48 yards. 

2007 (Redshirt)
Gilleylen sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt.

Before Nebraska (Leander HS)
Gilleylen had a standout career at Leander High School, where he earned honorable-mention Texas Class 5A all-state honors as a senior. He was a first-team All-Centex selection by the Austin American Statesman, a Hill Country News' Dazzling Dozen Team member, and was Leander's Outstanding Offensive Player. He helped Leander to a 12-3 record in 2006.

Playing for Coach Steve Gidden, Gilleylen had 30 catches for 915 yards and nine touchdowns. He also spent some time at running back and had 500 yards rushing with another four touchdowns. Gilleylen also posted impressive numbers as a junior, catching more than 40 passes for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn all-district honors and second-team all-state accolades.

In addition to his impressive football credentials, Gilleylen was also a track standout, competing in the 100 meters and on his school's 4x100-meter relay team. Gilleylen broke a school record by running a 10.22 100-meter dash in 2007. He was also an honorable-mention academic all-state pick by the Texas High School Coaches Association. Gilleylen chose NU over Oklahoma State and Tennessee.

The son of Stephanie Sullivan and Clarzell Gilleylen, Curenski was born on March 15, 1989. He has volunteered his time during National American Education Week and elementary school and hospital visits. He was a second-team academic all-conference pick in 2008 and is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll pick. A civil engineering major at Nebraska, Gilleylen earned his bachelor's degree in May of 2012.

Gilleylen's Career Statistics

















2008 11/0 2 11 5.5 1.0 6 at Oklahoma 0
2009 11/2 17 302 17.8 27.5 51 vs. FAU 1
2010 7/0 0 0 0 0.0 -- 0
2011 1/0 0 0 0 0.0 -- 0







51 vs. FAU


Kickoff Returns: 2-48-0 in 2008, long-26

Single-Game Highs
» Receptions-
4 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009
» Yards- 92 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009
» Touchdowns- 1 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009

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