Honors & Awards
Lucky finished his career with 2,393 rushing yards to rank 17th on Nebraska’s all-time rushing list and his 1,019 yards in 2007 was the first 1,000-yard rushing season by an NU back in three seasons. Lucky also caught 135 career passes to rank fourth on that career list, while his 75 receptions in 2007 is a Nebraska season record. Overall, Lucky played in 50 career games with 29 starts and his 4,214 career all-purpose yards ranks fourth in school history.
Lucky started the first 11 games of his senior season before missing the regular season finale with Colorado because of injury. He rotated at I-back with sophomores Quentin Castille and Roy Helu Jr., and the trio of talented backs produced big numbers for a Husker offense that ranked among the top 20 nationally in passing, scoring and total offense.
Lucky finished 2008 as Nebraska’s second-leading rusher with 517 yards and tied for the team lead with seven rushing touchdowns. He also continued to be a factor in the passing game, catching 26 passes, while also triggering the offense on several direct-snap plays. Lucky topped 50 yards on the ground four times during the 2008 campaign, including a 103-yard rushing effort against New Mexico State. His effort against the Aggies included a career-long 58-yard rush. On that run, Lucky became the 24th player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. He also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Joe Ganz in the game, then added his fourth career TD pass against Kansas off a direct snap from center. Lucky’s 26 pass receptions covered 288 yards and he added his fourth career receiving touchdown in 2008.
The solid rushing season turned in by Lucky took a backseat to his record-setting receiving numbers. Lucky caught a Nebraska single-season record 75 passes for 705 yards and three touchdowns. Lucky caught at least six passes in eight games, including 13 receptions against Texas A&M and 11 against Ball State, the second- and third-best reception totals in school history. Lucky’s all-purpose average of 145.3 yards per game was 31st nationally and he topped 100 combined yards in 10 of 12 games.
Lucky began the season with career highs of 30 carries and 233 yards, including three touchdowns in a 52-10 victory over Nevada. He also caught a touchdown pass in the game and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
Lucky had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Ball State and Iowa State, and also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sean Hill in the win over the Cyclones. Lucky was at his best in the final five games, when he averaged 156.4 all-purpose yards per game and snared a total of 39 receptions. He ran 24 times for 111 yards and caught six passes at Texas, then had six catches for 83 yards, including a career-long 62-yard touchdown catch against No. 8 Kansas. Lucky had his final 100-yard rushing effort of the season against Kansas State, then closed the year with 184 all-purpose yards at Colorado.
Lucky’s 728 rushing yards were second on the team, and he caught 32 passes for 383 yards, with at least one reception in 13 of 14 games. Lucky topped 100 all-purpose yards six times and his 1,264 all-purpose yards were second on the team, and just outside of the top 10 in the conference.
On the ground, Lucky twice cracked the century mark, rushing for 103 yards on 18 carries against Nicholls State, before a breakout performance against Troy. Lucky rushed 10 times for 156 yards with touchdown runs of 34, 45 and 51 yards in a shutout victory over the Trojans. Lucky’s 15.6 yards per-carry average was the best for a Husker with at least 10 carries in a game since 1995, and he was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Like his junior season, Lucky finished strong in 2006. He threw a 25-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Nate Swift against Texas, then had 151 all-purpose yards in a win over Missouri and 136 all-purpose yards a week later at Texas A&M. He capped his sophomore year with a strong all-around performance against Auburn in the Cotton Bowl. Lucky carried a season-high 25 times for 88 yards and also caught six passes for 67 yards to total 195 all-purpose yards. The Auburn contest was one of six games in which Lucky had 40 or more receiving yards.
Before Nebraska (North Hollywood HS)
A second-team All-American by USA Today, Lucky played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. Lucky was also a four-year letterwinner in track. He only visited Nebraska, but also received scholarship offers from USC and Washington, among others.
Receiving: 135-1,379-4 total; 2-3-0 in 2005; 32-383-0 in 2006; 75-705-3 in 2007; 26-288-1 in 2008