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#28 Isaiah Fluellen
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Ramstein, Germany
High School: Ramstein American
  • 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2004 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2003, 2004, 2005)

2006 (Senior)

Isaiah Fluellen moved to the secondary before his senior year in hopes of making an impact on the Blackshirt defense. Injuries during fall camp at cornerback gave Fluellen his opportunity for playing time, but Fluellen himself was hit with a season-ending knee injury in the season opener, ending a career in which Fluellen constantly battled injuries.

 

Fluellen averaged nearly 18 yards on his 28 career receptions from 2003 to 2005, and reached the end zone four times. He enjoyed his best season as a Husker as a redshirt freshman in 2003 with 15 receptions. In the subsequent two seasons, Fluellen had 13 catches as injuries limited him to participating in just 14 games.

2005 (Junior)
Fluellen played in four games as he was slowed by a leg injury, and finished with four receptions for 52 yards. He had three catches for 40 yards against Iowa State, when NU passed for a single-game record 431 yards. Fluellen added a single catch against Texas Tech in his only start of the year.

2004 (Sophomore)
Fluellen played in 10 games, including starts against Iowa State and Oklahoma, before missing the season finale against Colorado. He finished the year with nine receptions for 158 yards (17.6 ypr), with two touchdowns.

Fluellen was hampered by injury at the outset of year and did not catch a pass in the first five games. He made the most of his first two catches, hauling in touchdown catches of 45 and 27 yards against Baylor. The receptions came on consecutive offensive snaps in the second quarter and extended the NU lead from 17-3 to 31-3 with five seconds remaining in the first half. Fluellen had a season-high four receptions for 64 yards at Iowa State, then added three catches for 22 yards at Oklahoma.

2003 (Redshirt Freshman)
Fluellen appeared in all 11 games with four starts, and was fourth on the team with 15 catches for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He earned honorable-mention all-conference honors from the league's coaches.

Fluellen's first career catch went for a 43-yard third-quarter touchdown at Southern Miss. Against Texas A&M, Fluellen caught two passes for 42 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown, then finished the season on a strong note. Fluellen caught 12 passes for 202 yards in the final five games, including a 39-yard catch to set up a touchdown at Kansas. He capped the year with a strong outing in the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State. In the contest, Fluellen caught four passes for 84 yards, including a season-long 58-yard catch to set up a second-quarter touchdown.

Fluellen was also a running threat, finishing the season with 12 carries for 120 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown against Iowa State, when he had five carries for a team-high 78 yards. His rushing total was the highest by an NU receiver since Dana Brinson ran for 83 yards against Missouri in 1986. It also marked the first time a receiver had led NU in rushing since wingback Kenny Brown had eight carries for 111 yards against Oklahoma State on Oct. 20, 1979.

Fluellen finished sixth in the 200 meters at the 2004 conference indoor meet, helping Nebraska to the Big 12 indoor crown.

2002 (Redshirt)
Fluellen redshirted in his first season in 2002.

Before Nebraska (Ramstein America HS)
Fluellen played wide receiver and defensive back two years for Coach Robert Ermel at Ramstein America, located at Ramstein (Germany) Air Force Base. He caught 28 passes for 629 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, and scored twice on punt returns, playing just six games in a season shortened by the Sept. 11 tragedies. In 2000, Fluellen scored 11 touchdowns in eight games and also played cornerback. He had more than 30 tackles and had three interceptions in each of his last two years.

Fluellen was twice selected as the male athlete of the year among students at the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) in Europe. He won three gold medals at the Division I track championships, winning the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds, the 200 in 21.2 and the 400 in 46.7 seconds, setting records in each event. He was also named the top performer at the DODDS Track and Field Championships his final two seasons. He broke the 200- and 400-meter records of Alonzo Babers, an Olympic double gold medalist. Fluellen also played basketball and was named the Ramstein Royals’ defensive player of the year as a junior. Fluellen earned academic all-conference honors in all three sports. He also considered an offer from Maryland and was recruited by Missouri and Auburn.

Personal
The son of Melvin and Ann Fluellen, Isaiah’s father is a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his bachelor’s degree in May after majoring in German. Isaiah was born in Hameln, Germany, on June 11, 1984. He attended elementary school in Valdosta, Ga., and later lived in South Carolina and Ohio before moving back to Europe in high school. Fluellen has made his mark in the classroom, being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor four times.

Fluellen's Career Statistics 

Year

G/S

No.

Yds.

Y/R

Y/G

Long

TDs

2002

Redshirted

2003

11/4

15

287

19.1

26.1

58 vs. Michigan St.

2

2004

10/2

9

158

17.6

15.8

45 vs. Baylor

2

2005

4/1

4 52 13.0 13.0 16 vs. Iowa State 0
2006 1/0 Played Defense

Totals

26/7

28

497

17.8

19.9

58 vs. Michigan St.

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Rushing: 12-120-1, 39-yard TD vs. Iowa State

2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Receiving, 4-84-0

Single-Game Bests:
Receptions - 4 vs. Michigan State, 2003 Alamo Bowl; at Iowa State, 2004
Receiving Yards - 84 vs. Michigan State, 2003 Alamo Bowl
Long Reception - 58 yards vs. Michigan State, 2003 Alamo Bowl
Rushing Attempts- 5, vs. Iowa State, 2003
Rushing Yards- 78, vs. Iowa State, 2003
Long Rush- 39 yards vs. Iowa State, 2003
Touchdowns- 43-yard reception vs. Southern Miss, 2003; 29-yard TD reception vs. Texas A&M, 2003; 39-yard TD run vs. Iowa State, 2003

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