Sophomore Tyjon Lindsey is set to make a big leap in 2018 and provide the Nebraska offense with an explosive playmaker at the receiver spot. The 5-9, 200-pound Lindsey has the ability to stretch defenses in multiple ways in Nebraska’s high-powered spread attack.
Lindsey joins fellow sophomore JD Spielman and seniors Stanley Morgan Jr. and Bryan Reimers as returning receivers with significant playing experience. Lindsey played in all 12 games as a true freshman last season and is just the fifth Husker true freshman wide receiver to record at least a dozen receptions. In addition to his work at receiver, Lindsey is also a prime candidate to contribute as a punt and kickoff return man. Lindsey was a highly recruited prep prospect from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, traditionally one of the nation’s top prep programs.
Lindsey appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2017. He made 12 catches for 76 yards to become the fifth Husker true freshman wide receiver to record at least a dozen receptions. Lindsey also carried the ball seven times for four yards, returned one kickoff for 17 yards against Northern Illinois and had one punt return for no yards against Iowa. He earned his only start at Purdue, when he became the fourth Nebraska true freshman wide receiver to start a game in the past 15 seasons.
Lindsey had multiple catches in each of the season’s first three games, combining for eight receptions and 44 receiving yards. He had three catches for 14 yards in his career debut against Arkansas State, three more receptions totaling 12 yards at Oregon and two catches for 18 yards against Northern Illinois. His first Big Ten reception was a four-yard catch at Illinois and against Ohio State, he hauled in a 14-yard reception for the longest catch of his career. Lindsey’s final two receptions came in consecutive games against Northwestern and Minnesota, when he recorded an eight-yard catch against the Wildcats and a six-yard reception against the Golden Gophers.
Before Nebraska (Bishop Gorman HS)
Tyjon Lindsey comes to Nebraska from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, traditionally one of the nation’s top high school programs. Lindsey is a key piece of an impressive group of receivers in the Huskers’ 2017 class.
Lindsey was part of a Bishop Gorman squad that posted a 44-0 record from 2014 to 2016 under coaches Kenny Sanchez (2015, 2016) and Tony Sanchez (2014). As a senior, Lindsey was limited because of an injury but was part of a team that posted a 15-0 record and won the Class 4A state title. The Gaels won the 4A title game by a margin of 84-8.
The playmaking ability of Lindsey was on full display in 2015. He caught 45 passes for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also contributed 237 punt return yards and had an interception and two pass breakups on the defensive side. Lindsey was a first-team All-Nevada selection by the Las Vegas Review Journal, and was a first-team all-Southwest League choice. Lindsey helped Bishop Gorman to a 14-0 record and a state title.
As a sophomore in 2014, Lindsey had 34 receptions for 884 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 281 punt return yards and 107 kickoff return yards as the Gaels posted a 15-0 record. Lindsey also earned first-team All-Nevada honors as a sophomore for his all-around skills.
Lindsey was recognized as the top player in Nevada by both ESPN and the 247 Sports composite rankings. He is ranked among the top 10 receivers in the nation by Rivals.com, Scout.com and in the 247 composite rankings. He is also listed as high as the No. 50 overall player in the nation by 247 Sports and is also among the top 80 players by Rivals.com, ESPN and Scout.com.
Lindsey was originally committed to Ohio State, before choosing Nebraska. He had dozens of offers, including Alabama, Cal, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, USC, UCLA and Washington to name a few. Lindsey also competes in track and was ranked as the top 300 meter hurdler in Nevada.
Tyjon was born on Jan. 7, 1999, and is the son of Kimberly Jackson. He is majoring in textiles, merchandising and fashion design. Lindsey volunteered with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.