The Greatest WR in KSU History?

At one time, you had to look at the other side of the ball to see Jordy Nelson play. Now, the Senior with blazing speed is turning heads on the other side of the ball and is making a case to be the best Wide Reciever in Kansas State History. But let's hear from Jordy himself and then do the math. Read On......

Jordy Nelson ... greatest wide receiver in Kansas State history?

Argue if one likes, but at 6-foot-3, 217 pounds, and with 4.4 speed, it's a package like no other Wildcat has ever possessed.

And now, at least for a single game, no K-Stater has ever put up such numbers: 15 catches for 209 yards. Oh, and a 24-yard touchdown pass. Oh, and two punt returns for a total of 82 yards.

All of this in Saturday's 61-10 victory over Missouri State.

"I knew I was getting the ball a lot, but I didn't know how many, or anything about the record," said Nelson, who now has 30 catches in three games in 2007.

"Personally, you don't go into a game thinking you might do something like that, but you get into a flow, coaches get into a rhythm of calling plays, and things happen."

Nelson broke the receptions mark previously owned by Michael Smith, who hauled in 13 passes against Missouri in 1989, and the yardage mark held by Darnell McDonald, who had seven receptions for 206 yards in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl win against Syracuse.

As for the play of his prime-time receiver, Josh Freeman, who had a career single-game high of 287 passing yards (26-of-39), said, "When he runs routes you can put it anywhere around him and he's going to catch it. He's just a great, great receiver."

In the process of rewriting K-State's single-game record book, Nelson also continued to climb the school's career receiving charts. He is tied with Jermaine Moreira for seventh place with 114 career grabs, and holds the No. 8 spot in yardage with 1,597.

"I've been around K-State quite a bit, and I know who these guys are," Nelson said. "I watched them play. It's kind of awkward to be named with them, but they were great receivers and I guess I'll take it."

And that really is the attitude of this former walk-on out of Riley County High School, located about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan.

"He's such a great player," said fellow wide receiver Deon Murphy, who has caught two of Nelson's TD passes. "I love working with him. He's a tremendous role model and a tremendous mentor. I love being next to him in the huddle." Also looking at Nelson as one to mold a career after is true-freshman Lamark Brown.

"I see Jordy as a consistent guy who goes out and makes plays," Brown said. "He works hard every day and you're excited for him when he does well."

But what do the records really mean to Nelson?

"Right now, I don't think it means that much," he said of his milestones. "It's good to have, but right now it's not what this team's worried about. We're just after the win and loss record."

SINGLE GAME RECEPTION RECORDS:

1) Jordy Nelson, 15 vs. Missouri State, 2007
2) Michael Smith, 13 vs. Missouri, 1989
3) 4 with 12

SINGLE GAME YARDAGE RECORDS:

1) Jordy Nelson, 209 vs. Missouri State, 2007
2) Darnell McDonald, 206, Syracuse, 206
3) Quincy Morgan, 199 vs. Nebraska, 2000

CAREER RECEPTIONS:

1) Kevin Lockett, 217, 1993-96
2) Michael Smith, 179, 1988-91
3) Aaron Lockett, 137, 1998-01
4) Mitch Running, 133, 1992-95
5) Dave Jones, 127, 1966-68
6) Frank Hernandez, 120, 1998-91
7) Jordy Nelson, 114, 2004-07
8) Jermaine Moreira, 114, 2003-06

CAREER YARDAGE:

1) Kevin Lockett, 3,032, 1993-96
2) Michael Smith, 2,457, 1988-91
3) Aaron Lockett, 2,400, 1998-01
4) Quincy Morgan, 2,173, 1999-00
5) Dave Jones, 1,904, 1966-68
6) Mitch Running, 1,821, 1992-95
7) James Terry, 1,793, 2002-03
8) Jordy Nelson, 1,597, 2004-07


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