The Top Husker WR/TEs of All-Time

The Big Red Report staff looks at the top players by position in Nebraska football history. This week, we list the top Husker wide receivers/tight ends of all-time.

#1 Irving Fryar

Irving Fryar
(NU Media Relations)

6-foot / 195 pounds
Mt. Holly, N.J.

Irving "The Flyer" Fryar was a complete receiver. That was evidence from being the No. 1 overall selection in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was part of the "Triplets" that included Turner Gill and Mike Rozier, but got his hands on the ball enough to be named first-team All-American alongside fellow teammate Rozier in 1983. In his final season, Fryar had 1,267 all purpose yards (780 receiving) and scored ten touchdowns. His best game was against Minnesota where he rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown and had 138 yards receiving with two scores. He ranks tenth all-time in receiving yards, but he had only 67 receptions compared to the career leader (Johnny Rodgers) who had 143. Had he been in a pass-oriented offense his receiving stats could have been off the charts.

#2 Johnny Rodgers

Johnny Rodgers
(NU Media Relations)

5-foot-9 / 175 pounds
Omaha, NE

Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers was one of the most dynamic players ever to play for the Huskers. NU's first Heisman Trophy winner, Rodgers could do it all. In his career, he returned seven punts, and one kickoff for touchdowns. As a runner, he averaged close to six yards per carry and scored eleven times. But as a receiver, Rodgers was a natural. He caught 143 passes for 2,479 yards and twenty-five touchdowns in his career, almost gaining 1,000 yards in his senior season. He is NU record holder in both career and season receiving yards, as well as having the most receiving touchdowns in a season and career.

#3 Johnny Mitchell

Johnny Mitchell
(NU Media Relations)

Tight End
6-foot-3 / 250 pounds
Chicago, IL

Mitchell was probably the best receiving tight end Nebraska ever had. On top of that, he was the most athletically gifted player to ever play for the Big Red. He only played two seasons, as he entered the NFL Draft after his sophomore season, so one has to wonder what he could have accomplished had he stayed another two years at Nebraska. But in his short stint in college, Mitchell was a touchdown machine, scoring 12 times while catching only 42 career passes. He currently holds the tight end for most yards receiving in a game with 137. Just imagine if Tommie Frazier and the Husker offense had Mitchell in 1992 and 1993.

#4 Tony Jeter

Tony Jeter
(NU Media Relations)

6-foot-3 / 225 pounds
Weirton, WV

Jeter's stats won't wow you…he only caught 38 balls and scored one touchdown…but he played both offense and defense, starting in 33 consecutive games. A first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1964 and 1965 along with All-American honors in '65, Jeter was NU's first African-American athlete to be an academic All-American. Jeter would rival any receiver on this list in terms of ability; he just didn't play in an offense that threw the ball a ton.

#5 Nate Swift

Nate Swift
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Wide Receiver
6-foot-2 / 200 pounds
Hutchinson, MN

Swift left Nebraska as one of the most efficient and dependable receivers ever. He currently is the school's career and season receptions leader with 166 and 63 respectively. He is also second on the career receiving yards and touchdowns chart behind Rodgers. Playing in a league known for its passing offenses and all-star receivers, Swift never received any serious consideration for All-Big 12 honors, but has gone down as one of the best in Nebraska history.

#6 Maurice Purify

Maurice Purify
(NU Media Relations)

Wide Receiver
6-foot-4 / 220 pounds
Eureka, CA

Purify was not your typical Husker receiver. Nebraska wasn't used to getting one of the nation's most recruited wideouts. But this was the West Coast offense era with Bill Callahan at the helm. Purify got in the mix on offense immediately, averaging almost 19 yards per reception while catching 34 passes. He followed that up in 2007 with 57 receptions for 814 yards. His reception total of 57 is the second-most in NU history. Purify played in only 25 games, starting nine, but he still caught 16 touchdowns which is second only to Johnny Rodgers on the Husker career touchdown reception list.

#7 Jon Bostick

Jon Bostick
(NU Media Relations)

Split End
6-foot-2 / 185 pounds
Bellevue, WA

Bostick was a sure-handed receiver who made the most of his catches in Nebraska's run-oriented offense. As a sophomore, Bostick was the team's second leading receiver despite playing in only eight games. His first career catch was a 60-yard touchdown, then followed that with two games were he caught two touchdowns in each. His 24.1 yards per catch average that season was just short of the NU record. Bostick was a first-team All-Big Eight pick in 1981 and teamed with Johnny Mitchell to give NU its first two 20-plus receivers since 1982.

#8 Matt Davison

Matt Davison
(Getty Images)

Split End
6-foot-1 / 185 pounds
Tecumseh, NE

Davison is remembered most for his diving touchdown catch in the 1997 Missouri game, which saved Nebraska's national championship season. But he also should be appreciated for his consistency as a receiver. He averaged 408 receiving yards from his sophomore to senior years, leading the team in receptions all three years. He was a three time honorable All-Big 12 selection by the coaches. Davison currently ranks sixth on the all-time receptions list at UNL.

#9 Junior Miller

Junior Miller
(NU Media Relations)

Tight End
6-foot-4 / 222 pounds
Midland, TX

Miller was an imposing player from his tight end position. A first-team All-American in 1979, and two-time All-Big Eight selection, he holds the tight end receiving record for yards in a season (560). Miller led the team in touchdown catches both his junior (6) and senior seasons (7) and was basically NU's only scoring threat in the passing game. Miller is still considered by some as the best tight end Nebraska ever produced and his stats and honors back that claim up.

#10 Abdul Muhammad

Abdul Muhammad
(NU Media Relations)

5-foot-9 / 160 pounds
Compton, CA

Muhammad only stood 5-9, but had an impact on Nebraska's 1994 national championship team. He was the team's leading receiver, and had his biggest game when his team needed it most. He pulled in five catches for 98 yards, including a career long 44-yarder, which set up NU's only touchdown in a 13-3 win over Oklahoma. He played in every game during his four-year career as a wingback, which showed how tough he was. From a pure receiver standpoint, Muhammad had the skill set just as much as any other, even though he didn't have the ideal height. br>

Big Red Report's Josh Harvey contributed to this report

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