High School: Lincoln Southwest (NE)
After looking like he was going to be a factor for game reps last summer, Reilly hurt his hamstring during fall camp. The former walk-on rushed back multiples times during the season, only to aggravate each time he came back.
Finally Reilly took some time and worked his way back slowly, registering his first catch against Wisconsin on the road.
In total, Reilly caught six balls for 85 yards in 2014, with his biggest catch coming against Iowa – a 35-yarder late in the game.
Looking to impress the coaching staff after not putting much on tape last season, Reilly learned all three wide receivers spots this spring.
“I told myself that I can control what they previously know, what I can control is the outcome of spring practices,” said Reilly. “Come in each day and be ready to work.”
His approach and work ethic impressed his position coach.
“I think he’s going to be a big factor,” said receivers coach Keith Williams in the spring. “I like him a lot. He’s versatile. At this point, he knows the whole offense…I think the sky is the limit for him at this point from what I have seen.”
BRR projection: Reilly did himself a solid by learning all three wide receiver spots this fall.
“I’m buying what he’s selling,” said Williams.
Because of his versatility, Reilly is going to see the field. While Jordan Westerkamp and De’Mornay Pierson-El seem locked in at their spots, fall camp will tell whether Reilly is on the field as a starter. If he’s not, look for him to be in the two-deep for sure.
Reilly has nine career catches. Don’t be surprised if he doubles that production this year. We expect a 15-20-catch season for the junior.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
After recording nine total touchdowns this season, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior had schools like South Dakota, South Dakota State, Nebraska Kearney, Southeast Missouri State, Tulsa, and Illinois State interested, but in the end decided there was no opportunity like a preferred walk-on spot.
"Those schools told me that if I came to visit, a scholarship would be available, but I decided today to not go visit," said Reilly at the time. "It's a dream of mine to play at Nebraska and I look forward to this opportunity.
"It's hard to pass up a full ride, but in the end knew I would regret not giving myself a chance."