Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Heads Into 2016 Looking To Avoid Sophomore Slump

A look at sophomore Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan, who could be ready to breakout in 2016.

2015 recap:

After impressing right away in fall camp, Morgan started three games for Nebraska last fall, recording 25 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He was named by to the All-Freshman Team.

In the final two games of the season, Morgan had five catches for 78 yards and a highlight reel touchdown catch against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Midway through the season, Morgan also took on kickoff return duties, posting 14 returns for 324 yards – tops on the Nebraska roster.

2016 preview:

Despite finding himself on one of the top wide receiver units in the Big Ten, possibly the country, Morgan’s role should increase in 2016. The sophomore’s speed, size and athleticism will make him a prime target for Armstrong this season. It's why we think he will be one of the Big Ten's breakout players in 2016. 

“Definitely,” Morgan responded during spring when asked if the wide receiver group was the best position at Nebraska. “Everyone works hard and comes to work. We are standing out right now.”

Morgan was asked in the spring the No. 1 thing he’s working on? 

“Getting off the press, you can improve on anything, even if you are great at it,” said Morgan. “I work on everything.”

Morgan missed some time this spring with a groin injury, but spent extra time in the film room to make up for his lack of reps. 

“He’s a stud. He’s focused, he’s dialed in, it means a lot to him, he thinks about it, he texts me all night long about plays, he asks great questions – you can tell that he understands what is going on by his questions,” said Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams. “I have no complaints about Stan. He’s an animal.”

Don’t expect a sophomore slump from Morgan. A 40 catch season for 500 yards is not out of the question.

How he ended up in Lincoln:

Morgan held a number of offers from some of the top teams around the nation, including Mississippi State, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and others. Despite a double-digit offer list, Morgan’s only official visit was to Lincoln.

"Coming out of the tunnel walk, there were people there that knew our names that we didn't even know. I loved their crowd. It was amazing," said Morgan in September. "I loved their facilities. I really liked the stadium and their fans. It was crazy… I have always felt like Nebraska was the right place for me.”

Morgan snagged 66 balls for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns his junior year which put him on the map with many colleges. He finished his college career with over 2,500 yards receiving and 30+ receiving touchdowns. 

Morgan faced constant double-teams and coverage’s designed to limit his touches. Despite his numbers slightly going down from his sophomore and junior year, Morgan was still regarded stat wise as one of the better receives in the state of Louisiana.

Morgan battled a shoulder injury that sidelined him the last three games of the season at St. Augustine.

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