2016 Nebraska Profile: Brandon Reilly

A look at Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly heading into 2016.


Year: Senior

2015 recap:

The former walk-on had a breakout year, catching 40 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 13 contests. His 754 yards was the fourth most by a Nebraska receiver since joining the Big Ten.

Reilly’s biggest moment of the year came against Michigan State in November. With only 23 seconds left on the clock and his team down five, Reilly caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Armstrong to put the Huskers up for good over No. 7 Michigan State. It was Reilly’s third catch for 88 yards in the contest.

In seven games Reilly recorded at least 70+ receiving yards. Against Southern Miss, Reilly caught four passes for 112 yards, his longest going for 49 yards. 

2016 preview:

During the spring, with Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp sidelined, Reilly worked the slot receiver spot improving his versatility heading into 2016. 

"He's ready to go. He's champing at the bit to improve," said wide receivers coach Keith Williams. "We text a lot, we talk a lot about him improving as a wideout. It's his senior year. He's got a little taste of success so he wants to continue to get better and be the best wideout he can be."

With a loaded wide receiver group, that should see sophomore Stanley Morgan improve, true freshman Derrion Grim get involved and possibly the return of De’Mornay Pierson-El, it’s hard to imagine Reilly improving on his numbers from a year ago.

But, we are no longer going to be surprised by the Lincoln native. For two seasons former Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell said Reilly was a sleeper to watch, it turns out he was right.

If Reilly can give Nebraska 30 catches for 475 yards in 2016, the offense will once again likely be in pretty good shape.

How he ended up in Lincoln: With schools like South Dakota, South Dakota State, Nebraska Kearney, Southeast Missouri State, Tulsa, and Illinois State interested, Reilly chose a preferred walk-on spot at Nebraska.

His senior year he earned honorable-mention all-state honors by the Omaha World Herald, after catching 18 passes for 339 yards. He was a playmaker on special teams, recording three return touchdowns.

A high school safety as well, Reilly logged 59 tackles and three interceptions his senior year.

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