“I think this kid possesses all the tools and talent to come to Nebraska and break records.”
That was former Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher’s pitch to Stanley Morgan Jr. and his mother, Monique Jason, when Fisher was recruiting Morgan out of high school.
Fisher was right.
Last season, Stanley Morgan Jr. set a new single-season receiving yards record at Nebraska with 986. On Friday against Iowa, he bested his own record and became the first 1,000-yard receiver in school history.
Morgan entered the day with 923 yards on 63 catches.
Morgan’s second catch of the day, a 17-yard catch-and-run on third-and-7 that set up a touchdown pass to Jack Stoll, gave him 2,694 for his career, surpassing Kenny Bell’s previous school record for career receiving yards of 2,689. Morgan broke Bell’s school career catches record in Nebraska’s win over Michigan State in week 11.
With a 13-yard catch in the fourth quarter, his sixth of the day, the senior increased his total to 1,001 on the season. The catch came with Nebraska trailing 28-20 with less than eight minutes to play.
Nebraska went on to finish off the drive with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game. Morgan finished the game with seven catches for 81 yards, giving him 1,004 for the season and 2,753 for his career. He caught 189 passes in his four-year career in Lincoln.
Johnny Rodgers technically finished with 1,013 yards in 1972, but that includes a bowl game which did not count towards season totals at that time.
Morgan also broke Rodgers’ record for consecutive games with a reception as Iowa was his 38th straight game with a catch. Morgan finished his career with just three catch-less games, all coming during his freshman year.