A group of Huskers on offense earned recognition from the Big Ten conference Wednesday as the All-Big Ten teams were announced.
Wideout Stanley Morgan Jr. earned a spot on the second team, voted there by both coaches and covering media. Wideout JD Spielman was tabbed by both the coaches and media as a third team selection. Running back Devine Ozigbo earned a third-team nod from the media and an honorable mention selection from coaches. Quarterback Adrian Martinez, Nebraska’s record-setting true freshman quarterback, earned honorable mention.
Morgan’s selection marked the second straight season that he has been a second-team all-conference choice on both teams.
This year, Morgan set a Nebraska season record with 1,004 receiving yards, surpassing his own previous record of 986 yards in 2017. Morgan’s 70 receptions this season were the second-most in Nebraska history. He caught seven touchdown passes and had at least three receptions in 11 of 12 games in 2018, including five Big Ten games with at least seven catches.
Morgan will leave Nebraska as the career record holder in receptions (189) and receiving yards (2,747), while ranking second in school history with 22 career touchdowns. Morgan caught a pass in the final 38 games of his career, setting a Husker record for consecutive games with a reception.
The first-team selection was Ohio State’s Parris Campbell, who finished the season with 903 yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 catches.
Spielman’s third-team all-league pick by the media was his second straight third-team selection as well.
The sophomore finished 2018 with 66 receptions for 818 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns despite missing the final two games with an injury. Spielman’s receptions total ranked third in school history and he caught at least three passes in all 10 games he played. Spielman set a Nebraska single-game record with 209 receiving yards at Wisconsin. He now owns the two best receiving games in program history.
Ozigbo turned into one of the league’s best backs after taking over the starting duties in late September. He finished the season with 1,082 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and is the first Husker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2014. Ozigbo recorded four games with more than 150 rushing yards, all in conference action.
He finished sixth in the conference in yards, second in touchdowns and fifth in yards per carry while finishing just eighth in total carries.
Martinez, a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2018, set a Nebraska record with seven 300-yard total offense games and ranks third in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in total offense per game. In every quarterback metric, Martinez was one of the best freshmen in the country.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors while Purdue’s David Blough earned Third Team. Martinez outgained McSorley in the air while having a better quarterback rating, better completion percentage and more touchdowns. Blough did the same.
Joining Martinez in the honorable mention category was left tackle Brenden Jaimes (coaches and media) and right guard Boe Wilson (media). Jaimes and Wilson were key members of an offensive line that powered Nebraska to average 456.2 yards per game, including seven straight games with 450 yards or more.
The offensive honorees join six Husker defensive and special teams players who were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.
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