Nebraska’s new single-season receiving record holder isn’t coming back for another season. Trey Palmer announced on his Instagram Saturday morning that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.
“After careful consideration with my family and coaches,” he said, “I’ve decided not to return to school and prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft.”
GOD’S PLAN🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/BN1q2h8akN
— Trey Palmer (@treythekiid3) November 26, 2022
In his announcement, Palmer thanked family and friends for their support, as well as those at LSU who recruited him to start his collegiate career there. He thanked the people of Kentwood, Louisiana, saying he’ll work to support them in the future. Palmer also thanked former Nebraska head coach Scott Frost for bringing him to Nebraska and giving him a national stage to be the go-to receiver and showcase his talents. He also showed appreciation to interim wide receivers coach Mike Cassano, who helmed that position amid the coaching shakeup during the season.
He also saved a special thank you for the interim head coach and fellow Louisianan.
“Coach Mikey (sic) Joseph, you have played a pivotal role in my development and I am grateful for your support, love and guidance,” Palmer said. “It has been an honor to be a part of your journey as much as you are part of mine. Witnessing you go from being my position coach to my head coach was inspirational and I wish you much success.”
Palmer finished this season with 1,043 receiving yards, breaking Stanley Morgan Jr.’s record of 1,004 set in 2018. The 87-yard first quarter touchdown pass against Iowa on Friday was the fifth-longest passing play in history and the longest play from scrimmage since Tommy Armstrong’s 99-yard school record touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa in the 2014 Gator Bowl. His 165 yards against Iowa gives him three different 100-yard receiving days this season. He’s the only Big Ten receiver to accomplish that. Palmer finished his only season in Nebraska with 71 receptions, a school record for receivers. Only Marlon Lucky’s 75 catches in 2007 surpassed him on the school’s single-season receptions list.
His 237-yard performance against Purdue is the new single-game receiving record at Nebraska.
Palmer was asked about his future following his two-touchdown performance against Iowa on Friday.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just going day by day,”
The transfer from LSU accomplished the season records while seeing his production drop off when quarterback Casey Thompson was sidelined with a nerve injury. He had one catch for a yard against Illinois, five catches for 37 yards against Minnesota and five catches for 12 yards against Michigan. In Thompson’s return against Wisconsin, Palmer had 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Thompson said after the Iowa game he built a chemistry with Palmer in the offseason. They repped in the Hawks Indoor Facility for the first time together and had a couple incompletions, Thompson remembered. After that, they didn’t want any incompletions.
“He’s going to be a good player and I’m really happy for Trey,” Thompson said after the Iowa game. “Happy for the way he played this season.”
Joseph said earlier this season that Palmer is the fastest player he’s ever coached. He learned behind receivers like JaMarr Chase and Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall Jr. Then he came to Nebraska with Joseph and broke out on his own.
At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and with a 4.44 40, Palmer will likely standout among other receivers in this year’s draft. According to draft analysis, his stock rose throughout the season but some still don’t have him in the top 10 receivers available for the 2023 draft.
Palmer is the first announced post-season departure of the 2022 Huskers. Receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda declared for the transfer portal during the season, 30 days after Scott Frost was fired. Running back Jaquez Yant tweeted his departure on Friday night but deleted the tweet.