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Nebraska Football

Only All-Big Ten Honorable Mentions for Huskers on Offense

December 4, 2019
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For the first time since joining the conference in 2011, Nebraska did not have an offensive player earn first-, second- or third-team honors.

Four Huskers earned honorable-mention nods: offensive tackle Benden Jaimes, running back Dedrick Mills and wide receivers JD Spielman and Wan’Dale Robinson.

Spielman, a third-team pick in 2017 and 2018, had more than 800 yards receiving for the third consecutive season, but ranked fifth in yards behind four 1,000-yard receivers in the Big Ten.

Robinson also seemed to have a strong case for inclusion on one of the all-conference teams. He played in 10 games as a true freshman, and showed a kind of explosiveness throughout that had head coach Scott Frost opting to rely on him more than any other single skill player for offense. 

Even though injuries limited him over the final three games, which included missing the Wisconsin and Maryland games due to injury and exiting before halftime in the season finale against Iowa, Robinson still managed the most receptions and receiving yards for a true freshman in school history.

He caught 40 passes for 443 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 88 times for 340 yards and three scores. Robinson ranked second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, while ranking third in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. His 102.9 all-purpose yards per game ranked fourth nationally among freshmen and sixth overall in the Big Ten.

Robinson was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, in addition to being named one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award and a midseason freshman All-American. Robinson joined Ameer Abdullah (2014) as the only Huskers to be a finalist for the Hornung Award. 

After at least one first-team all-conference selection each of the Huskers’ first four years in the Big Ten, Nebraska hasn’t had one on offense since Kenny Bell in 2014. 

Nebraska had two members on the defensive all-conference teams that were announced Tuesday.

 
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