Stanley Morgan established himself as one of the Big Ten’s most dangerous wide receivers early in his junior campaign and carried it throughout the season.

Now, he’s been recognized by the league’s coaches and media as one of the conference’s best.

Morgan earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both groups on Wednesday morning, the league announced.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver JD Spielman earned third-team recognition from the media and honorable mention consideration from the coaches.

Morgan finished with 986 yards and averaged a league-best 89.6 per game, though he was second in total yardage to first-team selection D.J. Moore from Maryland (1,033) in part because Morgan missed a September game against Rutgers with a stiff neck.

Morgan also led the Big Ten in touchdowns (10) and had the longest touchdown reception of the season (80 yards against Wisconsin).

His 61 catches led the Huskers, as did his 16.2 yards per catch.

Morgan broke the school’s single-season receiving record, previously 942 in 1972 by Johnny Rodgers, in Nebraska’s season finale. The New Orleans native had a school-record five 100-plus yard games, including 185 against Penn State on Nov. 18, the second-most in a single game in school history.

That record, though, belongs to Spielman, who racked up 200 in an October loss to Ohio State.

The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native finished his first collegiate season with 830 yards on 55 catches in 11 games. He missed the season finale with a shoulder injury.

Spielman only cracked 50 receiving yards once in NU’s first five games, but averaged 105.7 yards over his final six.

Spielman earned honorable mention designation as a return man Tuesday and finished third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards per game (142.9).

Junior left tackle Nick Gates and junior left guard Jerald Foster were each selected as honorable mentions by the coaches and the media.

Wisconsin and Ohio State, the league’s championship game pairing, combined for eight coaches first-teamers and six media first-teamers.

Eight first-team selections were consensus choices: quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), running backs Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), receivers Simmie Cobbs (Indiana) and Moore (Maryland), tackles Jamarco Jones (Ohio State) and Michael Dieter (Wisconsin), and center Billy Price (Ohio State).

Cobbs, picked ahead of Morgan, finished with 72 catches for 841 yards (11.7 average) and eight touchdowns.


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