Morgans stock continues to rise
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[rl]Stanley Morgan Jr.'s rise has been among the most prevalent stories of fall camp, and the freshman wideout only sped up the hype train with his performance in Saturday night's scrimmage. He scored three times and drew praise from Mike Riley, who said Morgan is "beyond his years."
The 6-foot, 185-lb. four-star recruit was considered among the bigger hauls in Nebraska's 2015 class, but few imagined he'd show this much so quickly. With many of the Huskers top receivers sidelined with various injuries, Morgan has been among the better performers in fall camp so far.
"You never can anticipate how a young man is going to transition as a true freshman, but it doesn't surprise me because he was well-prepared in high school," receivers coach Keith Williams, who tried to recruit Morgan at Tulane last year, said. "He's a grinder and he's a beast. For a young guy he's ahead of the game mentally, especially as far as being mentally tough."
De'Mornay Pierson-El, Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp, Taariq Allen, Sam Burtch and Lane Hovey have all missed time so far in camp with injuries, opening up plenty of snaps. Morgan has taken full advantage, wowing in practice with his soft hands and scoring on passes of 26, 11 and 15 yards in the scrimmage.
"He's not afraid to make a play," Williams said. "Sometimes young guys are afraid to go outside of the box to make a play, if the ball isn't perfectly thrown or just right in their lap. Sometimes they're a little hesitant reaching outside their comfort level and trying to make a play. He's not that way. He's comfortable in trying to make a play when he gets that opportunity."
It's always tough to count on true freshman early in the season, but Morgan might be an exception. Morgan looks ready to play right away, and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said Monday that he's "in the conversation" to see the field immediately.
None of Nebraska's injuries at receiver appear serious, and most if not all should be back for the opener. But Morgan's emergence has likely rattled to the depth chart to some extent. It's still possible that he could be redshirted, but there are some players that are simply too talented to keep on the bench. Morgan appears to be one of those guys.
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