LINCOLN, Neb. — Junior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. is ready for Nebraska’s season to begin on Sept. 2. While he ran into some legal troubles this offseason, he has embraced his mistakes to become a better teammate and leader.
He also believes he’s smarter today than he was last year and the year before.
“Freshman year I was a little wild animal running around out there,” Morgan said. “Sophomore year, [I was] kind of a contained wild animal. This year, I’m smarter.”
After the departure of key veterans at wide receiver, Morgan is in position to be an even bigger factor on the field and as a team leader. He boasts 58 catches and 757 receiving yards in his career so far, which puts him on pace to challenge the top five in both categories by the time he graduates.
Morgan’s goals for his junior season are simple.
“Just staying healthy,” he said. “[And] going out there with the same first-day intensity that [Coach Mike Riley] always says [for] the first day of fall camp, and really being ready to go.”
Part of that is also knowing how to help younger players grow and evolve, like freshman receiver Tyjon Lindsey. Morgan earned playing time as a freshman in 2015, so he’s been in Lindsey’s shoes. He knows he can offer advice from a first-hand experience.
And Lindsey is more than willing to learn from Morgan.
“He’s learning more and more every day,” Morgan said. “It can be the smallest things. It [can be] blocking or anything like that, reading coverages. He’s eager to learn.”
Morgan has also noticed an increase in the questions from the young wide receivers, but he doesn’t mind. He enjoys talking to the younger players.
“Tyjon always comes up to me to ask questions,” Morgan said. “Even Jaevon [McQuitty] comes up and asks questions. He’s hurt right not and he [still] comes and asks questions, questions, questions all day long. All day.”
Morgan’s advice to players like Lindsey and McQuitty is advice that he lives by himself. It’s to keep a level head as they chase their dreams.
He also wants to leave each of them with pointers and tips they can in turn pass on one day. After all, the advice Morgan passes on is advice he was once given and applied to his own life.
It’s part of why he believes he’s a little smarter today than he was one year ago.
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