Dynamic Spielman makes Hornung Award watch list

July 31, 2018

JD Spielman set several Nebraska freshman records in 2017 thanks to his versatility.

That same broad skill set has landed him on the Hornung Award preseason watch list.

The Hornung award is given each year to the most versatile player in college football.

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Spielman hauled in 55 passes for 830 yards (a freshman record) and set the school’s freshman record with 1,572 all-purpose yards.

Spielman got his career off to a memorable start against Arkansas State when he turned his first career touch into a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown.

The Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native has just the kind of skills that first-year head coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters look for, meaning the sophomore seems primed for a featured role in NU’s offense again this fall.

Spielman last week also was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list along with fellow wide receiver Stanley Morgan.

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