The All-RSS Team: Tight end

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the tight ends.


1. Johnny Mitchell - 881 votes (27.5%)

Johnny Mitchell was a huge part of Nebraska's offense, particularly in his final season in 1991, when caught 31 passes for 534 yards and five touchdowns.

During that season he set the school's tight end record for receiving yards in a regular-season game with 137 on seven catches against Oklahoma.

He also holds the NU postseason record, gaining 138 yards on five passes against Georgia Tech in the 1991 Citrus Bowl. Nebraska went 18-5-1 during Mitchell's career.

The 15th overall selection by the New York Jets in the 1992 NFL Draft, Mitchell played five professional seasons, totaling 2,103 yards and 16 touchdowns on 159 receptions.


Waco Tribune

2. Junior Miller - 663 votes (20.7%)

The only Nebraska tight end to be named an All-American (1979), Junior Miller holds the school record for tight end receiving yards in a season (560 in 1978).

When he finished his career, he held every major tight end receiving record in school history. Also an able blocker, Miller finished his career with 61 catches for 1,196 yards and 13 scores.

The Atlanta Falcons made Miller the No. 7 overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two professional campaigns and finished his five-year career with 122 receptions, 1,409 yards and 14 touchdowns.


Associated Press

3. Matt Herian - 509 votes (15.9%)

Matt Herian thrived on catching deep balls early in his career, and his skill set seemed to match perfectly with Bill Callahan's West Coast offense when the coach arrived in 2004.

Herian set career-best marks that year in just eight games, but suffered a gruesome broken leg that ended his season and caused him to miss the entire 2005 campaign.

He returned in 2006 and posted decent numbers, but he clearly wasn't the same player as before the injury.

Herrian holds the school's records for tight ends for receptions in a game (eight vs. Southern Miss in 2004) and career receiving yards (1,243).

He will best be remembered for his ability to catch deep passes, as he averaged 19.1 yards on his 65 career catches. While Herian had a very strong NU career, it's hard not to think of what might have been without the injury.

Next up: Offensive tackle


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