The All-RSS Team: Wide receiver

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 wide receivers.


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1. Johnny Rodgers - 902 votes (31.4%)

Omaha native Johnny Rodgers was Nebraska's first Heisman Trophy winner in school history and a game changer on offense for NU's first two national championship teams in 1970 and 1971.

Rodgers would go on to finish his career with 143 catches for 2,479 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns. He still holds the single season receiving yards record (942 yards) and the career touchdowns mark, and he ranks second in career receiving yards.

Rodgers is second in touchdown receptions in a season (11) and also returned seven punts and one kickoff for a touchdown and finished his career with a school-record 5,586 all-purpose yards.

He averaged 13.8 yards per attempt on 406 career all-purpose touches. Rodgers is clearly remembered best for his punt return for a touchdown in the 1971 "Game of the Century" against Oklahoma.


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2. Irving Fryar - 870 votes (30.3%)

A 1983 first-team All-American, Irving Fryar was also the No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

No other receiver in school history has ever been drafted in the first round at Nebraska.

Fryar was a critical piece to the 1983 "Scoring Explosion" offense with quarterback Turner Gill and running back Mike Rozier.

As a senior Fryar was second in the conference in all-purpose yardage at 1,267 and finished with 40 catches for 780 yards and eight touchdowns.

Fryar finished his career with 70 catches for 1,196 yards and 11 touchdowns and went on to have a 17-year NFL career where he played in five Pro Bowls.


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3. Jordan Westerkamp - 279 votes (9.7%)

Had it not been for some untimely injuries during his senior season, Jordan Westerkamp would likely have etched his name atop several Nebraska receiving records.

A back injury and then a knee injury held Westerkamp out for three games last season, and he finished his career this past season with 167 catches for 2,474 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The career yardage total was good for fourth all-time in school history, just two yards behindNateSwiftfor the No. 3 spot and five yards behindRodgersfor No. 2.

Westerkamp also finished his career fourth all-time in career receiving touchdowns and went 36 games in a row with at least one reception - just one short of Rodgers' school record of 37 games.

Next up: Tight end


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