Troy Walters

Troy Walters said replacing Stanley Morgan is a tough job, and it'll come down to guys in his room stepping up to the plate. 

For the first time, Nebraska will have to replace a 1,000-yard receiver.

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said that will come by committee.

In his spot on the Husker Sports Network’s “Sports Nightly” on Thursday, Walters said replacing Stanley Morgan is a tough job, and it will come down to guys in his room stepping up to the plate.

Right now in Morgan’s starting spot stands redshirt freshman Andre Hunt.

“Had a great spring,” Walters said. “At the end of the spring, he was No. 1 on the depth chart and he was more consistent, confident and comfortable. Great hands, can run, runs good routes. So as long as he puts it all together and stays consistent, you’ll see him this fall.”

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Walters said this summer, walk-on Kade Warner was the one who led the wide receivers. He was the one organizing workouts and getting guys together for 7-on-7.

“He took charge,” Walters said. “He’s a quarterback’s best friend because the quarterback knows he’s gonna be in the right position.”

Walters said twice on the broadcast that the coaching staff knows how quiet JD Spielman is. And, in general, the entire wide receiver group is more quiet this year. Walters said he didn’t think the receivers had as much fun this spring in the absence of Morgan.

“It was more focused, not as much fun as we probably had in the fall, and that’s good because guys were serious, guys were focused and on a mission to prove to coaches they belong,” Walters said.

With Spielman, Walters said they just need him to be him.

“He wants to be the best,” Walters said. “If he can just continue to produce and bring guys along with him, and kinda understand he’s the guy, he’s gotta set the tone with the younger guys, they look up to him.”

It was the same story with Mike Williams and Jaron Woodyard, two juco seniors who came in last summer. Both need to be more consistent to see the field. He said he’s seen a switch flip with them both since the end of last season.

And Walters has gotten good reports on Kanawai Noa, the transfer from California.

“I’m hearing good things from the quarterbacks and from other receivers,” Walters said. “I think he’s fitting in.”

Walters expects both Wan’Dale Robinson and Jamie Nance to contribute this season, should both stay healthy. Robinson was dealing with a hamstring injury in the spring.

“We’ve become more explosive. We got guys who can take a 5-yard pass and go 90 or can run by a corner and catch a 70-yard pass,” Walters said. “We’ll continue to try to fill the void Stanley leaves, but we can’t do it with one guy. It’s gonna be by committee. And I feel good about the receivers we have and the depth we have.”

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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