Nebraska football's JD Spielman was named a Freshman All-American by USA Today, one of only 11 offensive players to receive that honor.
A redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., Spielman set Nebraska freshman records with 55 catches and 830 receiving yards in 2017. He added 669 kickoff return yards to lead the Huskers with a 1,572 all-purpose yards, the most ever by an NU freshman. On the season, Spielman gained an average of 17.1 yards every time he touched the ball.
Spielman led all freshmen nationally with 75.5 receiving yards per game in 2017 and ranked second with 5.0 receptions per game and 142.9 all-purpose yards per game. He had a school-record 200-yard receiving game against Ohio State, the most receiving yards in a game by any freshman in 2017. Speilman also posted the second-longest play by a freshman in 2017 when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the season opener against Arkansas State on the first touch of his career.