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Brandon Reilly
Player Profile:
Brandon Reilly 804880
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southwest

Honors & Awards
» Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2016)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015)
» Seven-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll

2016 Outlook
Senior Brandon Reilly is part of a veteran receiving corps that should rank among the nation’s best in 2016. Reilly is one of five returning receivers with extensive game action.

The 6-2, 200-pound Reilly played in every game in 2015 after battling injuries the previous two seasons. He made the most of the opportunity, finishing second for the Huskers in receptions and receiving yardage, while ranking among the top big-play receivers in the country.

Reilly had eight receptions of at least 30 yards as a junior, highlighted by a 30-yard game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against Michigan State. Reilly’s 18.9-yard per catch average ranked sixth in the nation and first in the Big Ten among players with at least 40 receptions. His average was also the third-best in school history among players with 40 catches in a season, trailing only Niles Paul in 2009 and Irving Fryar in 1983.

In addition to being a big-play receiver, Reilly was also a factor in the run game in 2015, and has used his speed to contribute on special teams in his career. A former walk-on, Reilly earned a scholarship before his sophomore season. The Lincoln native is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and is on track to graduate in December with a degree in marketing/management.

2015 (Junior)
Reilly played in all 13 games with six starts, and had 40 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns. His 18.9-yard per catch average was among the best in Nebraska school history. Reilly had at least three receptions in eight games and had a catch of at least 20 yards in nine games. Reilly also rushed for 96 yards on 11 carries and returned a pair of kickoffs.

Reilly opened the year with consecutive five-catch efforts against BYU and South Alabama, topping 70 yards in both games. He had four receptions for 83 yards at Miami, and was a big part of Nebraska’s fourth-quarter rally. Reilly caught a 21-yard fourth-quarter TD to pull Nebraska within eight points, then had a 41-yard catch to help set up the Huskers’ game-tying touchdown in the final minute. Reilly closed non-league play with three catches for a career-high 112 yards, including a 49-yard reception against Southern Miss.  

Reilly had four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern and tied his season-high with five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown at Purdue. Reilly had a career-long 52-yard catch against the Boilermakers and also had a career-long 20-yard run.
Reilly had a memorable night against No. 6 Michigan State with three catches for 87 yards. He had a 35-yard catch deep in Spartan territory in the third quarter, before hauling in the game-winning score. He caught a 30-yard strike from Tommy Armstrong Jr. with just 17 seconds to play, giving NU the 39-38 upset win. He also had a 17-yard run against the Spartans. Reilly finished the year with three receptions each against Iowa and UCLA.

2014 (Sophomore)
Reilly missed the first six games with an injury, but returned to play in the final seven games, including a start at Wisconsin. Reilly had six catches for 85 yards on the season, including four catches for 36 yards in the Holiday Bowl. He also had a 14-yard catch at Wisconsin and a season-long 35-yard catch at Iowa. His reception at Iowa put NU deep in Hawkeye territory in the closing seconds and set up a game-tying field goal.

On special teams, Reilly blocked a punt against Purdue and helped alter another punt against the Boilermakers. He added one assisted tackle.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Reilly played in 10 games at receiver, and caught three passes for 24 yards, including two catches for 19 yards at Penn State. He also had a five-yard reception against South Dakota State. Reilly also saw action on special teams.

2012 (Redshirt)
Reilly redshirted in his first season in 2012.

Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
A standout on both sides of the ball for Lincoln Southwest, Reilly earned honorable-mention all-state accolades as a senior from the Omaha World-Herald. Reilly caught 18 passes for 339 yards and was also a threat on special teams, amassing over 650 kickoff and punt return yards, including three returns for touchdowns. Reilly showed big-play ability as a senior, with eight of his nine touchdowns covering 50 yards or more.

On defense, Reilly totaled 59 tackles and three interceptions to earn a spot on the first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super State team as a defensive back. Reilly capped his prep career by catching six passes for 117 yards and one touchdown en route to earning offensive MVP honors at the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. Also a member of the Southwest basketball team, Reilly chose to walk on at Nebraska after receiving interest from Nebraska-Kearney, Southeast Missouri State and South Dakota.

Personal
The son of Paul Reilly and Julie Matthes, Brandon was born on Sept. 24, 1993. He is majoring in marketing/management, and is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Reilly has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes and local school and hospital outreach events.

Reilly's Career Statistics
 

Year

G/S

Rec. 

Yards 

Y/R 

Y/G 

Long

TDs

2012       Redshirt      
2013 10/0 3 24 8.0 2.4 10 at Penn State
0
2014 7/1 6 85 14.2 12.1 35 at Iowa 0

2015

13/6

40

754 18.9

58.0

52 at Purdue

4

Totals

30/7

49

863 17.6

28.8

52 at Purdue
4

Rushing--11 att., 96 yards, long-20, all in 2015
Kickoff Returns--2 att, 48 yards, long-30, all in 2015
Punt Returns--1 att., 2 yards in 2013

Single-Game Highs
» Receptions – 5, three times
» Receiving Yards – 112 vs. Southern Miss
»Touchdowns – 1, four times

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