Class of 2008

Steven Osborne

HometownGarland, TX
High schoolSouth Garland

Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald

Osborne says: "I used to love to hit and play corner. When they put me at receiver, instead of stopping plays I just had to start making plays."

Did you know?

Osborne briefly had the dream of playing basketball at Kansas, prompted by watching Texan Darrell Arthur with the Jayhawks. "It lasted about 20 minutes," he said, laughing.


"An aggressive, very physical kid. He'll get after you." -- Mickey Moss, South Garland coach

The gurus say

Made the All-District 10-5A team. Denton Record-Chronicle ranks him No. 49 in its Area Top 100. has Osborne at No. 236 among receivers.

About Osborne

Everything is pretty modest about Osborne, from his senior stats (38 catches) to his recruiting interest (Kansas, UNLV, Utah, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU) to his Internet rankings. Did show some big-play capability with 15.8 yards per catch and 10 touchdowns. Good size, speed and hands, but Moss said what might stand out is his blocking ability. Helped South Garland to 10-2 record and second round of state playoffs. Also plays basketball.

Our take

Nebraska lost some seniors, so the ranks have been thinned. Most recently, freshman receivers haven't done much right away (see Chris Brooks, Niles Paul, Will Henry, Menelik Holt, Curenski Gilleylen), but that was under a different system. Those will be some of the players Osborne will have to unseat for playing time in coming seasons.

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