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2019 Season Outlook
Sophomore tight end Kurt Rafdal is part of a strong group of returning tight ends who saw extensive action in 2018. The Indiana native is joined by fellow sophomore Austin Allen and junior Jack Stoll to give quarterback Adrian Martinez multiple receiving threats from the tight end spot.
The 6-7 Rafdal provides the Husker offense with a large receiving target. He has continued to make strides in the weight room to improve his strength and now at 245 pounds, he also has the ability to be an effective blocker at the line of scrimmage.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Rafdal was a key contributor to the Husker offense as a redshirt freshman in 2018, appearing in all 12 games. In addition to providing perimeter blocking for the nation’s third-most improved rushing attack, Rafdal caught four passes for 67 yards on the season. He made his Husker debut against Colorado and hauled in a 14-yard pass in the second quarter. He added a 26-yard reception the next week against Troy. Rafdal had the first reception of his Big Ten career with a nine-yard grab against Purdue, and he had an 18-yard reception at No. 16 Wisconsin.
Rafdal sat out his first season as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Carmel HS)
Rafdal was a standout offensive play-maker for Coach John Herbert at Carmel High School in Indiana. As a senior, Rafdal helped the Greyhounds to a 10-4 record and a Class 6A state championship, with Rafdal making eight catches in the title game at Lucas Oil Stadium. He was a first-team AP Class 6A all-state selection and an All-Indiana pick by USA Today.
Rafdal helped his team to a 10-3 record and a trip to the state semifinals in 2015. He was also a member of the varsity team at Carmel High in 2014, when the team posted a 15-1 record and was the Class 6A state runner-up.
Rafdal was ranked as the No. 17 tight end in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect in Indiana by ESPN. He was also among the nation’s top 35 tight ends and top 10 prospects in Indiana by Rivals and Scout. Rafdal chose the Huskers over Auburn, Indiana and Iowa.
Kurt was born on July 21, 1999, and he is the son of Jim and Kathy Rafdal. He is a management major. Rafdal volunteered with the UNL Children’s Center, the Boys & Girls Club, Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.