Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018; Spring 2018, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Linebacker Will Honas returns for his junior season this fall after seeing his 2018 season cut short by a knee injury. The 6-1, 225-pound Honas gives Nebraska three inside linebackers with playing experience alongside senior Mohamed Barry and fellow junior Collin Miller.
Honas saw significant action in the first four games in 2018, before suffering a knee injury against Purdue and subsequently using a redshirt year as he sat out the remainder of the season. He will be back to full strength this fall and is expected to make an impact in the middle of the defense with his nose for the ball and outstanding football instinct. Honas came to Nebraska after two seasons at Butler (Kan.) Community College.
In the classroom, Honas has made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll every semester of his career. A nutrition and health sciences major, he carries a 3.589 cumulative grade-point average.
After totaling 117 tackles in two season at Butler Community College, Will Honas played in four games for Nebraska in 2018 before suffering a season-ending injury. Honas totaled 15 tackles while playing in each of the Huskers' first four games. He made his Husker debut in the season opener against Colorado, registering a pair of tackles. Honas saw significant playing time against Troy and finished with a team-high eight tackles, including his first career tackle for loss. In his first road game at No. 9 Michigan, Honas totaled three tackles. In his final game of the season, Honas recorded a pair of tackles against Purdue before suffering his season-ending injury.
Before Nebraska (Bishop Carroll HS/Butler CC)
Honas helped Coach Tim Schaffner’s squad at Butler Community College to a 15-8 record in two seasons. In 2017, Honas totaled 96 tackles in 11 games, including 3.0 sacks and a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He averaged 8.7 tackles per game, and his 96 total tackles ranked 21st nationally. In his first season at Butler in 2016, Honas recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble.
Honas was regarded as a four-star prospect by ESPN. He was ranked as the top junior college inside linebacker by both ESPN and 247Sports and both services also listed Honas among the nation’s top 35 overall junior college recruits. Honas had more than a dozen scholarship offers and chose Nebraska after also visiting Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas State. Before enrolling at Butler, Honas played his prep ball for Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita.
Will is the son of Chris and Lori Honas and was born on Jan. 29, 1998. He is a nutrition and health sciences major. Honas volunteered at the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.