Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
2019 Season Outlook
A second-generation Cornhusker, Anthony Banderas joined the Nebraska program as a walk-on in 2018. A Lincoln Southwest graduate, Banderas follows his father, Tom, and older brother, Josh, as Nebraska football players. The younger Banderas will add depth at inside linebacker during his redshirt freshman season and hope to make an impact on special teams.
Banderas sat out the 2018 season as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Banderas earned honorable-mention all-state honors and a spot on the all-city team as a senior for Lincoln Southwest High School. He ran for 273 yards and four touchdowns as a senior and recorded 83 tackles over his final two years with four interceptions. Banderas was also twice named to the football all-academic team.
Banderas also excelled in track and field. Southwest's school record holder in the discus, Banderas won the 2018 Class A state discus title after finishing second in 2017. He was a city, conference and two-time district champion in the discus. In the shot put, Banderas placed third at the 2017 state meet and fifth in 2018, and he was a two-time city champion and a conference champion in the event.
Anthony was born on Feb. 15, 2000, and is the son of Tom and Amy Banderas. He is majoring in business administration. Banderas has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, the Malone Center, the Nebraska Football Road Race and Thanksgiving hospital visits. Anthony's father, Tom, played tight end at Nebraska, lettering three years from 1985 to 1987. Anthony's older brother, Josh, was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Huskers from 2013 to 2016.