Wyoming: Didn’t play in the season opener. Southern Miss: Didn’t play against the Golden Eagles. UCLA: Didn’t play against the Bruins. SDSU: Made his Husker debut against the Jackrabbits, but didn’t record any stats. Illinois: Made his first career start in his second career game... finished the game with eight tackles, including five solo stops... notched his first career sack on his way to recording a pair of TFLs. Purdue: Saw time off the bench, but didn’t record any stats. Minnesota: Made his second start of the season and finished with four tackles. Northwestern: Didn’t play against the Wildcats. Michigan: Didn’t play at Michigan
Redshirt freshman Jared Afalava (pronounced Off-uh-lava) is one of several young linebackers who will be counted on to make an impact for the 2013 Nebraska defense. The talented, but youthful linebacking corps will play an important role for the Huskers this fall after the graduation of three fifth-year senior linebackers from the 2012 defense.
The 6-3, 230-pound Afalava is a candidate for a starting job at the Buck linebacker spot after he and fellow redshirt freshman Thomas Brown earned the majority of snaps with the top unit at that spot during spring practice. Afalava brings excellent size, strength and toughness to the position and figures to be a fixture in the NU defense for the next several years.
Afalava redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Bingham HS)
Afalava is one of four players in the 2012 class expected to begin their careers at linebacker. The 6-3, 215-pound Afalava was a standout on the Bingham High defense the past three seasons, helping the school to a pair of state championships in Utah Class 5A. Afalava recorded more than 180 career tackles, including 87 tackles in his senior season in 2011. He also had two sacks, three interceptions, two fumbles caused and a fumble recovery for Coach Dave Peck’s team. Overall, Afalava had five games with 10 or more tackles in 2011, helping Bingham to a 9-3 record and trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Afalava was a first-team Class 5A all-state pick by both the Salt Lake City Tribune and the Deseret News. Afalava played in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl following his senior season. He was also a standout during his junior year, totaling 87 tackles and five interceptions to help Bingham to a 13-0 record and its second straight state championship. As a junior, Afalava was a first-team all-state pick by the Deseret News and a second-teamer according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. He also played a key role in a state title as a sophomore, compiling more than 20 tackles. Afalava was ranked among the nation’s top 50 linebackers by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout.com. He was regarded as one of the top five prospects in Utah by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and 247 ranked him among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects. Afalava chose Nebraska after also visiting Washington. He also had offers from Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State and BYU, among others.
Afalava is the son of Kesi and Kay Afalava, and he was born on Oct. 30, 1993.