Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
Wyoming: Started the season opener following a redshirt season in 2012... debuted with four tackles, tying him for fourth on the team. Southern Miss: Made one solo tackle on the night... helped limit the Golden Eagles to 62 yards rushing. UCLA: Made a pair of tackles on the day, including his first career TFL. SDSU: Finished the game with one tackle. Illinois: Came off the bench to make one tackle, a TFL in third quarter. Purdue: Recorded one tackle in the 44-7 road win. Minnesota: Saw time off the bench, but didn’t record any stats. Northwestern: Came off the bench to make one tackle. Michigan: Came off the bench to make one tackle. Michigan State: Saw time off the bench, but didn’t record any stats.
Redshirt freshman Vincent Valentine is a key part of a young collection of talent on the Nebraska defensive line that will be counted on beginning in the 2013 season. The 6-3, 325-pound Valentine has the size to be an imposing presence in the middle of the defensive front over the next four years. He will head into fall camp looking to battle for playing time at tackle, where senior Thad Randle is the only returnee with extensive playing experience
Vincent Valentine redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Edwardsville HS)
Valentine was one of four defensive linemen in NU’s freshman class, and one of two players projected to start their careers on the interior. Valentine and fellow Illinois product Jordan Westerkamp give NU two signees from that state for the first time since 2004. The 6-3, 320-pound Valentine was a second-team all-state, all-class pick in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune as a senior. Valentine had 35 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks for Edwardsville, helping Coach Matt Martin’s team to a 5-5 record and a trip to the Illinois state playoffs. Valentine was also chosen as a first-team Class 7A all-state performer by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors for the second straight season. As a junior, Valentine made 33 tackles, while adding two sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Valentine was also a starter as a sophomore when he racked up 29 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery. Valentine was ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services ranked him among the top 15 overall prospects in the state of Illinois. Valentine chose Nebraska over Florida and Illinois, and had dozens of other offers including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Valentine was born on Feb. 23, 1994, and he is the son of Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
» Tackles – 4 vs. Wyoming (2013)
» Solo Tackles – 1 vs. Wyoming (2013), vs. Southern Miss (2013)
» Tackles for Loss – 1 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Sacks – None