Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2015)
» Tom Novak Award Winner (2015)
» Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2015)
» Lunch Bucket Award (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2013)
Nebraska native Andy Janovich had a breakthrough senior season in 2015, bringing the fullback back into the forefront of the Husker offense. The Gretna High product continued to be a powerful lead blocker for the offense, while also showing his ability as a runner and a pass-catching threat for one of the Big Ten’s top offenses.
In addition to his stellar work on offense, Janovich earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for being one of the Huskers’ top special teams performers. His play earned Janovich honorable-mention all-conference accolades from the Big Ten coaches.
One of the Huskers’ hardest workers on and off the field, Janovich was also named Nebraska’s 2015 Lifter of the Year. He joined the program as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship before his sophomore season in 2013.
Janovich became an integral part of the Nebraska offense during his senior season. He finished fourth on the team with 265 rushing yards, while averaging an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. Janovich also scored three rushing touchdowns on the season. He also caught two passes for 58 yards, including a 53-yard reception against Southern Miss. Janovich was also Nebraska’s leader in special teams tackles, notching 13 stops, including 11 solo tackles.
Janovich did not have an offensive touch in the first three games, before breaking out against Southern Miss. He ran five times for 68 yards against the Golden Eagles, including a 28-yard run and added the 53-yard catch. The 68 rushing yards were the most by an NU fullback in 12 seasons, and the reception was the longest by an NU fullback in at least 36 years. Janovich had a career-high 11 carries for 43 yards at Illinois, the most carries for a Husker fullback since 2001.
Against Wisconsin, Janovich had a team-high 59 rushing yards on three carries. He ignited Memorial Stadium with a 55-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that gave the Huskers a 21-20 lead. He added 27 rushing yards at Minnesota, had 26 rushing yards against No. 7 Michigan State and closed the year with six carries for 31 yards and a touchdown against UCLA. Janovich had a season-high three tackles at Miami, and had a pair of tackles in four other games.
Janovich played in all 13 games and started the final two games against Iowa and USC. He played in the opener despite undergoing minor knee surgery during fall camp. Janovich’s blocking helped Ameer Abdullah to his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season. Janovich caught his only pass of the season with a 16-yard catch at Michigan State.
Janovich played in all 13 games and alternated time at fullback with Zimmerer. Janovich did not have a carry on the season.
Janovich did not play in the first three games, but became a regular contributor in the final 11 games. He started against Idaho State and Ohio State and finished with three carries for six yards, all against Idaho State. He also caught two passes for 13 yards, with one reception each against Idaho State and Ohio State.
Before Nebraska (Gretna HS)
Janovich was named first-team All-Nebraska by the Omaha World-Herald as a linebacker and was part of the Lincoln Journal Star’s second-team Super State squad, after leading Gretna to the Nebraska Class B semifinals as a senior. Janovich rushed for 799 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, while averaging 7.6 yards per carry. On defense, he led Gretna in tackles with 112 and finished with eight tackles for loss.
Janovich was selected to play in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He also starred in wrestling, where he was the 2012 Class B 220-pound champion with a 46-0 record, a year after winning the 189-pound title with a 53-0 record. Janovich chose to walk on at Nebraska over a scholarship offer from Nebraska-Kearney.
The son of Ron and Brenda Janovich, Andy was born on May 23, 1993. He is a management major, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2013. He has volunteered his time with South Omaha at Risk Youth, Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and team hospital visits.
» Games Played– 50 (11 in 2012; 13 in 2013; 13 in 2014; 13 in 2015)
» Games Started– 10 (2 in 2012; 2 in 2014; 6 in 2015)
» Rushing– 45 rushes, 271 yards, 6.1 ypc, 3 TD (3-6-0 in 2012; 42-271-3 TD in 2015; long-55 vs. Wisconsin, 2015)
» Receiving– 5 receptions, 87 yards (2 for 13 yards in 2012; 1 for 16 yards in 2014; 2 for 58 yards in 2015; long-53 vs. Southern Miss, 2015)
» Tackles– 11 UT, 2 AT, 13 TT, all in 2015