Honors & Awards » Academic All-Big Ten (2014) » True Freshman All-America Team (247Sports, 2013) » Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013) » Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2013; Fall, 2014) » Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014) » Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
Junior Josh Banderas will head into the 2015 season with an opportunity to establish himself as a regular starter for the Blackshirt defense. Banderas has shown his versatility throughout his first two seasons with the Huskers, working at multiple linebacker spots, but hopes to settle into the MIKE position this year.
The Lincoln native is one of three linebackers with extensive playing time at Nebraska, joining junior Michael Rose-Ivey and senior David Santos. However, Banderas is the only one of the three fully healthy for spring practice.
The 6-2, 235-pound Banderas capped his sophomore season with an impressive performance against USC in the Holiday Bowl. Off the field, Banderas earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014.
2014 (Sophomore) Banderas played in 12 games with six starts, including five of the first six games and the Holiday Bowl against USC. He finished the year with 50 tackles, including 19 solo stops. He had at least four tackles in five games, highlighted by a career-high 14 tackles in the Holiday Bowl against USC. In addition to his play at linebacker, Banderas also saw action on coverage units, helping the Huskers feature one of the nation’s top special teams units.
Banderas had four tackles in the season opener against Florida Atlantic and made 10 tackles and a tackle for loss against McNeese State. He had four tackles and a tackle for loss in a road win at Fresno State, then recorded five tackles against Miami. Banderas had four tackles at Northwestern, and made three tackles each against Michigan State and Rutgers.
2013 (Freshman) Banderas saw action in every game as a true freshman in 2013, and made four starts. He earned three starts in non-conference play and was also in the starting lineup against Iowa. Banderas finished 2013 with 28 tackles, including 12 solo stops, with two sacks and three tackles for loss. Banderas had a career-high 11 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against UCLA.
Before Nebraska (Southwest HS) Banderas is the lone in-state recruit in Nebraska's 2013 signing class, coming to the Huskers after a decorated high school career at Lincoln Southwest. Banderas was a two-way standout for Coach Mark King's Silverhawks, lining up at both linebacker and running back as a senior. Banderas was a workhorse at running back, carrying the ball 189 times for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, he had 119 total tackles, including 44 unassisted tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Banderas rushed for better than 100 yards six times during his senior season and also made at least 10 tackles seven times last fall, including four games with 15 or more stops. Banderas' play led Southwest to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class A state playoffs. For his efforts, Banderas was named the honorary captain of both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star all-state teams. Banderas focused on linebacker in the first two years of his prep career at Southwest. As a junior in 2011, Banderas racked up 127 tackles to help LSW to a 9-2 record and trip to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Banderas earned first-team Super State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and first-team All-Nebraska honors from the World-Herald for his play as a junior. In 2010, an injury limited Banderas to just five games of action, but he made his mark, accumulating 30 tackles. Banderas is also a standout on the track for the Silverhawks. Banderas won the Class A 110- meter hurdles as junior while finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles. As a sophomore, Banderas finished third in the 110-meter hurdles. Banderas committed to the Huskers in April of 2012, choosing Nebraska over a number of scholarship offers, including Oregon, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State and Vanderbilt. Banderas is regarded as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska by all of the major recruiting services. He is ranked among the nation's top 20 linebackers and top 300 overall players by 247 Sports, Rivals.com and Fox Sports. Banderas participated in the Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.
Personal Banderas was born on Feb. 22, 1995, and is the son of Tom and Amy Banderas. He is majoring in broadcasting, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2013 and 2014. He earned a spot on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his participation in NU’s community outreach efforts. Banderas volunteered his time with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and at local community center and team hospital visits. His father, Tom, played tight end at Nebraska, lettering three years from 1985 to 1987.
Banderas' Career Statistics
Single-Game Highs » Tackles - 14 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl) » Solo Tackles - 4 vs. UCLA (2013) » Tackles for Loss - 2 vs. UCLA (2013) » Sacks - 1 (twice) » Interceptions - None