NU Football BIO
Josh Banderas
Player Profile:
Josh Banderas 1075438
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southwest

Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2014, 2015)
» True Freshman All-America Team (247Sports, 2013)
» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2013, 2014, 2015; Spring 2015)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2016)

2016 Outlook
Josh Banderas heads into his senior season with the Huskers in 2016, and will be counted on to be a leader on and off the field for the Blackshirt defense. The 6-3, 240-pound Banderas has been a prominent member of the Husker linebacking corps the past three seasons, starting 19 games.

The Lincoln native worked through a nagging injury in 2015 to start nine games at middle linebacker and rank among the team leaders in tackles for the second straight year. Banderas and fellow Nebraska native Chris Weber both have significant playing experience in the middle, making the spot a strength of the Husker defense.

Banderas has shown outstanding versatility during his career. Not only is he capable of playing multiple linebacker positions, but he also is adept at defending both the run and pass. Off the field, Banderas has been named to the Academic All-Big Ten team each of the past two seasons.

Banderas is a second-generation Husker as his father, Tom, was a three-year letterwinner at tight end in the 1980s.

2015 (Junior)
Banderas started nine games at middle linebacker, including each of the season's final seven games. He missed four of the first six games with a groin injury, but still ranked among Nebraska's top tacklers with 61 stops. Banderas tied for second on the team with seven tackles for loss, made at least six tackles in six games and had three double-figure tackle outings.

Banderas opened the year with six tackles and two tackles for loss against BYU, but was injured in the game causing him to miss four o fthe next five games. He returned to the starting lineup at Minnesota and made 10 tackles, including eight solo stops and a tackle for loss.

Banderas added at least nine tackles each of the next three games against Northwestern, Purdue and Michigan State, including 10-tackle efforts against the Wildcats and Spartans. He made six tackles and two tackles for loss at Rutgers and had four tackles in each of the final two games against Iowa and UCLA.

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 with 50 tackles, including 19 solo stops. He had at least four tackles in five games, highlighted by a career-high 14 tackles 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.

In addition to his 14-tackle effort vs. USC, Banderas made 10 tackles and a tackle for loss against McNeese State and had five tackles against Miami. He had four tackles and a tackle for loss at Fresno State.

2013 (Freshman)
Banderas played in every game and made four starts as a true freshman in 2013. He started three non-conference games, and the season finale with Iowa. Banderas made 28 tackles, including 12 solo stops, with two sacks and three tackles for loss. Banderas had a season-high 11 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against UCLA.

Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Banderas was a two-way standout for Coach Mark King at Lincoln Southwest, carrying the ball 189 times for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. From his linebacker spot, 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 and had four games with 15 or more tackles. His helped Southwest to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class A state playoffs. 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. As a junior in 2011, he racked up 127 tackles to help LSW to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. He earned first-team Super State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and first-team All-Nebraska honors from the World-Herald for his play. Banderas made 30 tackles in just five games as a sophomore.

Banderas was also a track standout, competing in four events in the Class A state meet as a senior. He was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and seventh in both the shot put and discus. Banderas won the 110-meter hurdles as a 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. He was ranked among the nation’s top 20 linebackers and top 300 overall players by 247 Sports, Rivals and Fox Sports. Banderas participated in the Army All-American game in San Antonio.

Banderas was born on Feb. 22, 1995, and is the son of Tom and Amy Banderas. He is majoring in management, and is a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He earned a spot on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2014. Banderas has volunteered time with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Make-A-Wish, tornado relief in Pilger and local community center and team hospital visits. He also was one of 18 Nebraska student-athletes to participate in a service trip to Guatemala in May. His father, Tom, played tight end at Nebraska, lettering three years from 1985 to 1987.

Banderas' Career Statistics























2013 13/4 12 16 28 3-9 2.0-8 0-0 0 1 0 1
2014 12/6 19 31 50 2-5 0.0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1


9/9 34 27 61 7-10 0.0-0 0-0 0 2 0 1


34/19 65
12-26 2.0-8 0-0 3
0 3

 Single-Game Highs

» Tackles - 14 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl)
» Tackles for Loss - 2 vs. UCLA (2013), vs. BYU (2015), at Rutgers (2015)
» Sacks - 1 (twice)

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