#52 Josh Banderas
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southwest
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Honors & Awards
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
» True Freshman All-America Team (247Sports, 2013)

» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014)

2014 Outlook
Lincoln native Josh Banderas earned extensive playing time at linebacker as a true freshman last season. Banderas started four games at MIKE linebacker in the first half of the season as a young linebacker corps continued to settle into defined roles. The unit made steady progress throughout 2013 and helped the Huskers feature one of the Big Ten’s top defenses in league play.

The 6-2, 235-pound Banderas is one of five linebackers who return in 2014 that have starting experience, and the unit figures to be strength for the Blackshirts. After his experience in the middle, Banderas showed the versatility to play multiple linebacker spots and has spent much of the spring on the outside.

2013 (Freshman)
Banderas saw action in all 13 games both at linebacker and on special teams and was in the starting lineup four times. He started non-conference games against Southern Miss, UCLA and South Dakota State at the MIKE linebacker spot, and also started against Iowa in the regular-season finale.

Banderas finished the season with 28 total tackles, including 12 unassisted stops, and added two sacks and three tackles for loss. Banderas had three tackles in his first career start vs. Southern Miss, then had 11 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against UCLA. He added three tackles each against South Dakota State and Northwestern, and made his second sack of the year at Purdue, as the Huskers limited Purdue to just seven points.

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, and Fox Sports. Banderas participated in the Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.

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























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Single-Game Highs
» Tackles
 - 11 vs. UCLA (2013)
Solo Tackles 
- 4 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Tackles for Loss - 2 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Sacks - 1.0-1 vs. UCLA (2013), 1.0-7 vs. Purdue (2013)

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