Honors & Awards
- Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010, 2011)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2010)
- Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2011)
- Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award
Junior Colin McDermott made the switch to offense this spring and will enter fall camp with hopes of earning playing time in 2011. After serving as a reserve defensive lineman his first three years in the program, McDermott moved to fullback where he will push for playing time behind senior returning starter Tyler Legate. The 6-2, 250-pound McDermott and his twin brother, Conor, both joined the Cornhusker program as walk-ons from Nebraska high school power Omaha Creighton Prep.
McDermott was a reserve defensive lineman, but did not appear in a game.
McDermott sat out as a redshirt and worked with the scout team defense.
Before Nebraska (Creighton Prep HS)
McDermott was a three-year starter for Omaha Creighton Prep and Coach Tom Jaworski. McDermott anchored a unit that ranked first in team defense in Class A in 2007. He made 57 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, earning him first-team all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. McDermott was also a member of the North Squad for the 2008 Shrine Bowl. He capped his senior year with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at the state track and field meet. As a junior, McDermott had 71 tackles and three sacks.
Colin is the son of John McDermott and Joni Piper and was born on April 11, 1990. He is a marketing major and is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. He was named to the 2011 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his outreach work, including numerous school and hospital visits and participation in School is Cool Week.