Despite not playing in the first two games, Dillard finished second on the team with 83 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks. Dillard was at his best in Big 12 play, registering at least five tackles in each of the season's final eight games, including five games with at least eight tackles. His 7.8 tackles per game in conference play ranked ninth in the Big 12.
Dillard's play helped Nebraska lead the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, while ranking in the top 10 in total defense and rushing defense. The 6-1, 240-pound Dillard was honored for his play, being named second-team All-Big 12 by numerous outlets.
Dillard made five tackles in his 2009 debut at Virginia Tech. He had a personal-best 12 tackles, including eight solo stops and four tackles for loss against Texas Tech. He had 12 tackles for the second straight game against Iowa State, then had eight tackles, including five solo stops, a pair of tackles for loss and a sack against Oklahoma. He capped the win over his homestate school with a fourth-quarter interception.
Dillard had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Kansas State, then led the team with eight tackles at Colorado. He had six tackles and a pair of tackles for loss against Texas, before capping his career with a team-high seven tackles in the Holiday Bowl shutout against Arizona.
He was strong at the close of the year, compiling seven tackles in the final four games. He capped the regular season with a season-high three tackles in the 30-3 win at Colorado, then added two solo stops in the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan.
Before Nebraska (Jenks HS)
In his final two seasons playing for Coach Allen Trimble, Dillard totaled more than 200 tackles. He also caught four passes as a senior, three of which went for touchdowns. In addition to his all-state honors from nearly every media outlet, Dillard was named the Jim Thorpe Association Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2003. Dillard was one of seven 2005 Nebraska recruits who played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. Dillard helped the West squad to a 35-3 victory with an interception.
Rivals.com ranked Dillard among the nation’s top five prospects in Oklahoma and among the top five linebackers in the country in 2005. Dillard chose the Huskers after also receiving scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas A&M, among others.
*Medical Redshirt in 2006