Football - walk-ons

  • Joel Makovicka - Fullback. Two-Time Academic All-American. All-Time Fullback Rushing Leader

    Joel Makovicka - Fullback  |  Two-Time Academic All-American  |  All-Time Fullback Rushing Leader

  • Jared Tomich - Defensive End. Two-Time All-American, 1995-96

    Jared Tomich - Defensive End  |  Two-Time All-American, 1995-96

  • Alex Henery - Kicker/Punter. Ranks in Top Three in Career Scoring

    Alex Henery - Kicker/Punter  |  NU's All-Time Leading Scorer with 397 points

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Derrie Nelson
“The walk-ons were the heart and soul of Nebraska football when I played. Walk-ons bring the passion and the drive to practice every day, and they help set the tone for Saturdays.”

 

- Derrie Nelson, former Husker walk-on, 1980 All-American.

“Loyalty. Motivation. Willingness to Sacrifice.”

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, Hall of Fame Coach from 1973 to 1997, has used those words to describe Nebraska’s walk-on program. The tradition of the Cornhusker walk-on program is one-of-a-kind in college football. Hundreds of young men from towns in all corners of the state have come to Nebraska with big dreams. Many players have excelled beyond their biggest dreams. Osborne and Head Coach Bo Pelini have made a priority of building on the past success of the Husker walk-on program.

Walk-on All-Americans

Derrie Nelson

Derrie Nelson

  • Defensive End
  • First-Team All-American, 1980
  • Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, 1980
  • 4th Round NFL Draft Pick
Jarvis Redwine

Jarvis Redwine

  • I-Back
  • First-Team All-American, 1980
  • 2nd Round NFL Draft Pick
Jimmy Williams

Jimmy Williams

  • Defensive End
  • First-Team All-American, 1981
  • Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, 1981
  • 1st Round NFL Draft Pick
Jared Tomich

Jared Tomich

  • Defensive End
  • First-Team All-American, 1995-96
  • 2nd Round NFL Draft Pick
Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson

  • First-Team All-American, 2003
  • Ray Guy Award Finalist
  • Five Seasons in NFL
Alex Henery

Alex Henery

  • NU All-Time Leading Scorer
  • First-Team All-American, 2010
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