After a solid college career, will homegrown Husker Luke Gifford hear his name called this weekend?
Luke Gifford was a model of hard work, consistency and leadership. Not the most naturally-gifted or athletic, but you know his motor could out work a lot of people on the field. After playing a reserve role his first two seasons, the linebacker from Lincoln (Southeast) became a key starter his final two seasons.
Per Huskers.com, Gifford’s stats don’t jump off the page. This could be due to a couple factors. Nebraska’s defensive coordinators were a revolving door during his career, with Mark Banker, Bob Diaco and finally Erik Chinander. The pass-rush was also a major problem the last few years, so Gifford could be double-teamed.
So Gifford was a solid contributor for an underwhelming defense. Where will that get him in the NFL? The numbers don’t tell the whole story. His senior season, Gifford was an honoable mention on the 2018 All-Big Ten teams. He was a team captain and the 2016 Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award.