Honors & Awards
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Led Nebraska with a career-high nine tackles against Arkansas State
» Paced the Huskers with eight tackles, including a half sack, against Northern Illinois
» Recorded first-career interception against Rutgers, while posting six tackles including a tackle for loss
Lincoln native Luke Gifford is hopeful of taking advantage of Nebraska’s switch in defensive scheme to earn a more prominent role in 2017. The 6-3, 235-pound Gifford played defensive back in high school and began his Nebraska career at safety before switching to linebacker. Gifford showed during spring practice that he has the size and athleticism to be a factor at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive scheme.
Gifford saw extensive playing time early in the 2015 season, before being sidelined by injury, and then played a reserve role last fall.
Gifford saw action in four games as a reserve linebacker, and made an assisted tackle at Ohio State.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gifford earned playing time in a young group of linebackers, before being sidelined for the second half of the year by a hip injury. Gifford played in each of the first six games and had seven tackles, including a tackle for a loss. Gifford had four tackles, including a TFL against South Alabama and added two tackles against Wisconsin.
Gifford redshirted and worked as a defensive back on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Gifford was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Ryan Gottula at Lincoln Southeast. As a senior, Gifford passed for 970 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and eight touchdowns to help the Knights to the Class A state playoffs. Gifford also starred in the secondary, making 50 tackles with two interceptions and five pass breakups. Gifford was a first-team All-Nebraska defensive back selection by the Omaha World-Herald and also earned Super State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Gifford helped Southeast to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals in his junior season. On offense, Gifford caught seven passes for 125 yards, while also starring in the secondary. He was a first-team Super State selection as a junior, and earned second-team All-Nebraska honors in 2012. Gifford was also a member of the Knights’ 2011 state championship team.
Gifford was ranked among the top 40 athlete prospects in the country by Rivals.com. Gifford was also a key member of the Knights’ basketball teams for two seasons. Gifford was the first player to commit to the Huskers’ 2014 class, and did not take any other visits. He had offers from Iowa, Ohio and Toledo among others.
The son of Sam and Shannon Gifford, Luke was born on Aug. 28, 1995. He is a management major, and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Gifford has earned spots on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams each of the past three years for his community outreach work. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, School is Cool, FCA, the Lincoln Marathon and several school and hospital outreach events.