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Freedom Akinmoladun
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Freedom Akinmoladun 1808937
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 255
Year: Junior
Hometown: Grandview, Mo.
High School: Grandview
Major: Psychology

Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (,
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015, 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)

2016 Season Notes
» Had two sacks for 15 yards against Maryland, tying his career high (also 2 sacks vs. Southern Miss, 2015). Matched a season high with five total tackles in the game.
» Led Nebraska with nine QB hurries during the regular season.

2016 Outlook
Freedom Akinmoladun will be counted on to be an impact player on the Nebraska defensive front during his sophomore season. The 6-4, 255-pound Akinmoladun had an outstanding start to 2015 before a knee injury slowed him for the second half of the season. 

Akinmoladun has a quick first step and showed the ability to be Nebraska’s top edge rusher last fall, leading the Huskers in sacks. He and senior Ross Dzuris are Nebraska’s top returnees at the defensive end spots and are the favorites to earn starting roles. Akinmoladun began his Husker career at tight end before switching to defense during his redshirt season.
Off the field, Akinmoladun was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015.

2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Akinmoladun played in 11 games and made four starts at the defensive end position. He was one of four ends in the regular rotation and finished the year with 21 tackles. He had a team-high 4.5 sacks, tied for second on the team with seven tackles for loss and had four quarterback hurries.

Akinmoladun opened the year with a sack against BYU, then added two tackles for loss a week later against South Alabama. He had a season-high six tackles at Miami, including five solo stops and registered a 12-yard sack against the Hurricanes. He closed non-conference play with four tackles, including two sacks for 17 yards in a win over Southern Miss. His sack on the game's final play secured the Husker victory.

Akinmoladun opened Big Ten play with two tackles and a half-sack at Illinois, before missing the next two games with a knee injury. He added two tackles each against Northwestern and Purdue.

2014 (Redshirt)

Akinmoladun redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2014, and spent the majority of his time working at tight end.

Before Nebraska (Grandview HS)
Akinmoladun earned second-team Class 4 all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association during his senior season at Grandview High School. He caught 23 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording 26 tackles and five tackles for loss from his defensive end position. Akinmoladun helped Coach Andy Leech’s team to a 5-6 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 4 playoffs.

In 2012, Akinmoladun caught 14 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown, and also made a big impact on defense with 85 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks. Akinmoladun earned third-team all-state honors as a sophomore.

Akinmoladun was ranked as one of the top 30 tight ends in the nation and among the top 15 players in Missouri according to both and 247 Sports. Akinmoladun was also one of the top rebounders for the Grandview basketball team. Akinmoladun only visited Nebraska after his commitment, but also had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Northern Illinois.

Akinmoladun was born on Feb. 11, 1996, and is the son of Sherryee Akinmoladun. He is majoring in psychology and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll his first two semesters. He also has distinguished himself in the community, earning spots on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams for his outreach work. Akinmoladun has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, School is Cool and local hospital and community center outreach visits. Akinmoladun’s cousin, Oladapo, is an All-American on the Nebraska track and field team.

Akinmoladun's Career Statistics























2014           Redshirt          
2015 11/4 11 10 21 7-45 4.5-36 0-0 0 0 0 4


11/4 11 10 21 7-45 4.5-36 0-0 0 0 0 4

 Single-Game Highs

» Tackles - 6 at Miami
» Tackles for Loss - 2, vs. South Alabama, Southern Miss
» Sacks - 2 vs. Southern Miss

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