Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN.com, ESPN.com)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015, 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Had season-high four tackles against Arkansas State
» Had one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry against Arkansas State
» Recorded first tackle for loss of the season at Illinois
Freedom Akinmoladun has been a fixture on the Nebraska defensive front during the past two seasons and is expected to play a key role in the Huskers’ move to a 3-4 defense in 2017. Akinmoladun is expected to play one of the end spots in the odd front and has added more than 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame since the end of the 2016 season.
Akinmoladun has exhibited a quick first step as a pass rusher, ranking among the top two on the team in sacks each of the past two seasons. He also has the strength to hold the edge against the opponent run game. Akinmoladun’s best performances came near the end of his sophomore season, and he is poised for a strong junior campaign.
Akinmoladun began his Husker career at tight end before switching to defense during his redshirt season. Off the field, he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in both 2015 and 2016.
Akinmoladun started all 13 games at the defensive end spot. He made 32 overall tackles, including five tackles for loss. His four sacks were tied for second on the team. Akinmoladun also led the defense with 10 quarterback hurries. He had five games with four or more tackles.
Akinmoladun had five tackles, including four solo stops, in a win over Oregon. He also had a sack and a forced fumble against the Ducks. He recorded his second sack of the season against Illinois. Akinmoladun had five tackles at Ohio State and made four tackles, including a tackle for loss in the win over Minnesota. He had five tackles and a career-high two sacks for 15 yards in the home finale against Maryland. Akinmoladun also had two hurries against the Terrapins. He closed the year with four tackles and a hurry against Tennessee.
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 career-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.
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 Rivals.com 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 is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
He also has distinguished himself in the community, earning spots on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for his outreach work, while also earning Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Awards in 2015 and 2016. Akinmoladun has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, School is Cool, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, the Lincoln Marathon and local school, hospital and community center outreach visits. Akinmoladun’s cousin, Oladapo, was an All-American on the Nebraska track and field team from 2013 to 2016.