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, 2018)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015, 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Senior defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun has been a regular on the Nebraska front line each of the past three seasons. In 2018, the 6-4, 295-pound Akinmoladun is expected to play a key role at the defensive end position and provide leadership for the Blackshirts.
Akinmoladun is part of a defensive front that is arguably the deepest and most experienced position group for the 2018 Huskers. Akinmoladun has made 29 starts over the past three seasons, including all 12 games in 2017. He has shown the ability to be a disruptive force from the end position, recording 9.5 career sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
A native of the Kansas City area, Akinmoladun began his career as a tight end before switching to defensive end late in his redshirt season. Off the field, Akinmoladun earned his degree in psychology in May and will play the 2018 season as a graduate student. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in both 2015 and 2016.
Akinmoladun started all 12 games at defensive end in the Huskers’ 3-4 scheme. He finished the year with 24 tackles, 1.0 sack and two tackles for loss. He recorded multiple tackles seven times and ended his junior campaign with a season-high five stops against Iowa.
Akinmoladun had two tackles, a quarterback hurry and his first career pass breakup in the season opener against Arkansas State. Two weeks later against Northern Illinois, he posted a season-high three solo tackles, finishing with four total tackles. He had his first sack and tackle for loss of the season in the Huskers’ win at Illinois and then combined for six tackles in Nebraska’s back-to-back games against top-10 opponents Wisconsin and Ohio State. Akinmoladun added his second career pass breakup in the Huskers’ come-from-behind win at Purdue before ending his year on a strong note with five tackles and a tackle for loss against Iowa.
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 completed his degree work in psychology in May and is a three-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, 2017 and 2018 for his outreach work, while also earning Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Awards in 2015 and 2016. Akinmoladun spent a week in May of 2017 in the Dominican Republic as part of Nebraska’s No Filter Outreach trip.
He has also volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, School is Cool, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, 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.