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Joshua Kalu
Player Profile:
Joshua Kalu 1808947
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Alief Taylor

Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2015)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
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 Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)

2016 Outlook
Junior Joshua Kalu emerged as a top cornerback in 2015 and will be counted on to help anchor the Husker secondary in 2016. The 6-1, 190-pound Kalu and fellow junior Chris Jones return to the corner spots after starting the second half of last year and have shown the ability to match up with top opposing receivers.

Kalu brings good size, speed and excellent athleticism to the cornerback spot. He is a versatile performer who earned playing time in a nickel role as a true freshman, and also worked some in that role in 2015. Nebraska coaches envision Kalu spending the majority of the time this fall in a traditional cornerback role.

Kalu earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors for his play in 2015. The Texas native ranked second on the team in tackles and interceptions and tied for the team lead in pass breakups. Kalu has also contributed on special teams during his Husker career.

Kalu was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015.

2015 (Sophomore)
Kalu started all 13 games as a sophomore, working both at cornerback and nickel back. He finished with 75 tackles, including a team-high 51 solo stops and also had five tackles for loss and a sack. Kalu had at least six tackles in six games. His three interceptions ranked second on the team, while his seven pass breakups tied for the team lead.

Kalu opened the season with a career-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup against BYU. He posted his first interception of the season at Miami, ending a Hurricane scoring threat. Against Southern Miss, Kalu recorded his first career sack.

Kalu had back-to-back strong performances against Wiscosin and Minnesota in October. Against the Badgers, Kalu tied his career high with nine tackles and had a career-high four breakups. A week later he had seven tackles at Minnesota and helped clinch the victory with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in the waning moments.

Kalu had eight tackles in Nebraska's upset of Michigan State, then followed with four solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a breakup at Rutgers. He closed the regular season with six tackles and a tackle for loss against Iowa, and had eight tackles and his third interception of the season in the Foster Farms Bowl victory over UCLA.

2014 (Freshman)
Kalu played in all 13 games and made starts against Fresno State and Illinois when NU opened with six defensive backs. Kalu made 27 tackles, including seven solo stops, and was among NU’s leaders in special teams tackles with seven, including two against McNeese State.

Kalu made his first career interception against Miami in the fourth quarter, helping seal the Husker victory. Kalu forced a pair of fumbles, one each against Fresno State and Iowa. He also recovered a fumble at Iowa, setting up an NU touchdown drive. Kalu had six or more tackles three times, including a season-high seven against Illinois and six each at Fresno State and Iowa. Kalu saw significant action at Michigan State after starting corner Daniel Davie was sidelined by injury.

Before Nebraska (Alief Taylor HS)
Kalu was a standout performer for Coach Jody Jordan at Alief Taylor High School in Houston. Kalu helped his team to an 8-4 record in 2013, including a trip to the second round of the Class 5A Division 1 state playoffs. Kalu made 51 tackles and had four interceptions as a senior, with three returns for touchdowns. Kalu’s play earned him All-Greater Houston first-team honors from the Houston Chronicle, and he was also a first-team all-district selection.

As a junior, Kalu helped Alief Taylor to an 8-4 record, when he made 32 tackles and had an interception and a fumble recovery. He also averaged better than 13 yards per punt return and was named the Class 5A District 18 Newcomer of the Year. Kalu also excelled in track and basketball for Alief Taylor. Kalu was ranked among the top 80 safeties in the country according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Kalu only visited Nebraska, but did receive scholarship offers from Colorado, Arkansas State, Duke, Houston, SMU, Wake Forest and Washington State.

Personal
The son of Elekwachi and Prisca Kalu, Joshua was born on Aug. 28, 1995. He is a nutrition science major, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2015 semester. Kalu was honored for his community outreach work with spots on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. He has volunteered his time with Make-A-Wish, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, as well as local hospital and rec center outreach events.

Kalu's Career Statistics

 

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QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

INT  

Hry.

2014 13/2 20 7 27 1-1 0.0-0
2-1 0 3 1 1
2015 13/13 51 24 75 5-27 1.0-8 0-0 1 7 3 1
Total 26/15 71
31
102 6-28 1.0-8 2-1 1 10 4 2

 Single-Game Highs
» Tackles – 9 vs. BYU, vs. Wisconsin (2015)
» Tackles for Loss – 2 vs. BYU (2015)
» Pass Breakups – 4 vs. Wisconsin (2015)
» Interceptions – 1, four times
» Long Interception Return – 41 yards (TD) at Minnesota (2015)

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