Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 280
Year: Senior
Hometown: Saint Charles, Ill.
High School: Burlington Central
Major: Child, Youth & Family Studies


Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring, 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)

2017 Outlook
Joel Lopez will look to compete for playing time on the Nebraska defensive front as a senior in 2017. The 6-2, 280-pound Lopez has been a consistent worker in the Nebraska weight room during his time in the program, adding more than 30 pounds of muscle. Lopez has provided depth at defensive tackle the past two seasons, and will look to find his role in the Huskers’ new 3-4 defensive scheme this fall.

A walk-on from Illinois, Lopez joined the Nebraska program in 2014 after graduating from high school in the spring of 2013. A child, youth and family studies major, Lopez graduated in May of 2017 and will be in graduate classes during the fall semester.

2016 (Junior)
Lopez was a reserve defensive tackle. He did not appear in a game. 

2015 (Sophomore)
Lopez added depth on the defensive front, but did not play in a game.

2014 (Redshirt Freshman)
Lopez added depth on the defensive line, but did not see any game action.

Before Nebraska (Burlington HS)
Lopez starred at defensive tackle and tight end for Burlington (Ill.) Central High School and Coach Rick Crabel. During his senior season in the fall of 2012, Lopez had 60 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and two sacks. From his tight end position, Lopez made nine catches for 94 yards. Lopez was a first-team all-area and all-conference selection as a senior. Lopez attended Nebraska's summer camp all four years of his high school career. 

The son of Neal and Lori Lopez, Joel was born on Nov. 15, 1994. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, the Lincoln Marathon, Husker Hotline, Souper Bowl of Caring, Shop With a Jock and local hospital outreach events. Lopez was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in both2016 and 2017.

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