Honors & Awards
» Six-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
Thomas Connely will compete for action at linebacker for the Husker defense in 2017. The 5-11, 225-pounder could also push for time on Nebraska’s special teams. Connely was a walk-on from Kearney Catholic High School, where he was a versatile two-way performer.
Connely has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his first six semesters on campus and carries better than a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average in business administration/pre-medicine.
Connely added depth at linebacker and worked on the scout team, but did not play in a game.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Connely added depth and worked on the scout team, but did not play in a game.
Connely redshirted and worked on the scout team defense.
Before Nebraska (Kearney Catholic HS)
Connely was a two-way standout for Coach Dave Colling at Kearney Catholic. Connely helped his team to a 7-3 record and a trip to the second round of the Class C-1 playoffs in 2013. He made 59 tackles and had a pair of interceptions on defense, while rushing for 1,052 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added seven receptions to lead the Kearney Catholic offense. Connely earned first-team Class C-1 all-state honors on defense from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald.
Connely was a two-time Class C state wrestling champion. He won the title at 170 pounds as a junior and posted a 42-1 record on his way to the 182-pound title in 2014.
The son of Tom and Coleen Connelly, Thomas was born on Sept. 12, 1995. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017 and has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, the Souper Bowl of Caring and local hospital visits.