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Thomas Connely
Player Profile:
Thomas Connely 1820445
Position: Linebacker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
Hometown: Kearney, Neb.
High School: Kearney Catholic
Major: Business Administration

Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)

2017 Outlook
Thomas Connely will compete for action at linebacker for the Husker defense in 2017. The 5-11, 220-pounder could 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 five semesters at Nebraska, and carries better than a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average in business administration.

2016 (Sophomore)
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.

2014 (Redshirt)

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.

Personal
The son of Tom and Coleen Connelly, Thomas was born on Sept. 12, 1995. He is majoring in pre-health and is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Connely was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017, and volunteered his time with local hospital visits.

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