Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
Sophomore Luke Gifford is part of a Husker linebacking corps that returns intact for the 2016 season. The Lincoln native got his first taste of game action in 2015, seeing extensive playing time in the first half of the season before being sidelined by an injury.
Gifford has continued to gain strength in the Huskers' weight room throughout his time in the program, adding more than 25 pounds of muscle. The 6-3, 230-pound Gifford began his career as a safety, but made the move to linebacker last spring and gives the Huskers a versatile outside linebacker who is capable of defending both the run and pass.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gifford earned playing time in a young group of linebackers, before being sidelined for the second half of the year by a hip injury. Gifford played in each of the first six games and had seven tackles, including a tackle for a loss. Gifford had four tackles, including a TFL against South Alabama and added two tackles against Wisconsin.
Gifford redshirted and worked as a defensive back on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Gifford was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Ryan Gottula at Lincoln Southeast. As a senior, Gifford passed for 970 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and eight touchdowns to help the Knights to the Class A state playoffs. Gifford also starred in the secondary, making 50 tackles with two interceptions and five pass breakups. Gifford was a first-team All-Nebraska defensive back selection by the Omaha World-Herald and also earned Super State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Gifford helped Southeast to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals in his junior season. On offense, Gifford caught seven passes for 125 yards, while also starring in the secondary. He was a first-team Super State selection as a junior, and earned second-team All-Nebraska honors in 2012. Gifford was also a member of the Knights’ 2011 state championship team.
Gifford was ranked among the top 40 athlete prospects in the country by Rivals.com. Gifford was also a key member of the Knights’ basketball teams for two seasons. Gifford was the first player to commit to the Huskers’ 2014 class, and did not take any other visits. He had offers from Iowa, Ohio and Toledo among others.
The son of Sam and Shannon Gifford, Luke was born on Aug. 28, 1995. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. Gifford earned a spot on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams for his community outreach work, which included volunteering with Uplifting Athletes, School in Cool, FCA and several school and hospital outreach events.
Gifford's Career Statistics
» Games Played--6 in 2015
» Tackles--2 UT, 5 AT, 7 TT in 2015
» Tackles for Loss--1-3 vs. South Alabama, 2015
» Tackles--4 vs. South Alabama, 2015