Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2016; Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
Lincoln native Luke Gifford is hopeful of taking advantage of Nebraska's switch in defensive scheme to earn a more prominent role in 2017. The 6-3, 235-pound Gifford played defensive back in high school and began his Nebraska career at safety, and has the size and athleticism to play the 3-4 outside linebacker position.
Gifford saw extensive playing time early in teh 2015 season, before being sidelined by injury, and then played a reserve role last fall.
Gifford saw action in four games as a reserve linebacker, and made an assisted tackle at Ohio State.
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 is a business administration major, and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Gifford earned spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016) and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017) 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--10, 6 in 2015, 4 in 2016
» Tackles--2 UT, 6 AT, 8 TT; 2 UT, 5 AT, 7 TT in 2015; 1 AT in 2016
» Tackles for Loss--1-3 vs. South Alabama, 2015
» Tackles--4 vs. South Alabama, 2015