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#20 Josh Bullocks
Position: Free Safety
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School: Hixson
    • Second-round NFL Draft pick by New Orleans Saints (40th overall pick)
    • 2004 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)
    • 2004 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP)
    • 2004 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
    • 2004 Lott Award Watch List
    • 2004 Nebraska Team Captain
    • 2004 Preseason No. 1 Safety in Nation (Lindy's, The Sporting News)
    • 2004 Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 (Sporting News, Lindy's, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon)
    • 2003 Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist
    • 2003 First-Team All-American (The Sporting News)
    • 2003 First-Team All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches,
    • Dallas Morning News, KC Star, FW Star-Telegram)
    • Nebraska and Big 12 Conference Records for Interceptions in a Season (10)
    • Second Nationally in Interceptions per Game (0.77 pg)
    • 2003 Midseason All-American (SI.com)
    • 2003 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Iowa State)
  • NU Special Teams Captain (Texas, 2003)

2004 (Junior)
Josh Bullocks distinguished himself as one of the top defensive backs in the history of Nebraska football after taking over as the Huskers' starting free safety midway through his freshman season. He was selected in the third round of April's 2005 NFL Draft with the 40th overall selection by the New Orleans Saints.

Bullocks owns several lofty rankings in NU's record books. He sits second all-time on the NU career interception chart with 13 picks, finishing only behind former Husker Dana Stephenson (1967-68-69), who had 14. He smashed the school's single-season interception record in 2003 when he recorded a nation-leading 10 takeaways. The previous standard was seven.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native continued to add to his impressive resume with an All-Big 12 junior season in 2004. He ranked third overall on the NU defense, and first among defensive backs, with a career-high 63 tackles, while he added seven pass breakups, two tackles for loss and two interceptions. He notched a personal-best 12 tackles in the season finale against Colorado, while he snagged two interceptions against Missouri and Pittsburgh, when he tied a career best with two pass breakups.

Bullocks also served as one of four team captains during his junior season. He was one of three Huskers, along with Joe Dailey and Ross Pilkington, to become the first non-seniors to serve as team captains since before former NU coach Bob Devaney's arrival in 1962.

2003 (Sophomore)
Bullocks started all 13 games at free safety for Nebraska and a was a key component in one of the nation's top defenses. Bullocks finished second in the country in interceptions per game, averaging 0.77 interceptions per contest. He picked off a pass in nine of 13 games and jump-started the year with a two-pick effort in a 17-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the season opener. Bullocks returned his 10 interceptions for a total of 154 yards, including 41-yard runbacks against both Southern Mississippi and Kansas State.

After opening the season with two interceptions against Oklahoma State, Bullocks added a single interception in eight of the subsequent 12 contests. He tied a school record with interceptions in four consecutive games from the Southern Miss contest through the Texas A&M game. He added a streak of three straight games with an interception that ended at Colorado.

Bullocks’ efforts paced the Huskers to a nation-leading 32 interceptions and 47 takeaways, a total that ranked second nationally. The Husker defense scored 145 points off its 47 takeaways, including 42 points after Bullocks' 10 interceptions. His 10 interceptions were more than four Big 12 teams and tied with a fifth.

The opportunistic Blackshirt defense allowed Nebraska to lead the nation in turnover margin at +1.77 per contest. Bullocks was also a key figure in a pass defense that limited opponents to just 177.9 yards per game through the air and finished first nationally in pass efficiency defense (88.66) and 11th in total defense.

Bullocks also tallied 49 tackles, including a season-high eight stops in a 24-3 win at Kansas. He was third on the team with seven pass breakups and hurried opposing quarterbacks five times. He was also a key member of Nebraska's special teams and scored his first career touchdown on a blocked punt return against Iowa State. After blocking a first-quarter punt, Bullocks picked up a punt blocked by NU's Demorrio Williams in the latter stages of the first quarter and raced 26 yards for a touchdown. His effort against the Cyclones earned him Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors.

2003 Game-by-Game: Oklahoma State–Bullocks intercepted a pair of passes in the second half of a 17-7 win and helped limit All-America wide receiver Rashaun Woods to just 47 yards on five receptions. Bullocks also made three tackles.

Utah State–Bullocks made a touchdown-saving interception on an Aggie trick play in a 31-7 win and added a pair of tackles and a pass breakup.

Penn State–In addition to five tackles, Bullocks broke up a pair of Nittany Lion passes and added a quarterback hurry in an 18-10 victory.

Southern Miss–He made a first-quarter interception and 41-yard return to the USM 4 that set up a touchdown to give the Huskers a 17-0 lead. He finished with three tackles and a hurry, as Nebraska forced five Golden Eagle turnovers.

Troy State–Bullocks returned his fifth interception of the season 23 yards and also made three tackles, helping Nebraska to its first shutout in three seasons.

Missouri–He made six tackles and returned his sixth interception of the season 16 yards, setting up NU’s first touchdown. He added a pass breakup.

Texas A&M–Bullocks set a school record as for the fourth straight game he had an interception, setting up a first-quarter touchdown with a 13-yard return. His pick was one of a school-record eight takeaways for the Blackshirts. Bullocks added five tackles in the 48-12 win.

Iowa State–Bullocks scored a touchdown on a 26-yard blocked punt return. He also blocked another punt in the first quarter. He added two tackles in NU’s 28-0 shutout and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Texas–Bullocks broke the 33-year-old NU season interception record with his eighth interception of the season, ending a UT scoring threat early in the fourth quarter. He also made three tackles in the contest.

Kansas–Bullocks picked off his ninth pass of the season to set up an NU third-quarter touchdown, and added a season-high eight tackles in the 24-3 victory.

Kansas State–Bullocks recorded a second-quarter interception in the end zone and tied his career best with a 41-yard return. He nearly picked off another K-State pass, breaking up his fifth pass of the year.

Colorado–Bullocks did not have an interception for just the third time in 2003. He made three tackles, as the Husker defense held Colorado scoreless for the final 26 minutes in a 31-22 victory.

Michigan State–Bullocks finished the 17-3 victory over the Spartans with three unassisted tackles and a pair of pass breakups in the Alamo Bowl.

2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bullocks began the year third at free safety, but made his first start at Oklahoma State and officially became the starter before the Texas game. He finished the year with 48 tackles, including 26 solo stops.

He broke up three passes and recorded his only interception against Texas with a 19-yard return. Bullocks showed a nose for the football by also causing a fumble (Oklahoma State) and recovering a fumble (Kansas State). In addition to his nine-tackle effort against Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl, he had seven tackles, including five solos, against McNeese State, and made five tackles in four other games. Josh’s playing time increased after his twin brother, Daniel, suffered an ankle injury and Philip Bland shifted to rover.

2001 (Redshirt)
Bullocks settled into the Husker secondary as a redshirt.

Before Nebraska (Hixson HS)
Josh Bullocks took handoffs from his brother as Hixson’s running back and primarily played cornerback on defense. A team captain, he rushed 99 times for 683 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, with seven receptions for 212 yards and four scores. He made 33 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and also grabbed two interceptions and returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown. Josh was rated as the 15th-best overall college prospect from Tennessee by the Knoxville News-Sentinel and earned first-team all-state 4A honors. He was named to the AP All-Star Team and played in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star Game, where he intercepted a pass. Josh combined with Daniel on Hixson’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams, placing second in the 4x400 at state as a senior.

Personal
The son of William and Gerline Williams, Josh was born on Feb. 28, 1983, in Chattanooga. Josh is the younger of the twins by one minute. Josh and Daniel are cousins of former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Evelyn Ashford. Josh earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May 2013 as a sociology major.

Bullocks' Career Statistics

              

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2001

Redshirt

                     

2002

13/5

26

22

48

0-0

0-0

1-1

0

3

1

2

0

2003

13/13

23

26

49

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

7

10

5

0

2004

11/11

43

20

63

2-2

0-0

0-0

0

7

2

1

0

Totals

37/29

92

68

160

2-2

0-0

1-1

1

17

13

8

0

2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 5 UT, 4 AT, 9 TT
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, 3 UT, 0 AT, 3 TT; 2 PBU, 2 QB Hurries

Single-Game Bests:
Tackles - 12 vs. Colorado, 2004
Solo Tackles - 7 vs. Oklahoma, 2004
Interceptions - 2 vs. Oklahoma State, 2003
Pass Breakups - 2 vs. Penn State, 2003; vs. Michigan State, 2003 Alamo Bowl; vs. Pittsburgh, 2004
Interception Returns - 13-211, total; 2002, 1-19; 2003, 10-154; 2004, 2-38
Long Interception Return - 41 yards vs. Southern Miss, 2003; vs. Kansas State, 2003
Touchdowns - 26-yard blocked punt return vs. Iowa State, 2003