Honors & Awards
- Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2013)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
Redshirt freshman Vincent Valentine is part of an impressive group of young players on the Nebraska defensive front and showed his potential this fall. Valentine was part of the regular defensive tackle rotation throughout the season, and played his best football in the final two games when senior Thad Randle was sidelined by injury.
Valentine finished the regular season with 20 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He added five tackles for loss and a sack. The 6-3, 325-pound Valentine is one of four underclassmen among Nebraska’s top five defensive tackles who will return for the 2014 season.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Valentine played in all 12 games and made six starts, including the first four games and the final two contests of the season. He opened the year with four tackles against Wyoming and then was at his best in the final two games. Valentine had eight tackles combined against Penn State and Iowa, including a season-high five stops against the Hawkeyes. He also had three of his five tackles for loss in the last two games, with two against Iowa, including an eight-yard sack.
Vincent Valentine redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Edwardsville HS)
Valentine was one of four defensive linemen in NU’s freshman class, and one of two players projected to start their careers on the interior. Valentine and fellow Illinois product Jordan Westerkamp give NU two signees from that state for the first time since 2004. The 6-3, 320-pound Valentine was a second-team all-state, all-class pick in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune as a senior. Valentine had 35 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks for Edwardsville, helping Coach Matt Martin’s team to a 5-5 record and a trip to the Illinois state playoffs. Valentine was also chosen as a first-team Class 7A all-state performer by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors for the second straight season. As a junior, Valentine made 33 tackles, while adding two sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Valentine was also a starter as a sophomore when he racked up 29 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery. Valentine was ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services ranked him among the top 15 overall prospects in the state of Illinois. Valentine chose Nebraska over Florida and Illinois, and had dozens of other offers including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Valentine was born on Feb. 23, 1994, and he is the son of Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
» Tackles – 4 vs. Wyoming (2013)
» Solo Tackles – 1 vs. Wyoming (2013), vs. Southern Miss (2013)
» Tackles for Loss – 1 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Sacks – None