Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)
Redshirt freshman Freedom Akinmoladun had an impressive spring practice session putting him in position to contend for playing time at defensive end in 2015. Junior Greg McMullen and senior Jack Gangwish are Nebraska’s most battle-tested ends, however playing time behind that duo appears to be available for young players including Akinmoladun.
Akinmoladun began his Husker career at tight end before switching to defense late in the 2014 season. Akinmoladun has utilized the Husker strength and conditioning program to his benefit since arriving at Nebraska, adding more than 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame.
Akinmoladun redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2014, and spent the majority of his time working at tight end.
Before Nebraska (Grandview HS)
Akinmoladun was an early commitment, appropriately announcing his intention to attend Nebraska on the Fourth of July in 2013. As a senior at Grandview High School, he earned second-team Class 4 all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association. He caught 23 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording 26 tackles and five tackles for loss from his defensive end position. Akinmoladun helped Coach Andy Leech’s team to a 5-6 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 4 playoffs.
In 2012, Akinmoladun caught 14 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown, and also made a big impact on defense with 85 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks. Akinmoladun earned third-team all-state honors as a sophomore.
Akinmoladun was ranked as one of the top 30 tight ends in the nation and among the top 15 players in Missouri according to both Rivals.com and 247 Sports. Akinmoladun was also one of the top rebounders for the Grandview basketball team. Akinmoladun only visited Nebraska after his commitment, but also had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Northern Illinois.
Akinmoladun was born on Feb. 11, 1996, and is the son of Sherryee Akinmoladun. He is majoring in psychology and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll his first two semesters. He also has distinguished himself in the community, earning a spot on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams for his outreach work. Akinmoladun has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, School is Cool and local hospital and community center outreach visits. Akinmoladun’s cousin, Oladapo, is an All-American on the Nebraska track and field team.