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#10 Joshua Kalu
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Alief Taylor

Joshua Kalu was one of five true freshmen to see action for Nebraska in 2014, earning significant time in the secondary in a nickel or dime role. Entering his sophomore season, the 6-1, 185-pound Kalu is poised to contend for a starting position at cornerback this fall.

Kalu was also one of Nebraska’s top performers on special teams last season, helping NU rank among the Big Ten’s best in kickoff and punt coverage.

2014 (Freshman)
Kalu played in all 13 games and made starts against Fresno State and Illinois when NU opened with six defensive backs. Kalu made 27 tackles, including seven solo stops, and was among NU’s special teams tackles leaders with seven, including two against McNeese State.

Kalu made his first career interception against Miami in the fourth quarter, helping seal the Husker victory. Kalu forced a pair of fumbles, one each against Fresno State and Iowa. He also recovered a fumble at Iowa, setting up an NU touchdown drive. Kalu had six or more tackles three times, including a season-high seven against Illinois and six each at Fresno State and Iowa. Kalu saw significant action at Michigan State after starting corner Daniel Davie was sidelined by injury.

Before Nebraska (Alief Taylor HS)
Defensive back prospect Josh Kalu was one of four players from Texas in Nebraska's 2014 recruiting class, marking the seventh straight year the Lone Star State has supplied the largest number of players to the NU recruiting class. The 6-1, 170-pound Kalu was one of five players expected to begin their Nebraska career in the secondary. Kalu was a standout performer for Coach Jody Jordan at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, the same school that produced Husker junior offensive lineman Givens Price. Kalu helped his team to an 8-4 record in 2013, including a trip to the second round of the Class 5A Division 1 state playoffs. Kalu made 51 tackles and had four interceptions as a senior, with three returns for touchdowns. Kalu's play earned him All-Greater Houston first-team honors from the Houston Chronicle, and he was also a first-team all-district selection. As a junior, Kalu helped Alief Taylor to an 8-4 record, when he made 32 tackles and had an interception and a fumble recovery. He also averaged better than 13 yards per punt return and was named the Class 5A District 18 Newcomer of the Year. Kalu also excelled in track and basketball for Alief Taylor. Kalu is ranked among the top 80 safeties in the country according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, and is among the top 120 players in the state of Texas. Kalu committed to Nebraska in October and did not take any other visits. He did receive scholarship offers from Colorado, Arkansas State, Duke, Houston, SMU, Wake Forest and Washington State. Kalu was born on Aug. 28, 1995, and he is the son of Elekuachi and Prisca Kalu.

 

 

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2014* 13/2 20 7 27 1-1 0.0-0
2-1 0 3 1 1
Total 13/2 20
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27 1-1 0.0-0 2-1 0 3 1 1


 Single-Game Highs
» Tackles – 7 vs. Illinois (2014)
» Tackles for Loss – 1 at Fresno State (2014)
» Pass Breakups – 1 three times
» Interceptions – 1 vs. Miami (2014)