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Joshua Kalu
Player Profile:
Joshua Kalu 1808947
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Alief Taylor
Major: Child, Youth & Family Studies

Honors & Awards
» Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist (2016)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2015)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)

2017 Outlook
Senior Joshua Kalu returns for the 2017 season and teams with fellow senior Chris Jones to give Nebraska one of the nation's most talented and experienced pair of corners. The 6-1, 195-pound Kalu has excellent size, range and ball skills for a cornerback. He has been a regular in the Husker defense since his true freshman season and has made 28 career starts. 

In 2016, Kalu helped the Huskers rank as one of the nation's most improved defenses by leading the team in breakups and ranking fifth in tackles. Jones is expected to contend for conference and national accolades during his final season in a Nebraska uniform. Kalu is a versatile performer who earned playing time in a nickel role as a true freshman and worked some in that role in 2015. 

Kalu enters his senior season with 21 pass breakups to rank just outside of the top 10 on the NU career chart. He also has 168 career tackles, and is just 24 tackles from a Husker record for career tackles by a cornerback. Kalu was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015. 

2016 (Junior)
Kalu started every game at cornerback and finished the season fifth on the team with 66 tackles, including 48 solo stops. Kalu led the Huskers will 11 pass breakups and also added an interception, three tackles for loss, a sack and two quarterback hurries. He made at least five tackles in seven games, and had at least one breakup in seven games.

Kalu opened the year with seven tackles, including six solo stops in the opener against Fresno State. He also had a six-yard sack, two hurries and a breakup against the Bulldogs. In Nebraska's win at Northwestern, Kalu had seven tackles, and clinched the victory with a fourth-quarter inteception. 

Kalu had seven solo tackles and a breakup at Indiana, and made six tackles at Wisconsin. He had a career-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, and added two breakups at Ohio State. Kalu had five tackles and a pair of breakups against Maryland, and closed the regular-season with a blocked extra point at Iowa. He had a season-high three breakups and made eight tackles in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee. 

2015 (Sophomore)
Kalu earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition for his play in 2015. The Texas native was second on the team in both tackles and interceptions and tied for the team lead in pass breakups. He has also contributed on special teams during his Husker career. Kalu started all 13 games, working both at cornerback and nickel back. He finished with 75 tackles, including a team-high 51 solo stops, and also had five tackles for loss and a sack. His three interceptions were second on the team, while his seven pass breakups tied for the team lead. He had at least six tackles in six games.

Kalu had a career-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup against BYU. He posted his first interception of the season at Miami, ending a Hurricane scoring threat. Against Southern Miss, Kalu recorded his first career sack.

Kalu had a strong effort against Wisconsin, tying his career high with nine tackles and adding a career-high four breakups. A week later, he had seven tackles at Minnesota and helped clinch the victory with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in the waning moments.

Kalu had eight tackles in a win over Michigan State, then followed with four solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a breakup at Rutgers. He closed the regular season with six tackles and a tackle for loss against Iowa, and had eight tackles and his third interception of the season in the bowl victory over UCLA.

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

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

Before Nebraska (Alief Taylor HS)
Kalu was a standout performer for Coach Jody Jordan at Alief Taylor High School in Houston. 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 was ranked among the top 80 safeties in the country according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Kalu only visited Nebraska, but did receive scholarship offers from Colorado, Arkansas State, Duke, Houston, SMU, Wake Forest and Washington State.

Personal
The son of Elekwachi and Prisca Kalu, Joshua was born on Aug. 28, 1995. He is a child, youth and family studies major, and was an Academic All-Big Ten choice in 2015. Kalu has been honored for his community outreach work with spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016) and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017). He has volunteered his time with Make-A-Wish, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, the Souper Bowl of Caring, as well as local hospital and rec center outreach events.

Kalu's Career Statistics

 

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Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

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PBU

INT  

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2014 13/2 20 7 27 1-1 0.0-0
2-1 0 3 1 1
2015 13/13 51 24 75 5-27 1.0-8 0-0 1 7 3 1
2016 13/13 48 18 66 3-8 1.0-6 0-0 1 11 1 2
Total 39/28 119
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168 9-36 2.0-14 2-1 2 21 5 4


Single-Game Highs

» Tackles – 9 vs. BYU, vs. Wisconsin (2015), at Ohio State (2016)
» Tackles for Loss – 2 vs. BYU (2015)
» Pass Breakups – 4 vs. Wisconsin (2015)
» Interceptions – 1, five times
» Long Interception Return – 41 yards (TD) at Minnesota (2015)

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