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#53 Alex Boryca
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Cozad, Neb.
High School: Cozad

Alex Boryca joins Nebraska as a walk-on after a standout career at Cozad High School, where he starred at linebacker and also saw action at running back. Boryca's play as a senior helped Coach Brian Cargill's team to a perfect 13-0 record and the Class C-1 state title in 2013. Boryca racked up 115 tackles during his senior season, including 51 solo stops. He also had 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and forced a fumble. Boryca made seven tackles in the state title game victory over Ashland-Greenwood. He also saw action at running back as a senior rushing 28 times for 127 yards and seven touchdowns, including two TD runs in the state championship game. Boryca also caught four passes out of the backfield. Boryca helped the Haymakers to the state playoffs in both 2011 and 2012. For his play as a senior, Boryca was a first-team Class C-1 all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. He was also named the Kearney Hub's 2013 Hub Territory Defensive Player of the Year. Boryca is the son of Adam and Becky Boryca, and he was born on Oct. 11, 1995.