Honors and Awards

  • Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2006, 2007)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008)

2008 Outlook
Justin Makovicka enters his third season in the Nebraska program hoping to continue to build on the Makovicka family tradition with the Huskers. Justin has served as a backup fullback each of his first two seasons, but is hopeful of moving into the playing rotation this fall.

The 6-1, 240-pound Makovicka has followed in the footsteps of older brothers, Jeff and Joel, who starred at fullback for the Huskers after both beginning their careers as walk-ons. Jeff was the starter on Nebraska’s 1995 national championship team, while Joel started in 1997 and 1998 and ranks third among Nebraska fullbacks with 1,458 career rushing yards. The youngest Makovicka brother, Jordan, will also join the Husker program as a walk-on this fall.

Justin is off to a strong start in the classroom, carrying a 3.865 grade-point average after two years. Joel Makovicka was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1997 and 1998.

2007 (Redshirt Freshman)
Makovicka provided depth at fullback, but he did not play in a game.

2006 (Redshirt)
Makovicka sat out the season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team.

Before Nebraska (East Butler HS)
Makovicka twice earned Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star first-team Class C-2 all-state honors at East Butler High School. Makovicka rushed for 3,409 career yards and scored 210 points in his career. As a senior, Makovicka gained 1,582 yards rushing and added 17 touchdowns, while leading his team in tackles with 84. He led East Butler and Coach Shawn Biltoft to an undefeated 9-0 regular season, before tripping up against Blue Hill in the second round of the playoffs.

As a junior, Makovicka rushed for 1,601 yards and 16 touchdowns, while tallying 98 tackles. He owns the Class C-2 playoff record with six touchdowns in a 2004 game against Sutton. Makovicka played power forward for the East Butler basketball team and in baseball had a 9-1 record as a pitcher in 2005. He was also an academic all-state selection. He turned down scholarship offers to walk on at Nebraska, receiving strong interest from Iowa State, Kansas State, Air Force and Ohio.

Justin is the son of John Makovicka and Connie Makovicka, and was born on Jan. 11, 1988. He is majoring in nutrition science, and has earned Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections each of his first four semesters. Justin’s father, John, was a standout halfback at Kearney State College (1967-70) and earned NAIA All-America honors. John was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

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