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Pat Ricketts
Position: Right Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165
Year: Freshman
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Millard North
  • 2003 Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • Three-Time First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Three-Time First-Team Academic All-big 12 (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • 2002 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Arizona State)
  • 2002 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team
  • Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 20040
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)

2003 (Senior)
Cornerback Pat Ricketts capped a strong Nebraska career by starting all 13 games as a senior in 2003. he finished his career with 23 starts in 49 career games, while notching six career interceptions and 138 career tackles. His 21 career pass breakups also ranked sixth on the NU all-time list. A two-year starter in the NU secondary, Ricketts notched three interceptions, including picks in his final three games against Kansas State, Colorado and Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl, to help the Huskers set the school record and lead the nation with 32 interceptions as a team in 2003. The Huskers also led the nation in pass efficiency defense.

Ricketts finished 2003 with 35 tackles, including 26 solo stops and had tackles for loss against Troy State and Texas A&M. He had a season-high five tackles against Texas A&M.

2002 (Junior)
Ricketts was a part-time starter who played in all 14 games and ranked among the team leaders in tackles, interceptions and pass breakups. Ricketts opened the season as the starting left corner, but gave way to freshman Fabian Washington after five games. He finished the season with eight starts and was a key part of NU's nickel defense. Ricketts? 56 tackles ranked third among NU defensive backs and his 10 pass breakups were second on the team. Ricketts had interceptions against Utah State and Texas A&M to rank third on the squad, and recovered a fumble against Troy State.

Ricketts opened the year with three tackles and three pass breakups against Arizona State, and earned Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. He had three double-figure tackle games in 2002, including a career-high 12 stops at Iowa State, 11 at Texas A&M and 10 at Penn State. Ricketts was also a member of NU's kickoff coverage team.

2001 (Sophomore)
Ricketts played in every game in 2001 and started twice (Troy State, Kansas) when NU opened in the penny package, when he replaced the rover. He had 29 tackles (19 solo) and made a season-high five stops against Texas Tech. He also had an interception against Kansas State, recovered a fumble at Baylor and had five pass breakups. Ricketts played in the 2002 Rose Bowl against Miami and had one solo tackle.

2000 (Redshirt Freshman)
Ricketts appeared in 11 games (including Alamo Bowl) in 2000 as the No. 2 left corner behind Keyuo Craver and had 18 tackles. He had a season-high five tackles vs. Kansas and added a pass breakup vs. Iowa. He also played on NU’s special teams. In the 2000 Alamo Bowl, Ricketts recorded two solo tackles.

1999 (Redshirt)
Ricketts was the only true freshman walk-on to make the traveling squad to Iowa, but did not play and decided to take a redshirt season.

Before Nebraska (Millard North HS)
Ricketts starred in both football and baseball at Millard North High School. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald, making 36 tackles, breaking up 32 passes and nabbing five interceptions for the Mustangs from his defensive back position. On offense, he totaled nearly 1,250 all-purpose yards and 11 TDs. He was joined on that squad by fellow Husker teammates Mike McLaughlin and Judd Davies. On the diamond, he was a second-team All-Nebraska selection by the World Herald, batting .407 during his final campaign. Ricketts turned down an appointment to the Army to attend Nebraska.

Personal
The son of Jim and Kathy Ricketts, Pat was born on Aug. 2, 1980. He graduated in August of 2003 with a degree in business administration and a 3.517 grade-point average and was a member of the Husker Unity Council. Ricketts also read to Norfolk Elementary students, was a speaker during "School is Cool" Week and volunteered during I've Got Heart Week.

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

1999

Redshirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000

10/0

8

10

18

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

2001

12/2

19

10

29

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

5

1

1

0

2002

14/8

32

24

56

1-4

0-0

0-1

0

10

2

0

0

2003

13/13

26

9

35

2-5

0-0

0-0

0

5

3

2

0

Totals

49/23

85

53

138

3-9

0-0

0-2

0

21

6

3

0

2000 Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern: 2 UT, 0 AT, 2 TT
2002 Rose Bowl vs. Miami: 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT
2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT, 1 PBU

2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, 2 UT, 1 AT, 3 TT, INT, 1-2-yard return

 

Single-Game Bests

Tackles: 12, at Iowa State, 2002

Solo Tackles: 6, at Iowa State, 2002

Tackles for Loss: 1, three times

Passes Broken Up: 3, vs. Arizona State, 2002

Interceptions: 1, six times

Long Interception Return: 11, vs. Utah State, 2002

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