Honors and Awards
- Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
Lincoln native Sam Meginnis has been part of one of the nation's top special teams units the past two seasons, serving as the backup long snapper to P.J. Mangieri. The 6-2, 230-pounder will again push for action in that role. Meginnis has been a standout in the classroom throughout his career, carrying a 3.666 cumulative grade-point average in economics.
Meginnis backed up P.J. Mangieri at long snapper, but did not see game action.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Meginnis was the backup long snapper, but did not appear in a game.
Meginnis worked with the linebackers and as a long snapper and redshirted.
Before Nebraska (Lincoln East HS)
Meginnis earned second-team all-state honors as a linebacker from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in his senior season, while also earning an invitation to play for the South Squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl.
Meginnis had a team-leading 75 tackles in 2007, and also recorded two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. While at Lincoln East, Meginnis helped Coach John Gingery turn around a program that finished 1-8 during Meginnis' sophomore year into a state playoff contender each of his final two seasons. Meginnis received interest from several Division II schools before deciding to walk on at Nebraska.
Sam was born on July 20, 1989, and is the son of Richard and Lisa Meginnis. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll five times. He has been a part of hospital visits and school outreach visits.