Honors & Awards
Daimion Stafford was a standout in the Nebraska secondary for his two seasons in Lincoln in 2011 and 2012. Stafford and fellow senior P.J. Smith manned the starting safety spots for all 14 games in 2012, and Stafford started 26 of 27 games in his NU career.
The 6-1, 205-pound Stafford was second on the team with 96 tackles, including 51 solo stops. He added four tackles for loss and a sack. Stafford made at least seven tackles in 10 of 14 games, including a season-high 11 stops at Michigan State. Stafford racked up 176 tackles in his two seasons at Nebraska, the fourth-best total in school history among two-year players.
Stafford had a knack for finding the football in 2012. He had a team-high four interceptions, all in Big Ten play, and led the league in interceptions in conference action. He also had seven pass breakups, while forcing two fumbles and recovering two others.
The play of Stafford helped Nebraska lead the nation in opponent pass completion percentage, while ranking in the top 10 in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. For his play in 2012, Stafford earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the Big Ten media panel and second-team recognition from the coaches.
Stafford made his presence known in the opener with six tackles, including five solo stops, a tackle for loss and forced a fumble on Chattanooga's Chris Awuah with a jarring hit in the third quarter. His play earned Stafford the start the following week against Fresno State and he responded with his 11-tackle effort. He led Nebraska with nine tackles, including six solo stops against Washington, and added three tackles and two breakups at Wyoming.
Stafford led NU with nine tackles at Wisconsin, then rsponded with six tackles and a pass breakup in a 34-27 comeback win over Ohio State. Stafford played a key role in Nebraska's 24-3 win over No. 9 Michigan State, totaling five tackles and a season-high three pass breakups. He had five tackles each against Northwestern and Penn State, then had seven stops, including two tackles for loss, at Michigan. He had five tackles each against Iowa and South Carolina to close the season and also had a breakup in each of those games.
Before Nebraska (Chaffey College / Norco HS)
Stafford helped lead Chaffey and Coach Carl Beach to a strong 2010 campaign by recording 62 total tackles, including 35 solo stops. Stafford added three tackles for loss, five interceptions and six pass breakups. He was also a dangerous return threat, averaging nearly 28 yards per kickoff return, including a 100-yard touchdown, and more than 15 yards per punt return. Stafford made 85 tackles and had four interceptions during his first season with the Panthers in 2009. He also starred as a return threat in 2009.
Chaffey was ranked among the top 20 overall junior college prospects by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, and among the top three junior college defensive backs by both services.
Stafford played his high school football at Norco High in California, where he was a standout for Coach Todd Gerhart, the father of Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart. Stafford went to school early in high school with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, who spent his freshman and sophomore years at Norco High. Stafford was widely recruited, turning down offers from USC, Florida and Iowa State among others.
Stafford's Career Statistics