Linebacker Austin Stafford is among a group of young players who will look to fill the void left by four graduated linebackers. The 6-2, 205-pound Stafford brings outstanding speed to the outside linebacking position and will enter the fall listed as a reserve at Will linebacker. After sitting out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt, Stafford missed spring practice, but returned to the squad in time for summer conditioning.
Stafford sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Hayward HS)
Stafford played defensive end for Coach Casey Moreno at Hayward High School. Stafford had a dominant senior season, helping Hayward to a 12-2 record by recording 14 sacks and more than 80 tackles. He was a first-team all-league selection for his performance.
As a junior defensive end, Stafford posted impressive numbers, accounting for 83 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He also earned first-team all-league honors as a junior. Rivals.com and Scout.com both ranked Stafford among the top 30 outside linebacker prospects in the country and among the top 50 players in the state of California. Stafford was also a starter on Hayward's basketball team. Stafford took his lone visit to Nebraska, but also received strong recruiting interest from Utah and San Diego State among others.
Stafford is the son of Joyce Stafford and was born on Sept. 11, 1989. Austin is a business administration major and has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center and on hospital visits.