Redshirt freshman Shawn Sullivan will enter fall camp with the goal of earning playing time in a revamped Nebraska secondary. Sullivan worked at both corner and safety during spring practice, and will enter the fall listed as a reserve right cornerback. The 5-10, 190-pound Sullivan was among a group of talented defensive backs in the 2007 signing class, but Sullivan was slowed by a leg injury shortly after arriving on campus, and he redshirted last fall.
Sullivan redshirted in his first season in the Husker program.
Before Nebraska (Brenham HS)
Sullivan committed to the Huskers in June of 2006, then went on to a standout senior season for Coach Glen West at Brenham High School. Sullivan helped the Cubs to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs and a 12-2 record in 2006. Sullivan earned all-district honors for his defensive work, where he showed his versatility by often lining up at outside linebacker. He finished the year as one of the team's top tacklers, while registering five sacks and four interceptions.
On offense, Sullivan played wideout for most of the season and scored three touchdowns, but also served as a running back in Brenham's state playoff run. Sullivan was an all-district and all-conference selection as a junior, when he recorded 43 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four interceptions. Sullivan was listed among the Dallas Morning News’ Texas Top 100, while Rivals.com listed him among the nation’s top 50 cornerbacks. Sullivan also excelled in track and posted a personal best of 10.6 in the 100 meters as a senior. Sullivan only visited Nebraska, but also received offers from TCU, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Colorado among others.
Sullivan is the son of John Sullivan and Wynn Adams, and was born on May 20, 1989. He has not declared a major. Sullivan has volunteered his time with NU’s hospital visits and at the F Street Recreation Center. He will be joined at Nebraska this fall by high school teammate Lester Ward, a running back prospect in the 2008 NU class.