Honors and Awards
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009)
Sophomore William Yancy will look to make a push for playing time at defensive end this fall. The 6-4, 250-pound Yancy provided depth at the position in 2008, and will look to battle for action behind veteran starters Pierre Allen and Barry Turner this year. Yancy has added more than 20 pounds of muscle to his frame since his arrival at Nebraska in 2007.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
Yancy made his first appearance as a Husker in NU’s win over New Mexico State and had an assisted tackle.
Yancy sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt. He underwent shoulder surgery in the fall, but was full speed for spring practice.
Before Nebraska (Ironwood HS)
Yancy was one of five Arizona natives in the Huskers’ 2007 class and helped Ironwood High School and Coach Larry Allen to a 7-4 record in 2006 by registering 32 tackles and seven sacks from his strongside defensive end position. For his efforts, Yancy earned honorable-mention Class 5A all-state honors from the Arizona Republic.
Yancy earned all-region honors as a junior when he racked up 66 tackles and 11 sacks while playing the weakside defensive end spot. Yancy participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Florida following his senior season. Yancy was ranked among the top five prospects in Arizona.
Yancy was also a standout performer on Ironwood’s basketball team, splitting time between power forward and center. Yancy chose Nebraska after also taking visits to Arizona State and Purdue, and turning down an offer from Oklahoma.
William is the son of Clark and Joyce Yancy and was born on Jan. 9, 1989. He is majoring in merchandising. Yancy has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center, Legacy Retirement Center and as part of team hospital visits.