Honors & Awards
- True Freshman All-America Team (247Sports)
- Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN)
Lincoln native Josh Banderas was one of seven true freshmen to see action for the Huskers in 2013. The 6-2, 225-pound Banderas progressed quickly during fall camp and was a key part of the Huskers’ linebacking corps throughout the year.
Banderas saw action in all 12 games with four starts. Banderas started three games during non-conference play at the MIKE linebacker spot, and showed the versatility to play multiple linebacker spots. Banderas is one of five linebackers likely to see the majority of action in the bowl game, with four of those players being sophomores or freshmen.
Before Nebraska (Southwest HS)
Banderas played in every game, seeing action at linebacker and on special teams. He started non-conference games against Southern Miss, UCLA and South Dakota State, as well as the regular-season finale against Iowa. Banderas finished the season with 28 total tackles, including 12 unassisted stops, and added two sacks and three tackles for loss.
Banderas had three tackles in his first career start vs. Southern Miss, then had 11 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against UCLA. He added three tackles each against South Dakota State and Northwestern, and made his second sack of the year at Purdue.
Josh Banderas is the lone in-state recruit in Nebraska's 2013 signing class, coming to the Huskers after a decorated high school career at Lincoln Southwest. Banderas was a two-way standout for Coach Mark King's Silverhawks, lining up at both linebacker and running back as a senior. Banderas was a workhorse at running back, carrying the ball 189 times for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, he had 119 total tackles, including 44 unassisted tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Banderas rushed for better than 100 yards six times during his senior season and also made at least 10 tackles seven times last fall, including four games with 15 or more stops. Banderas' play led Southwest to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class A state playoffs. For his efforts, Banderas was named the honorary captain of both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star all-state teams. Banderas focused on linebacker in the first two years of his prep career at Southwest. As a junior in 2011, Banderas racked up 127 tackles to help LSW to a 9-2 record and trip to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Banderas earned first-team Super State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and first-team All-Nebraska honors from the World-Herald for his play as a junior. In 2010, an injury limited Banderas to just five games of action, but he made his mark, accumulating 30 tackles. Banderas is also a standout on the track for the Silverhawks. Banderas won the Class A 110- meter hurdles as junior while finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles. As a sophomore, Banderas finished third in the 110-meter hurdles. Banderas committed to the Huskers in April of 2012, choosing Nebraska over a number of scholarship offers, including Oregon, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State and Vanderbilt. Banderas is regarded as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska by all of the major recruiting services. He is ranked among the nation's top 20 linebackers and top 300 overall players by 247 Sports, Rivals.com and Fox Sports. Banderas participated in the Army All-American game in San Antonio in January.
Banderas was born on Feb. 22, 1995, and is the son of Tom and Amy Banderas. Tom Banderas played tight end at Nebraska, lettering three years from 1985 to 1987.
» Tackles - 11 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Solo Tackles - 4 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Tackles for Loss - 2 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Sacks - 1-1 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Pass Break-Ups - 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013)
» Interceptions - None