Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
2017 Season Notes
» Rushed for 101 yards on a career-high 24 carries against Rutgers, his second career 100-yard rushing effort
» Rushed for back-to-back 100 yard games after running for a career-high 106 against Illinois, following his 101-yard performance against Rutgers
» Recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season at Illinois
Junior Devine Ozigbo is one of three experienced backs who will compete for significant playing time at I-back in the 2017 Husker offense. Ozigbo is joined in the I-back group by fellow junior Mikale Wilbon and sophomore Tre Bryant, and the trio is capable of helping Nebraska feature one of the Big Ten’s best rushing units.
Ozigbo has been the Huskers’ top reserve at the position the past two years, complementing two-year starter Terrell Newby, who finished his eligibility in 2016. The 6-0, 230-pound Ozigbo has shown the ability to run both with power and elusiveness in his two seasons in a Husker uniform and also has the skills to be an effective receiver out of the backfield.
Ozigbo was among a group of three players who provided depth behind senior starter Terrell Newby at I-back. Ozigbo played in 11 games, while battling an ankle injury that hampered him during the second half of the year. He made his first career start against Wyoming.
Ozigbo was Nebraska's third-leading rusher with 412 yards on 97 carries, while also rushing for five touchdowns. He topped 40 yards rushing five times during the season, and had double-figure carries in six games, including each of the season's first five games.
Ozigbo opened the year with a career-high 103 yards on 17 carries, with a career-best two touchdowns against Fresno State. In his only career start against Wyoming, he carried 15 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 39-yard catch against the Cowboys. Ozigbo was a key to Nebraska's impressive offensive effort in a 35-32 win over Oregon, rushing a career-high 21 times for 95 yards, including a third-quarter touchdown. He added 41 rushing yards on 13 carries at Nothwestern, and 10 carries for 35 yards against Illinois. He also had a 37-yard catch against the Illini, but suffered an ankle injury late in the game.
Ozigbo was limited by the injury the remainder of the regular season, but did have 10 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown at Wisconsin. He had seven carries for 66 yards in the Music City Bowl, incuding a career-long 42-yard run.
Ozigbo made an impact in the backfield as a true freshman. He played in 11 games as one of four backs with more than 200 rushing yards. Ozigbo finished with 38 carries for 209 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 62 yards.
Ozigbo had a breakout game against Illinois in the Big Ten opener, rushing seven times for 70 yards, and a 19-yard touchdown. He also caught a pass in the game. He had three catches for 42 yards at Purdue.
He ran for 33 yards at Rutgers then closed the year with a strong showing in the bowl game. In a win over UCLA, Ozigbo rushed 20 times for 80 yards to help power Nebraska to 326 rushing yards. He had 54 of his rushing yards in the second half. Ozigbo also had a 15-yard reception against the Bruins.
Before Nebraska (Sachse HS)
Ozigbo had a highly successful prep career at Sachse High School in Texas, where he dominated both as a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield.
Ozigbo played in a prolific offense for Coach Mark Behrens, as the team averaged better than 500 total yards per game, including 321 passing yards per game in 2014. Despite being in a pass-first offense, Ozigbo rushed for 795 yards on 149 carries, while recording four 100-yard rushing games and 15 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns, helping Sachse to a 6-4 record. Ozigbo earned first-team All-District 11 honors in the 5A ranks for his outstanding play as a senior.
Ozigbo helped Sachse to an 11-1 record in 2013, before losing in the second round of the 5A Division 1 state playoffs. Ozigbo rushed for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns on 148 carries, while catching 23 passing for 311 yards and two scores. Ozigbo earned a spot on the 2013 all-district team.
Ozigbo first made a strong impact as a sophomore in 2012. He rushed 150 times for 802 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 20 passes, with three touchdown receptions. His play helped his team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the 5A state playoffs.
Ozigbo was ranked among the nation’s top 60 running backs by Rivals.com, 247 Sports and ESPN. Rivals and 247 also listed him among the top 100 overall players in Texas. He originally committed to Iowa State, before choosing the Huskers. He had dozens of offers including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Miami, Minnesota, Utah and Wisconsin to name a few. Ozigbo also participated in track at Sachse, helping the school earn a top-five district finish in 2014.
The son of Dave and Yaiye Ozigbo, Devine was born on Oct. 2, 1996. He is majoring in advertising and public relations and has volunteered with Husker Heroes, Uplifting Athletes and hospital outreach events.