Honors & Awards » Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013) » Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2013)
Vincent Valentine returns for his junior season to form half of one of the nation’s top defensive tackle tandems. The 6-3, 320-pound Valentine is expected to team with Maliek Collins to provide the foundation of the 2015 Blackshirt defense.
Valentine has exhibiited the ability clog the middle of the line against the run, while also flashing the athleticism to rush opposing passers. Despite being slowed by an arm injury midway through the Big Ten season, Valentine started 11 games in 2014 and was a disruptive force. The play of Valentine and the defensive line helped Nebraska rank among the nation’s best defenses in pass efficiency defense, third-down defense and opponent completion percentage.
2014 (Sophomore) Valentine played in all 13 games with 11 starts, and totaled 45 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He forced a fumble and added two quarterback hurries and two break-ups. Valentine made at least four tackles six times in 2014.
Valentine combined for five tackles in wins over Florida Atlantic and McNeese State to open the season. He recorded career highs at Fresno State with two sacks for 12 yards in losses and three tackles for loss. He set a career-high with six total tackles against Miami, including four solo stops.
Valentine had five tackles at Michigan State and had a hand in two Nebraska takeaways. He notched a pass breakup that resulted in a Randy Gregory interception on the game’s opening drive and later forced a fumble that was recovered by Byerson Cockrell. Valentine had three tackles at Northwestern before leaving with an arm injury, which limited him against Rutgers.
Valentine had three tackles and a breakup against Purdue and had four stops against Minnesota. He finished the season by tying his career high with six tackles against both Iowa and USC. Against the Hawkeyes, he had a 10-yard sack and two tackles for loss, then made his seventh tackle for loss of the season in the bowl game.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman) Valentine played in all 13 games with six starts, including the first four games and the final two contests of the regular season. He finished with 21 tackles, including 11 solo stops, five tackles for loss and a sack.
He opened the year with four tackles against Wyoming and then excelled in the final two games of the regular season. Valentine had eight tackles combined against Penn State and Iowa, including a season-high five stops against the Hawkeyes. He also had three of his five tackles for loss in the last two games. He had two TFLs against Iowa, including an eight-yard sack.
2012 (Redshirt) Valentine redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Edwardsville HS) Valentine was one of four defensive linemen in NU’s 2012 signing class, and he and fellow Illinois product Jordan Westerkamp gave NU two signees from that state for the first time since 2004. Valentine was a second-team all-state, all-class pick in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune as a senior. Valentine had 35 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, and three sacks for Edwardsville, helping Coach Matt Martin’s team to a 5-5 record and a trip to the Illinois state playoffs. Valentine was also chosen as a first-team Class 7A all-state performer by the Illinois High School Coaches Association, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors for the second straight season.
As a junior, Valentine made 33 tackles, while adding two sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Valentine was also a starter as a sophomore when he racked up 29 tackles, two sacks and had a fumble recovery. Valentine was ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and both services ranked him among the top 15 overall prospects in the state of Illinois. Valentine chose Nebraska over Florida and Illinois, and had dozens of other offers including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Personal Valentine was born on Feb. 23, 1994, and he is the son of Vincent Sr. and Angreha Valentine. He is a journalism major, and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. Valentine has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes and part of team hospital visits.
Valentine's Career Stats
Single-Game Highs » Tackles – 6 vs. Miami, at Iowa, vs. USC (2014) » Tackles for Loss – 3 at Fresno State (2014) » Sacks – 2.0 at Fresno State (2014)
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