Nebraska football hands out 16 Blackshirt jerseys prior to Monday’s practice

Nebraska football unveiled who would own a coveted Blackshirt jersey on Monday, revealing who would be named to the Huskers’ first-team defense.

Earning their Blackshirts are:

  • DL Freedom Akinmoladun
  • DL Khalil Davis
  • DL Carlos Davis
  • DL Mick Stoltenberg
  • LB Luke Gifford
  • LB Marcus Newby
  • LB Chris Weber
  • LB Dedrick Young II
  • LB Mohamed Barry
  • LB Alex Davis
  • DB Eric Lee Jr.
  • DB Lamar Jackson
  • DB Dicaprio Bootle
  • S Aaron Williams
  • S Antonio Reed
  • S Joshua Kalu

Receiving a Blackshirt was a dream come true for Gifford, who’s a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and grew up watching Nebaska.

“I’ve been thinking of this since I was old enough to know what Nebraska football was,” Gifford told “I’ve been coming to games my whole life. I’ve been dreaming about it. It was a pretty cool feeling.”

The Huskers tweeted a video of the players getting their Blackshirts, showing the exact moment the players got their prize.

The Huskers’ tradition of Blackshirts can be traced back to 1964, according to, and has carried on at Nebraska ever since. Even though the tradition has changed throughout the past few decades, the importance has remained the same for those select Nebraska players to earn a Blackshirt jersey.

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