Class of 2005

Ndamukong Suh

HometownPortland, OR
High schoolGrant

A 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle out of Grant High in Portland, Oregon, Ndamukong Suh busted up opposing offenses the same way he did the Nebraska record books.

After dealing with injuries early in his career, Suh found his stride after Bo Pelini took over as head coach of the Huskers prior to the 2008 season. Suh led the team in tackles with 76 that year, the first time a lineman had done so since 1992. He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns, stiff-arming a Colorado quarterback on a game-clinching score against the Buffaloes.

As a senior at Nebraska in 2009, Suh used strength, speed and savvy to dominate games from his defensive tackle position like few others before him. The Heisman Trophy finalist was the first defensive player to win the Associated Press player of the year award since its inception in 1998.

Suh also won the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy as he helped the Huskers lead the nation in scoring defense (10.4 points per game). He finished the year with 85 tackles — with 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss — and capped his career with a 33-0 win over Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, the first bowl shutout in Nebraska history.

Suh was drafted No. 2 overall in 2010 by the NFL’s Detroit Lions and played five years in the Motor City — winning defensive rookie of the year honors and making four Pro Bowl appearances — before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

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