Class of 1990

Trev Alberts

HometownCedar Falls, IA
High schoolNorthern University

A quarter-century after he started his journey as a decorated Nebraska football player, Trev Alberts is still a major figure in the state.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder out of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was one of the most disruptive Husker linebackers ever. His career statistics included 248 total tackles (45 for loss), 29.5 sacks, 69 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Alberts showed as a freshman that he’d have an impact. He earned Big Eight defensive newcomer of the year as a reserve with 26 tackles (four sacks), and his numbers got better each season.

By 1992, he was a second-team All-American with 73 tackles (11 for loss), helping Nebraska to the first of four straight outright conference championships. It was a prelude to one of the greatest seasons by a Husker defensive player.

Alberts’ eye-opening senior stats: 96 tackles (21 for loss), 15 sacks, 38 quarterback hurries. He was a first-team All-American and the school’s first Butkus Award winner, helping the Huskers to the 1994 Orange Bowl.

A first-round draft choice, Alberts played three injury-plagued seasons with the NFL’s Colts before becoming an analyst on college and professional games on television and radio. He was named athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in April 2009 and has presided over the Mavericks’ entrance into Division I sports.

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