2016 Nebraska Profile: Devine Ozigbo

A look at Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo in 2016.


Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11/230-pounds

High School: Sachse high school (Texas)

Year: Sophomore

2015 recap:

A true freshman in 2015, Ozigbo finished with 21 carries for 87 yards against UCLA – both career highs. It might have taken the whole season to be trusted, but the former three-star prospect was the one carrying the ball in crunch time against the Bruins. 

Ozigbo finished the year with 209 yards and one touchdown, running for 5.5 yards per carry. Ozigbo’s breakout performance came against Illinois, when he rushed seven times for 70 yards and a 19-yard touchdown.

2016 preview:

After taking a committee approach much of last season, it was Ozigbo in the bowl game against UCLA who received the bulk of the work. The performance gave the former Texas prep a lot of confidence heading into the offseason.  

"It was definitely one of those things where after it happened, you have your family, yourself, coaches and everyone expecting it from now on," said Ozigbo. "It definitely a great experience. It built me a lot of confidence and got me experience."  

While the running back position battle will continue in the fall, it appears Nebraska is once again headed for a committee type approach.

"I think Terrell is No. 1 since he has the most experience, but we are all getting the equal amount of reps," said Ozigbo during the spring. "Some people are in for some things."

While the staff has always appeared to favor Newby up to this point, Ozigbo’s ability to be multifaceted is the reason Big Red Report is projecting the sophomore will receive the most work in 2016.

“He’s really doing kind of everything well,” said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf in the spring. “He’s catching the ball, he’s running the ball — we haven’t had a ton of pass protection with him quite yet, but as we get more pressure with the defense we’ll see more and more of that — but I like how he’s come along.”

How he ended up in Lincoln:

The Texas prep ran for 795 yards on 139 carries in pass-happy offense, finding the end zone 15 times on the ground during the 2014 season. In addition, he was a threat out of the backfield, catching 22 balls out of for 415 yards and four scores. His play earned him first-team All-District 11 honors in the Class 5A ranks.

Ozigbo was committed to Iowa State when the Huskers got serious with him, but also had offers from Army, Boise State, Boston College, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, San Diego State, SMU, Syracuse, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

“When Nebraska comes, you got to look. You have to see what’s going on,” Ozigbo said at the time. 

The former Texas prep ran for over 2,500 yards in three seasons.

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