Husker Camp Countdown: No. 16 Freedom Akinmoladun

Few players expressed more excitement about their potential in the new 3-4 defense than Freedom Akinmoladun.

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2017 season.

Freedom Akinmoladun

6-4 | 270 | Junior | Defensive end

Few players expressed more excitement about their potential in the new 3-4 defense than Akinmoladun, whose four sacks were second on the team last year. He led NU with 10 hurries to go with 32 tackles in 13 games. The junior said after the spring game that he is looking to jump to 280 pounds and be a force in defensive coordinator Bob Diaco’s scheme, though he added that the specifics are “a secret.” With the frame and quickness required of an end — and three years of experience in the program — he could make cries of “Freedom!” more frequent in Memorial Stadium this fall.

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Who will lead the 2017 Nebraska defense in sacks?

The Huskers had 26 sacks last season, including a team-high 5.5 by Ross Dzuris and four by Kevin Maurice. They have both graduated, leaving a void for who will be the team's best at applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Who do you think will lead the team in sacks?

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Evan Bland covers Nebraska football, baseball and other sports for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @EvanBlandOWH.

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