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

Luke Gifford

6-3  |  235  |  Junior  |  LB

The Lincoln Southeast grad looked and sounded like a different player this spring. Bigger body, more confidence, more certitude about his role in new coach Bob Diaco’s defense. Gifford played a strong spring game, too, with a forced fumble and an interception.

Gifford has gone from safety in high school to playing close to the line of scrimmage. Between defense and special teams, Gifford is in line for a breakthrough season.

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