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Mohamed Barry

Ethnic Studies


Mohamed Barry completed his undergraduate degree with a major in ethnic studies and a minor in history in 2019 and is currently in graduate school where he has a cumulative GPA of 3.67. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2016, 2017, 2018) and is also a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member and a two-time Nebraska Academic Medallion Medal winner (2017, 2019).


Barry has been selected as a team captain for the 2019 season. He served as the primary speaker at the 2019 Nebraska Athletics Department Diversity & Inclusion Summit. He is also a Nebraska Athletics Department N-Volved Leadership Group member (2018-19, 2019-20).


Barry is active in the community and has been on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams in each of last four years. He has volunteered for numerous events during his tenure at Nebraska, including Cornhusker State Games (2019), Lincoln area hospital visits (2015-present), Uplifting Athletes Road Race for pediatric brain cancer (2016-present), Husker Heroes outreach event for special-needs children (2015, 2018), Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (2016, 2017) and the American Red Cross (2017). Additionally, he was involved in the Husker Connect Mentoring Program (2017), Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive (2017), Lincoln Marathon (2016) and the Bowl Game Outreach Wounded Warrior Project (2016). He also was a Lincoln Public Schools motivational speaker in 2016.


Barry is in his second season as Nebraska’s starting linebacker and has started 15 consecutive games. He was named to the preseason watch list for both the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He currently leads Nebraska in both tackles (28) and solo stops (15) and has reached double figures in two of NU’s three games, including a season-high 12 tackles. Barry earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors from the media and honorable mention honors from the coaches and was chosen as the team’s Defensive MVP. He led the team and was second in the Big Ten with 9.3 tackles per game as a junior, and his 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since 2011. He totaled seven double-figure tackle efforts in 2018 and had at least seven tackles in all nine Big Ten Conference games. He also set career highs with 11 tackles for loss, including his first two career sacks in 2018.

(All stats as of nomination time.)