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Nebraska Football: Defensive Tackle Vincent Valentine Declares For The 2016 NFL Draft

A man that would have been one of the Senior leaders on a young Defensive Line next year will test the NFL waters.

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The depth and experience of the Defensive Line for the Nebraska Cornhuskers took a fairly decent hit for 2016 on Monday morning.

Junior Defensive Tackle Vincent Valentine made his declaration for the 2016 NFL Draft on Monday morning, just a few days before the cutoff date for Juniors to declare for the draft.

Valentine, who originally came to Nebraska from Edwardsville HS out of Edwardsville, Illinois, will be joining fellow Defensive Lineman Maliek Collins in making the jump to the NFL this coming season.

Valentine, who redshirted in his initial season in Lincoln in 2012, has earned his Bachelors degree in Journalism.

Valentine played 36 total games for the Huskers in his 3 seasons of playing time, netting 76 total tackles and 4 total sacks in his career. Due to injury, he only played 10 games this past season, netting 10 total tackles.

VV was to anchor a young Defensive Line this coming season with the loss of both Collins and Jack Gangwish. Youngsters like Carlos and Khalil Davis, Freedom Akinmoladium and Peyton Newell were to help, but now the focus of the Senior leadership will fall to players like Kevin Williams.

Good luck to you, Vincent.

Best of luck at the next level Big V! ✊⚪️ #ProBigRed #GBRAlways

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