Although he was forced to play catch-up most of the season, he was a standout defensive back in his first year at the FBS-level in 2011, leading the team in pass break-ups. Stafford was forced to go the JUCO route out of high school and spent two seasons at Chaffey (Calif.) College, combining for 140 tackles and nine interceptions.
Turning down a scholarship offer by Southern Cal, he enrolled in Lincoln last year and quickly established himself as a starter in the secondary. Stafford started 12 games at strong safety and finished third on the team in tackles (80) with 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and a team-high 10 pass break-ups, earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors.
With a full season of experience at Nebraska now under his belt, Huskers' coaches say he is much more advanced mentally and ready to take control of the team's secondary.