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Joshua Kalu

Defensive Back


Experience: 2 years

Height: 6-0

Age: 24

Weight: 203 lbs

College: Nebraska


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PRO: The Titans originally signed Joshua Kalu as a rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 203-pounder is a versatile defensive back that can line up at safety or cornerback in the secondary. The University of Nebraska product spent the first 12 weeks of the 2018 season on the Titans' practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Dec. 1, 2018. In four seasons with the Cornhuskers, Kalu saw action in 48 games and notched 27 passes defensed, including seven interceptions.

• In 2018, made his NFL debut and appeared in five games during his rookie season.

• Kalu was heavily involved in the Lincoln community while at Nebraska. He was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team as a sophomore, junior and senior.

• The Houston, Texas, native was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2018.
• Waived by the Titans on Aug. 12, 2018.
• Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Aug. 20, 2018.
• Waived by the Titans by Sept. 1, 2018 and signed to the team's practice squad a day later.
• Signed by the Titans to their active roster from the practice squad on Dec. 1, 2018.

• Played in 48 games with 37 starts at cornerback and safety over four seasons at Nebraska. Totaled 215 tackles, two sacks, 27 passes defensed, seven interceptions for 78 yards and a score, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His 27 passes defensed rank tied for seventh in Cornhusker history and his 215 career tackles rank fifth all-time among Nebraska defensive backs and among the top 30 overall tacklers in Cornhusker history. 
• As a senior (2017), started nine games at safety while missing three contests due to injury. Finished with 47 tackles which was fifth-best on the team and also recorded two interceptions for 32 yards, six passes defensed and one forced fumble. Named to the Academic All-Big Ten list.
• As a junior (2016), started all 13 games at cornerback and totaled 66 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, a team-leading 11 passes defensed and one interception.
• As a sophomore (2015), started all 13 games at cornerback and nickel back and tallied 75 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack, a team-leading seven passes defensed and added three interceptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. Earned Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten accolades by the conference's coaches.
• As a freshman (2014), appeared in all 13 games with two starts and posted 27 tackles, three passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles.
• Graduated from Nebraska with a degree in child, youth and family studies in 2017.

• Attended Alief Taylor (Texas) High School and earned Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston first-team honors as a senior. Helped Alief Taylor to the second round of the Class 5A Division 1 state playoffs in 2013.
• Also participated in track and basketball.
• Son of Elekwachi and Prisca Kalu.
• Follow Kalu on Twitter and Instagram at @BluesKalus.
• Born Joshua Elekwachi Kalu on Aug. 28, 1995 in Houston, Texas.