Honors & Awards
» CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 (2017)
» Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
» Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
Senior Mick Stoltenberg returns to anchor the Nebraska defensive line in 2018, helping make the defensive front one of the deepest and most experienced units for the Huskers. The 6-5, 315-pound Stoltenberg is one of the most powerful players in the program, and also provides the new Nebraska staff with a respected, veteran leader.
The Gretna, Neb., native started all 12 games at nose tackle in his junior season and recorded 33 tackles and four tackles for loss. Stoltenberg’s toughness and motivation has allowed him to excel while working through nagging injuries at various points in his career.
Stoltenberg originally joined the Nebraska program as a defensive end, but has added more than 60 pounds of muscle since his arrival in the Husker program.
Stoltenberg has excelled off the field during his time in Lincoln. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he graduated in December of 2017 with a degree in management, and is currently working on his master’s degree in educational administration. Stoltenberg graduated with nearly a 3.5 grade-point average and carries a 3.776 grade-point average in his graduate program.
Stoltenberg was the starting nose tackle for all 12 games in the Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme. He finished his junior season with 33 tackles, six more than he totaled in his first two seasons combined. Stoltenberg also matched his career total with four tackles for loss as a junior, and he broke up the first pass of his career. He had multiple tackles in nine of his 12 games.
In the season opener against Arkansas State, Stoltenberg registered two tackles and a quarterback hurry. He added three solo stops and five total tackles at Oregon before recording his first TFL against Northern Illinois. Stoltenberg had three tackles in each of the first two Big Ten games, then had two tackles each against top-10 opponents Wisconsin and Ohio State. He made three solo tackles at Purdue and then set a career high with seven tackles against Northwestern, when he also recorded his first career pass breakup. Stoltenberg had only one tackle over the next two games before finishing his season strong with four tackles and a career-high two TFLs against Iowa.
Stoltenberg played in 12 games and made nine starts at defensive tackle alongside senior Kevin Maurice. Stoltenberg missed the Wyoming game with an injury, but returned to action a week later and was back to full strength for the majority of conference play. Stoltenberg had 25 tackles, including three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Stoltenberg had two tackles each against Fresno State, Northwestern and Illinois in the early season, with both of his stops at Northwestern coming behind the line of scrimmage, including half of a sack. He made three tackles against Purdue and had a then-career-high six tackles, including a three-yard sack at Wisconsin. He added four tackles against Minnesota and two tackles each against Maryland and Iowa.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Stoltenberg played in nine games, adding depth at defensive tackle, while serving on the Huskers’ punt unit. Stoltenberg had two solo tackles, including a six-yard sack against South Alabama. He also had a tackle against Iowa on punt coverage, and recovered a fumbled Hawkeye punt to set up a Nebraska touchdown.
Stoltenberg redshirted in his first year in the program.
Before Nebraska (Gretna HS)
Stoltenberg primarily played tight end and defensive end for Coach Chad Jepsen at Gretna. Stoltenberg had his senior season cut short, suffering a knee injury early in the year. As a junior, Stoltenberg helped the Dragons to a 9-2 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. He played a key role at tight end while recording nine sacks from his defensive end position. Stoltenberg also threw the discus for the Gretna track and field team.
Stoltenberg was ranked as the No. 3 player in Nebraska by Rivals.com, which also listed him among the top 50 offensive tackle prospects in the country. On defense, 247 Sports ranked him among the top 55 defensive ends in the country. Stoltenberg only visited Nebraska, but he also had scholarship offers from Ohio, Tulsa and Army, among others.
The son of Alan and Sondra Stoltenberg, Mick was born on Jan. 25, 1996. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 selection and a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017 and 2018, and received a Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2018. Stoltenberg has volunteered his time with the Lincoln Marathon, the Nebraska Football Road Race, the People’s City Mission, School is Cool and numerous hospital and school outreach events.