Honors & Awards
Defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler completed a productive Nebraska career with a standout senior season. However, Steinkuhler's career came to a premature end when he suffered a knee injury at Iowa in the regular-season finale, causing him to miss the Big Ten Championship Game and the bowl game.
The 6-6, 290-pound Steinkuhler finished his senior season with 47 tackles, including 23 solo stops, with seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. The Lincoln native tallied 150 career tackles, one of just 12 interior defensive linemen to reach 150 career tackles.
Before being injured, Steinkuhler anchored the Nebraska front four and helped the Huskers rank in the top 35 nationally in total defense. His play was recognized as he was chosen as a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches. Steinkuhler was also honored by his teammates for his leadership, being chosen one of five captains for the 2012 season.
Steinkuhler earned his degree in December of 2011, completing his undergraduate work in 3 ½ years. He was one of 28 Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, marking the second straight year he received that recognition.
Steinkuhler posted six tackles and a hurry in Nebraska's victory over Fresno State, and tallied four stops in the Big Ten opener at Wisconsin. Steinkuhler played a key role against Michigan State with a pair of tackles and a sack as the Huskers held the No. 9 Spartans to just 187 total yards in a 24-3 win. A week later, he added his second sack of the year as part of his nine-tackle effort against Northwestern. Steinkuhler added four tackles each against Michigan and South Carolina, and had one tackle for loss in each of those games.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Southwest HS)
Steinkuhler was a four-year starter and starred on both sides of the ball for Coach Mark King at Southwest. As a senior, he recorded 36 solo stops, and 36 assisted tackles, helping the Southwest defense allow just 190 yards per game.
Steinkuhler also anchored the Silverhawk offensive line. During his junior season, Steinkuhler anchored the lines for a 10-1 Southwest team that was ranked No. 1 for much of the season. As a sophomore, Steinkuhler helped the Silverhawks to a state runner-up finish.
Steinkuhler was the No. 8 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, and the No. 2 offensive tackle by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Steinkuhler played defense at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Steinkuhler committed to Nebraska at the start of his junior season .
Baker’s older brother, Ty, also played for the Huskers from 2005 to 2008. Baker was an academic All-Big Ten pick last fall, is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a member of the 2011 Big 12 Spring Academic Honor Roll. Steinkuhler has volunteered his time with local hospital visits.