Honors & Awards
» 2014 Nebraska Offensive Scout Team MVP
2017 Season Notes
» Scored first career touchdown on a seven-yard run against Arkansas State
» Ran for 90 yards on 24 carries in his first-career start against Northern Illinois
» Rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown against Rutgers
Junior Mikale Wilbon is one of three I-backs who enter the 2017 season with extensive playing experience in the Nebraska backfield. Wilbon joins fellow junior Devine Ozigbo and sophomore Tre Bryant as the leading contenders for playing time at the position this fall. The group will be called on to replace the departed Terrell Newby who was Nebraska’s starter at the position each of the past two seasons.
The 5-9, 200-pound Wilbon is a shifty runner who has shown the ability over the past two seasons to make plays both as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.
Wilbon was one of four I-backs to see significant action in 2016. Wilbon played in 10 games and rushed for 89 yards on 15 carries, while adding four receptions for 34 yards.
Wilbon had a 16-yard carry in the opener against Fresno State. He had the most productive rushing day of his career in his hometown against Northwestern, with six carries for 55 yards, including a career-long 32-yard run. He added a six-yard catch against the Wildcats. He added 13 rushing yards at Ohio State. He added single receptions against Purdue and Minnesota.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Wilbon played in four games, seeing action as a reserve I-back in the first three games and at Purdue. Wilbon had nine carries for 35 yards and caught two passes for 28 yards. He had six carries for 14 yards and 28 receiving yards against BYU, and added a season-high 21 rushing yards on three carries against South Alabama.
Wilbon redshirted in his first season with the Huskers and earned Scout Team Offensive MVP honors for his work in practice.
Before Nebraska (De La Salle Institute)
Wilbon was one of two signees from Illinois in the 2014 recruiting class. He posted impressive numbers each of his final two years despite battling injuries in both 2012 and 2013. As a senior, Wilbon helped Coach Dan O’Keefe’s team to a trip to the Class 6A state playoffs. Wilbon rushed for better than 1,200 yards in six games before being sidelined by injury. He was limited to four games as a junior, but managed 863 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in his time on the field. Wilbon rushed for better than 1,600 yards as a sophomore.
Rivals.com listed Wilbon among the top 175 overall prospects in the country and the No. 9 prospect in the state of Illinois. Both Rivals.com and 247 Sports also listed Wilbon among the top 20 running backs in the country. Wilbon chose Nebraska over a list of scholarship offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi State, Missouri, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.
The son of Fredrick Meriweather and Kelly Wilbon, Mikale was born on Dec. 22, 1994. He is majoring in sociology. He has volunteered his time at the Belmont Rec Center and with hospital outreach visits.