Honors and Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Lifter of the Year
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» 2015 Academic All-Big Ten
Senior Luke McNitt will look to earn a more significant role in the Nebraska offense in 2017, while continuing to be one of Nebraska's key special teams performers. McNitt moved from tight end to fullback in the spring of 2016, and proceeded to earn the starting role at that position. He provides a threat as a runner and receiver, while also filling the role of an outstanding lead blocker.
The 6-2, 240-pound McNitt also tied for the team lead in special teams tackles during his junior season, and is a hard worker in the weight room, earning 2016 Nebraska Lifter-of-the-Year honors. McNitt spent his freshman season at Nebraska-Kearney in 2013, before joining the Husker program as a walk-on transfer. McNitt was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2015.
McNitt was Nebraska's top fullback and played in all 13 games with starts against Oregon and Wisconsin. McNitt had two carries for four yards at Iowa, and was a key blocker in the Huskers' rushing attack.
He was also one of Nebraska's top special teams performers, tying for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles, including six solo stops. He also recovered a fumbled punt at Ohio State. McNitt had a season-high two tackles against Fresno State in the opener.
McNitt played in five games, on special teams and as a reserve tight end. He had a six-yard catch against South Alabama and had two special teams tackles.
McNitt sat out the season after transferring from Nebraska-Kearney, and he worked on the scout team offense.
Before Nebraska (Kearney HS/Nebraska-Kearney)
McNitt played in 10 games for Nebraska-Kearney in 2013, where he completed 34-of-71 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns while playing quarterback. McNitt ran for a season-high 111 yards and three touchdowns against Lindenwood, the first of two 100-yard rushing efforts. For the season, McNitt racked up 318 yards on the ground on 82 rush attempts, while managing seven touchdowns. McNitt was also on the receiving end for the Lopers, catching eight passes for 51 yards and one touchdown. His TD reception came against Emporia State, where he caught a season-high five passes for 31 yards.
McNitt had a standout career at Kearney High, where he set school records for total offense and touchdowns, while also providing stellar defensive production as a linebacker. As a senior in 2012, McNitt collected first-team All-Nebraska honors at linebacker, while being named first-team Class A all-state and the Kearney Hub’s Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 1,219 yards and 16 touchdowns, while running for 928 yards and 13 touchdowns. McNitt earned honorable-mention Class A all-state as a junior. McNitt also excelled in track and field, where he captured the 2013 Class A state titles in shot put (59-8) and discus (171-1).
The son of Steve and Tana McNitt, Luke was born on April 20, 1994. He is majoring in management. He has volunteered his time with the Lincoln Marathon, and local hospital visits.
McNitt's Career Statistics
Games Played--18, 5 in 2015, 13 in 2016
Games Started--2 in 2016
Rushes--2-4 at Iowa, 2016
Receptions--1-6 vs. South Alabama, 2015
Tackles--7 UT, 5 UT, 12 TT; 1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT in 2015; 6 UT, 4 AT, 10 TT in 2016
Other--Fumble Recovery at Ohio State, 2016