Honors and Awards
» 2017 Team Captain
» Native Son Award Winner (2017)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
» Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Luke McNitt completed his Nebraska career in 2017, serving as a team captain and continuing as a key contributor to the Husker offense and special teams. A Kearney native, McNitt transferred to the Husker program from UNK and began his NU career as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship for his senior season.
McNitt provided a steady presence in the Nebraska backfield during his senior season. He supplied strong lead blocking for the Husker running backs, and was also a versatile performer who could line up in a standard fullback spot, as an H-back or in a tight end role.
McNitt was honored off the field throughout his career. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned the Huskers’ Lifter of the Year honor in 2016. McNitt graduated with a degree in management in December.
McNitt played in every game as a senior, including a pair of starts at fullback. He carried the ball six times for 10 yards on the year and also had a pair of receptions. McNitt was one of Nebraska’s top performers on coverage units, registering six tackles, including four solo stops. An up back on kickoff returns, McNitt had two kickoff returns for 21 yards.
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 was a member of the 2017 Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. He has volunteered with Uplifting Athletes, the Lincoln Marathon, Husker Hotline, Souper Bowl of Caring and local hospital visits.
» Games Played--30 (5 in 2015, 13 in 2016, 12 in 2017)
» Games Started--4 (2 in 2016, 2 in 2017)
» Tackles--18 (2 in 2015, 10 in 2016, 6 in 2017)