Honors & Awards
» Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Omaha native Michael Decker heads into the 2017 season as a leading candidate to take over as Nebraska’s starting center. Decker was a highly recruited offensive guard, but shifted his focus to center in the spring of 2016 and was NU’s No. 2 center as a redshirt freshman.
The 6-4, 305-pound Decker has added more than 20 pounds of muscle through the Husker strength program since arriving in Lincoln. Decker is a standout off the field, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016. He carries a 3.736 cumulative grade-point average.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Decker was Nebraska's top reserve at center behind senior Dylan Utter. Decker appeared in all 13 games, primarily as a blocker on the Huskers' kicking unit.
Decker was part of an impressive group of freshman lineman who redshirted and worked on the scout team in 2015. He got off to a strong start in the classroom and the community, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2015-16, while earning recognition on both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams.
Before Nebraska (Omaha North HS)
Decker joined the Nebraska program after a highly successful prep career at Omaha North High School. Decker's play helped the North Vikings to three consecutive Class A state championship game appearances, including state titles in 2013 and 2014.
Decker was a powerful blocker for Coach Larry Martin's offense, paving the way for record-setting running back Calvin Strong. In helping North to a 13-0 record in 2014, Decker had 22 pancake blocks as the Vikings averaged nearly 310 rushing yards per game and Strong ran for 2,358 yards. Decker also saw limited action on the defensive line as a senior.
Decker was a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald and a Super State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Decker also paved the way for a powerful running attack in 2013, as North finished 12-1 and captured the state title. Decker had 20 pancake blocks, as the Vikings ran for better than 311 rushing yards per game, and Strong established a state record with more than 3,000 rushing yards. Decker also contributed on defense in 2013, recording 26 tackles, including five tackles for loss, a sack and also caused a fumble and recovered another. Decker also earned All-Nebraska and Super State honors as a junior.
Decker earned honorable-mention all-state honors as a sophomore in 2012. His play helped North to a 10-3 record and a trip to the Class A finals. Decker was strong in the classroom as well, carrying better than a 3.8 grade-point average.
Decker committed to Nebraska in April of 2014, and his only other visit was to Kansas State. He was ranked as the top player in Nebraska by Scout, while he ranked No. 2 in Nebraska by Rivals.com and 247Sports. Decker was ranked among the top 50 offensive guards in the country by several outlets, while Scout listed him as the nation's No. 7 center prospect. A multi-talented athlete, Decker also competed in track and field and wrestling at Omaha North.
Decker was born on Sept. 25, 1996, and he is the son of Chris and Jennifer Decker. He is majoring in political science and has earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each semester he has been on campus, in addition to being named a 2016 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Michael has participated in numerous outreach activities, including Husker Heroes and school and hospital outreach visits, earning him a spot on both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams in 2016.