|High School:||De La Salle Institute|
» 2014 Nebraska Offensive Scout Team MVP
Sophomore Mikale Wilbon is among a talented group of running backs who will battle for playing time for an explosive Nebraska offense in 2016. The 5-9, 195-pound Wilbon added depth at I-back as a redshirt freshman and played in four games before being sidelined by an injury late in the season.
Wilbon is a shifty runner with the ability to make plays both as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He is expected to battle with senior Terrell Newby and classmate Devine Ozigbo for significant carries in 2016.
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.
Wilbon's Career Statistics
Games Played--4 in 2015
Rushing--9 rushes, 35 yards, long 19 vs. South Alabama
Receiving--2 receptions, 28 yards, long 14 (twice) vs. BYU