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#45 Steve Kriewald
Position: Fullback
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 245
Year: Junior
City/State: Scotia, Neb.
High School: North Loup Scotia
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Kriewald Videos
  • 2004 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • 2004 Cletus Fischer Native Son Award Winner
  • Three-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Three-Time Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Preseason No. 12 Fullback in Nation (Sporting News)
  • Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

2004 (Senior)
Steve Kriewald finally earned the opportunity to start at fullback for Nebraska as a senior in 2004 after serving his first three seasons as the top backup to former Husker Judd Davies. While he focused mainly on blocking for NU’s option-based running attack early in his career, Kriewald became a top target in Head Coach Bill Callahan’s West Coast Offense.

Kriewald made a big impact almost every time he touched the ball in 2004, scoring three touchdowns and averaging nearly 13 yards each time he possessed the ball. His biggest impact came in the passing game, where he tied for the team lead with three touchdowns on only five catches. He snuck out of the offensive backfield to snag scoring passes of 18 yards against Baylor, six yards at Iowa State and four yards in his final game against Colorado. Kriewald’s longest career run of 48 yards helped the Huskers being shut out at Oklahoma, while it also earned him the team lead in yards-per-rush average (18.0).

A standout in both the classroom and the community, Kriewald earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the first time as a senior after three consecutive years on the second team. He was a three-year member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and played the entire 2004 season after receiving his degree in construction management the previous spring.

2003 (Junior)
Kriewald played in all 13 games last season and finished with 99 rushing yards on 19 carries, including a one-yard touchdown at Kansas. Kriewald was not thrown for a loss on any of his attempts and averaged better than five yards per carry. Kriewald's most productive game was at Kansas, when he had a career-high six carries for 27 yards, just one off his career high. He had 19 yards on two carries at Missouri, when he had his only reception of the season (six yards). His lone carry against Texas A&M went for a season-long 16 yards. Kriewald also played a role on Nebraska's specialty units.

2002 (Sophomore)
Kriewald played in all 14 games with a start against Iowa State. He finished the season with six carries for 19 yards, including two carries against Arizona State and one carry in four other contests. He also saw extensive action on special teams and finished the year with four tackles.

2001 (Redshirt Freshman)
Kriewald backed Davies at fullback and earned two starts (Oklahoma, Kansas) when Davies was out with an ankle injury. Kriewald played in 11 games overall, missing the Texas Tech game with an ankle injury of his own, and finished the year with 18 carries for 96 yards. He scored his only career touchdown on a career-long 24-yard run at Colorado. He had a career-best 28 yards on two carries at Missouri, and had three carries three other times (Troy State, at Baylor, at Kansas). He also made one tackle on special teams vs. Iowa State and saw action in the 2002 Rose Bowl.

2000 (Redshirt)
A scholarship athlete, Kriewald redshirted in 2000.

Before Nebraska (North Loup-Scotia HS)
Kriewald was a standout two-way performer for Coach Troy Unzicker at North Loup-Scotia. A fullback and linebacker, Kriewald is believed to be only the seventh in-state recruit in the last 35 years to play eight-man football and earn a scholarship to Nebraska immediately following high school. Kriewald earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald, was the Class D-2 Offensive Player of the Year by the Journal Star and was a first-team All-Nebraska selection by the World-Herald. He also earned honorable-mention All-America honors from USA Today. He rushed for 1,117 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 11 passes as a senior. He ran for 655 yards and 10 scores as a junior. As a linebacker, Kriewald had 377 tackles and 38 tackles for loss his final two seasons. He picked NU over Colorado, Notre Dame and Michigan, and was also recruited in track. He won the all-class gold medal in the shot put in 1999 and 2000, and also played basketball, averaging 13 points and 13 rebounds per game as a senior.

Personal
The son of Gordan and Phyllis Kriewald, Steve graduated in May of 2004 with 3.132 grade-point average in construction management. He was born on Sept. 4, 1981, in Ord, Neb. Kriewald earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors as a senior, after claiming second-team academic All-Big 12 honors in 2001, 2002 and 2003. A three-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, Kriewald was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, and his volunteer activities have included Special Olympics, Halloween Fun Night, School is Cool, Friendship Home, the Husker E-mail Literacy Program and Meals on Wheels.

Kriewald's Career Statistics

Year

G/S

Att.

Gain

Loss

Net

Y/A

Y/G

Long

TDs

2000

Redshirt

2001

11/2

18

96

1

95

5.3

8.7

24 vs. Colorado

1

2002

14/1

6

19

0

19

3.2

1.4

6 vs. Utah St.

0

2003

13/0

19

99

0

99

5.2

7.6

16 vs. Texas A&M

1

2004

10/6

3

54

0

54

18.0

5.4

48 vs. Oklahoma

0

Totals 48/9 46 268 1 267 5.8 5.5

48 vs. Oklahoma

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Receiving: 7-57 total; 1-3, 2001; 1-6, 2003; 5-48, 2004
Tackles: 2001, 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT; 2002, 0 UT, 4 AT, 4 TT; 2004, 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT

Single-Game Bests:
Most Rushing Attempts-
6 at Kansas, 2003
Most Rushing Yards- 48 at Oklahoma, 2004
Rushing Touchdowns- 1, at Colorado, 2001 (24 yards); at Kansas, 2003 (6 yards)
Long Rush- 48 vs. Oklahoma, 2004
Receptions - 1, Seven times
Receiving Yards - 18 vs. Baylor, 2004
Receiving Touchdowns - 1, Three times in 2004
Long Reception - 18 vs. Baylor, 2004