Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Junior Mark Pelini will bid for playing time at center this season on a veteran offensive line that should be a strength for the 2013 Huskers. The 6-0, 295-pound Pelini was the No. 2 center last season behind senior Justin Jackson. His role grew late in the season when Jackson was sidelined by injury and Pelini split time with Cole Pensick at center.
Pelini is limited this spring by injury, but hopes to push Pensick for the starting job this fall. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pelini was one of 28 Nebraska players named to the academic All-Big Ten team last fall. Pelini is the nephew of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini.
Pelini played in seven games, seeing action in non-conference wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Idaho State, then playing in each of the final four games. He took over in the first quarter against Iowa when Jackson was sidelined by injury, then split time at center with Cole Pensick in the Big Ten title game, and also saw action against Georgia.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Pelini provided depth at center, but did not see game action.
Pelini redshirted and worked on the scout team offensive line.
Before Nebraska (Cardinal Mooney HS)
At Cardinal Mooney, Pelini helped pave the way for fellow NU recruit Braylon Heard, who rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
Mark is the son of Vince and Diane Pelini, and he was born on Aug. 27, 1991. Pelini is majoring in mathematics/history, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the past three semesters. Pelini has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and as local school and hospital outreach activities.
Pelini's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 7 (7 in 2012)