Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2016, 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Junior Mick Stoltenberg will be a centerpiece of the Nebraska defense in 2017 after playing a leading role on the defensive front a year ago. Stoltenberg is the leading candidate to take over the nose tackle role in Nebraska’s new 3-4 defensive scheme.
Stoltenberg has been one of Nebraska’s most tenacious players and hardest workers during his Husker career. He added nearly 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason to prepare for his new role.
The Gretna native had a solid 2016 campaign after returning from a knee injury suffered in December of 2015. Stoltenberg was slowed early in the season by another minor injury, but rebounded to make a strong impact in the second half of the year. Stoltenberg joined the program as a defensive end, but has added more than 65 pounds since his arrival in the Husker program.
Off the field, Stoltenberg was an Academic All-Big Ten choice in 2016. A management major, he is on track to graduate in December of 2017.
Stoltenberg played in 12 games and made nine starts at defensive tackle alongside senior Kevin Maurice. Stoltenberg missed the Wyoming game with an injury, but returned to action a week later and was back to full strength for the majority of conference play. Stoltenberg had 25 tackles, including three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Stoltenberg had two tackles each against Fresno State, Northwestern and Illinois in the early season, with both of his stops at Northwestern coming behind the line of scrimmage, including half of a sack. He made three tackles against Purdue and had a career-high six tackles, including a three-yard sack at Wisconsin. He added four tackles against Minnesota and two tackles each against Maryland and Iowa.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Stoltenberg played in nine games, adding depth at defensive tackle, while serving on the Huskers’ punt unit. Stoltenberg had two solo tackles, including a six-yard sack against South Alabama. He also had a tackle against Iowa on punt coverage, and recovered a fumbled Hawkeye punt to set up a Nebraska touchdown.
Stoltenberg redshirted in his first year in the program.
Before Nebraska (Gretna HS)
Stoltenberg primarily played tight end and defensive end for Coach Chad Jepsen at Gretna. Stoltenberg had his senior season cut short, suffering a knee injury early in the year. As a junior, Stoltenberg helped the Dragons to a 9-2 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. He played a key role at tight end while recording nine sacks from his defensive end position. Stoltenberg also threw the discus for the Gretna track and field team.
Stoltenberg was ranked as the No. 3 player in Nebraska by Rivals.com, which also listed him among the top 50 offensive tackle prospects in the country. On defense, 247 Sports ranked him among the top 55 defensive ends in the country. Stoltenberg only visited Nebraska, but he also had scholarship offers from Ohio, Tulsa and Army, among others.
The son of Alan and Sondra Stoltenberg, Mick was born on Jan. 25, 1996. He is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017. Stoltenberg volunteered his time with the Lincoln Marathon, Uplifting Athletes, the People’s City Mission and various hospital and school outreach events.