Honors & Awards
- Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, 2013)
- Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, Phill Steele, 2012)
- Second-Team Freshman All-American (CollegeFootballNews.com, 2010)
- Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
- Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)
- Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2012, 2013)
Senior Jeremiah Sirles will complete an outstanding Husker career in the Gator Bowl game against Georgia. The 6-6, 310-pound Sirles has been a fixture on the Nebraska offensive line for the past four seasons, making 40 career starts at tackle, while playing in 52 games during his Nebraska career.
This season, Sirles and fellow senior Andrew Rodriguez were the only two players to start all 12 games on an injury-plagued offensive line. Sirles himself was far from full speed for the final three games after suffering a sprained knee at Michigan in early November. Sirles still managed to start the final three games and should be back near full strength for the bowl game, where he could start at either tackle.
Sirles was recognized for his efforts this season, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors from both the coaches and media panels, a year after earning second-team honors. Sirles also distinguished himself off the field, where he was one of 30 Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors. Sirles earned his degree in management last May and has played the 2013 season as a graduate student.
Sirles started all 12 games this season at tackle. He started the first eight games at left tackle before switching to the right side for the final four games when injuries hit the offensive line. Sirles’ play helped solidify an offensive line that featured numerous starting combinations in the second half of the season.
The offensive line helped Nebraska feature one of the top rushing offenses in the Big Ten, including five games with 250 or more rushing yards. Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,568 yards behind the play of the offensive line, the most rushing yards by a Husker since 1997. The line also solidified an offense that had three different starting quarterbacks.
Sirles started every game at right tackle and his play helped one of the top offenses in the country. Sirles and his offensive line paved the way for sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier in 2012, while junior quarterback Taylor Martinez also rushed for better than 1,000 yards and led the Big Ten in total offense and passing efficiency, while setting a Nebraska record for total offense in a season.
Sirles missed spring ball after offseason shoulder surgery, but returned in time to play in 12 games as an alternate at left tackle. His play helped Nebraska's offense post seven 200-yard rushing games. Sirles saw his most extensive action of the year against Northwestern. Sirles also contributed as a blocker on Nebraska's PAT and field-goal units.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Sirles started every game at left tackle on an NU offensive line that returned four starters from 2009. He was one of only three Husker freshmen to earn starts in 2010, along with quarterback Taylor Martinez and defensive back Ciante Evans.
Sirles' play helped Nebraska average 247.6 rushing yards per game, while topping 200 yards on the ground 10 times. His play earned Sirles second-team freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com.
Sirles redshirted in his first season in the program.
Before Nebraska (Bear Creek HS)
Sirles was a standout on the offensive line for Bear Creek High School and Coach Tom Thenell each of his final three seasons. Behind Sirles' play, Bear Creek finished 2008 with an 8-3 record, before a loss in the second round of the Colorado Class 5A state playoffs.
Sirles' impressive blocking helped Bears' quarterback Zach Thenell lead the state in passing, while the offense also produced 215 yards per game on the ground. For his efforts as a senior, Sirles was named to the Rocky Mountain News' All-Colorado squad for the second straight year. Sirles was named first-team All-Colorado and all-conference as a junior, when he helped his team reach the state quarterfinals. As a sophomore, Sirles helped Bear Creek to the state quarterfinals and earned first-team All-South Metro League honors and second-team all-state accolades. Sirles also excelled in basketball and track, helping his team to the state basketball tournament as a senior. Sirles received numerous offers, and also visited Arizona State and Oregon before deciding on the Huskers.
Jeremiah was born on Aug. 8, 1991, and is the son of Phil and Nora Sirles. A management major at Nebraska, Sirles earned his bachelor's degree in May of 2012. Sirles was a second-team academic All-Big 12 choice in 2010, a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, and a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll choice. He was named to the 2012 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his involvement in NU’s outreach programs. Sirles has volunteered his time with American Education Week, Special Needs Basketball Tournament, local football banquets and team hospital visits.
Sirles' Career Statistics
» Games Played - 44 (14 in 2010; 12 in 2011, 14 in 2012; 4 in 2013)
» Games Started - 32 (14 in 2010, 14 in 2012; 4 in 2013)