Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Spring Woods


Honors & Awards

  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2009, 2010, 2011)

Marcus Mendoza completed his Nebraska career in 2011, serving as a reserve cornerback and special teams contributor. Mendoza began his career on the offensive side of the ball, and saw limited action as a reserve running back before making the switch to defense. Mendoza picked up his degree in history in December of 2011.

2011 (Senior)
Mendoza played in seven games, primarily working on special teams. His only tackle was a one-yard tackle for loss against Chattanooga.

2010 (Junior)
Mendoza was a reserve cornerback and saw action in NU's win at Washington.
2009 (Sophomore)

Mendoza played in seven games, caught seven passes for 45 yards and carried the ball four times for 10 yards. Mendoza saw his most extensive action against Texas Tech, where he caught a career-high five passes for 32 yards. He added single receptions against Iowa State and Baylor, and ran twice for eight yards against ISU.  

2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
Mendoza played in four games as a reserve I-back and rushed 15 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and had two catches for seven yards. His touchdown came on a 31-yard run at Kansas State, when he had 10 carries for 58 yards. He rushed three times for 33 yards against New Mexico State, including a career-long 35-yard run.

2007 (Redshirt)
Mendoza graduated early from high school and joined the Huskers in January of 2007, before sitting out as a redshirt.   

Before Nebraska (Spring Woods HS)
Mendoza was one of seven members of the Huskers' 2007 signing class who came from Texas. As a senior at Spring Woods High School, Mendoza had approximately 700 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for better than 250 yards and another four scores. He was also a dangerous return threat for Coach Dwayne Eggerman. As a junior, Mendoza missed three games, but still earned second-team all-district honors after rushing for better than 650 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Mendoza was ranked as one of the top dozen all-purpose backs in the country by and among the top 20 prospects in Texas by He was also listed 70th on SuperPrep's Texas Super 200 Senior Playmakers List. Mendoza was also a standout on the track, clocking times of 10.64 seconds in the 100 and 21.6 in the 200 meters as a junior. Mendoza chose Nebraska after also visiting Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.   

Marcus is the son of Rubi Mendoza and was born on Sept. 21, 1988. He is majoring in history and earned his bachelor's degree in December of 2011. He was a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Mendoza was one of Nebraska's leaders in community outreach, earning spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Among his many outreach activities were numerous hospital and elementary school visits. He also volunteered time with City Impact, the Optimist Club, YWCA, American Education Week and School is Cool Week.


Mendoza's Career Rushing Statistics 













2008 4/0 15 110 7 103 6.9 25.8 35 vs. NMSU 1
2009 7/0 4 11 1 10 2.5 1.4 7 vs. Iowa State 0









35 vs. NMSU


Receiving: 9-52-0 total; 2-7-0 in 2008, 7-45-0 in 2009, long-9 vs. Texas Tech

Single-Game Highs
» Rushes-
10 at Kansas State, 2008
» Rushing Yards-
58 at Kansas State, 2008
» Receptions-
5 vs. Texas Tech, 2009
» Receiving Yards-
32 vs. Texas Tech, 2009

Mendoza's Overall Career Statistics
» Games Played-
19 (4 in 2008; 7 in 2009; 1 in 2010; 7 in 2011)
» Tackles- 1-1 TFL vs. Chattanooga, 2011

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