Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Senior offensive tackle David Knevel is one of five returning offensive linemen with significant starting experience, making the group a potential area of strength for the 2017 Huskers. Knevel earned the starting job at right tackle last season before missing time late in the season because of injury. The 6-9, 315-pound Knevel emerged from the spring at right tackle, and he forms an experienced pair of bookends with junior left tackle Nick Gates. Knevel is one of the tallest players in Nebraska football history and is the only player on the 2017 roster from outside the United States, hailing from Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
Knevel was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016. A history/political science major, he is on track to graduate in December.
Knevel was Nebraska's starting right tackle for the majority of the season, before being slowed for the season's final month with an ankle injury. Knevel started the first eight games and played in 10 games overall, while missing three of the final five games. Knevel's work at tackle helped the Nebraska offensive line rank as the Big Ten's best unit in protecting the passer. The line also paved the way for the Huskers to top 550 yards of total offense against both Wyoming and Northwestern, while senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. became Nebraska's all-time leader in total offense and passing yardage.
Knevel played in nine games as a reserve offensive tackle and on the Huskers' kicking units. Knevel missed four games late in the season because of injury, but returned for the final two games.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman)
Knevel played in four games as a reserve offensive tackle, seeing action against Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, Northwestern and Rutgers.
Knevel joined the Nebraska program in January after completing high school early, then sat out his first season as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Pauline S. Johnson Collegiate HS)
Knevel was the Huskers’ first signee from Canada since defensive tackle Patrick Kabongo joined Nebraska in 1999. Knevel was a standout on the offensive line for Coach Ken Chisolm at Pauline Johnson Collegiate High School. In July of 2012, Knevel helped Team Canada to a 23-17 win over Team USA at the International Federation of American Football under-19 tournament in Austin, Texas. Knevel was a member of the Team Ontario West all-star team in 2011 and attended an Under Armour Combine in 2011.
Knevel began playing football early in high school after spending the majority of his youth playing hockey. Knevel was regarded as the top overall prospect in Canada and ranked among the top 250 overall prospects by 247 Sports, which listed him among the top 20 offensive tackles. Knevel chose Nebraska over Alabama and West Virginia, and he also had scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Baylor, Missouri and Vanderbilt to name a few.
David is the son of Michelle Knevel and Mark Miller, and he was born on Oct. 18, 1994. He is a two-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. Knevel is a four-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. Included among Knevel’s volunteer outreach work is time with Make-A-Wish, the Lincoln Marathon, Husker Hotline, Shop with a Jock, the Souper Bowl of Caring, Uplifting Athletes, Pilger tornado relief and local hospital visits.