Honors & Awards
» Team Captain (2018)
» Cletus Fischer Native Son Award (2018)
» William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist (2018)
» CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 (2017)
» Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
» Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
Mick Stoltenberg battled through injuries to appear in eight games with four starts as a senior captain for the Huskers in 2018. Although the injuries limited his production to just nine tackles in 2018, Stoltenberg's leadership help Nebraska allowed two fewer touchdowns per game over the second half of the season compared to the first six games of the year. Stoltenberg also had a pair of TFLs and 1.0 sack and intercepted the only pass of his career in 2018.
Stoltenberg started at nose guard in each of the first three games this season before missing four straight games due to injury, snapping his streak of 22 consecutive games started. Stoltenberg recorded his first tackle of the season against Colorado and added two tackles at No. 19 Michigan, before he left that game early with an injury. After missing four games with the injury, Stoltenberg played primarily defensive end once he returned to the field. He had one tackle vs. Bethune-Cookman in the final game of October and added another tackle the next week at No. 8 Ohio State. He made a big impact in the Huskers' win over Illinois, tying his career high with two TFLs and 1.0 sack and intercepting the first pass of his career. Stoltenberg then earned his first career start at defensive end against Michigan State, when he totaled one tackle. He ended his career with a solo tackle at Iowa.
Off the field, Stoltenberg was one of 179 players across all division of college football named a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's best football scholar-athlete.
Stoltenberg was the starting nose tackle for all 12 games in the Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme. He finished his junior season with 33 tackles, six more than he totaled in his first two seasons combined. Stoltenberg also matched his career total with four tackles for loss as a junior, and he broke up the first pass of his career. He had multiple tackles in nine of his 12 games.
In the season opener against Arkansas State, Stoltenberg registered two tackles and a quarterback hurry. He added three solo stops and five total tackles at Oregon before recording his first TFL against Northern Illinois. Stoltenberg had three tackles in each of the first two Big Ten games, then had two tackles each against top-10 opponents Wisconsin and Ohio State. He made three solo tackles at Purdue and then set a career high with seven tackles against Northwestern, when he also recorded his first career pass breakup. Stoltenberg had only one tackle over the next two games before finishing his season strong with four tackles and a career-high two TFLs against Iowa.
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 then-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 two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 selection and a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was a member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017 and 2018, and received a Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2018. Stoltenberg has volunteered his time with the Lincoln Marathon, the Nebraska Football Road Race, the People’s City Mission, School is Cool and numerous hospital and school outreach events.