Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012, 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Junior Mark Pelini has been a key member of the Nebraska offensive line throughout the 2013 season, helping Nebraska field one of the Big Ten’s top rushing offenses. The 6-0, 295-pound Pelini saw his role increase late in the season when he took the majority of snaps at center with the Nebraska offensive line suffering from numerous injuries.
A walk-on, Pelini earned a scholarship before the start of his junior season. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pelini is the nephew of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini. Mark Pelini was one of 30 Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors this fall.
Pelini played in all 12 games at center, including starts against Michigan State and Penn State. Pelini saw snaps behind senior Cole Pensick for much of the season, before his role increased greatly over the final five games of the year with numerous injuries to Husker offensive linemen, including Pensick.
Pelini’s play helped running back Ameer Abdullah post 1,568 rushing yards, the most by a Husker since 1997. The line also solidified an offense that saw three quarterbacks start games this fall.
Pelini played in seven games, seeing action in non-conference wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Idaho State, then playing in each of the final four games. He took over in the first quarter against Iowa when Jackson was sidelined by injury, then split time at center with Cole Pensick in the Big Ten title game, and also saw action against Georgia.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Pelini provided depth at center, but did not see game action.
Pelini redshirted and worked on the scout team offensive line.
Before Nebraska (Cardinal Mooney HS)
At Cardinal Mooney, Pelini helped pave the way for fellow NU recruit Braylon Heard, who rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
Mark is the son of Vince and Diane Pelini, and he was born on Aug. 27, 1991. Pelini is majoring in mathematics/history, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the past four semesters. Pelini has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and as local school and hospital outreach activities.
Pelini's Career Statistics
» Games Played -- 20 (7 in 2012, 13 in 2013)
» Games Started -- 2 (both in 2013)