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#56 Mark Pelini
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 290
Year: Senior
City/State: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Cardinal Mooney

Honors & Awards
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)

» Five-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)

2014 Outlook
Mark Pelini has been a key member of the Nebraska offensive line the past two years, serving as the top reserve at center and seeing significant action. This season, the 6-0, 290-pound Pelini will look to help Nebraska again field one of the nation’s best rushing offenses. Pelini and junior Ryne Reeves split time with the top unit at center in the spring and the competition for the starting job figures to continue into fall camp.

A fifth-year senior, Pelini will also play a leadership role on a line that lost five senior regulars to graduation. A former walk-on, Pelini earned a scholarship before the start of his junior season. Pelini has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the past two seasons, and is on track to earn his undergraduate degree in December of 2014. Pelini carries a 3.333 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in both history and mathematics.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pelini is the nephew of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini.

2013 (Junior)
Pelini played in all 13 games at center, including starts against Michigan State and Penn State. He played behind senior Cole Pensick most of the season, before Pelini’s role increased greatly in the second half of the season with numerous injuries to Husker offensive linemen.

His play helped running back Ameer Abdullah post 1,690 rushing yards, the most by a Husker since 1997. The line also solidified an offense that featured three starting quarterbacks.

His play helped running back Ameer Abdullah post 1,690 rushing yards, the most by a Husker since 1997. The line also solidified an offense that featured three starting quarterbacks.

2012 (Sophomore)
Pelini played in seven games, including three non-league games and the final four contests. He took over in the first quarter at Iowa when Justin Jackson was injured, then split time at center with Pensick in the Big Ten title game and saw action against Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Pelini provided depth at center in 2011, but did not see game action.

2010 (Redshirt)
A walk-on, Pelini redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2010.

Before Nebraska (Cardinal Mooney HS)
Pelini was a standout at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. His play on the offensive line helped Mooney to a perfect 15-0 record and a Divsion III Ohio state title in 2009.

Personal
Mark is the son of Vince and Diane Pelini, and he was born on Aug. 27, 1991. Pelini has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the past six semesters. Pelini was also named to both the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014 for his community outreach work. Pelini has volunteered his time with School is Cool Week, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Super Hero Day, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, and local school and hospital outreach activities.

 Pelini's Career Statistics
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Games Played
-- 20 (7 in 2012, 13 in 2013)
» Games Started -- 2 (both in 2013)

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