Honors & Awards
Wyoming: Earned the start at center in the season opener... his third career start. Southern Miss: Paved the way for eight rushers to total 285 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. UCLA: Directed an offensive line that helped score 21 points in the first half against the Bruins. SDSU: Directed an offensive line that helped Nebraska total over 300 yards rushing and passing in the same game for the first time in school history. Illinois: Directed an offensive line that helped NU rush for 335 yards... the third 300-yard rushing game of 2013. Purdue: Directed an offensive line that helped the Huskers total 251 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns. Minnesota: Played in his 30th career game... helped Ameer Abdullah rush for 165 yards on the afternoon. Northwestern: Helped Ameer Abdullah become the eighth player in school history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Michigan: Led an offensive line that helped Ameer Abdullah pick up his eighth 100-yard game of the season. Michigan State: Started his 10th game of the season, but started at guard after starting at center the previous nine games.
Cole Pensick was Nebraska’s most versatile lineman during the 2012 season, helping Nebraska lead the Big Ten in both rushing offense and total offense. The Lincoln native was the top backup at both guard spots throughout the season and saw significant playing time in that role. He also continued to train at center, and stepped into the starting role at that position for the final two games after an injury sidelined Justin Jackson for the season.
The 6-2, 275-pound Pensick enters spring ball as the leading candidate to take over the starting center spot this fall. Pensick is one of five senior offensive linemen with extensive playing experience, and that group figures to form the nucleus of a strong line in 2013.
Pensick is one of two members of the 2013 senior class who have already graduated, as he earned his degree in agribusiness last December, completing his undergraduate work in 3 ½ years.
Pensick’s father, Dan, was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers as a defensive tackle from 1977 to 1979.
Pensick played in all 14 games with starts at center in the final two games. Pensick alternated at guard during the year, serving as the top backup to both Seung Hoon Choi at left guard, and All-Big Ten selection Spencer Long at right guard. The play of Pensick and the offensive line helped Nebraska average better than 250 rushing yards per game, while topping 200 yards on the ground 12 times.
Pensick played in wins over Chattanooga, Wyoming, Minnesota and Michigan State, and helped Nebraska rush for more than 300 yards against both Wyoming and Minnesota.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Pensick saw reserve action against Western Kentucky, Washington, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Colorado.
Pensick redshirted as a defensive tackle and worked on the scout team in 2009.
Before Nebraska (Lincoln Northeast HS)
Pensick was the first player to commit to Nebraska's 2009 class and was one of two in-state prospects in the group, coming to NU from Lincoln Northeast High School. Pensick was a three-year starter for Coach Dave Svehla's Rockets and dominated the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense.
As a senior, he played primarily on offense, but still managed to record nearly 40 tackles and lead his team in tackles for loss. He also averaged about 10 pancakes per game while lining up as the starting right guard on offense.
Pensick was honored for his defensive play as a senior, as he was a first-team Super-State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star and a first-team Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection. Pensick was a first-team All-Nebraska and second-team Super-State selection during his junior season when he had 39 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. His play helped Northeast to a state playoff berth in 2007. Pensick was a second-team All-Nebraska performer as a sophomore.
Pensick also excelled in wrestling and track for the Rockets. On the mat, he finished fifth in Class A at 285 pounds as a junior. In track, Pensick captured the Class A shot put title as a junior with a throw of 57-10 1/4 and finished second as a senior with a throw of 57-11 1/2.
Cole is the son of Dan and Bev Pensick and was born on Oct. 10, 1990. An agribusiness major, Pensick earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December of 2012. He was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13. He was also a 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll selection. He has been a part of school and hospital outreach activities.
Pensick's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 27 (5 in 2010; 4 in 2011; 14 in 2012; 4 in 2013)
» Games Started - 6 (2 in 2012; 4 in 2013)