Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Five-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
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 earn the starting job at center, and help Nebraska again field one of the nation’s best rushing offenses. 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. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Pelini is the nephew of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini. Mark Pelini has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors the past two seasons.
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 his 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.
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)