- 2005 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American
- 2006 Rimington and Outland Trophy Watch List
- 2006 Preseason Second-Team All-Big 12 (Lindy’s)
- Two-Time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (2004, 2005)
- Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2004, 2005)
- 2005 Second-Team All-Big 12 (AP, Kansas City Star)
- 2005 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
- 2005 Lombardi Award Watch List
- 2004 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
- Two-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2005, 2006)
- Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
- Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
Center Kurt Mann entered 2006 as one of
Mann lost approximately 20 pounds while ill and returned to the practice field in early October. By the time of his return, junior Brett Byford had taken over at center, leaving Mann as a backup for the rest of the season. In the opener against Louisiana Tech, he helped the Huskers get off to a strong start with 584 yards of total offense and 252 yards rushing. Mann missed the next five games with illness, before seeing action against
In addition to being selected as a second-team All-Big 12 pick by the Associated Press, he was an honorable-mention all-league choice by the coaches. Mann picked up first-team academic All-America honors, increasing Nebraska’s nation-leading total in that category.
Mann and his offensive line cohorts helped the Huskers feature a balanced attack that gained 186.9 yards per game through the air and 176.3 per contest on the ground. The offensive line allowed 16 sacks on the season, including six games with one or zero sacks. On the ground, I-back Cory Ross topped 1,100 yards rushing running behind the Nebraska offensive line.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Grand Island HS)
A football team captain, Mann attended the Big Red Football School twice, and also played post for Grand Island’s state champion basketball team, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. In track, Mann won the state shot put title as a senior after finishing second in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He also threw the discus, with a fifth-place showing in 2001. Mann earned academic all-state honors and ranked first in his class of more than 350 students with a 4.03 cumulative grade-point average. He committed in June before his senior year, choosing the Huskers over Iowa State and Stanford.
Mann has taken part in numerous community outreach activities, including Nebraska’s hospital visits and as a motivational speaker on Nebraska's Fall Tour of Excellence. He is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Mann’s Career Numbers
Games Played–28 (5 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 12 in 2005)
Games Started–23 (11 in 2004, 12 in 2005)