2015 Husker profile: Mikale Wilbon

Big Red Report continues to look at all 85 scholarship players on the roster. Today we examine redshirt freshman Mikale Wilbon's possible impact.

Mikale Wilbon


Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5-foot-8/190-pounds

High School: De La Salle Institute (IL)

Year: Redshirt-freshman


2014 review:
With Ameer Abdullah looking to put up Heisman like numbers, any true freshman running back was going to redshirt – this included Wilbon.

Wilbon was named the Scout team MVP last season.


2015 preview:
Abdullah might be gone, but Nebraska’s backfield is still loaded, meaning the redshirt freshman is going to have to put some major work in this fall to be a factor.

Wilbon did receive six carries in the spring game, busing off a 36-yarder to rush for 42-yards on the day.

While he doesn’t have the experience of Terrell Newby or Imani Cross, position coach Reggie Davis doesn’t seem bothered by it.

"You have freshman that are faster than seniors, freshman who are stronger than seniors. You can have a freshman who understands it better than a senior, so I don’t think you should look at just age and say this guy should be playing. You have to really look at the individual and the skill set.”

BRR projection: Judging by what we saw in spring practices, it appears Wilbon will be a guy that gets carries, but the not the guy. We actually see three running backs registering more attempts than the former Illinois prep this season (Newby, Cross, Taylor).


How he ended up in Lincoln:

Originally a Vanderbilt commit, Wilbon opened things up when James Franklin left for Penn State – immediately the Huskers gave him a call.

A few weeks later, Wilbon was officially visiting Nebraska. A week after that, he was committing to Bo Pelini and crew when the head coach was in his living room for an in-home visit.

Wilbon was a three-star recruit and rated the nation’s No. 40 running back in 2014. His offer list was an impressive one, including scholarship nods from Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, etc.


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