#29 Tait Sibbel | Linebacker
Hometown: O'Neill, Neb.
Previous School: St. Mary's
2014 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
2014 GPAC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 10)
2013 Second Team All-GPAC
2013 Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Honorable Mention
2012 Honorable Mention All-GPAC
Despite battling injury, Sibbel produced 60 tackles (fifth on the team), three interceptions, two pass break ups and a fumble recovery over 10 games ... made seven tackles and returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown in the win over No. 24 Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 8 to earn GPAC defensive player of the week accolades ... made 11 stops versus No. 12 Northwestern on Oct. 18 ... recorded 10 tackles versus No. 1 Morningside on Nov. 1 ... picked off a pass in each of the season's final three games.
Sibbel placed third on the team with 54 tackles (32 solo), including 1.5 for loss ... paced the Bulldogs with four interceptions ... racked up 118 interception return yards ... broke up two passes ... picked off a pass and returned it for a season long of 42 yards at Northwestern on 10-19-13 ... made a season high nine tackles vs. Nebraska Wesleyan on 10-12-13 ... recorded seven stops each in games at William Jewell on 9-5-13 and vs. Morningside on 11-2-13.
Sibbel stepped into a starting safety role in just the second game of his career and never looked back...totaled 67 tackles (fifth most on the team), two tackles for loss, one interception, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries...making his first career start, Sibbel made a season high 12 tackles vs. Dakota Wesleyan on 9-8-12...picked off a pass and recovered a fumble on 9-22-12 vs. Dordt...named Honorable Mention All-GPAC.
Coach Tony Allen and Darold Schnieder for four years at St. Mary's high school ... He earned four varsity letters ... He received All-State honors for two years ... All-District honors for three years ... His team won back to back district champion titles ... He also played basketball and participated in track and field ... He was a three year starter and letter winner in basketball ... Earned three All-Conference and two All-State titles ... His senior year in basketball he earned the Huskerland Player of the Year award ... In track he pole vaulted ... His junior and senior year he placed seventh at the state meet ... He qualified all four years for the state meet.
Born on October 11 in O'Neil, Nebraska ... Son of Jim and Carol Sibbel ... Has one older brother, Zach, and one younger sister, Riley.