38   Mike Sobol
Mike Sobol

RS Senior

Pevely, MO

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 203




Northern Illinois Football at Kent State (11-18-08)

Chandler Harnish ran for two touchdowns and threw for another two as NIU beat Kent State, 42-14, in the snow.

2010: Saw action in all 14 games and started the Huskies' last 11 games of the year at strong safety. Ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 40, 17 solo. Added one half sack and one pass break up on the year. Suffered a knee injury during 2010 spring drills but through extensive rehab and hard work, returned in time to play nearly his entire senior year. Tallied a season-high eight tackles and a pass break-up versus Central Michigan (10-23). Named NIU's Defensive Back of the Week after recording three tackles, including a half sack, at Akron (10-2). Tallied five tackles, three solo, at Minnesota (9-25). Earned NIU's Defensive Back of the Week honor after making two stops and playing a solid defensive game against Buffalo (10-16). Tied his season-high with three solo stops at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Made four stops, two solo versus Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Recorded at least two tackles in seven games and had at least one stop in every contest.

2009: Saw action in 12 games, and started eight. Missed Central Michigan game (11-27) due to injury. Ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 53. Made 24 solo stops while adding two forced fumbles, one pass break up, and half a tackle for loss. Named NIU's defensive skill player of the week after totaling a season-high 10 stops and forcing two fumbles against Western Illinois. Tied for second on the team in fumbles caused with two. Both of his forced fumbles came against Western Illinois and led to NIU touchdowns. Opened the season with seven tackles, four solo, against Wisconsin (9-12). Recorded a pass break up against Purdue (9-19). Tallied six tackles against Ohio (11-21) and five stops each against Miami (10-24) and Akron (10-31). Made at least one tackle in every game, with four or more stops seven times.

2008: Started at safety in all 12 games he played and was named the team's defensive back of the year. Missed only the Miami (OH) game (10-11). Ranked second on the team with 67 tackles, including 43 solo stops. Added three tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. Twice named NIU defensive skill player of the week (WMU, Kent State). Racked up a career-high 11 tackles, six unassisted, against Navy (11-25). Led the team with nine tackles, with a season-best seven solo, one TFL, and one pass break-up at Kent State (11-18). Totaled eight tackles in his collegiate debut against Minnesota (8-30). Tallied seven stops with five solo against Western Michigan (9-6). Made three tackles, with one for loss, against Bowling Green (10-25). Credited with one TFL among his four tackles against Tennessee (10-4). Accumulated six tackles in the Ball State game (11-5). Ranked in the top three on the team in tackles in seven games. Made at least three tackles in every game he played, and had five or more tackles six times.

2007: Suffered a knee injury during 2007 spring drills and sat out the season while rehabilitating the injury.

2006: Redshirted.

High School: Named team captain and MVP, first team Mississippi Area Football Conference All-White Division at linebacker and quarterback, honorable mention St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro on defense, and first team Missouri Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association Class 3A All-State on defense as a senior. Ranked No. 19 among St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Super 30" Metro area recruits in 2006. Totaled 2,214 yards of total offense while completing 115-of-170 passes for 1,534 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 680 yards and 11 TDs on 102 carries as a quarterback. Totaled 60 tackles on 7-4 district champion and state playoff qualifier during his senior campaign. Voted team and league MVP, first team MAFC All-White Division at quarterback and defensive back, and second team MSSA Class 3A All-State on defense on 9-2 district champion and state playoff participant as a junior. First team MAFC All-White Division on 10-1 district winner and state playoff qualifier his sophomore year. Four-time football and wrestling letterwinner and lettered three times in track. Four-time state qualifier in wrestling and two-time state placer, earning third as both a sophomore and junior. Named Missouri Officials Association Outstanding Freshman Wrestler and repeated as Outstanding Sophomore. Won two district titles in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and finished fifth in state as a junior while qualifying twice on 4 x 400 meter relay unit.

Personal: Born Jan. 19, 1988. Son of Mark and Judy Sobol. General studies major. Father, Mark Sobol, was a four-year defensive tackle letterwinner at Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State) from 1975-78, earned honorable mention Little All-America in 1978, and was selected to the school's All-Century Team in 2000. Mother, Judy Sobol, played tennis at Truman State. Older brother, Jeff, was a defensive lineman at Illinois. Enjoys music and being in the outdoors. Admires Lance Armstrong.


Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2008 12/12 43 24 67 3.0-6 0-0 0/1 0/2
2009 12/8 24 29 53 0.5-1 0-0 2/0 0/1
2010 14/11 17 23 40 0.5-4 0.5-4 0/0 0/1
Career 37/31 84 76 160 4.0-11 0.5-4 2/1 0/4

Tackles: 11, vs. Navy, 11-25-08
TFLs: 1, three times, last at Kent State, 11-18-08

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