Pro Highlights

  • Played in all 16 games with five starts in 2015 and posted 35 tackles (22 solo), a sack, a forced fumble, three QB hits and four pressures. Also appeared in both postseason contests and recorded three tackles (all solo).
  • Made the team as a rookie free agent and played in 13 games in 2014. One of two undrafted rookie free agents to be on the Packers’ 53-man roster for Week 1 (LB Jayrone Elliott).
  • Recorded 18 tackles, the second most among Packers rookies in 2014, trailing only Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (95).
  • Signed by Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014.
  • Appeared in both 2014 postseason contests, recording a solo tackle.


Finished his college career at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2013) after spending a year at Arizona State (2012) and two years at Scottsdale Community College (2010-11)…Compiled 71 tackles (51 solo), including 23 for a loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his two seasons at Scottsdale C.C. …Earned All-American honors as a sophomore in 2011…Listed by as the No. 6 junior college defensive tackle and the No. 36 overall junior college prospect in 2011…Rated as the No. 61 overall junior college prospect in the country by SuperPrep…Regarded by as one of the top 13 junior college DTs in the nation…Majored in social communications…Senior season (2013): Played in all 12 games with 10 starts for CSU-Pueblo, recording 36 tackles (15 solo), including six for a loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed…Helped the squad win its third straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title…Tallied two tackles (one solo) and a sack in his ThunderWolves debut at Northern Colorado (Sept. 7)…Earned his first start and recorded a pass defensed vs. Angelo State (Sept. 14)…Turned in a strong performance vs. Fort Lewis (Oct. 5), forcing and recovering a fumble, while notching three tackles (two solo) and a sack…Tallied five tackles (one solo) and forced and recovered a fumble at Chadron State (Oct. 12)…Made five tackles (two solo) and forced his third fumble of the season at Black Hills State (Oct. 26)…Recorded a season-high two passes defensed and added two assisted tackles vs. Western State (Nov. 16)…Closed out the season with a season-high seven tackles (five solo) and a sack vs. Grand Valley State (Nov. 30)…Junior season (2012): Played in five games at Arizona State and recorded four tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed…Received playing time in the season opener vs. Northern Arizona (Aug. 30), but did not record any statistics…Notched his first tackles of the season when he made two stops (one solo) at Missouri (Sept. 15)…Tallied an assisted tackle vs. Utah (Sept. 22) and a solo tackle at Oregon State (Nov. 3)…Sophomore season (2011): Recorded 37 tackles (29 solo), including 13 for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 11 games played…Compiled a season-high eight tackles (six solo) at Eastern Arizona College (Oct. 1)…Notched seven tackles (five solo) vs. Glendale Community College (Oct. 8)…Made four solo tackles in the Fighting Artichokes’ 40-30 win vs. Snow College (Oct. 29)…Freshman season (2010): Recorded 34 tackles (22 solo), including 10 for a loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2010…Tallied three tackles (two solo) in his first career game at Mesa Community College (Sept. 4)…Notched five tackles (two solo) at Eastern Arizona College (Oct. 9) and five tackles (four solo) at Snow College (Oct. 16)…Compiled a season-high six tackles (all solo) vs. Phoenix College (Oct. 23)…Matched his season high with six tackles (three solo) vs. Arizona Western College (Nov. 13) in the season finale.


Given name Michael Maurice Pennel Jr. …Last name is pronounced puh-NELL…Born in Topeka, Kan. …Has had to deal with adversity throughout his entire life, as he grew up in a single-parent home and survived a bout with childhood cancer when he was just 3 years old…Cousin, Javes Lewis, played safety at Oregon and attended training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011…High school: Graduated from Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., after spending time at Cherokee Trails High School in Aurora and J.K. Mullen High School in Denver…Earned one varsity letter as a nose tackle at Grandview…Community involvement: Appeared at the Families of Children With Cancer Christmas Party at the KI Convention Center…Interacted with students from six schools from the Hortonville Area School District at Greenville Middle School as part of the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program…Guided children through drills at the Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic…Signed autographs for Breast Cancer Awareness at the De Pere vs. Bay Port high school football game…Appeared in a PSA for Breast Cancer Awareness…Spoke to the Bay-Lakes Boy Scouts in Appleton, Wis., during his rookie season…Residence: Denver, Colo.