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NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES 2011 FOOTBALL

huskie FOOTBALL FACTS

2010 Record ...............................................................................................................11-3

MAC (Regular Season) Record/Finish .............................................8-0/1st West

Head Coach ..............................................................................................Dave Doeren

Record at NIU/Career Record .................................................................. First Year

Alma Mater/Year ....................................................................................... Drake/1994

Assistant Coaches .........Matt Canada (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks);

Jay Niemann (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties); Rod Carey (Offensive Line);

Bob Cole (Wide Receivers); Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs/Special Teams

Coordinator); Kevin Kane (Tight Ends & Fullbacks); Tom Matukewicz

(Linebackers); Richard McNutt (Cornerbacks); Ryan Nielsen (Defensive

Line/Recruiting Coordinator); Brad Ohrt (Sports Performance).

Basic Offense/Defense ............................................................................Multiple/4-3

First Year of Football ............................................................................................ 1899

All-Time Record ..........................................................................................512-460-51

Last Bowl Game.................................................................. NIU 40, Fresno State 17

................................................2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl; Boise, Idaho

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Location ................................................................................................ DeKalb, Illinois

Founded .....................................................................................................................1895

Enrollment ............................................................................................................23,850

Affi liation .......................................................... NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision

Conference .............................................................Mid-American (West Division)

Colors ............................................................................................. Cardinal and Black

Nickname ...........................................................................................................Huskies

Stadium ................................................................Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium

Surface/Capacity .....................................................................FieldTurf /24,000

President (Alma Mater, Year) ........................Dr. John Peters (John Carroll ‘67)

Assoc. VP/Athletic Director ................................................................ Jeff Compher

Alma Mater, Year ...................................................................James Madison ‘80

Faculty Athletics Representative .................................... Jan Rintala/Matt Streb

SWA/Associate Athletic Director ............................................... Debra Boughton

Ticket Information ................................................................................ 815-752-6800

Website ................................................................................ www.NIUHuskies.com

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES

2011 Football Schedule

Day, Date Opponent (TV) Site Time

Sat., Sept. 3 ARMY (ESPN3.com) DEKALB, Ill. 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 10 at Kansas (Fox College Sports) Lawrence, Kansas 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 17 WISCONSIN - Soldier Field (ESPN3.com) Chicago, Ill. 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 24 CAL-POLY DEKALB, Ill. 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 1 at Central Michigan* (ESPN3.com) Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 8 KENT STATE* DEKALB, Ill. 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 15 WESTERN MICHIGAN* - HC (Comcast SN) DEKALB, Ill. 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 22 at Buffalo* (ESPN Plus/ESPN3.com) Buffalo, N.Y. 11 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 1 at Toledo* (ESPN2) Toledo, Ohio 6 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 8 at Bowling Green*# (ESPN2/ESPNU) Bowling Green, Ohio 7 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 15 BALL STATE* (ESPNU) DEKALB, Ill. 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 25 EASTERN MICHIGAN*# (ESPNU/ESPN3.com) DEKALB, Ill. TBA

Fri., Dec. 2 Marathon MAC Championship (ESPN2) Detroit, Mich. 6 p.m.

*Mid-American Conference game. (HC) Homecoming. Home games in ALL CAPS and BOLD, played at Huskie

Stadium. Times listed are CENTRAL. Schedule subject to change.

# ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed

date. One (1) game will be selected by each ESPN service listed)

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Quick Facts & Roster Information

2011 Quick Facts ......................................................................................................... 1

2011 Northern Illinois Schedule............................................................................... 1

2011 NIU Personnel Chart ........................................................................................3

2011 NIU Alphabetical Roster ............................................................................ 4-5

Pronunciation Chart ..................................................................................................5

2011 NIU Numerical Roster..................................................................................6-7

Huskie Coaching Staff

Head Coach Dave Doeren ..................................................................................9-10

Assistant Coaches ................................................................................................ 11-15

Graduate Assistant Coaches/Football Support Staff ......................................16

Huskie Player Bios

Returning Players (alphabetical order) .............................................................18-46

2011 Newcomers .................................................................................................46-49

2010 Season in Review

2010 NIU Results .....................................................................................................51

2010 NIU Superlatives .............................................................................................51

2010 Final Statistics ..........................................................................................52-54

2010 Long Plays ........................................................................................................ 53

2010 Participation Chart ........................................................................................ 55

2010 Team Game-by-Game Statistics ................................................................. 56

NIU in the 2010 NCAA and MAC Rankings .................................................... 56

2010 Individual Game-by-Game Statistics .................................................. 57-58

The Last Time It Happened .................................................................................. 59

2010 Highs and Lows .............................................................................................. 60

Huskie 2010 Award Winners ................................................................................61

2010 Game-by-Game Recaps ..........................................................................62-69

2010 Huskies in the Record Books ................................................................. 70-71

NIU Football Records

Rushing .......................................................................................................................73

Passing ........................................................................................................................80

Receiving .................................................................................................................... 86

All-Purpose Yards .................................................................................................... 89

Defense ........................................................................................................................90

Kick Returns ............................................................................................................. 97

Punting ..................................................................................................................... 100

Scoring .......................................................................................................................102

Total Offense ............................................................................................................108

Huskie Stadium ........................................................................................................ 111

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NIU Football History

Retired Jerseys ................................................................................................. 113-114

NIU College Football Hall of Famers ................................................................ 115

Huskie Hall of Fame Teams: 1951 ........................................................................ 116

Huskie Hall of Fame Teams: 1963 ........................................................................117

Huskie Hall of Fame Teams: 1983 ....................................................................... 118

NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Football Members .............................................. 119

Huskies in the NFL ................................................................................................120

Huskies and the NFL ............................................................................................. 121

Huskies in Pro Football .........................................................................................122

NIU All-Americans .................................................................................................123

National Honors ..................................................................................................... 124

Mid-American Conference Honors ............................................................125-126

MAC Players of the Week ............................................................................ 127-128

Huskies in the Polls & NIU vs. the AP Top 25 ...............................................128

Past Conference Honors ........................................................................................129

NIU Player Awards ................................................................................................130

All-Time Letterwinners ..................................................................................131-136

Huskie Annual Statistics ......................................................................................137

Opponent Annual Statistics .................................................................................138

NIU Football Annual Results ..............................................................................139

Year-by-Year Scores .......................................................................................140-147

Bowl Game Recaps .........................................................................................148-150

Bowl Records ........................................................................................................... 151

Huskie NCAA and MAC Statistical Champions............................................152

Television Appearances .................................................................................153-154

All-Time Series Records ........................................................................................155

Series Scores vs. MAC and 2011 Opponents ............................................ 156-157

2011 Media Information

NIU Media Relations Policies ....................................................................159-160

NIU Athletics Media Relations Directory........................................................159

NIU President Dr. John Peters ............................................................................ 161

NIU Associate Vice-President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher...........162

Opponents’ Media Relations Directory ............................................................163

NIU Athletics Staff Directory ..............................................................................163

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2011 Personnel chart

LETTERWINNERS RETURNING — 47

OFFENSE 23

WR Perez Ashford, OG Matt Battaglia, TB Cameron Bell, WR Willie

Clark, TE Adam Coleman, WR Akeem Daniels, QB DeMarcus Grady,

QB Chandler Harnish, TB Jasmin Hopkins, WR Anthony Johnson, OT

Adam Kiel, OG Matt Krempel, QB Jordan Lynch, TE Jack Marks, WR

Martel Moore, OT Trevor Olson, OT Keith Otis, WR Nathan Palmer,

OG Joe Pawlak, OG Logan Pegram, TE Jason Schepler*, OL Jared Volk,

C Scott Wedige.

DEFENSE 22

DT Zach Anderson, LB Greg Barksdale, DL Alan Baxter, LB Devon Butler*,

LB Tyrone Clark*, FS Tommy Davis, LB Jordan Delegal, LB Mike

Hellams, LB Victor Jacques, NG Nabal Jefferson, CB Rashaan Melvin,

DL Ron Newcomb, DE Stephen O’Neal, DE Sean Progar, LB George

Rainey, LB Pat Schiller, LB Cameron Stingily, S Demetrius Stone, S Jimmie

Ward, CB Dominique Ware, DE Anthony Wells, DE Joe Windsor.

SPECIALISTS 1

K Matt Sims

Letterwinners LOST — 25

OFFENSE 8

WR Landon Cox, TB Ricky Crider, FB Connor Flahive, TE Nick Groeniger,

OG Ed Jackson, WR Matt Ng, FB Kyle Skarb, TB Chad Spann.

DEFENSE 14

S Garrett Barnas, DE Darnell Bolding, DE Jake Coffman, CB Kiaree Daniels,

LB Dan Edem, CB Patrick George, DT Mike Krause, LB Alex Kube,

DL Brian Lawson, DT D.J. Pirkle, CB Chris Smith, S Mike Sobol, S Jody

Van Laanen, S Tracy Wilson.

SPECIALISTS 3

K Michael Cklamovski, DS Nolan Owen, P Josh Wilber.

*Expected to miss 2011 season. ^ 2009 starter.

Positions listed refl ect 2010 positions.

Name Pos. Cl. GP/GS

Zach Anderson DT So.-RS 6/0

Perez Ashford WR Jr. 25/2

Greg Barksdale LB So. 12/0

Matt Battaglia OG Jr. 3/0

Alan Baxter DE Jr. 25/0

Cameron Bell TB Sr.-RS 8/0

Devon Butler LB So. 24/13

Tyrone Clark LB So. 22/15

Willie Clark WR Sr.-RS 39/10

Adam Coleman DT Sr. 31/0

Akeem Daniels WR So. 11/1

Tommy Davis CB Jr.-RS 27/14

Jordan Delegal LB Sr. 27/0

Sean Evans DB So.-RS 3/0

DeMarcus Grady QB Sr.-RS 19/6

Chandler Harnish QB Sr.-RS 34/31

Mike Hellams LB So. 9/0

Career Games Played/Started

Name Pos. Cl. GP/GS

Jasmin Hopkins TB Sr. 13/0

Victor Jacques LB Jr.-RS 11/0

Nabal Jefferson DT Jr. 25/0

Anthony Johnson WR So.-RS 4/0

Adam Kiel TE Sr.-RS 25/11

Matt Krempel OL So.-RS 8/0

Jordan Lynch QB So.-RS 9/0

Jack Marks TE Sr.-RS 22/2

Pat McAvoy FB Sr.-RS 6/0

Rashaan Melvin CB Jr.-RS 16/2

Martel Moore WR Jr. 27/13

Ron Newcomb DL Sr.-RS 20/0

Trevor Olson OT Sr.-RS 40/40

Stephen O’Neal DE So.-RS 13/0

Keith Otis OL Sr.-RS 22/14

Nathan Palmer WR Sr.-RS 34/15

Starters returning — 14

Offense 9

QB Chandler Harnish, OT Trevor Olson, OT Keith Otis, OG Joe Pawlak,

OG Logan Pegram, WR Martel Moore, WR Nathan Palmer, TE Jason

Schepler*, C Scott Wedige.

Defense 5

LB Devon Butler*, LB Tyrone Clark*, S Tommy Davis, DE Sean Progar,

LB Pat Schiller^.

Specialists 0

Starters LOST — 13

Offense 3

WR Landon Cox, FB Kyle Skarb, TB Chad Spann.

Defense 7

DE Jake Coffman, CB Patrick George, DT Mike Krause, LB Alex Kube,

DT D.J. Pirkle, CB Chris Smith, S Mike Sobol.

Specialist 3

K Michael Cklamovski, DS Nolan Owen, P Josh Wilber.

2010 REDSHIRTS — 22

Offense 14

OL Ryan Brown, WR Da’Ron Brown, FB C.J. Compher, FB Ricky Connors,

TE Luke Eakes, OL Mike Gegner, OL Tyler Loos, OL Wes Ott,

OL Tyler Pitt, RB James Spencer, TE Jess Striedl, WR Mack Tracey, FB

Bobby Winkel.

Defense 7

LB Jamaal Bass, DL Frank Boenzi, S Dechane Durante, S Zak Giller, DB

Marckie Hayes, LB Michael Santacaterina, S Courtney Stephen.

Specialist 1

DS Brian Mayer

Name Pos. Cl. GP/GS

Joe Pawlak OL Sr.-RS 38/27

Logan Pegram OL Jr.-RS 23/10

Sean Progar DE Jr.-RS 27/21

George Rainey LB Jr. 11/0

Jason Schepler TE Sr. 35/14

Pat Schiller LB Sr.-RS 36/13

Mathew Sims K So. 5/--

Cameron Stingily LB So. 4/0

Demetrius Stone S Jr. 11/0

Jared Volk OL So.-RS 14/0

Jimmie Ward DB So. 14/0

Dominique Ware CB So.-RS 8/0

Scott Wedige C Sr.-RS 29/14

Anthony Wells DE So.-RS 4/0

Jamison Wells WR So.-RS 3/0

Joe Windsor DE So. 14/0

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Northern Illinois 2011 alphabetical roster

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School)

51 Zach Anderson DL 6-2 300 So.-RS 1L Ladysmith, WI (Ladysmith)

7 Perez Ashford WR 5-10 185 Jr. 2L Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights)

10 Greg Barksdale LB 6-2 210 So. 1L University Park, IL (Crete-Monee)

6 Jamaal Bass LB 6-0 220 Fr.-RS 1Sq Miramar, FL (Miramar)

66 Matt Battaglia OL 6-4 280 Jr. 1L Chicago, IL (Marist/Harper JC)

90 Alan Baxter DE 6-0 255 Jr. 2L Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

32 Cameron Bell FB 6-2 252 Sr.-RS 1L Round Rock, TX (Stony Point/Iowa State)

98 Frank Boenzi DL 6-3 310 Fr.-RS 1Sq Geneva, IL (Geneva)

43 Jordan Braxton LB 6-3 207 Fr. HS Madison, WI (Verona Area)

82 Juwan Brescacin WR 6-5 216 Fr. HS Mississauga, Ont., Canada [Culver (Ind.) Academy]

4 Da’Ron Brown WR 6-1 192 Fr.-RS 1Sq Chicago, IL (Morgan Park)

78 Ryan Brown OL 6-7 270 Fr.-RS 1Sq Elburn, IL (St. Charles North)

9 Devon Butler LB 5-11 224 Jr. 2L Pembroke Pines, FL (Everglades)

36 Tyrone Clark LB 5-11 220 Jr. 2L St. Louis, MO (Mehlville)

10 Willie Clark WR 6-1 210 Sr.-RS 3L Roselle, IL (Lake Park)

54 Cameron Clinton-Earl DE 6-1 233 Fr. HS Milwaukee, WI (Hamilton)

93 Adam Coleman DS 6-3 250 Sr. 3L Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

31 C.J. Compher FB 6-1 235 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

61 Aidan Conlon OL 6-3 293 Fr. HS Flossmoor, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor)

48 Ricky Connors FB 6-2 247 Fr.-RS 1Sq Powder Springs, GA (Harrison)

30 Akeem Daniels RB 5-7 183 So. 1L Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)

20 Tommy Davis S 5-11 206 Jr.-RS 2L East St. Louis, IL (Althoff Catholic)

29 Jordan Delegal LB 6-1 214 Sr.-RS 2L Miami, FL (Chaminade Madonna/Joliet JC)

21 Dechane Durante S 6-2 195 Fr.-RS 1Sq Charlotte, NC (Vance)

83 Luke Eakes TE 6-4 250 Fr.-RS 1Sq St. Marys, KS (St. Marys)

2 Sean Evans CB 5-11 180 So.-RS 2Sq Ft. Walton Beach, FL (Ft. Walton Beach)

28 Jhony Faustin CB 5-10 165 So. JC Naples, FL (Lely/Ellsworth CC)

2 Ryan Fillingim K 6-0 210 Sr.-RS 2Sq Hoffman Estates, IL (Conant/Harper College)

58 Mason Fuller DT 6-3 306 Fr. HS Chicago, IL (Urban Prep)

37 Josh Gallington K 5-11 197 Jr. JC Bakersfi eld, CA (Bakersfi eld Christian/

Bakersfi eld JC)

59 Michael Gegner C 6-3 283 Fr.-RS 1Sq Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central)

18 Zak Giller DB 6-2 203 Fr.-RS 1Sq Chelsea, MI (Chelsea)

94 Donovan Gordon DL 6-1 304 Fr.-RS TR Kansas City, MO (Raytown South/Neb.-Omaha)

50 Ryan Gorrell DE 6-2 230 Fr.-RS WO Westchester, IL (Montini Catholic/Minnesota State)

3 DeMarcus Grady WR 6-1 208 Sr.-RS 3L Grand Rapids, MI (East Grand Rapids)

56 Daniel Green DE 6-2 245 Jr.-RS 1Sq Oak Park, IL (Oak Park and River Forest)

12 Chandler Harnish QB 6-2 220 Sr.-RS 3L Bluffton, IN (Norwell)

17 Marckie Hayes CB 5-8 180 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

55 Mike Hellams LB 6-1 233 So. 1L Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook)

25 Jasmin Hopkins RB 5-9 180 Sr. 1L Stanley, NC (East Gaston/Fort Scott CC)

40 Victor Jacques LB 6-1 220 Jr.-RS 1L Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus)

99 Nabal Jefferson DL 5-11 280 Jr. 2L Chicago, IL (Marist)

57 Kyle Jenkins DE 6-4 253 Sr.-RS 2Sq Itasca, IL (Driscoll/Harper College)

13 Anthony Johnson WR 6-3 190 So.-RS 1L San Antonio, TX (Earl Warren)

94 Adam Kiel TE 6-5 290 Sr.-RS 2L Wentzville, MO (St. Dominic)

73 Matthew Killian OL 6-6 307 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Francis Howell)

79 Matt Krempel OL 6-4 305 So.-RS 1L Columbus, IN (Columbus North)

38 Rasheen Lemon S 6-1 198 Fr. HS Chicago, IL (Proviso West)

80 Tommylee Lewis WR 5-8 170 Fr. HS Riviera Beach, FL (W.T. Dwyer)

34 Paris Logan CB 5-10 180 Fr. HS Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge)

75 Tyler Loos OL 6-6 270 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sterling, IL (Sterling)

63 Larry Lloyd DE 6-0 250 Fr.-RS WO Chicago, IL (Glenbard East)

6 Jordan Lynch QB 6-1 220 So.-RS 1L Chicago, IL (Mt. Carmel)

44 Devonte’ Majors TE 6-2 229 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Fort Zumwalt West)

89 Jack Marks TE 6-6 250 Sr.-RS 2L Orland Park, IL (Marist)

84 Brian Mayer DS 6-3 205 Fr.-RS 1Sq Orland Park, IL (Carl Sandburg)

45 Boomer Mays DS 6-1 233 Fr. HS Lawrence, KS (Eudora)

41 Pat McAvoy FB 6-1 236 Sr.-RS 4Sq Cary, IL (St. Viator)

16 Matt McIntosh QB 6-2 191 Fr. HS Evansville, IN (Reitz)

41 Nate McNeal CB 5-11 175 Jr. JC Chicago, IL (Thornwood/Harper College)

49 Jason Meehan DE 6-2 230 Fr. HS St. Louis, MO (Webster Groves)

11 Rashaan Melvin CB 6-2 190 Jr.-RS 1L Waukegan, IL (Waukegan)

1 Martel Moore WR 6-2 182 Jr. 2L San Antonio, TX (Earl Warren)

33 Tré Moore S 5-11 205 Fr. HS Dayton, OH (Wayne)

42 Michael Neal CB 5-10 175 Fr. HS Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Ely)

18 Ryan Neir P 6-3 212 Jr.-RS 3Sq Roscoe, IL (Hononegah)

35 Videl Nelson LB 6-2 213 Fr. HS Kansas City, MO (Staley)

55 Andrew Ness OL 6-4 301 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Christian Brothers College)

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Northern Illinois 2011 alphabetical roster

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School)

96 Ron Newcomb DL 6-3 280 Sr.-RS 2L Wheatfi eld, IN (Mt. Carmel [Chicago])

69 Stephen O’Neal DE 6-4 236 So.-RS 1L Park Forest, IL (Rich East)

62 Trevor Olson OT 6-6 298 Sr.-RS 3L Richfi eld, MN (Richfi eld)

68 Keith Otis OL 6-4 317 Sr.-RS 2L Chicago, IL (Hubbard)

65 Wes Ott OL 6-4 295 Fr.-RS 1Sq Western Springs, IL (Lyons Township)

81 Nathan Palmer WR 5-11 195 Sr.-RS 3L Elkhart, IN (Central)

72 Joe Pawlak OL 6-5 300 Sr.-RS 3L Grayslake, IL (Grayslake)

70 Logan Pegram OL 6-3 310 Jr.-RS 2L Silver Lake, KS (Silver Lake)

67 Tyler Pitt OL 6-6 292 Fr.-RS 1Sq McRae, GA (Telfair County)

39 Gervaise Porter LB 6-0 210 So.-RS 1Sq Robbins, IL (Eisenhower)

95 Sean Progar DE 6-3 255 Jr.-RS 2L Glenview, IL (Glenbrook South)

46 George Rainey DE 6-2 217 So.-RS 1L Milwaukee, WI (South Division)

14 Devin Rose QB 6-1 193 Fr. HS Overland Park, KS (Blue Valley West)

52 Michael Santacaterina LB 6-0 215 Fr.-RS 1Sq Geneva, IL (Geneva)

87 Jason Schepler TE 6-3 275 Sr. 3L Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

53 Pat Schiller LB 6-2 235 Sr.-RS 3L Geneva, IL (Geneva)

85 A.J. Sebastiano WR 6-1 199 Fr. HS Coconut Creek, FL (North Broward Prep)

88 Tim Semisch TE 6-8 270 Fr.-RS TR Omaha, NE (Millard North/Neb.-Omaha)

23 Leighton Settle RB 5-10 195 So. JC Madison, WI (Madison West/Fresno City CC)

99 Mathew Sims K 5-11 185 So. 1L Hannibal, MO (Hannibal)

20 James Spencer RB 5-11 185 Fr.-RS 1Sq Fremont, OH (Ross)

14 Courtney Stephen S 6-0 197 Jr.-RS 1Sq Brampton, Ont., Canada

(Turner Fenton/Wilfred Laurier Univ.)

47 Rob Sterling FB 5-11 210 Fr. HS Lansing, IL (T.F. South)

8 Cameron Stingily LB 6-2 245 So. 1L Romeoville, IL (Romeoville)

19 Demetrius Stone S 5-11 200 Jr. 1L Miami, FL (American Senior/Coffeyville CC)

17 Sean Strehl QB 6-2 214 Fr. HS St. Louis, MO (Eureka)

82 Jess Striedl TE 6-2 225 Fr.-RS 1Sq St. Charles, IL (St. Charles East)

84 Kevin Tennenbaum TE 6-5 218 Fr. HS Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

22 Troy Torrence S 6-4 205 Fr.-RS WO Chicago, IL (De La Salle/St. Xavier)

86 Mack Tracey WR 6-2 190 Fr.-RS 1Sq Lisle, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

77 Jared Volk OL 6-3 307 So.-RS 1L Hartland, WI (Arrowhead)

60 Lawrence Walker OL 6-5 304 Fr. HS Rockford, IL (Jefferson)

15 Jimmie Ward S 6-0 180 So. 1L Mobile, AL (Davidson)

24 Dominique Ware CB 6-0 180 So.-RS 1L Bolingbrook, IL (Plainfi eld North)

26 Tyler Wedel P/K 6-0 180 Fr. HS McFarland, WI (McFarland)

71 Scott Wedige C 6-4 310 Sr.-RS 2L Elkhorn, WI (Elkhorn Area)

91 Anthony Wells DL 6-3 270 So.-RS 1L North Chicago, IL (North Chicago)

22 Jamison Wells WR 5-11 185 So.-RS 1Sq Combined Locks, WI (Kimberly)

97 Joe Windsor DE 6-1 230 So. 1L Kearney, MO (Kearney)

27 Bobby Winkel FB 6-2 217 Fr.-RS 1Sq Batavia, IL (Marmion Academy)

5 Jamal Womble RB 5-11 247 Jr. JC Teachey, NC (Buena [Ariz.]/Hutchinson CC)

Name .......................................................................................................... Pronunciation

Jamaal Bass .........................................................................................................................juh-MALL

Matt Battaglia ....................................................................................................... Buh-TAG-lee-uh

Frank Boenzi ..................................................................................................................Boe-EN-zee

Juwan Brescacin ...............................................................................juh-WAHN bress-cuh-SIN

Da’Ron Brown .....................................................................................................................duh-RON

Devon Butler ....................................................................................................................duh-VONN

Aidan Conlon ............................................................................................................................AY-den

Jordan Delegal .........................................................................................................DELL-ih-GAHL

Dechane Durante .............................................................................deh-SHON DERR-ahn-TAY

Luke Eakes ...............................................................................................................................EE-kiss

Jhony Faustin .........................................................Johnny FOW (rhymes with COW)-stinn

Ryan Fillingim .............................................................................................................. FILL-ing-um

Michael Gegner .....................................................................................Gehgg-NUR (2 hard Gs)

Zak Giller................................................................................................................................Hard “G”

Marckie Hayes ....................................................................................................................MARK-ee

Victor Jacques ........................................................................................................................jah-KEZ

Nabal Jefferson ................................................................................................................. nuh-BALL

Joe Juns ....................................................................................................................................... JUNNS

Adam Kiel .....................................................................................................................................KEEL

Rasheen Lemon .............................................................................................................ruh-SHEEN

Tyler Loos ....................................................................................................................................Loose

Devonte Majors ......................................................................................................duh-VONN-TAY

Brian Mayer ........................................................................................................................... MAY-err

Jason Meehan .................................................................................................................MEE-HANN

2011 Huskie Pronunciation Guide

Name .......................................................................................................... Pronunciation

Rashaan Melvin ............................................................................................................ruh-SHAWN

Ryan Neir .....................................................................................................................................NEAR

Videl Nelson ........................................................................................................................vih-DELL

Stephen O’Neal ................................................................................................................... STEFF-in

Joe Pawlak ..........................................................................................................................PAAV-lock

Logan Pegram ...................................................................................................................PEE-grum

Gervaise Porter ...................................................................................................................jur-VASE

Sean Progar..........................................................................................................................PRO-garr

Michael Santacaterina ..................................................................... san-tuh-CAT-err-EEN-uh

A.J. Sebastiano ............................................................................................ suh-BASS-tee-on-OH

Tim Semisch ...................................................................................................................... SEMM-ish

Leighton Settle ....................................................................................................................... LAY-tin

Courtney Stephen ............................................................................................................ STEE-ven

Cameron Stingily ............................................................................................................. STING-lee

Demetrius Stone ...............................................................................................duh-MEE-tree-US

Sean Strehl ...............................................................................................................Shawn STREEL

Scott Wedige ............................................................................................................................ WED-ij

Tyler Wedel .......................................................................................................................... WEEDLE

Jamal Womble ....................................................................................................................juh-MALL

Coaching Staff

Dave Doeren ......................................................................................................................... DORE-in

Ryan Nielsen.....................................................................................................................KNEEL-sin

Jay Niemann ..................................................................................................................... KNEE-min

Tom Matukewicz .........................................................................................Muh-TUKE-uh-witts

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2011 NORTHERN ILLINOIS NUmerical Football Roster

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School)

1 Martel Moore WR 6-2 182 Jr. 2L San Antonio, TX (Earl Warren)

2 Sean Evans CB 5-11 180 So.-RS 2Sq Ft. Walton Beach, FL (Ft. Walton Beach)

3 Ryan Fillingim K 6-0 210 Sr.-RS 2Sq Hoffman Estates, IL (Conant/Harper College)

3 DeMarcus Grady WR 6-1 208 Sr.-RS 3L Grand Rapids, MI (East Grand Rapids)

4 Da’Ron Brown WR 6-1 192 Fr.-RS 1Sq Chicago, IL (Morgan Park)

5 Jamal Womble RB 5-11 247 Jr. JC Teachey, NC (Buena [Ariz.}/Hutchinson CC)

6 Jamaal Bass LB 6-0 220 Fr.-RS 1Sq Miramar, FL (Miramar)

6 Jordan Lynch QB 6-1 220 So.-RS 1L Chicago, IL (Mt. Carmel)

7 Perez Ashford WR 5-10 185 Jr. 2L Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights)

8 Cameron Stingily LB 6-2 245 So. 1L Romeoville, IL (Romeoville)

9 Devon Butler LB 5-11 224 Jr. 2L Pembroke Pines, FL (Everglades)

10 Willie Clark WR 6-1 210 Sr.-RS 3L Roselle, IL (Lake Park)

10 Greg Barksdale LB 6-2 210 So. 1L University Park, IL (Crete-Monee)

11 Rashaan Melvin CB 6-2 190 Jr.-RS 1L Waukegan, IL (Waukegan)

12 Chandler Harnish QB 6-2 220 Sr.-RS 3L Bluffton, IN (Norwell)

13 Anthony Johnson WR 6-3 190 So.-RS 1L San Antonio, TX (Earl Warren)

14 Courtney Stephen S 6-0 197 Jr.-RS 1Sq Brampton, Ont., Canada

(Turner Fenton/Wilfred Laurier Univ.)

14 Devin Rose QB 6-1 193 Fr. HS Overland Park, KS (Blue Valley West)

15 Jimmie Ward S 6-0 180 So. 1L Mobile, AL (Davidson)

16 Matt McIntosh QB 6-2 191 Fr. HS Evansville, IN (Reitz)

17 Marckie Hayes CB 5-8 180 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

17 Sean Strehl QB 6-2 214 Fr. HS St. Louis, MO (Eureka)

18 Ryan Neir P 6-3 212 Jr.-RS 3Sq Roscoe, IL (Hononegah)

18 Zak Giller DB 6-2 203 Fr.-RS 1Sq Chelsea, MI (Chelsea)

19 Demetrius Stone S 5-11 200 Jr. 1L Miami, FL (American Senior/Coffeyville CC)

20 James Spencer RB 5-11 185 Fr.-RS 1Sq Fremont, OH (Ross)

20 Tommy Davis S 5-11 206 Jr.-RS 2L East St. Louis, IL (Althoff Catholic)

21 Dechane Durante S 6-2 195 Fr.-RS 1Sq Charlotte, NC (Vance)

22 Jamison Wells WR 5-11 185 So.-RS 1Sq Combined Locks, WI (Kimberly)

22 Troy Torrence S 6-4 205 Fr.-RS WO Chicago, IL (De La Salle/St. Xavier)

23 Leighton Settle RB 5-10 195 So. JC Madison, WI (Madison West/Fresno City CC)

24 Dominique Ware CB 6-0 180 So.-RS 1L Bolingbrook, IL (Plainfi eld North)

25 Jasmin Hopkins RB 5-9 180 Sr. 1L Stanley, NC (East Gaston/Fort Scott CC)

26 Tyler Wedel P/K 6-0 180 Fr. HS McFarland, WI (McFarland)

27 Bobby Winkel FB 6-2 217 Fr.-RS 1Sq Batavia, IL (Marmion Academy)

28 Jhony Faustin CB 5-10 165 So. JC Naples, FL (Lely/Ellsworth CC)

29 Jordan Delegal LB 6-1 214 Sr.-RS 2L Miami, FL (Chaminade Madonna/Joliet JC)

30 Akeem Daniels RB 5-7 183 So. 1L Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)

31 C.J. Compher FB 6-1 235 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

32 Cameron Bell FB 6-2 252 Sr.-RS 1L Round Rock, TX (Stony Point/Iowa State)

33 Tré Moore S 5-11 205 Fr. HS Dayton, OH (Wayne)

34 Paris Logan CB 5-10 180 Fr. HS Columbia, MO (Rock Bridge)

35 Videl Nelson LB 6-2 213 Fr. HS Kansas City, MO (Staley)

36 Tyrone Clark LB 5-11 220 Jr. 2L St. Louis, MO (Mehlville)

37 Josh Gallington K 5-11 197 Jr. JC Bakersfi eld, CA (Bakersfi eld Christian/

Bakersfi eld JC)

38 Rasheen Lemon S 6-1 198 Fr. HS Chicago, IL (Proviso West)

39 Gervaise Porter LB 6-0 210 So.-RS 1Sq Robbins, IL (Eisenhower)

40 Victor Jacques LB 6-1 220 Jr.-RS 1L Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus)

41 Pat McAvoy FB 6-1 236 Sr.-RS 4Sq Cary, IL (St. Viator)

41 Nate McNeal CB 5-11 175 Jr. JC Chicago, IL (Thornwood/Harper College)

42 Michael Neal CB 5-10 175 Fr. HS Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Ely)

43 Jordan Braxton LB 6-3 207 Fr. HS Madison, WI (Verona Area)

44 Devonte’ Majors TE 6-2 229 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Fort Zumwalt West)

45 Boomer Mays DS 6-1 233 Fr. HS Lawrence, KS (Eudora)

46 George Rainey DE 6-2 217 So.-RS 1L Milwaukee, WI (South Division)

47 Rob Sterling FB 5-11 210 Fr. HS Lansing, IL (T.F. South)

48 Ricky Connors FB 6-2 247 Fr.-RS 1Sq Powder Springs, GA (Harrison)

49 Jason Meehan DE 6-2 230 Fr. HS St. Louis, MO (Webster Groves)

50 Ryan Gorrell DE 6-2 230 Fr.-RS WO Westchester, IL (Montini Catholic/Minnesota St.)

51 Zach Anderson DL 6-2 300 So.-RS 1L Ladysmith, WI (Ladysmith)

52 Michael Santacaterina LB 6-0 215 Fr.-RS 1Sq Geneva, IL (Geneva)

53 Pat Schiller LB 6-2 235 Sr.-RS 3L Geneva, IL (Geneva)

54 Cameron Clinton-Earl DE 6-1 233 Fr. HS Milwaukee, WI (Hamilton)

55 Andrew Ness OL 6-4 301 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Christian Brothers College)

55 Mike Hellams LB 6-1 233 So. 1L Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook)

56 Daniel Green DE 6-2 245 Jr.-RS 1Sq Oak Park, IL (Oak Park and River Forest)

57 Kyle Jenkins DE 6-4 253 Sr.-RS 2Sq Itasca, IL (Driscoll/Harper College)

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2011 NORTHERN ILLINOIS numerical Football Roster

No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (High School)

58 Mason Fuller DL 6-3 306 Fr. HS Chicago, IL (Urban Prep)

59 Michael Gegner C 6-3 283 Fr.-RS 1Sq Indianapolis, IN (Warren Central)

60 Lawrence Walker OL 6-5 304 Fr. HS Rockford, IL (Jefferson)

61 Aidan Conlon OL 6-3 293 Fr. HS Flossmoor, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor)

62 Trevor Olson OT 6-6 298 Sr.-RS 3L Richfi eld, MN (Richfi eld)

63 Larry Lloyd DE 6-0 250 Fr.-RS WO Chicago, IL (Glenbard East)

65 Wes Ott OL 6-4 295 Fr.-RS 1Sq Western Springs, IL (Lyons Township)

66 Matt Battaglia OL 6-4 280 Jr. 1L Chicago, IL (Marist/Harper JC)

67 Tyler Pitt OL 6-6 292 Fr.-RS 1Sq McRae, GA (Telfair County)

68 Keith Otis OL 6-4 317 Sr.-RS 2L Chicago, IL (Hubbard)

69 Stephen O’Neal DE 6-4 236 So.-RS 1L Park Forest, IL (Rich East)

70 Logan Pegram OL 6-3 310 Jr.-RS 2L Silver Lake, KS (Silver Lake)

71 Scott Wedige C 6-4 310 Sr.-RS 2L Elkhorn, WI (Elkhorn Area)

72 Joe Pawlak OL 6-5 300 Sr.-RS 3L Grayslake, IL (Grayslake)

73 Matthew Killian OL 6-6 307 Fr. HS O’Fallon, MO (Francis Howell)

75 Tyler Loos OL 6-6 270 Fr.-RS 1Sq Sterling, IL (Sterling)

77 Jared Volk OL 6-3 307 So.-RS 1L Hartland, WI (Arrowhead)

78 Ryan Brown OL 6-7 270 Fr.-RS 1Sq Elburn, IL (St. Charles North)

79 Matt Krempel OL 6-4 305 So.-RS 1L Columbus, IN (Columbus North)

80 Tommylee Lewis WR 5-8 170 Fr. HS Riviera Beach, FL (W.T. Dwyer)

81 Nathan Palmer WR 5-11 195 Sr.-RS 3L Elkhart, IN (Central)

82 Jess Striedl TE 6-2 225 Fr.-RS 1Sq St. Charles, IL (St. Charles East)

82 Juwan Brescacin WR 6-5 216 Fr. HS Mississauga, Ont., Canada [Culver (Ind.) Academy]

83 Luke Eakes TE 6-4 250 Fr.-RS 1Sq St. Marys, KS (St. Marys)

84 Brian Mayer DS 6-3 205 Fr.-RS 1Sq Orland Park, IL (Carl Sandburg)

84 Kevin Tennenbaum TE 6-5 218 Fr. HS Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

85 A.J. Sebastiano WR 6-1 199 Fr. HS Coconut Creek, FL (North Broward Prep)

86 Mack Tracey WR 6-2 190 Fr.-RS 1Sq Lisle, IL (Wheaton Warrenville South)

87 Jason Schepler TE 6-3 275 Sr. 3L Sycamore, IL (Sycamore)

88 Tim Semisch TE 6-8 270 Fr.-RS TR Omaha, NE (Millard North/Neb.-Omaha)

89 Jack Marks TE 6-6 250 Sr.-RS 2L Orland Park, IL (Marist)

90 Alan Baxter DE 6-0 255 Jr. 2L Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

91 Anthony Wells DL 6-3 270 So.-RS 1L North Chicago, IL (North Chicago)

93 Adam Coleman DS 6-3 250 Sr. 3L Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

94 Adam Kiel TE 6-5 290 Sr.-RS 2L Wentzville, MO (St. Dominic)

94 Donovan Gordon DL 6-1 304 Fr.-RS TR Kansas City, MO (Raytown South/Neb.-Omaha)

95 Sean Progar DE 6-3 255 Jr.-RS 2L Glenview, IL (Glenbrook South)

96 Ron Newcomb DL 6-3 280 Sr.-RS 2L Wheatfi eld, IN (Mt. Carmel [Chicago])

97 Joe Windsor DE 6-1 230 So. 1L Kearney, MO (Kearney)

98 Frank Boenzi DL 6-3 310 Fr.-RS 1Sq Geneva, IL (Geneva)

99 Nabal Jefferson DL 5-11 280 Jr. 2L Chicago, IL (Marist)

99 Mathew Sims K 5-11 185 So. 1L Hannibal, MO (Hannibal)

KEY: RS---Has already used a redshirt season. Sq---Squad member. L---Letterman. HS---High School. WO---Walk-on (new).

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COACHING

STAFF


NORTHERN ILLINOIS HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN

About Dave Doeren

• Playing Experience

- Drake

- PFL All-Academic Team

- Academic All-American

• College

- Drake (1990-93)

• High School

- Bishop Miege (Kan.), (1990)

• Birthplace

- San Diego, Calif.

• Birthdate

- December 3, 1971

• Family

- Wife Sara

- Sons Jacob (11), Luke (9) and

Connor (4)

Dave Doeren, a 16-year collegiate coaching

veteran who has helped take teams to eight

bowl games and two national championship

contests, was was named the 21st head football

coach in NIU history. NIU Associate Vice

President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher

made the introduction of the 39-year-old

Doeren Dec. 13, 2010.

Doeren completed his fi fth season at Wisconsin

in 2010. In January of 2008, he added defensive

coordinator duties to his assignment as linebackers

coach after spending his fi rst two seasons in

Madison as the Badgers’ co-defensive coordinator,

linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. The

Shawnee Mission, Kansas native has also served

on successful coaching staffs at Kansas (2002-05),

Montana (2000-01), USC (1998-99) and Drake

(1995-97), his alma mater. He began his coaching

career at Shawnee Mission Northwest High

School in Shawnee, Kansas.

“I am thrilled to introduce Dave Doeren as

the new head football coach at Northern Illinois

University,” Compher said. “Dave has deep

Midwest ties. He played and coached at Drake

and has been at Kansas and Wisconsin. He

knows Midwest recruiting and believes there

is a wealth of talent in this area. His teams will

bring a physical style of play that the Huskies

have been known for.

“We often talk about being able to ride the

bus, he’s not just riding the bus, he has driven the

bus. I like the way he has moved up the coaching

ranks from high school to Drake and Montana,

to USC, Kansas and Wisconsin. He is an experienced

coach with a wealth of knowledge who can

improve on who we are and lead us on that next

step to a championship. We welcome Dave, his

wife Sara and their boys to the Huskie family.”

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Northern Illinois University President John

Peters provided his endorsement.

“We are very pleased to attract a coach of Dave’s

caliber from one of best programs in America,”

Peters said. “I feel confi dent the Huskie football

program is in good hands and will build on the

successes we have enjoyed this century.”

Doeren thanked Compher and Peters for the opportunity

and said he is ready to help the Huskies

reach the next level.

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the Huskie

family,” Doeren said. “To have the opportunity to

work at a program that Coach Novak and Coach

Kill have built, and continue building toward excellence,

is a dream come true. This is something that

I`ve thought about for the last 16 years, I can’t wait

to get started. I look forward to making the former

players, alumni and NIU community proud of the

product they see on the fi eld, in the classroom and

in the community.”

During Doeren’s time at Wisconsin, the Badgers

have posted a 49-15 overall record and played in

the Champs Sports Bowl (twice), Outback Bowl

and Capital One Bowl. This year’s 11-1 UW team

will take on TCU in the 2011 Rose Bowl; the 2009

team won 10 games for just the sixth time in school

history.

His UW defenses were consistently ranked in

the national top 25 in NCAA defensive categories.

The 2010 Wisconsin defense ranked 20th in the

country in total defense and is in the Top 30 in both

rushing and scoring defense. A year ago, Wisconsin

led the Big Ten and ranked fi fth in the country in

rushing defense, allowing just 88.2 yards per game

to record the second-best rush defense in school

history. The Badgers held each of their last 10 opponents

in 2009 to less than 100 yards rushing,

the longest streak in school history. Wisconsin

The Doeren Family: Dave, his wife Sara, and their three sons (l-r) Jacob, Connor and Luke.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the Huskie family. To have the

opportunity to work at a program that Coach Novak and Coach Kill

have built, and continue building toward excellence, is a dream come

true. This is something that I`ve thought about for the last 16 years.”

– Dave Doeren

led the nation in pass effi ciency defense in 2006 and was the No. 2 scoring

defense in the country.

His pupils at Wisconsin have included current National Football League

linebackers Jonathan Casillas of the New Orleans Saints and DeAndre Levy,

the Detroit Lions’ middle linebacker. Badgers’ linebacker Chris Borland was

named the 2009 Big Ten Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Doeren arrived at Wisconsin after four seasons at the University of Kansas

from 2002-05. He was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for

his fi rst three seasons before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator

in the summer of 2005. The Jayhawks led the Big 12 Conference and ranked

No. 3 nationally in rushing defense that year and were 11th nationally in

total defense. KU linebacker Nick Reid was named the Big 12 Defensive

Player of the Year.

Prior to his time in his home state, Doeren coached the secondary at NCAA

Division I-AA power Montana for two seasons and was the Grizzlies’ recruiting

coordinator for one year. Montana won the I-AA national championship in

2001 and went 28-3 with two conference titles in Doeren’s two seasons there.

Doeren’s bowl experience goes back to his days as a graduate assistant at

Southern California (USC) when the Trojans played in the 1998 Sun Bowl.

The Trojans led the nation in interceptions that year with 24, while the 1999

squad led the nation in turnover margin.

He started his college coaching career as an assistant at Drake from 1995-

97 where he coached linebackers, adding defensive coordinator chores in

1997. A four-year letterwinner at Drake (1990-93), Doeren earned Academic

All-America honors as a senior and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in

pre-medical biology and a master’s in educational leadership.

He and his wife, Sara, have three sons, Jacob, Luke and Connor.

DOEREN’S COACHING RECORD

Year School W-L-T Postseason Responsibilities

1995 Drake 8-1-1 None Linebackers

1996 Drake 8-3-0 None Linebackers

1997 Drake 8-3-0 None Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Drake Totals (3 seasons) 24-7-1

1998 Southern California 8-5-0 Sun Bowl Graduate Assistant

1999 Southern California 6-6-0 None Graduate Assistant

USC Totals (2 seasons) 14-11-0 1 Bowl Appearance

2000 Montana 13-2-0 FCS National Championship Game Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator

2001 Montana 15-1-0 FCS National Champions Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator

Montana Totals (2 seasons) 28-3-0 2 Playoff Appearances

2002 Kansas 2-10-0 None Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

2003 Kansas 6-7-0 Tangerine Bowl Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

2004 Kansas 4-7-0 None Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

2005 Kansas 7-5-0 Fort Worth Bowl Co-Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator

Kansas Totals (4 seasons) 19-29-0 2 Bowl Appearances

2006 Wisconsin 12-1-0 Capital One Bowl Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Recruiting

2007 Wisconsin 9-4-0 Outback Bowl Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Recruiting

2008 Wisconsin 7-6-0 Champs Sports Bowl Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2009 Wisconsin 10-3-0 Champs Sports Bowl Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2010 Wisconsin 11-1-0 Rose Bowl Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Wisconsin Totals (5 seasons) 49-15-0 5 Bowl Appearances

CAREER TOTALS (16 seasons) 134-65-1 (.673) National Championship, Eight Bowl Games

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING...

Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin Director of Athletics

(Doeren worked under Alvarez at Wisconsin from 2006-10):

“I’m pleased for Dave. He’s a young, energetic and knowledgeable football coach. He’s

done a tremendous job with our defense here the past fi ve years and he will do a good

job for Northern Illinois.”

Bret Bielema, Wisconsin Head Football Coach

(Doeren coached under Bielema at Wisconsin from 2006-10):

“Northern Illinois is getting not only a great coach, but a great family with Dave’s

wife, Sara, and their three boys. Dave was one of my fi rst hires at Wisconsin and he

has been one of the major reasons we have had success. It was only a matter of time

before Dave became a head coach and I wish him all the best in every game next year,

but one.”

Joe Glenn, 35-Year Football Coach

(Doeren coached under Glenn at Montana from 2000-01):

“[Dave’s] one of my favorites. I’ll tell you that. Dave came into my life when I became

head coach at Montana. When he joined us, he brought a new [defensive] attack with

him, something that we wanted to move toward. He intstalled the defense as a young

coach and away we went. No matter what, Dave totally impacted our staff with his

personality, with his intensity, with his ability to coach and gets kids to play at a very

high level. He had an ability to excite kids about the game. He’s one of the fi nest

young coaches I’ve ever coached with. He has a terrifi c future. I’m really, really happy

to see him be a head coach. He’s due even at the ripe age of 39. He is very mature and

can tie it all up into being a great friend, father and husband. I couldn’t be higher on

anyone I’ve ever met in my career, and I’ve been around for 35 years [of coaching].

“The Huskies have one of the brightest young talents in college football, and I mean

that from my heart. He coaches from the passion of the game and is a competitor.

And he wants to win the right way. He will beat you on intensity and his desire to be

the best.”

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com:

“I really like this hire for Northern Illinois, as Dave Doeren is young and charismatic

and brings a strong track record both as a coach and as a recruiter. His Wisconsin

defense wasn’t a lock-down unit this season, but it fi nished in the top four of the Big

Ten in most major statistical categories. Doeren deserves credit for helping mold

defenders like J.J. Watt and Chris Borland into stars.”


Matt Canada

Offensive Coordinator | Quarterbacks

Indiana (1993) | First Season at NIU/Seventh Overall

Matt Canada, a member of the Northern Illinois

coaching staff during one of the most successful

eras in NIU’s history, returns to NIU in 2011 as the

offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Canada spent six seasons (1998-2003) as an assistant

coach at Northern Illinois under former

head coach Joe Novak, working with the NIU running

backs (1998-2000) and quarterbacks (2001-

02) before taking over as offensive coordinator in the Huskies’ landmark

2003 season. He has spent the last seven years at Indiana University, where

he coached the Hoosiers’ quarterbacks each season, became passing game coordinator

in 2005 and 2006, and served as offensive coordinator for the past

four years.

At Northern Illinois, Canada was part of the staff that revived the Huskie

program, from a team that was 2-9 in his fi rst season of 1998 to the team

that upset Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State en route to a No. 12 Associated

Press and No. 10 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking in 2003.

C a n a d a

About Canada

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011- Northern Illinois (Off. Coord./QB’s)

2004-10 Indiana

• Offensive Coordinator/QB’s (2007-10)

• Passing Game Coord./QB’s (2005-07)

• Quarterbacks (2004-05)

1998-2003 Northern Illinois

• Offensive Coordinator (2003-04)

• Quarterbacks (2001-03)

• Running Backs (1998-01)

1996-98 Butler

• Offensive Coordinator (1997-98)

• Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers (1996-97)

1992-95 Indiana

• Graduate Asst./Tight Ends (1995-96)

• Graduate Asst./Quarterbacks (1994-95)

• Student Coach/Quarterbacks (1993-94)

• Student Coach/Running Backs (1992-93)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2007 Insight Bowl IU, Offensive Coordinator/QB’s

1993 Independence Bowl IU, Student Coach/QB’S

EDUCATION

College B.A., Indiana, 1993

M.A., Indiana, 1995

High School New Palestine (Ind.)

PERSONAL

Birthdate Jan. 19, 1972

Birthplace Louisville, Ky.

Hometown New Palestine, Ind.

Family Daughter Tori (13) and son Chris (11)

coached players

whose names fi ll

the Huskie record

books, including

current Atlanta

Falcons’ running

back and 2003

second-team All-

American (AP)

Michael Turner,

fellow thousandyard

rushers William

Andrews and

Thomas Hammock,

and quarterbacks

Chris

Finlen and Josh

Haldi, who rank

among the top

fi ve quarterbacks

in school history

in passing and

total offense. The

Huskie offense

under Canada

also featured current

Indianapolis

Colts offensive

lineman Ryan

Diem and former

New York Jets

and Tennessee Titans

wide receiver

Justin McCareins.

At Indiana,

Canada’s quarterbacks (Ben Chappell, Kellen Lewis and Blake Powers) over

the past seven seasons hold the top three spots in single season touchdowns,

yards, completions, attempts and completion percentage. In four years as IU

offensive coordinator, the Hoosiers had an All-American (James Hardy), three

fi rst team All-Big Ten receivers, an all-conference left tackle and an all-league

quarterback (Lewis). Chappell led the Big Ten in passing yards, completions

and attempts in 2010 while setting the Indiana single-season records in all

three categories. Indiana set a school record and fi nished 13th nationally in

passing with 287.2 yards per game. The Hoosiers averaged 27.2 points per

game and scored 35-plus points fi ve times.

Lewis set the Indiana school record for career passing touchdowns and

established new single-season marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns

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and total yards as the 2007 Hoosiers scored a school-record 412 points under

Canada’s direction. IU increased its scoring offense by 7.6 points per game,

ran for almost 44 more yards per game and earned 58 more total yards per

game in 2007 as compared to 2006. A 1993 graduate of Indiana, Canada began

his coaching career as a student assistant (1992-93) and graduate assistant

(1994-95) at IU. He made his full-time coaching debut in 1996 at Butler University,

where he oversaw the quarterbacks and wideouts before moving up

to offensive coordinator in 1997.

Jay Niemann

Defensive Coordinator | Safeties

Iowa State (1983) | First Season at NIU

Jay Niemann, a veteran defensive coordinator

who has spent much of his career in Iowa, will lead

the Northern Illinois defensive staff and coach the

Huskies’ safeties.

Niemann has spent the past 25 years as a collegiate

coach on the defensive side of the ball, and has been a

defensive coordinator nearly as long. In three seasons

as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator at Hardin-Simmons di d Si UUniver i

sity in Texas, he helped turn around a defense that ranked last in the nation

prior to his arrival to the No. 2 unit in the American Southwest Conference

in 2009. He coached free safety Matt Warnish to All-America honors in 2008

and saw three of his defensive backs earn all-conference accolades in the past

two seasons.

The Avoca,

Iowa native also

brings experience

as a head coach

to the NIU sidelines

as he served

as head coach at

Simpson (Iowa)

College from 2002-

07 and compiled a

32-29 record. He

led Simpson to

the 2003 NCAA

playoffs while

also serving as the

Storm defensive

coordinator and

defensive backs

coach.

In five years

at the University

of Northern

Iowa (1997-2001),

Niemann served

as the secondary

coach (1997, 2001),

linebacker coach

(1998-99) and defensivecoordinator

(1999-2000).

The Panthers

advanced to the

semifinals of the

NCAA Division

I-AA playoffs in

2001, where they

About Niemann

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011- Northern Illinois (Def. Coord./Safeties)

200810 Hardin-Simmons (Co-Defensive Coord./DBs)

2002-07 Simpson (Head Coach)

1997-2001 Northern Iowa

• Def. Coord./LBs (1999-2000)

• Linebackers (1998)

•Defensive Backs (1997, 2001)

1989-96 Drake

• Def. Coord./Asst. Head Coach (1995-96)

• Def. Backs (1994-95)

1985-89 Washington (Grad. Assistant)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2008 NCAA D-III Playoffs

2003 NCAA D-III Playoffs

2001 FCS National Semi-inalists

1987 Independence Bowl (Washington, GA)

1986 Sun Bowl (Washington, GA)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1979-82 Iowa State

EDUCATION

College B.S., Iowa State, 1983

M.A., Western Washington, 1988

High School Avo-Ha Community, 1979

PERSONAL

Birthdate Nov. 27, 1960

Birthplace Harlan, Iowa

Hometown Avoca, Iowa

Family Wife, LouAnn, sons Ben (16) and Nick (13)

were defeated by a Montana staff that included Doeren.

At UNI, Niemann coached cornerback Ty Talton, who went on to play in

the NFL. Niemann spent seven seasons at Drake University as the assistant

head coach (beginning in 1995), defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

The Iowa State grad, who played for the Cyclones from 1979-82, began his

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career as an assistant coach at Western Washington University and also was

a graduate assistant coach at the University of Washington where he worked

for UW legends Don James and Jim Lambright.

Rod Carey

HUSKIE ASSISTANT COACHES

Offensive Line

Indiana (1994) | First Season at NIU

Bob Cole, an experienced offensive coach who

has served as offensive coordinator at six different

universities, joins the Huskies as wide receivers

coach beginning in 2011. Cole comes to Northern

Rod Carey, who has spent nearly all of his 13-year

Illinois with 22 years of collegiate coaching expe-

collegiate coaching career in the Midwest, was named

rience and most recently coached quarterbacks at

the offensive line coach at Northern Illinois Univer-

Western Kentucky University.

sity on January 13, 2011. Carey joined the Huskies

Prior to spending the 2009 campaign at Western n Kentucky k where h he

after three seasons coaching the offensive line at the

served as quarterbacks coach, Cole was the offensive coordinator and

University of North Dakota.

quarterbacks coach at the University of Wyoming in 2008. He went to

In addition to North Dakota, Carey has coached

Wyoming after three seasons (2005-07) in the same role at Florida A&M

collegiately at Illinois State, Wisconsin-Stout and Minnesota Minnesota. The IIndiana ndiana d

graduate and Wayzata, Minn. native coached the North Dakota offensive line

against the Huskies this past September at Huskie Stadium.

Carey’s offensive line led the way for UND 1,000-yard rusher Josh Murray

(1,146 yards) in 2008, and for the No. 2 running back in the Great West Conference

a year later. The Fighting Sioux also passed for over 2,000 yards that

season. Five of his offensive linemen have earned GWC all-conference honors

over the last three seasons and one - Mitch Braegelmann - was a two-time

fi rst-team Academic All-American.

Prior to going

to North Dakota, About Carey

Carey spent the

2007 season as COACHING EXPERIENCE

the offensive line 2011- Northern Illinois (Offensive Line)

coach at Illinois 2008-10 North Dakota (Offensive Line)

State University. 2007 Illinois State (Offensive Line)

His Redbird of- 2000-06 Wisconsin-Stout (Off. Coord./Off. Line)

fensive line fea-

1998-99 Minnesota (Graduate Assistant)

tured three play-

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

ers that would

2000 NCAA D-III Playoffs (UW-Stout, Off. Coord./Off. Line)

receive profes-

1999 Sun Bowl (Minnesota Graduate Assistant)

sional football 1993 Independence Bowl (Indiana, Player)

opportunities in 1991 Copper Bowl (Indiana, Player)

Brandon Joyce 1990 Peach Bowl (Indiana, Player)

(St. Louis Rams,

2010); Jonathan PLAYING EXPERIENCE

St. Pierre (To- 1989-93 Indiana (Center)

ronto, 2010) and

Isaiah Wiggins EDUCATION

(Baltimore Ra- College B.A., Indiana, 1993

vens, 2008).

From 2000- PERSONAL

06, Carey served Birthdate July 24, 1971

on the coaching Birthplace Madison, Wis.

staff at the Uni- Hometown Wayzata, Minn.

versity of Wis- Family Wife, Tonya, daughter Kennedi (7) and

consin-Stout,

son Charlie (4).

where he was the

offensive coordinator

and offensive line coach. His offensive units averaged nearly 400 yards

per game during his seven seasons and set 14 school records, including the

all-time conference rushing record. He coached Blue Devils’ offensive lineman

Ben Knepper, one of the most decorated players ever at UW-Stout, as he earned

multiple All-American and all-conference honors. In all, Carey coached 26 allconference

selections and seven All-Americans during his time at UW-Stout.

He began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Minnesota (1998-

99) where he helped the Gophers to their fi rst bowl game in over a decade with

a trip to the 1999 Sun Bowl. His fi rst coaching position was as the offensive

line coach at his alma mater, Wayzata (Minn.) High School, from 1994-97.

A three-year starter at center for Indiana during his collegiate playing

days, Carey served as a team captain and won IU’s Corby Davis Outstanding

Offensive Player Award as a senior. He earned his bachelor’s degree from

Indiana in 1994.

University, where Rattlers’ quarterback Albert Chester led the Mid-

Eastern Athletic Conference in passing and total offense in 2006.

A native of Whitehall, Pa., Cole led a successful offense as offensive

coordinator at Utah State from 2000-04. Under his direction, the 2002

Aggies ranked seventh in the nation in passing offense, while quarterback

Jose Fuentes was ninth in the country in total offense and Kevin Curtis

was sixth in receiving yards. The previous year, Cole’s USU offense ranked

13th in the NCAA in passing behind Fuentes and Curtis, who led the nation

in receptions (9.09/game) and was third in receiving yards. In his first

season at Utah State, the Aggies were 21st in the nation in passing offense,

while running back Emmett White Jr. led the nation in all-purpose yards.

As offensive coordinator at Montana in 1999, the Grizzlies reached the

NCAA I-AA playoffs and Cole’s offense ranked second among all NCAA

Division I-AA teams in total offense (517.4 yards per game), scoring offense

(46.4 points per game) and passing offense (370.0 yards per game). Quarterback

Drew Miller

led the nation in passing

efficiency with a About Cole

quarterback rating of COACHING EXPERIENCE

168.6, marking the sec- 2011 Northern Illinois (Wide Receivers)

ond consecutive sea- 200910 Western Kentucky (Quarterbacks)

son that Cole coached 2008 Wyoming (Off. Coord./QBs)

the nation’s passing 2004-07 Florida A&M (Off. Coord./QBs)

efficiency leader. Miller 2000-04 Utah State (Offensive Coordinator)

also ranked second in 1999-2000 Montana (Offensive Coordinator)

the nation with an av- 1993-99 Portland State (Off. Coord./QBs)

erage of 346.1 passing 1988-93 Sonoma State (Off. Coord./QBs)

yards per game.

1985-88 San Leandro H.S. (Head Coach)

Cole spent six sea-

1988-93 Moreau H.S. (Assistant Coach)

sons (1993-98) at Port-

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

land State as offensive

2000 FCS National Finals (Montana, Off. Coord.)

coordinator and quar-

1999 FCS Playoffs (Montana, Off. Coord.)

terbacks coach. Dur-

1993-95 NCAA D-II Playoffs (PSU, Off. Coord./QBs)

ing his tenure, PSU 1979-81 NCAA D-III Playoffs (Widener, Player)

ranked in the top 10

in the nation in total PLAYING EXPERIENCE

offense three times - in 1979-81 Widener (Quarterback)

1994, 1995 and 1998.

Vikings’ quarterback EDUCATION

Jimmy Blanchard led College B.S., Widener, 1982

the nation in passing

efficiency in 1998. PERSONAL

Cole has been a col- Birthdate Sept. 26, 1959

lege coach since 1988, Birthplace Allentown, Pa.

when he began his ca- Hometown Whitehall, Pa.

reer as the offensive co- Family Wife, Kathy, daughter Zoe (13)

ordinator and quarter-

and son Bobby (12).

backs’ coach at Sonoma

State University in California, where he coached for five years (1988-92).

His 1992 Sonoma State offense set school record for points, passing yards

per game and total passing yards, while the 1991 Seawolves set school

record for victories (nine), total offense and touchdown passes.

A 1982 graduate of Widener University in Chester, Pa., Cole was a threeyear

starter (1979-81) at quarterback for the Pioneers and led Widener to

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Bob Cole

Wide Receivers

Widener (1982) | First Season at NIU


the 1981 NCAA Division III National Championship. Widener went 35-2

and advanced to the Division III Playoffs in all three of his years as the

starting signal-caller.

Cole and his wife Kathy have two children, daughter Zoe and son Bobby.

Eddie Faulkner

Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator

Wisconsin (2000) | First Season at NIU

Eddie Faulkner, who has spent the last six seasons

coaching running backs at Ball State and served as

the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator for the past two

years, joins Northern Illinois’ offensive coaching staff

as running backs coach.

Faulkner has coached the running backs at Ball

State since 2005 and has been the Cardinals’ offensive

coordinator for the last two seasons. Under his direction, tio i n tailback tailb i lb lback MiQuale Mi MiQuale l

Lewis set the Ball State single season rushing record during the Cardinals’

undefeated Mid-American Conference regular season campaign in 2008.

Ball State was ranked for nine straight weeks that season and achieved a

ranking of as high as No. 12 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.

The previous year, the BSU backfi eld tallied nearly 2,000 rushing yards despite

losing Lewis in the fi fth game of the season. Ball State played in bowl games

following both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

After beginning

About Faulkner

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011 Northern Illinois (Running Backs)

2003-10 Ball State

• Off. Coordinator/RBs (2009-10)

• RBs/Special Teams (2005-08)

• Graduate Assistant (2003-04)

2002 Anderson (Running Backs)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2009 GMAC Bowl (BSU, Off. Coordinator/RBs)

2008 International Bowl (BSU, RBs/Special Teams)

2000 Sun Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)

1999 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)

1998 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)

1997 Outback Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)

1996 Copper Bowl (Wisconsin, Player)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1996-2000 Wisconsin (Running Back)

EDUCATION

College B.A., Wisconsin, 2000

M.A., Ball State, 2004

PERSONAL

Birthdate Oct. 20, 1977

Birthplace Muncie, Ind.

Hometown Muncie, Ind.

Family Wife, Anissa son Eddie IV and

daughter Madison Rose

HUSKIE ASSISTANT COACHES

his coaching career

at Anderson University

in 2002 as running

backs coach

and junior varsity

offensive coordinator,

Faulkner, a

native of Muncie,

spent the 2003 and

2004 seasons on the

Ball State coaching

staff as a graduate

assistant coach.

He was a fouryear

letterwinner at

tailback for the University

of Wisconsin

and helped the

Badgers to two Big

Ten Championships

and fi ve bowl games

during his playing

career. After graduating

from UW, he was

a free agent signee of

the National Football

League’s Pittsburgh

Steelers in 2001 and

played professionally

with the Edmonton

Eskimos of the Canadian

Football League.

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Kevin Kane

Fullbacks | Tight Ends

Kansas (2007) | First Season at NIU

Kevin Kane, a member of the football staff at

Wisconsin for the past three seasons, will coach

the Northern Illinois tight ends and fullbacks under

head coach Dave Doeren.

Kane comes to NIU after working on the football

staff at the University of Wisconsin from 2008-2010.

An All-Big 12 Conference linebacker for Doeren at

the University of Kansas from 2002-05, Kane was a gr graduate ad adua duate

te ass assistant ssis ista ta nt ntt at

Wisconsin for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before serving as the Quality Control

Assistant for the UW defense in 2010. He earned a masters in education

from Wisconsin in 2010.

Prior to going to Wisconsin, the Parkville, Mo. native was a graduate

assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons; he was part of the KU

coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl Championship.

Kane earned a bachelor of general studies in communication studies from

KU in 2006.

About Kane

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011 Northern Illinois (Tight Ends/Fullbacks)

2008-10 Wisconsin

• Quality Control (2010)

• Graduate Assistant (2008-09)

2006-07 Kansas (Student Assistant)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2011 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin, Graduate Assistant)

2009 Champs Bowl (Wisconsin, Graduate Assistant)

2008 Champs Bowl (Wisconsin, Graduate Assistant)

2008 Orange Bowl (Kansas, Student Assistant)

2005 Fort Worth Bowl (Kansas, Player)

2003 Tangerine Bowl (Kansas, Player)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

2002-05 Kansas (Linebacker)

EDUCATION

College B.S., Kansas, 2006

M.S., Wisconsin, 2010

PERSONAL

Birthdate Dec. 18, 1983

Birthplace Kansas City, Mo.

Hometown Kansas City, Mo.

Family Wife, Theresa

As a player,

Kane earned

honorable mention

All-Big 12

accolades from

the Associated

Press following

both his junior

and senior seasons

and was a

three-time Academic

All-Big

12 honoree. He

won KU’s Nolan

Cromwell

Award for Leadershipfollowing

his junior

year and served

as a team captain

as a senior.

He also won a

state championship

as a high

school junior at

Rockhurst High

School in Missouri.

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TOM MATUKEWICZ

Linebackers

Fort Hays State (1997) | Fourth Season at NIU

HUSKIE ASSISTANT COACHES

The longest tenured coach on staff, Tom Matukewicz

begins his fourth season as linebackers’ coach at

Northern Illinois in 2011.

A key member of a defensive coaching staff that

turned the Huskies into one of the top defenses in the

MAC, Matukewicz served a more vital role when he

was elevated to interim head coach for the Huskies’

appearance in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl following g the departure of Jerry

Kill at the end of the season.

Matukewicz led the team through its bowl preparation, directed a staff

thrown into new roles, handled media responsibilities and guided the Huskies

to a dominating 40-17 victory over Fresno State.

During his fi rst three seasons at Northern Illinois, Matukewicz was responsible

for coordinating the Huskies’ run defense. Last season, NIU ranked

24th nationally and

third in the MAC

About Matukewicz

in run defense allowing

126.50 yards

COACHING EXPERIENCE

per game. Northern

2008 Northern Illinois

• Linebackers (2008-)

also boasted the No.

• Interim Head Coach (2010)

1 total defense in the

2001-07 Southern Illinois (LBs/Run Game Coord.) MAC in 2009 and

2000-01 Emporia State (Defensive Line)

2008.

1999-2000 Coffeyville C.C. (Off. Line/TEs)

In his fi rst year

1997-99 Pittsburg State (Off. Tackles/TEs) in DeKalb, “Coach

1996-97 Fort Hays St. (Def. Line/Special Teams) Tuke” was part

of the staff which

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

turned the Huskies’

2010 Humanitarian Bowl (NIU, Interim Head Coach) into the number

2010 International Bowl (NIU, Asst. Coach)

one scoring and to-

2008 Independence Bowl (NIU, Asst. Coach)

tal defense in the

2003-07 FCS Playoffs (SIU, Asst. Coach)

MAC, and one of

the top 20 units

EDUCATION

in the country in

College B.A., Fort Hays State, 1997

2008. NIU boasted

M.S., Pittsburg State, 1998

the second-most

High School Silver Lake (Kan.), 1992

improved scoring

defense in the na-

PERSONAL

Birthdate Aug. 5, 1973

tion in 2008 as they

Birthplace St. Joseph, Mo.

allowed 18.0 points

Hometown Silver Lake, Kan.

per game, down

Family Wife, Lenna and daughter Georgia (4) from 30.8 the year

before. NIU ranked

17th nationally in

total defense and was fi fth in the country in pass defense.

Matukewicz spent seven seasons at Southern Illinois with Kill from 2001-

07. He was honored as the 2007 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association after

helping turn the Salukis into one of the stingiest rushing defenses in the country.

SIU held its opponents to a rushing average below 135 yards per game every

year from 2002-07 as the Salukis had three of the top 10 rushing defenses in

program history during that time.

Matukewicz has coached an impressive group of student-athletes who

excelled both on and off the fi eld. In seven years at SIU, Matukewicz’s linebackers

earned all-conference honors nine times, while fi ve garnered all-academic

recognition.

Matukewicz’s pupils included Bart Scott, Royal Whitaker and Brandin Jordan.

Scott earned All-America honors at SIU in 2001, and enters his ninth season

in the National Football League in 2010, having played for both the Baltimore

Ravens and the New York Jets. Whitaker started four seasons for Southern Illinois,

and earned all-Gateway honors three times. Jordan, the Gateway Conference’s

2006 Newcomer of the Year, ranked third on the team in tackles in 2007,

garnering second team all-conference accolades.

That season, Jordan was joined on the All-Gateway team by Chauncey

Mixon; the team’s leading tackler earned Sports Network All-America status.

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Matukewicz’s most prolifi c linebacking corps played in 2004, forming the

heart of a defense that gave up only 101.7 rushing yards per game, led the nation

in scoring defense and allowed just 13.2 points per game. His 2005 group was

also notable, helping SIU rank 13th in the country in rushing defense.

Before coaching at Southern Illinois, Matukewicz was the defensive line

coach at Emporia State, where he also had responsibilities as the marketing

and promotions director. He has also made stops at Butler Country Community

College, Coffeyville Community College and Pittsburg State, where

he earned his master’s in sports management.

A native of Silver Lake, Kan., Matukewicz completed his undergraduate

work at Fort Hays State, receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical education

in 1997.

Matukewicz and his, wife Lenna, have one daughter, Georgia (4).

Richard MCNutt

Cornerbacks

Ohio State (2004) | First Season at NIU

Richard McNutt, who has coached defensive backs

at two Mid-American Conference schools, joined Dave

Doeren’s staff at Northern Illinois on January 27, 2011

the Huskie cornerbacks coach.

A former cornerback for Ohio State, McNutt has

spent his entire career coaching defensive backs, most

recently at Kent State University, where he spent the

last two seasons. The Golden Flashes boasted the No. 1 total otal l defense f in the h MAC MA MAC

About McNutt

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011 Northern Illinois (Cornerbacks)

2009-10 Kent State (DBs/Cornerbacks)

2008 Cleveland Browns

(DBs/Safeties/Special Teams)

2007 Toledo (DBs/Cornerbacks)

2006 Virginia Military Institute (Def. Backs)

2004-05 Washington & Jefferson (Def. Backs)

2003 Ohio State (Player Coach, Def. Backs)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2004-05 NCAA D-III Playoffs (W&J, Asst. Coach)

2004 Fiesta Bowl (OSU, Student Coach)

2003 National Championship Game (OSU, Player)

2002 Outback Bowl (OSU, Player)

2001 Outback Bowl (OSU, Player)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

2000-02 Ohio State (Cornerback)

EDUCATION

College B.S., Ohio State, 2004

High School Rich East, 2000

PERSONAL

Birthdate Sept. 17, 1981

Birthplace Chicago, Ill.

Hometown Chicago, Ill.

Family Wife, LaToya, sons Devon (13) and

Trey (4) and daughter Nya (9)

in 2010 and ranked

second in the league

in pass effi ciency defense.

McNutt was

also involved with

coaching the special

teams units at Kent

State.

McNutt spent the

2008 football season

on the staff of the

Cleveland Browns,

where he coached

the safeties, assisted

with the defensive

backs and served

as assistant special

teams coach. The

Browns ranked second

in the NFL in

interceptions with

23 that season. He

went to Cleveland

after one season as

the secondary coach

at the University of

Toledo (2007) and

spent the previous

year as defensive

backs coach at Virginia

Military Institute

(VMI).

A native of Park

Forest, Ill., McNutt

began his coaching career under his collegiate head coach, Jim Tressel, as a

student assistant coach at Ohio State in 2003 after completing his playing

career for the Buckeyes. During that time, he assisted with the cornerbacks

and special teams and was a member of the staff that led OSU to an 11-2 record

and a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Immediately after earning his undergraduate degree from Ohio State in

2004, McNutt began his coaching career as varsity defensive backs coach and


defensive coordinator for the junior varsity team at Washington & Jefferson

College in Washington, Pa. He helped the Presidents to a 12-1 record and the

third round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 2004, as Washington & Jefferson

ranked second in the nation with 26 interceptions. W&J posted a 9-2

record and advanced to the playoffs in 2005.

As a player, McNutt was on the Buckeyes teams that won the 2002 National

Championship with a perfect 14-0 record. He was a three-year letterwinner

for OSU and played in every game for Ohio State in both the 2000 and 2001

seasons; he started the fi rst six games of 2002 at cornerback before he was

sidelined by injury. McNutt signed with Ohio State after a stellar prep career

at Rich East High School in Park Forest as he was named one of the top fi ve

cornerback prospects in the country that year.

Ryan Nielsen

Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

Southern California (2002) | First Season at NIU

Ryan Nielsen, a former USC defensive lineman who

has coached at Ole Miss and most recently Tennessee-

Martin, was named Northern Illinois’ defensive line

coach on December 22, 2010 by NIU head football

coach Dave Doeren.

Nielsen comes to Northern Illinois after one season

at UT-Martin, where he served as defensive line coach

and special teams coordinator. Skyhawks’ defensive end d Tim Ti Cox C earned d All- All l

Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2010 under Nielsen’s tutelage.

The Simi Valley, Calif. native went to UT-Martin after two seasons at

Central Connecti-

About Nielsen

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011 Northern Illinois (Defensive Line)

2010 Tennessee-Martin (DL/Special Teams)

2008-09 Central Connecticut St.

(Def. Coord./Def. Line/LBs)

2005-07 Mississippi (Defensive Line)

2004 Idaho (Administrative Assistant)

2002 Southern California (Volunteer)

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE

2003 Orange Bowl (USC, Volunteer)

2001 Las Vegas Bowl (USC, Player)

1998 Sun Bowl (USC, Player)

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1997-2002 Southern California (Defensive Line)

EDUCATION

College B.S., Southern California, 2002

PERSONAL

Birthdate March 20, 1979

Birthplace Los Angeles, Calif.

Hometown Los Angeles, Calif.

NIU FOOTBALL STAFF

cut State, where

he coached a pair

of all-conference

honorees, including

2008 league

sacks leader Ray

Saunders, and the

2009 Northeast

Conference Rookie

of the Year, Lawton

Arnold.

Nielsen coached

the defensive line

at Ole Miss from

March 2005 to December

2007, where

his pupils included

future NFL-er Jamie

Mitchell, freshman

All-American

Marcus Tillman

(2006), 2007

Southeastern Conference

sack leader

Greg Hardy and

first round draft

pick Peria Jerry.

Nielsen and Doeren have known each other since their days at USC, where

Nielsen was an All-Pac 10 Conference defensive lineman as a sophomore and

Doeren was on the coaching staff. Nielsen was a defensive tackle for the Trojans

from 1997-2002, and recorded a career best 39 tackles in 1999. He signed as an

undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and played one season

of Arena Football with the Los Angeles Avengers.

15

Brad Ohrt

Director of Sports Performance

Appalachian State (1994) | First Season at NIU

Brad Ohrt, who has served as head strength and

conditioning coach at four institutions during a 15year

coaching career, will take over the same role at

Northern Illinois, head football coach Dave Doeren

announced December 21, 2010.

Ohrt comes to NIU after three seasons at Western

Carolina in his second stint at the school. He spent

the 2007 football season on the strength staff of the Miami i i Dolphins D l hi and d pre-

viously served as head strength coach at Western Kentucky (2005-07) and

Louisiana-Lafayette (2002-05).

Ohrt and Doeren were both at the University of Southern California in the

late 1990s as Ohrt was an assistant strength coach at the school from 1998-

2001, working primarily with the Trojan men’s and women’s basketball teams

in addition to assisting with the USC football program.

He spent

About Ohrt

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2011 Northern Illinois (Dir. of Sports Performance)

2008-10 Western Carolina (Strength & Conditioning)

2007 Miami Dolphins (Asst. Strength & Conditioning)

2005-07 Western Kentucky (Strength & Conditioning)

2002-05 Louisiana-Lafayette (Strength & Conditioning)

2001-02 Western Carolina (Asst. Strength & Conditioning)

1998-2001 Southern California (Asst. Strength & Conditioning)

1997-98 Wingate (Strength & Conditioning)

1997 Kansas (Graduate Assistant)

EDUCATION

College B.A., Appalachian State, 1994

M.Ed., Kansas, 1997

PERSONAL

Birthdate Feb. 25, 1972

Birthplace New Ulm, Minn.

Hometown Sebring, Fla.

Family Wife, Ashley

2001-02 on

staff at WesternCarolina

where

he helped

develop the

WCU men’s

and women’s

basketball,

football and

baseball

teams as well

as seven other

programs.

He first encountered

NIU Associate

Vice

President

and Director

of Athletics

Jeff Compher

during his

time with the Catamounts.

At ULL, Ohrt was responsible for developing and implementing programs

for almost all of the Ragin’ Cajuns athletic programs, including football, men’s

basketball and baseball, while his duties at Western Kentucky included overseeing

the entire strength and conditioning operation while working directly

with the Hilltopper football program.

Ohrt’s fi rst head strength and conditioning coaching position was at Wingate

University in 1997-98 after earning his master’s degree from Kansas in 1997,

where he was a graduate assistant strength coach for the Jayhawks.

The New Ulm, Minn. native was an All-American offensive lineman at Appalachian

State in 1994 and earned All-Southern Conference honors his junior

and senior seasons. As a senior, he was named a fi rst team All-American by The

Sports Network and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, and was named a thirdteam

All-American by the Associated Press. He was a three-year letterwinner

for the Mountaineers before earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Ohrt is a certifi ed strength and conditioning specialist through the National

Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Alex krutsch

Defensive Graduate Assistant

Northern Illinois (2008) | Second Season at NIU

Former Huskie defensive lineman Alex Krutsch,

who returned to his alma mater in 2010 as Northern

Illinois’ graduate assistant for video operations, will

serve as the defensive GA for the Huskies in 2011.

A native of Schaumburg, Ill., Krutsch was a fouryear

letterwinner for the Huskies from 2005-08 who

started 24 games in his fi nal two seasons and made

30 starts while playing in 39 games in his career. Krutsch totaled 85 tackles,

14 for loss, during his time at NIU, including a career high eight at Navy in

2007.

As a junior in 2007, Krutsch had a career-high 44 stops in 12 games, with

6.5 for loss. He was a third-team All-MAC selection by Phil Steele’s Magazine

that year and won the team’s Jawan Jackson Award, given to the former walkon

who makes the biggest impact on the team.

Krutsch came to Northern Illinois from Schaumburg High School where

he was named an honorable mention all-area choice by the Daily Herald and

a second team Mid-Suburban League honoree.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois in communications

in May 2009.

Matt

Lipman

Director Equipment Manager

of Football Operations Youngstown St. (2004)

Miami (OH) (2003)

First Season at NIU

Third Season at NIU

Peter

Roley

Asst. Asst Dir. Dir Football

Operations/Video

W. Illinois (2008)

Second Season at NIU

AlVY

ARMSTRONG

Zach

Opsal

Graduate Assistant

Wisconsin (2010)

First Season at NIU

NIU FOOTBALL STAFF

JEFF

SISSON

Athletic Trainer

Illinois State (1997)

Eighth Season at NIU

www.NIUHuskies.com 16

Joe Tripodi

Offensive Graduate Assistant

Northwestern (2006) | Second Season at NIU

NIU FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF

JOE

MCKILLIP

Graduate Assistant

Wisconsin (2010)

First Season at NIU

A two-year starter on the offensive line for the

Northwestern Wildcats, Joe Tripodi is in his second

season as a member of the Huskie offensive coaching

staff as the graduate assistant for the NIU offense.

Tripodi begins his collegiate coaching career after

spending the last three seasons in his hometown

of Chelsea, Mich. where he served as defensive line

coach for Chelsea High School in 2008 and 2009. Chelsea compiled a 17-6

record in Tripodi’s two years, winning the 2008 district title and advancing to

the district fi nals in 2009. While coaching at Chelsea High School, Tripodi

also worked at Saline Middle School.

Tripodi was Northwestern’s starting left guard in 2005 and 2006 and was

a co-recipient of the 2006 Randy Walker Wildcat Award, given for work

ethic, toughness and warrior attitude. He was part of the offensive line that

played a key role in Northwestern’ record-setting offensive season in 2005.

He came to NU after earning all-state honors in both football and track

and fi eld at Chelsea HS. He was one of six fi nalists for the Michigan High

School Athlete of the Year honor as a senior. The three-time all-conference

and two-time all-area selection in football also won back-to-back state titles

in the shot put. His football team went 30-4 in his three years as a starter.

Tripodi graduated from Northwestern in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree

in communications and is pursuing his graduate degree in adult and higher

education at NIU.

liz

Tovar

Asst. Asst Athletic Dir./ Dir /

Acad. Support Services

Kansas

First Season at NIU

JULIE

EDWARDS

Andy

Owen

Academic Coordinator

Third Season at NIU

JOYCE

JAMES

Football Secretary Football Secretary

14th Season at NIU

23rd Season at NIU

Matt

Jacobs

Asst. Asst Coach, Coach

Sports Performance

First Season at NIU


2011

HUSKIE

PLAYERS


51 Zach Anderson

DL | 6-2 | 300 | Soph.-RS | 1L

Ladysmith, Wis. | Ladysmith

Missed 2011 spring practices due to a leg injury.

2010: Played in six games on the interior defensive

line as a redshirt freshman. Saw his fi rst collegiate

action at home versus North Dakota (9-11) and

recorded a three-yard tackle for loss for his only

tackle of the year. Also played in home games

versus Buffalo (10-16), Central Michigan (10-23)

and Toledo (11-9) and on the road at Akron (10-2) and d BBall ll S State (11 (11-20). 20)

2009: Redshirted.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-state honors from the Associated Press,

Eau Claire Leader and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Shrine

Bowl participant served as team captain and was elected team MVP as a

senior. Two-time WFCA All-Northwest fi rst team and three-time fi rst

team all-conference selection. Saw action on both sides of the line and at

fullback. Recorded 66 tackles, 16 sacks, caused eight fumbles, recovered

seven and blocked two kicks as a senior. Ran the ball 20 times for 150 yards

and scored twice. Twelve-time letterwinner in football, wrestling and track.

As a wrestler, was a three-time state placewinner at 285 pounds with 106

career pins and a 152-21 record. Also on the mat, was a two-time Greco-

All American and Greco National placewinner, and holds the fastest pin in

Wisconsin at four seconds. As a track and fi eld athlete, qualifi ed twice for the

state championships in the shot put and once in the discus.

Personal: Born March 28, 1991 in Maplewood, Minn. Son of John and Cheryl

McMahon. Majoring in physical education. Spends time coaching children’s

wrestling and as a referee. Admires Reggie White and Dan Gable.

Anderson’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 6/0 1 0 1 1-3 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 1, vs. Iowa State, 9-11-10

TFL: 1, vs. Iowa State, 9-11-10

7 Perez Ashford

WR | 5-10 | 185 | So. | 1L

Shaker Heights, Ohio | Shaker Heights

Enters his junior year with 29 career catches for 289 yards

in 25 games and nine punt returns for 127 yards and one

touchdown.

2010: As a sophomore, ranked fi fth on the team

in receiving with 19 catches for 206 yards while

playing in all 14 games. Averaged 10.8 yards per

catch and caught at least one pass in 10 of the

Huskies’ 14 games. Returned six punts for 65 yards to average 10.8 yards per

punt return. Recorded career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards

(65) in the home opener against North Dakota (9-11). Had three grabs for

26 yards and a punt return for 13 yards against Buffalo (10-16). Caught two

passes for 41 yards, including a career-long 35-yard grab, against Toledo (11-

9). Made two catches for 11 yards against Central Michigan (10-23). Recorded

an 18-yard reception in the Humanitarian Bowl game (12-18). Had one catch

each versus Illinois (9-18), Akron (10-2), Temple (10-9), Ball State (11-20) and

Miami (12-3).

2009: Saw action in 11 games, with starts against Wisconsin (9-5) and Miami

(10-24). Ranked seventh on the squad with 83 receiving yards on 10 catches

while playing in 11 games. Caught three passes for a season high 32 yards,

including a season-long 21-yard catch, against Toledo (10-17). Scored his fi rst

career touchdown on a 44-yard punt return at Miami (Ohio). Recorded a

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season-best four receptions for 30 yards against Akron (10-31) to lead NIU in

receiving yards in the contest.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-state honors in his junior year, compiling

930 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 56 catches. Garnered second

team all-state recognition as a senior after totaling 760 yards and three

touchdowns on 46 catches. Team captain ran the ball seven times for 210

yards and one touchdown, and tallied 38 tackles and seven pass defl ections

as a defensive back that year. Named fi rst team all-conference in each of his

three years as a starter, and earned fi rst team all-area recognition twice.

Named to the all-area second team as a sophomore. Racked up 38 catches for

560 yards and six touchdowns his sophomore year. In his career, recorded

2,250 receiving yards on 140 receptions for an average of 15.7 yards per catch,

scored 21 touchdowns, and holds the school record in all four categories.

Selected to participate in Ohio’s Big 33 All-Star Game. Captained the track

and fi eld team in addition to his work on the gridiron

Personal: Born March 2, 1991 in Cleveland, Ohio. Sociology major. Son of

Lesley and Perez Ashford. Admires Steve Smith and Marvin Harrison.

Ashford’s Career Stats

RECEIVING

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2009 11/2 10 83 8.3 0 21 7.5

2010 14/0 19 206 10.8 0 35 14.7

Career 25/2 29 289 9.7 0 35 11.3

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2009 11/2 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 -0.2

2010 14/0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Career 25/2 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 -0.1

PUNT RETURNS

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg

2009 11/2 3 62 20.7 1 44

2010 14/0 6 65 10.8 0 16

Career 21/2 9 127 14.1 1 44

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 6, vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10

Receiving Yards: 65, vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10

Long Gain: 35, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

10 Greg Barksdale

LB | 6-2 | 210 | So. | 1L

University Park, Ill. | Crete-Monee

2010: Saw action in every game except the Illinois

(9-18) and Western Michigan (10-30) contests.

Played primarily on kickoff coverage squad and

got into some games late at linebacker. Recorded

six total tackles, three solo, in 12 games. Made his

Huskie debut in the season opener at Iowa State (9-

2) as a member of the kickoff coverage team. First

career tackle came at Minnesota (9-25). Notched

two stops, one solo, a week later at Akron (10-2) where he also played

linebacker. Credited with a career best two stops, both solo, at Eastern

Michigan (11-26). Had an assisted tackle at Ball State (11-20).

High School: An Illinois High School Football Coaches Association

(IHSFCA) 6A fi rst team All-State honoree in 2009. A Chicago Tribune second

team All-State selection and Chicago Sun-Times All-Area special mention

player as a senior. Earned all-area recognition in 2008 and 2009. A three-time

all-conference selection. MVP of his high school team as a senior. Served

as team captain his last two seasons. Three-year starter for Crete-Monee,

helped lead the Warriors to a 10-2 record and the school’s fi rst-ever trip to the

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quarterfi nals of the state playoffs in 2009. Recorded 96 tackles, 60 solo, three

sacks, made three interceptions, recovered two fumbles (including one for a

touchdown) and caused fi ve fumbles at linebacker his senior year. Rushed

for 350 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. The Warriors won or shared the

SICA South title each of his three years. All-conference selection in baseball

who hit .380 with three home runs and was 15-for-15 on stolen bases as a

designated hitter.

Personal: Born June 20, 1992. Son of Tony Sleming and Gregory Barksdale Jr.

Intends to major in sociology.

Barksdale’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 12/0 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2, twice, last at Eastern Michigan (11-26-10)

6 jamaal bass

LB | 6-0 | 220 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Miramar, Fla. | Miramar

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: An All-Broward County fi rst team

selection at linebacker as a senior after making 165

tackles for the Miramar team that won the 6A state

title in 2009. Tallied 90 solo stops and 75 assists,

forced three fumbles and recovered two, and broke

up three passes. Four-year varsity letterwinner

served as team captain as a senior. Invited to play in the Dade vs. Broward

All-Star Game in Hawaii. Credited with 105 tackles, 65 solo, his junior year.

Forced one fumble, recovered three and broke up two passes. Also reached

the 100-tackle mark in his sophomore year with 75 solo stops. In his prep

career, totaled 450 tackles, 260 total, six forced fumbles, seven fumble

recoveries and fi ve pass break-ups. Miramar went 14-1 and won the state title

in 2009 and took home the regional crown in 2008 with an 11-3 mark. During

Bass’ prep career, the Patriots went 43-9. Earned the Monsignor Pace 3.0 GPA

award in 2007-08.

Personal: Born Sept. 4, 1991 in Miami, Fla. Son of Cheryl and Keithly Bass.

Intends to major in sociology.

66 matt battaglia

OL | 6-4 | 280 | Jr. | 1L

Chicago, Ill. | Marist/Harper JC

2010: Saw action at offensive guard versus Central

Michigan (10-23), Toledo (11-9) and Eastern

Michigan (11-26). Also got into several of those

games as a back-up on the PAT/Field Goal unit.

Junior College: Earned a varsity letter playing

offensive line for Harper College in 2009. The

Hawks averaged 253.1 yards of total offense a game

with 88.4 yards rushing and 164.7 yards passing.

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Marist High School. Helped lead

the Red Hawks to a 9-3 record and the Illinois 8A quarterfi nals his senior

year. Served as team captain as a senior. Named the team’s offensive lineman

of the year his fi nal year. Earned all-conference and all-area honors in 2008.

High school teammate of current Huskie Nabal Jefferson.

Personal: Born March 23, 1991 in Chicago, Ill. Son of Bernadette and Frank

Battaglia. History major with a cumulative GPA above 3.0 to qualify for

Huskie Scholar status.

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90 Alan baxter

DE | 6-0 | 255 | Jr. | 2L

Buffalo Grove, Ill. | Buffalo Grove

2010: Appeared in 12 of the Huskies’ 14 games as

a back-up at defensive end. Ranked fourth among

NIU defensive ends with 12 tackles and tied for

eighth on the team in tackles for loss with 4.5. Did

not play versus Akron (10-2) or Central Michigan

(10-23). Had at least one tackle in eight of 12

contests. Tied his career-high with three tackles,

including one for a two-yard loss, in the season

opener at Iowa State (9-2). Tallied two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss,

versus Buffalo (10-16). Made two tackles, including a four-yard tackle for loss,

at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Credited with a tackle and a half sack against

Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Had a solo stop at

Illinois (9-18) and assisted tackles at North Dakota (9-11), Minnesota (9-25)

and Western Michigan (10-30).

2009: Saw action in all 13 games as a defensive end. Ranked fourth among

Huskie defensive ends with 22 tackles, including nine solo stops and three

for loss. Compiled two tackles, including a sack for a loss of one yard,

against Miami (10-24). In his fi rst collegiate game, tallied two unassisted

tackles against Wisconsin (9-5). Recorded one tackle for a loss of four yards

against Ball State (11-12). Made two tackles against Central Michigan (11-27),

including tackle for loss. Made a season-high three tackles in games against

Purdue and Idaho. Tallied at least one tackle in 11 games as a true freshman.

High School: Named to the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area team

and received IHSA All-State honorable mention honors as a senior. Selected

to play in the IHSA Coaches’ All-Star game. Team captain and MVP earned

all-conference and all-area honors during his junior and senior seasons.

Named the Daily Herald’s Mid-Suburban East Co-Defensive Player of the

Year after recording 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks during

his senior season. Was a three-year starter for the Bison, playing on the

defensive line, offensive line, at fullback and as a tight end. Also competed

in track and fi eld.

Personal: Born March 28, 1991. Son of Aretha and Alan Baxter. Majoring in

business administration where he carries a 3.42 cumulative GPA. A Huskie

Scholar. Aspires to be an entrepreneur. Admires Michael Jordan and Dwight

Freeney.

Baxter’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 13/0 9 13 22 2.0-7 0.5-1 0/0 0/0

2010 12/0 5 7 12 4.5-12 0.5-1 0/0 0/0

Career 25/0 14 20 34 6.5-19 1-2 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 3, three times, last at Iowa State, 9-2-10

TFL: 1.5. vs. Buffalo, 10-16-10


32 CAMERON BELL

FB | 6-2 | 252 | Sr.-RS | 1L

Round Rock, Texas | Stony Point/Iowa State

2010: Played in eight games at running back in his

fi rst action since transferring to NIU. Ranked fi fth

on the team in rushing yards with 228 yards on

39 carries. His 39 carries were third on the team

behind only Chad Spann and Chandler Harnish.

Averaged 5.8 yards per carry with a long run of

30 yards. Rushed for a career-high 82 yards on a

season-high 12 carries, including a career-long

30-yard run, versus Central Michigan (10-23). Earn NIU offensive back of

the week honors for the CMU game. Had one carry for 30 yards, tying his

career-long, at Ball State (11-20). Gained 36 yards on just three attempts at

Minnesota (9-25) thanks to a 29-yard tote. Totaled 42 yards on eight carries

at Akron (10-2). Picked up 24 yards on 10 attempts at Eastern Michigan (11-

26). Rushed for nine yards on three carries at Western Michigan (10-30).

Also saw action at Illinois and versus Toledo.

2009: Sat out the season after transferring from Iowa State. Made the

transition back to running back after playing linebacker at Iowa State for

two years.

2008 (Iowa State): Saw action in 11 games, totaling 19 tackles, 14 solo, while

playing linebacker for the Cyclones. Made a season-high six tackles, with fi ve

solo stops against Nebraska (10/18). Recorded three tackles each in games

against UNLV (9/21) and Colorado (11/8). Had two solo tackles against the

Buffalos and one solo stop versus the Rebels. Totaled two tackles, both solo,

against Missouri (11/15). Compiled two tackles, with one solo stop, against

Kent State (9/6). Made one tackle each against South Dakota State (8/28),

Texas A&M (10/25), and Oklahoma State (11/1). Also saw time against Iowa

(9/13), Kansas (10/4), and Kansas State (11/22).

2007 (Iowa State): Appeared in every game and made three tackles. Totaled

one tackle each against Northern Iowa (9/8), Nebraska (9/29), and Texas Tech

(10/6). Saw action in games against Kent State (8/30), Iowa (9/15), Toledo

(9/22), Texas (10/13), Oklahoma (10/20), Missouri (10/27), Kansas State (11/3),

Colorado (11/10) and Kansas (11/17).

High School: Totaled over 3,000 career rushing yards at Stony Point, and

owns school records for yards in a season and most rushing touchdowns

in a season. Had 139 carries for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns in just seven

games his senior season. Rushed for 1,200 yards and three touchdowns as

a junior. Named team’s most outstanding back as a senior to go with fi rst

team all-conference honors. As a junior, earned fi rst team all conference and

honorable mention all-area honors.

Personal: Born Sept. 8, 1988 in Columbia, S.C. Son of the late Charles and

Mildred Bell. The fourth-youngest child in his family, has four brothers and

eight sisters. Earned his undergraduate degree in communication studies in

the spring and is pursuing a second degree in theatre/dance. Admires Eddie

George and Michael Turner.

Bell’s Career Stats

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 8/0 39 228 5.8 0 30 28.5

CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Attempts: 12, vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

Rushing Yards: 82, vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

Longest Rush: 30, twice, last at Ball State, 11-20-10

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98 frank boenzi

DL | 6-3 | 310 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Geneva, Ill. | Geneva

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season at NIU. Honored

as NIU’s defensive work team Player of the Year at

the team’s annual award banquet. Selected as one

of the Huskies’ work team players of the week for

the Minnesota (9-25) and Central Michigan (10-23)

games.

High School: First team All-State honoree by the

Chicago Tribune as a senior. Named to the Illinois all-state squad by EdgyTim

and MaxPreps. Selected the Aurora Beacon News Defensive Player of the Year.

Earned all-area recognition from the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Kane

County Chronicle and Aurora Beacon News in 2008 and 2009. Voted Western Sun

Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Three-year starter

at defensive tackle also played fullback. Ranked fourth on the team with

73 tackles, 20 solo, in 10 games as a senior. Added fi ve quarterback sacks

and two fumble recoveries. In 11 games as a junior, compiled 61 tackles with

two fumble recoveries and two sacks. Totaled 58 tackles, recovered three

fumbles and collected six quarterback sacks his sophomore year. Career

totals include 192 tackles, seven fumbles recovered and 14 sacks in 33 games.

Geneva won the conference title in each of his last three years, two with an

undefeated 9-0 record. His Viking teams went 33-4 overall. Made a seasonhigh

10 stops versus Wheaton Warrenville South in the 7A state quarterfi nal

game. 2008 squad advanced to the state title game. As a sophomore, GHS

went to the quarterfi nals. Also competed in wrestling where he qualifi ed

for state as a sophomore. Took sixth in the state meet in the shot put as a

sophomore and junior.

Personal: Born May 27, 1992 in Winfi eld, Ill. Son of Patrice and Frank Boenzi.

Father competed in shot put and discus for Illinois State. Intends to major in

sociology. With a 3.14 cumulative GPA, earned Huskie Scholar honors.

4 Da’Ron Brown

WR | 6-1 | 192 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Chicago, Ill. | Morgan Park

2010: Did not play as a true freshman as a redshirt.

Honored as the Northern Illinois Offensive Work

Team Player of the Year at the annual football

awards banquet. Named the NIU work team player

of the week a team-high three times – for the

Illinois (9-18), Central Michigan (10-23) and Ball

State (11-20) contests.

High School: A fi rst team All-City selection his junior and senior years.

Special Mention Chicago Tribune All-State quarterback as a senior. First team

all-area and all-conference selection in 2008 and 2009 and also picked up all-

Illini Prairie fi rst team honors as a sophomore. Team MVP and captain his

fi nal two years. Named an Old Spice RedZone Player of the Year as a junior.

Averaged 12.2 yards per carry with 1,800 yards on 147 carries as a senior.

Scored 23 rushing touchdowns in 2009 while setting the Morgan Park record

for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 41 for his career. Also set the

career record for rushing yards by a QB with 1,900 yards on 213 carries and

18 scores as a junior. Totaled 3,700 rushing yards on 360 carries in 22 games

his fi nal two seasons. In the air, completed 115-of-172 passes for 1,200 yards

with four interceptions and 13 touchdown passes his senior season. In 2008,

214-of-300 passes for 1,400 yards and a 71.3 completion percentage with 16

scores. Caught 15 passes for 415 yards and four TDs as a senior to average 27

yards per catch. As a sophomore receiver, made 45 grabs for 789 yards and 12

scores. Also returned four kickoffs for 78 yards. Mustangs won conference

championships each of his three seasons and were the city champions and

state quarterfi nalists his sophomore year. With Brown under center, Morgan

Park posted a 9-3 record in 2009 and an 8-5 mark in 2008. Also an All-State

hurdler who contended for the state championship in the 110 high hurdles.

Personal: Born Sept. 21, 1991 in Chicago, Ill. Son of Denise Colman and Ron

Brown. Intends to major in mechanical engineering and posted a 3.25 GPA

in the spring.

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78 ryan brown

OL | 6-7 | 270 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Elburn, Ill. | St. Charles North

2010: Redshirted in his fi rst season at NIU.

High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner and

all-area fi rst team selection at offensive tackle

as a senior. Named second team all-conference

as a senior and third team as a junior. Served as

team captain as a senior. Helped lead St. Charles

North to an 8-4 record his senior season after the

North Stars went 6-4 his junior year. As a member of the varsity squad as a

sophomore, helped his team post a 5-1 record in Upstate Eight Conference

play en route to a 7-2 season record. Earned a Prairie State Achievement

Award in spring 2010.

Personal: Born July 22, 1992 in Chicago, Ill. Son of Stacey and Kevin Brown.

Organizational management major. Huskie Scholar carries a 3.13 GPA. His

older brother, Patrick, was a four-year starter at the University of Central

Florida and was on the practice squad with the Minnesota Vikings.

9 Devon butler

LB | 5-11 | 224 | Jr. | 2L

Pembroke Pines, Fla. | Everglades

Will sit out the 2011 campaign while recovering from injuries

sustained in an off-the-fi eld incident in April. Enters his

junior season with 95 career tackles, including 51 solo stops.

Has nine and a half tackles for losses of 42 yards, and four

and a half sacks for minus 32 yards. Has one interception

for a touchdown and six pass break-ups while playing in 24

games with 13 starts.

2010: Played in every game and made 13 starts at

middle linebacker for the Huskies. A third-team All-MAC selection. Totaled

80 total tackles with 41 solo to fi nish second on the team in total tackles,

one behind leader Alex Kube. His 4.5 quarterback sacks were second on the

team while his 7.5 tackles for loss and fi ve pass break ups ranked third on

the team. Intercepted one pass and forced a fumble. Led NIU versus Illinois

(9-18) with a career-best 10 tackles, eight solo. Named NIU’s Defensive Back

of the Week after recording nine tackles, including a half sack and a tackle

for loss against North Dakota (9-11). Collected eight tackles and broke up

a pass against Minnesota (9-25). Returned an interception 26 yards for a

touchdown at Akron (10-2). Tallied fi ve tackles and a pass break-up in the

Huskies’ season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Added fi ve tackles and a nine-yard

quarterback sack against Temple (10-9). Named NIU’s Defensive Linemen

of the Week after recording four stops, including a tackle for loss, in the

Buffalo game (10-16). Made fi ve stops and broke up a pass versus Central

Michigan (10-23). Recorded fi ve tackles, including a sack and 1.5 tackles for

loss, at Western Michigan (10-30). Totaled six tackles, three solo, against

Toledo (11-9). Credited with fi ve tackles, including a half tackle for loss, at

Eastern Michigan (11-26) to earn NIU Defensive Back of the Week honors.

Made fi ve tackles, including a half sack, against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010

MAC Championship game (12-3). Forced a fumble, tallied 1.5 quarterback

sacks and two tackles for loss to go with nine total stops against Fresno

State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).

2009: Saw action in 10 games at linebacker and on special teams, including

each of the last seven regular season games. Totaled 15 tackles as a true

freshman, including 10 solo stops. Made a career-best six tackles, with three

solo stops in the International Bowl game versus South Florida (1-3). Added a

season high two tackles for loss in that contest. Credited with three tackles

and forced a fumble in the Huskies’ victory over Western Illinois (9-12).

High School: Named to the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel All-Broward County

fi rst team his senior year. Team’s defensive MVP garnered fi rst team all

conference honors as a senior and second team mention as a junior. Selected

to play in the 12th annual NIKE South Florida All-Star Football Game.

Recorded 115 tackles, eight sacks, four recovered fumbles, two interceptions,

two blocked kicks and scored a school-record six defensive touchdowns as a

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senior. Tallied 113 tackles with 11 sacks, three blocked kicks and one fumble

recovery as a junior. Added 72 tackles with three sacks during his sophomore

season, helping his team to a district title. Also played fullback as a junior.

Totaled 38 yards on 12 carries with four touchdowns on the ground, and

added one catch for one yard and a score.

Personal: Born July 23, 1991 in Englewood, N.J. General studies major.

Admires Ray Lewis. Enjoys playing video games and watching movies.

Involved with the audio department with the Cornerstone Christian Center.

Butler’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 10/0 10 5 15 2.0-4 0-0 0/0 0/0

2010 14/13 41 39 80 7.5-38 4.5-32 1/0 1/6

Career 24/13 51 44 95 9.5-42 4.5-32 1/0 1/6

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 10, at Illinois, 9-18-10

TFL: 2, vs. South Florida (International Bowl), 1-2-10

TDs: 1, at Akron, 10-2-10

Int: 1, at Akron, 10-2-10

Sacks: 1.5, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10

36 Tyrone Clark

LB | 5-11 | 220 | Jr. | 2L

St. Louis, Mo. | Mehlville

Will not play for the Huskies in 2011 but will participate in

practices and workouts. Has started 15 of 24 games played

in his two seasons at NIU. Enters his junior season with

92 career tackles, 37 solo, 6.5 tackles for losses totaling 37

yards, and 3.5 sacks for minus 31 yards. Has four career

interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and

six pass break-ups.

2010: Started all 14 games at weak-side linebacker. Led NIU and tied for

eighth in the MAC in interceptions with four which he returned for 49 yards

and one touchdown. Ranked third on the team in tackles with 78, including

37 solo. Named NIU’s Linebacker of the Year and Defensive MVP. Led the

team in tackles three times and had at least two stops in every game. Picked

off his fi rst career pass and returned it 30 yards in the season opener at Iowa

State (9-2). Added a six-yard tackle for loss. Totaled eight tackles with half

a sack against North Dakota (9-11). Credited with six tackles at Minnesota

(9-25). Named NIU’s Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording six solo

tackles against Temple (10-9). Led the team in tackles with seven, six solo,

versus Buffalo (10-16). Earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week and

NIU Defensive Back of the Week honors after intercepting two passes against

Central Michigan (10-23). Made nine stops at Western Michigan (10-30) to

tie for team-high honors. Named NIU’s Defensive Lineman of the Week after

intercepting a pass and returning it 16 yards for a touchdown, and recording

two solo stops at Ball State (11-20). Registered four tackles with a seven-yard

quarterback sack versus Miami in the 2010 MAC Championships game. Led

NIU with a career-best 12 tackles and contributed 1.5 for loss against Fresno

State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).

2009: Played in eight games and made his fi rst career start in the

International Bowl against South Florida (1-2). Totaled 14 tackles, fi ve solo,

with two tackles for loss and two sacks. Added a fumble recovery and one

pass breakup. Tallied three tackles, including a sack for a loss of three yards,

in his collegiate debut against Western Illinois (9-12). Made a season-high

four stops against South Florida. Sacked the USF quarterback for a loss of 20

yards. Collected two tackles each in games against Western Michigan (10-3),

Miami (10-24), and Central Michigan (11-27). Also recorded a pass break up

against Central Michigan. Forced a fumble on an Ohio (11/21) punt return,

leading to an NIU touchdown in the ensuing drive. Recovered a fumble in

the Huskies victory at Purdue (9-19).


High School: Named to the Missouri High School Class 6A Defensive All-

State Team. Earned fi rst team all-conference honors as a junior and senior.

Played safety and running back and helped lead his team to the state

championship game and a 10-3 record his junior year. Team captain and

MVP recorded 62 tackles, 49 solo, one sack, three forced fumbles and three

interceptions as a senior. As a tailback that year, rushed the ball 151 times for

789 yards and eight touchdowns. During his junior year, totaled 61 tackles

with three sacks and two interceptions. Ran the ball 104 times for 744 yards

and 20 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 218 yards and fi ve scores. Tallied

42 tackles, 30 solo, and two interceptions as a sophomore

Personal: Born Dec. 13, 1990. Son of Gloria Black and Tommie Clark.

Majoring in family and child studies. Admires his high school football coach

Gary Heyole. Enjoys going to the movies and spending time with his family.

T. Clark’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 8/1 5 9 14 2.5-23 2-23 1/1 0/1

2010 14/14 37 41 78 4-14 1.5-8 0/0 4/5

Career 22/15 42 50 92 6.5-37 3.5-31 1/1 4/6

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 12, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10

TFL: 1.5, twice, last vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10

Sacks: 1, three times, last vs. Miami (OH), 12-3-10

INT: 2 vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

10 Willie Clark

WR | 6-1 | 210 | Sr.-RS | 3L

Roselle, Ill. | Lake Park

Leads all returning receivers with 901 yards on 67 catches

with eight career touchdowns in 39 games (nine starts).

Averages 13.4 yards per catch.

2010: Despite starting just three games, fi nished

his junior year as NIU’s leading receiver with

42 catches for 602 yards and seven touchdowns.

Averaged 14.3 yards per catch and 43 receiving

yards per game. Caught at least one pass in 13 of 14 games played and had 11

multiple-catch games. Four of his receptions went for 25-plus yards. Named

NIU’s Wide Receiver of the Year by coaches. Named the NIU Offensive

Back of the Week after grabbing three passes, two for touchdowns, for 46

yards, at Akron (10-2). Led Huskie receivers with 62 yards on fi ve receptions

against Temple (10-9). Caught a 25-yard touchdown pass versus Buffalo (10-

16). Grabbed a pair of passes for 45 yards, including a 33-yard catch, versus

North Dakota (9-11). Made a career and team season best seven grabs for 70

yards, including a 21-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 3:42 left on

the clock, at Western Michigan (10-30). Recorded four grabs for 43 yards at

Ball State (11-20). Snagged a game-high fi ve receptions for 65 yards, with TDs

of 18 and 16 yards, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) to share team Offensive Back

of the Week honors. Caught four passes for 70 yards, and had a season-long

39-yard touchdown catch to give NIU a 21-20 lead, against Miami (Ohio) in

the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Made four receptions for a seasonbest

88 yards in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl versus Fresno State (12-18).

Collected fi ve tackles on the year, with three in the Buffalo game and two

versus Central Michigan (10-23).

2009: Saw action in 12 games, while starting at wide receiver in fi ve contests.

Caught 19 passes for 220 yards to rank third on the NIU team in receiving

yards and catches. Averaged 11.6 yards per catch. Had a season-high 52

receiving yards on two catches, including a career long 45-yard reception,

versus Western Illinois (9-12). Recorded his fi rst collegiate touchdown on

a seven-yard catch versus Idaho (9-26). Made a season-high three catches

against Wisconsin (9-5), Akron (10-31) and Central Michigan (11-27). Caught

a 35-yard pass in the Huskies’ victory over Eastern Michigan (11-5).

2008: Given the 2008 Jawan Jackson Award, honoring the walk-on or former

walk-on who has made the greatest impact on the team. Played in all 13

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games, and started against Toledo (10-18) and in the Independence Bowl

against Louisiana Tech (12-28). Made three catches for 35 yards against the

Rockets. Caught a 35-yard pass to record the longest offensive play of the

game at Tennessee (10-4). Blocked a punt and had one reception for six yards,

and returned a punt for seven yards in the Indiana State game (9-20). Had one

catch for three yards versus Navy (11-25).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Earned all-state honorable mention accolades and was a

member of the PrepStar Magazine All-Region Team as a junior. Caught 43

passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns that year. Garnered All-Upstate

Eight honors as a senior, despite suffering a foot injury that limited him to

four games. Totaled 11 catches for 199 yards in his fi nal season. Listed by the

Daily Herald as one of the area’s top athletes. Multi-sport athlete earned

eight varsity letters, three in both football and track and two in basketball.

Won all-conference and all-area honors in basketball in both his junior and

senior seasons. Holds the assists and steals records at Lake Park. Won the

regional championship in the 400-meter dash.

Personal: Born July 4, 1989. Son of Kimberly and Willie Clark Sr. Majoring

in organizational communications. Admires Jerry Rice and Michael Jordan.

Elected homecoming king of his high school as a senior.

W. Clark’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 13/2 6 79 13.2 0 35 6.1

2009 12/5 19 220 11.6 1 45 18.3

2010 14/3 42 602 14.3 7 39 43.0

Career 39/9 67 901 13.4 8 45 23.1

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 7, at Western Michigan, 10-30-10

Yards: 70, twice, last vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10

TDs: 2, twice, last at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Long Gain: 65, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

93 Adam Coleman

DS | 6-3 | 250 | Sr. | 3L

Bettendorf, Iowa | Bettendorf

2010: In fi rst season at tight end, saw action in

every game except the Illinois contest (9-18) at

either tight end or on special teams. Member of

the PAT/FG unit and also served as back-up deep

snapper, although he was not used in that role.

Spent most of the season in the third or fourth spot

on the depth chart at tight end but did get into

several games late in the season where he was an

effective blocker.

2009: Appeared in 10 games as a defensive lineman. Compiled seven tackles,

including one for loss. Made a season-high two stops against Wisconsin

(9-5) and versus Idaho (9-26). Had one tackle for loss against the Badgers.

Tallied one tackle each in games versus Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-

19), and South Florida (1-3). Also worked as the back-up deep snapper. Moved

to tight end during the 2010 spring drills and looks to open 2010 season with

that group.

2008: Saw action in eight games as a back-up defensive lineman. Totaled

seven tackles with two solo and two tackles for loss. Made three stops,

including one TFL, against Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl (12-

28). Had one tackle for loss at Kent State (11-18). Made one tackle each versus

Indiana State (9-20), Eastern Michigan (9-27), and Ball State (11-5).

High School: Ranked eighth in the Rivals.com Iowa Top 10. As a senior, was

recognized by the Des Moines Register on its Elite All-State Team and on the

Iowa Newspaper Association All-State fi rst team. Garnered All-Mississippi

Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors for his part in

Bettendof’s 13-0 record and Iowa Class 4A state championship. Earned

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a bevy of all-state accolades from the Iowa High School Association (fi rst

team), Des Moines Register (second team), and Iowa Newspaper Association

(third team) as a junior. Recorded 82 tackles (38 solo), as well as 10 TFLs and

seven sacks. As a junior, totaled 77 tackles (40 solo), including 16 for loss and

seven sacks, on Bettendorf’s 10-2 squad. Received Iowa Class 4A Academic

All-State honors for both football and track and fi eld. Threw shot put and

discus, for which he was a state qualifi er.

Personal: Born Dec. 5, 1989. Son of Matthew and Amy Coleman. Uncle Spin

Williams played tight end at Northern Iowa, was a pitching coach for the

Pittsburgh Pirates for 28 years and is the player development and scouting

pitching advisor for the Washington Nationals. Father played basketball at

Saint Ambrose. Physical therapy major with a 3.71 GPA is a Victory Scholar.

Coleman’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2008 8/0 2 5 7 2-3 0-0 0/0 0/0

2009 10/0 0 7 7 0.5-1 0-0 0/0 0/0

Career 18/0 2 12 14 2.5-4 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 3, vs. Louisiana Tech (Independence Bowl), 12-28-08

TFLs: 1, twice, last vs. Louisiana Tech (Independence Bowl), 12-28-08

31 C.J. Compher

FB | 6-1 | 235 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Sycamore, Ill. | Sycamore

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season at NIU.

High School: Named to the All-Western Sun fi rst

team as a tight end in each of his last two prep

seasons. First team all-area selection by the Daily

Chronicle as a senior and earned second team

all-area recognition following his junior season.

Caught 17 passes for 250 yards and six touchdowns

in 12 games as a senior. Two of his touchdown catches came in the playoffs.

Made 10 receptions for 146 yards and one score in nine games in 2008.

Defensively, picked off two passes in his career, including one his senior year.

Invited to play in the Illinois Shrine All-Star Game. Served as the Spartans’

team captain while seeing action at linebacker, tight end and quarterback as

a senior. Helped lead the Spartans to 5A state quarterfi nals and an 8-4 record

in 2009. Member of the honor roll all four years of high school.

Personal: Born July 13, 1992 in Greenville, N.C. Son of Catherine and Jeffrey

Compher. Posted a perfect 4.0 GPA at NIU to date.

48 Ricky Connors

FB | 6-2 | 247 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Powder Springs, Ga. | Harrison

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner

played linebacker, defensive end and offensive

line for the Hoyas. First-team All-Cobb County

linebacker as a senior and made the second team

all-county squad his junior year. Team captain as a

senior. Named team MVP in two games and picked

up Defensive Player of the Game honors twice his senior season. Recorded

a team-leading 112 tackles, 58 solo, with three forced fumbles, two fumble

recoveries and one interception as a senior. Broke up four passes and had

eight tackles for loss. His junior year, led the county in tackles per game with

130 stops in 12 games, including 62 solo. Made seven tackles for loss, had one

sack and one interception as a junior. Named the Cobb County Touchdown

Club Defensive Player of the Week versus state fi nalist Peachtree Ridge

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his junior year. His high school team went 9-3 and were the conference

runners-up in 2007 and 2008. Played in both the Cobb County Senior Bowl

(linebacker) and in the Georgia North-South All-Star Football Classic

(offensive line) following his senior season. Was Harrison’s male recipient

of the Vincent J. Dooley Award, Honoring Athletes and Role Models of

Excellence. Graduated with honors and volunteered at a community special

needs park. Also threw the shot put and discus for the track and fi eld team.

Personal: Born Aug. 11, 1991 in Clearwater, Fla. Son of Gail and Rick Connors.

Intends to major in sociology. A Victory Scholar with a 3.92 GPA.

30 Akeem Daniels

RB | 5-7 | 183 | So. | 1L

Kissimmee, Fla. | Osceola

Listed as a tailback/wide receiver for 2011 after working

extensively out of the backfi eld in 2011 spring drills.

2010: Appeared in 11 games, rushing for 87 yards

and three scores on 10 carries out of the slot

receiver position. Also caught two passes on the

season. Played in the fi rst two games of the season

and made his fi rst career reception versus North

Dakota (9-11). Saw his next action versus Temple (10-9), ) when h hhe made d hhis

lone start of the year, and rushed three times for 13 yards. Scored his fi rst TD

on a nine-yard run versus the Owls to record NIU’s fi rst score of the game.

Carried the ball in each of the next three games before breaking out for 62

yards and two touchdowns on two carries, one for a career-long 50 yards,

against Toledo (11-9). Scored on a 12-yard run to put the Huskies up 14-0 early

in the second quarter while his 50-yard jaunt in the third quarter gave NIU

a 42-16 lead. An early graduate from high school, he was on campus for NIU’s

2010 spring drills.

High School: Recorded 12 rushing touchdowns and four scores on kick

(three punt, one kickoff) returns at Osceola High while playing tailback,

defensive back and returning kicks. In 12 games in 2009, gained 845 rushing

yards on 122 carries to average 6.9 yards per carry. Defensively, totaled 35

tackles, 21 solo, intercepted three passes and broke up three as a senior. As

a sophomore in 2007, made 55 tackles for 14-1 Osceola team that played in

the state 5A title game. Intercepted one pass and broke up three that season.

played in just four games his junior year as team went 8-4.

Personal: Born July 22, 1991 in Jacksonville, Fla. Son of Willie and Sharon

Daniels. Father WIllie played football at Florida A&M University. Mother

Sharon ran track at South Carolina. His older brother, Kiaree, played

defensive back for the Huskies from 2008-2010. Admires Allen Iverson.

Hobbies include drawing and music.

Daniels’ Career Stats

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 11/1 10 87 8.7 3 50 7.9

RECEIVING

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 11/1 2 -4 -2.0 0 0 -0.4

CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Yards: 62, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

Long Gain: 50, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

Touchdowns: 2, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10


20 Tommy Davis

S | 5-10 | 206 | Jr.-RS | 2L

East St. Louis, Ill. | Althoff Catholic

Enters his junior season as one of the top return specialists

in program history, ranking third in both kickoff returns

(52) and kickoff return yards (1,253) while his 24.1 yards

per return average is fourth all-time. Also ranks ninth on

career punt return charts with 35 returns for 278 yards, a

7.9-yard average. Has amassed 1,531 total return yards and

two touchdowns. Defensively, has made 81 career tackles, 52

solo. Recovered four fumbles while intercepting one pass and

breaking-up three. Has played in 27 career games with 14 starts.

2010: Started all 14 games at free safety as a sophomore and led NIU and coled

the MAC with four fumble recoveries. His 73 tackles were fourth-highest

on the team and he added one interception, two pass break-ups and one-half

tackle for loss. Named to the 2010 All-MAC third team as a return specialist.

Top return man on the NIU squad with 18 punt returns for 142 yards, a 7.9yard

average, and 23 kickoff returns for 553 yards to average 24.0 yards per

return. His kick return totals rank fourth on the NIU single season lists.

Named NIU’s Defensive Back and Special Teams Player of the Week after

scoring his second career touchdown on a season-high 83-yard kickoff

return against Toledo (11-9). Totaled a season-high 151 yards on four returns

for a 37.8 yard average and recorded a game-high nine tackles, fi ve solo, and a

pass break-up. Collected a career- and game-high 10 tackles, including nine

solo and a half tackle for loss, at Illinois (9-18). Made nine stops, six solo, at

Western Michigan (10-30) with two punt returns for 34 yards, including a

32-yard return. Collected seven tackles against Minnesota (9-25). Credited

with six stops and a fumble recovery against Central Michigan (10-23).

Accounted for six tackles in his fi rst career start at free safety in the season

opener at Iowa State (9-2) and returned three kickoffs for 57 yards with a

30-yarder. Recorded fi ve tackles in back-to-back weeks against Akron (10-2)

and Temple (10-9). Registered three tackles and a fumble recovery against

both Buffalo (10-6) and North Dakota (9-11), while making a game-clinching

interception as time expired against the Fighting Sioux. At Ball State (11-

20), had a career-long 52-yard punt return and fi nished with 117 all-purpose

yards. Made four tackles and recovered his team-leading fourth fumble of

the season versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18) while

adding three kickoff returns for 80 yards. Returned four kickoffs for 86

yards in the MAC Championship (12-18) game versus Miami (Ohio) and

made fi ve solo stops.

2009: Saw action in all 13 games, totaling eight tackles, with at least one

stop in six games. Earned third team All-MAC honors as a punt returner.

Returned three kickoffs for 72 yards and made a career-high three tackles

on defense at Central Michigan (11-27). Returned two punts for 33 yards,

including a long of 19 yards, against Ohio (11-21). Returned the opening

kickoff versus Eastern Michigan (11-5) 86 yards for a touchdown to record

the fi rst TD of his career and the 10th longest kickoff return in school history.

Earned a career-high 127 kickoff return yards on three returns against the

Eagles. Concluded his season at the International Bowl where he returned

fi ve kickoffs for 126 yards against South Florida (1-3). Collected 122 yards

on fi ve kickoff returns with a long of 39 yards against Idaho (9-26). Ranked

sixth in the MAC and 38th in the nation in punt returns, averaging 8.0 yards

a return. Ranked third in the MAC in kickoff returns, averaging 24.1 yards

a kickoff return. His 700 kickoff return yards ranks ninth all-time on NIU’s

career leader list and fourth on NIU’s single season list. Named NIU special

teams player of the week after returning three punts for 46 yards, including a

career-long 42-yarder versus Miami (10-24), and blocking on Perez Ashford’s

punt return for a touchdown. Recorded one tackle in games against Western

Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), Miami (10-24), Ball State (11-12), and South

Florida at the International Bowl (1-3). Compiled a season high three tackles

against Central Michigan, including two solo stops. Garnered Academic

All-MAC football team honors.

2008: Redshirted.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-conference recognition at both defensive

back and wide receiver as a senior. Named the city’s most valuable player

and earned second team all-metro honors at wide receiver. Collected 27

receptions for 470 yards, made 52 tackles and returned three kicks for

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touchdowns in his fi nal season. Grabbed 40 catches for 390 yards as a junior.

Participated in track.

Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1990. Son of Mia and Tommy Davis Jr. Father Tommy

Davis Jr. was a running back at Iowa State. Cousin Peerless Price is a former

NFL wideout. Majoring in corporate communications.

Davis’ Career Stats

KICKOFF RETURNS

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg

2009 13/0 29 700 24.1 1 86

2010 14/0 23 553 24.0 1 83

Career 27/0 52 1253 24.1 2 86

PUNT RETURNS

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg

2009 13/0 17 136 8.0 0 42

2010 14/0 18 142 7.9 0 52

Career 27/0 35 278 7.9 0 52

DEFENSE

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 13/0 5 3 8 00 00 0/0 0/0

2010 14/14 47 26 73 0.51 00 0/4 1/2

Career 27/14 52 29 81 0.51 00 0/4 1/2

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 10, at Illinois, 9-18-10

Long Kickoff Return: 86, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09

Long Punt Return: 52, at Ball State, 11-20-10

TDs: 1, twice last vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

29 Jordan Delegal

LB | 6-1 | 214 | Sr. | 2L

Miami, Fla. | Chaminade Madonna/Joliet JC

Enters his senior season with 67 tackles, 43 solo, 5.5 tackles

for loss and four quarterback sacks in 27 career games at

Northern Illinois. Has also blocked three punts in his two

seasons.

2010: Appeared in all 14 games as the second team

weakside linebacker. Recorded 38 stops, 21 solo,

recovered a fumble and blocked a pair of punts.

Ranked 10th on the team in tackles with at least one stop in 12 of 14 games.

Made four tackles in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Tallied four

tackles, three solo, at Minnesota (9-25). Credited with three solo stops at

Akron (10-2). Tallied a season-best fi ve tackles, with a season-high four solo,

against Buffalo (10-16). Recorded three stops versus Central Michigan (10-

23) and added two solo tackles at Western Michigan (10-30). Tallied three

tackles, two solo, against Toledo (11-9). Named MAC West and NIU Special

Teams Player of the Week after blocking two punts and recovering a fumble

at Ball State (11-20). His fi rst block came at the Ball State 25 and was picked

up by Jimmie Ward and returned for a Huskie touchdown. On the second, he

recovered his own block at the Ball State 40. Tied his season best with fi ve

stops against the Cardinals. Credited with fi ve tackles, two solo, at Eastern

Michigan (11-26) and made two tackles in the Humanitarian Bowl game

versus Fresno State (12-18).

2009: Appeared in all 13 games, compiling 29 tackles, including 22 solo

stops. Tallied 5.5 tackles for loss with a pair of pass break-ups. Made a

career-high seven tackles against Western Michigan (10-3), including fi ve

unassisted. Tallied fi ve tackles against Ohio (11-21) and four versus Idaho (9-

26). His blocked punt in the Idaho game went out of bounds at the one-yard

line and set up a NIU score. Recorded sacks in the Miami (10-24), Eastern

Michigan (11-5), Ball State (11-12) and South Florida (1-3) games for a loss of

34 yards. Forced a fumble against Western Illinois (9-12). Made at least one

tackle in every game at linebacker or on special teams.

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JORDAN DELEGAL (continued)

Junior College: Earned JUCO All-American honorable mention status after

being named fi rst team all-conference and all-region in one season at Joliet

Junior College. Totaled 58 tackles with 45 solo to go with two tackles for

loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack. Served as team

captain on the defensive side.

High School: All-State second team choice played in the Dade vs. Broward

County All-Star Game. Served as team captain as a senior, garnering fi rst

team all-conference and all-region accolades. Totaled 75 tackles with fi ve

sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries

that year. Helped the Lions to an 11-2 record and the state championship as

a senior. Earned second team all-conference honors as a junior, leading his

team to a 10-2 record and the state title game. Tallied 42 tackles with two

pass break-ups and one fumble recovery his junior season. Lions went 45-7

in his four seasons with four district championships.

Personal: Born May 30, 1988 in Miami, Fla.. Son of the late Regina Brown

Washington and Lucious Delegal. Getting a bachelor’s degree in general

studies. Father Lucious Delegal was a former safety at the University of

Miami. Admires Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Peyton Manning, and Ray Lewis.

Delegal’s Career Stats

DEFENSE

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 13/0 22 7 29 5.5-37 4-34 1/0 0/2

2010 14/0 21 17 38 0-0 0-0 0/1 0/0

Career 27/0 43 24 67 5.5-37 4-34 1/1 0/2

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 7, at Miami (OH), 10-24-09

TFL: 1, ive times, last vs. South Florida (International Bowl), 1-2-10

Sacks: 1, four times, last vs. South Florida (International Bowl) 1-2-10

Blocked Punts: 2, at Ball State, 11-20-10

21 dechane durante

S | 6-2 | 195 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Charlotte, N.C. | Vance

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season at NIU.

High School: All-Area selection by the Charlotte

Observer and Daily Herald (North Carolina) in 2009.

First team I-Meck Conference choice as a senior.

Defensive MVP of his high school team as a junior

and senior. Two-way player made 59 tackles, 34

solo, forced two fumbles and intercepted four with

one returned for a score, as a senior. Caught 32 passes for 582 yards and

seven touchdowns at wide receiver and returned 13 punts for 217 yards. Had

a 99-yard touchdown catch, the longest in school history. His junior season,

recorded 42 tackles, 27 solo, and intercepted four while catching 22 passes

for 490 yards and fi ve scores. Also returned eight kickoffs for 180 yards.

Totaled 128 tackles and 11 interceptions on defense in three varsity seasons.

Caught 66 career passes for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns. Team qualifi ed

for the playoffs his junior and senior years.

Personal: Born Jan. 11, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. Son of Kimberly Tabor and

Darren Durante.

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83 Luke Eakes

TE/FB | 6-4 | 250 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

St. Marys, Kan. | St. Marys

2010: Took a redshirt season as a true freshman.

Twice named one of NIU’s work team players of the

week. Earned the honor for the Iowa State (9-2) and

Temple (10-9) weeks.

High School: Tight end, defensive end and

linebacker at St. Marys High School who was a

14-time letterwinner in high school in fi ve sports.

Earned letters in football (four), basketball (four), track and fi eld (four),

baseball (one) and wrestling (one). All-state choice in football as a senior

and junior. Also a third-team all-state selection in basketball as a junior.

Earned all-conference honors in football in each of his last three years and

in basketball his junior season. Captained St. Marys football, basketball and

track and fi eld teams as a senior. At tight end, caught 14 passes for 312 yards

and fi ve touchdowns as a senior for a 22.3-yard average. Also carried the ball

six times for a 14.3-yard average. Had nine career carries for 145 yards and two

scores. On defense, made 47 tackles with fi ve pass break-ups, an interception

and fi ve quarterback sacks as a senior. His junior season, totaled 68 stops,

forced two fumbles, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and tallied two

sacks. Had a career high six sacks his sophomore year with 67 tackles.

Career totals include 212 tackles. St. Marys fi nished 2009 as the sub-state

runner-up with an 11-2 record, advanced to the sectional championship with

a 9-3 record his junior year and went 9-4 as the sub-state runners-up his

junior season. In four years, his St. Marys teams went 38-14 as he played in 47

games. Played on St. Marys team that won the state basketball title in 2009.

Four-year member of the honor roll.

Personal: Born April 30, 1991 in Meade, Kan. Intends to major in physical

education and has a cumulative GPA of 3.18. Huskie Scholar.

2 Sean Evans

CB | 5-11 | 180 | So.-RS | 2Sq

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. | Ft. Walton Beach

2010: Saw action in three contests on the year.

Played in the Buffalo (10-16), Central Michigan (10-

23) and Eastern Michigan (11-26) games. Entered

the games on special teams and also saw action at

cornerback in dominating NIU victories. Named

the Huskies’ work team player of the week for the

Illinois (9-18) game.

2009: Redshirted.

High School: Named a fi rst team all-area and all-conference defensive back

in 2008. Recorded 39 tackles, including 29 solo. Added three pass break ups,

two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one blocked punt. Selected to

play in the Pensacola Sports Association East-West Game in 2008. Helped

his team to a 10-2 record, conference and district championships, and the

region 4A title game. Also played wide receiver, totaling eight catches for 120

yards and a touchdown during his fi nal season. Garnered honorable mention

accolades during the national underclassmen combine in 2007. As a junior,

tallied 25 tackles, and added two pass defl ections and an interception. Also

forced and recovered one fumble.

Personal: Born July 26, 1991 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Son of Kristi and

Maurice Evans. Majoring in political science/public law. Enjoys the beach

and being by water. Admires LeBron James and Antonio Cromartie.


3 Ryan Fillingim

K | 6-0 | 210 | Sr.-RS | 2Sq

Hoffman Estates, Ill. | Conant/Harper JC

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2010: Did not see action for the Huskies in 2010.

2009: Redshirted.

Junior College: Holds the Harper College records

for scoring by a kicker. Named to all-conference

fi rst team and all-region fi rst team as a kicker.

Also named to all region second team as a punter

at Harper.

Personal: Born April 6, 1980. Son of Kathy and Steve Fillingim. Earning a

bachelor’s degree in general studies. Fitness enthusiast.

59 Michael Gegner

C | 6-3 | 283 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Indianapolis, Ind. | Warren Central

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Named a fi rst team All-State offensive

lineman by Associated Press and the Indiana

Football Coaches’ Association as a senior. Helped

lead Warren Central to a 13-2 record en route to

the 2009 5A State Championship. Earned fi rst

team all-county honors and was a member of the

Indianapolis Star Super Team. Runner-up for the Offensive Line Mr. Football

Award in Indiana. A fi rst-team All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference

selection at center. Team captain as a senior and three-year varsity starter.

Selected as Most Valuable Offensive Lineman on the 2009 Warriors’ team.

Warren Central won the MIC title his sophomore year, earned the sectional

crown and were regional runners-up his junior season with a 10-3 record and

won the sectional and regional titles in 2009. Made seven tackles on special

teams as the long snapper. Followed 2009 Huskie senior offensive lineman

Jason Onyebuagu from Warren Central to NIU.

Personal: Born May 3, 1991 in Indianapolis, Ind. Son of Terry and Mike

Gegner. Father played football for Butler. Majoring in industrial systems

engineering. His 3.47 GPA earned Huskie Scholar honors.

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18 Zak Giller

DB | 6-2 | 203 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Chelsea, Mich. | Chelsea

2010: Spent his fi rst year at NIU as a redshirt.

Selected as the Huskies’ work team player of

the week versus Iowa State (9-2) and Western

Michigan (10-30).

High School: All-conference and all-area choice as

a safety at Chelsea High. Won two varsity letters

in football and one in track and fi eld. Helped lead

team to an 8-3 record and district runner-up spot in 2009. Chelsea posted a

9-3 record and fi nished as regional runners-up his junior season. Qualifi ed

for the school’s honor roll all four years.

Personal: Born Sept. 4, 1991 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Son of Stephanie and Bruce

Giller. Intends to major in computer science. Huskie Scholar.

3 DEmarcus Grady

WR | 6-1 | 208| Sr.-RS | 3L

Grand Rapids, Mich. | East Grand Rapids

Moved to wide receiver during spring drills and is listed as

wide receiver/quarterback on the roster going into the 2011

campaign. His career offensive numbers include 1,174 yards

of total offense on 197 plays in 19 games. Has thrown for 511

yards and fi ve TDs on 54-of-98 passing and rushed for 663

yards on 114 carries with fi ve touchdowns. Averaging 5.8

yards per carry.

2010: Appeared in four games on the season at quarterback. b k Started d and d

played the entire season opener at Iowa State after winning the starting

job in the preseason. Also saw action at Akron (10-2), versus Temple (10-9)

and at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Completed 14-of-29 passes for 93 yards on

the season with all of his passing yards and attempts coming at Iowa State.

Added 54 rushing yards on 14 carries and scored on a one-yard touchdown

run. Ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries on the year. Both

of his rush attempts at Eastern Michigan (11-26) resulted in touchdowns as

he scored on runs of 61 and 30 yards in the second half. Joined the Huskie

basketball team in late December and played in 15 games with two starts

at guard on the year. Averaged 11.3 minutes and 3.5 points per game. Shot

37 percent (7-of-19) from three-point range. Collected 25 rebounds (1.7 per

game), and distributed 16 assists.

2009: Appeared in eight games and started four with NIU claiming wins

in each of those contests. Led NIU to victory against Miami (10-24), Akron

(10-31), Eastern Michigan (11-5), and Ball State (11-12). Ranked third on the

Huskie team in rushing with 330 yards on 57 carries to average 5.8 yards per

carry. Rushed for a career-high 109 yards on 20 carries versus Akron and

totaled 104 yards on just 10 totes against Eastern Michigan. Completed 58.1

percent of his passes on the season (25-of-43) for 280 yards and three TDs.

Completed 10-of-18 passes for 62 yards against Akron and totaled a seasonhigh

119 passing yards on just four completions with a pair of scores versus

Eastern Michigan. Compiled 223 yards of total offense in the EMU game

with touchdown passes of 30 and 31 yards and a season-long 61-yard rush.

2008: Played in six games primarily as a back-up to Chandler Harnish.

Started the Miami game (10-11). Led the team in passing effi ciency on the

season (127.7), after completing 15-of-26 passes for 138 yards with two

touchdowns and no interceptions. Ranked sixth on the team with 188

rushing yards on 39 attempts and had three touchdowns on the ground.

Ran for touchdowns in each of his fi rst three games. Scampered for a threeyard

score against Western Michigan (9-6), one of seven rushes for 43 yards.

Ran the ball eight times for 50 yards and a touchdown versus Indiana State

(9-20). Hit paydirt with a nine-yard burst against Eastern Michigan (9-27).

Completed the fi rst pass of his NIU career for 10 yards and a touchdown to

Matt Simon against the Sycamores. Connected on 7-of-12 passes for a careerhigh

63 yards with one touchdown against Miami. Also ran the ball six

times for 43 yards in that contest. Went 4-of-10 passing for 39 yards and ran

the ball a career-high 14 times for 41 yards at Tennessee (10-4).

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2007: Redshirted.

High School: An honorable mention choice to the Grand Rapids Press

All-Area Dream Team. Completed 40-of-80 passes for 610 yards and seven

touchdowns, and collected 357 rushing yards on 60 carries with nine

touchdowns on the ground in 2006. Led East Grand Rapids to a Division III

Michigan state championship his senior year. Earned all-league and all-area

honors as a junior. Also a four-year starter in basketball. Garnered all-state

honorable mention honors in basketball and was a second team all-area and

fi rst team all-conference selection. Basketball team advanced to the state

fi nals in 2006.

Personal: Born Aug. 1, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Son of Janell and Rodney

Grady. Earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology in the spring and is doing

post-bachelor’s work in hospitality administration.

Grady’s Career Stats

PASSING

Year G/GS C-A-I Pct. Yds. TD Lg Yds/Gm Efic.

2008 6/1 15-26-0 57.7 138 2 36 23.0 127.7

2009 9/4 25-43-2 58.1 280 3 35 31.1 126.6

2010 4/1 14-29-3 48.3 93 0 22 31.0 54.5

Career 19/6 54-98-5 55.1 511 5 36 28.4 105.5

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 6/1 39 188 4.8 3 28 31.3

2009 9/4 59 330 5.6 1 61 36.7

2010 4/1 16 145 9.1 3 61 36.3

Career 19/6 114 663 5.8 7 61 34.9

TOTAL OFFENSE

Year Rush Yds. Pass Yds. TD Plays Yds. YPG YPP

2008 39 188 26 138 5 65 326 54.3 5.0

2009 59 330 43 280 4 102 610 67.8 5.9

2010 16 145 14 93 1 30 238 59.5 7.9

Career 114 663 83 511 10 197 1174 61.8 5.9

CAREER HIGHS

Pass Attempts: 18, vs. Akron, 10-31-09

Pass Completions: 10, vs. Akron, 10-31-09

Passing Yards: 119, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09

Long Completion: 36, vs. Miami (Ohio), 10-11-08

Passing Touchdowns: 2, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09

Rushing Attempts: 20, vs. Akron, 10-31-09

Rushing Yards: 109, vs. Akron, 10-31-09

Rushing Touchdowns: 2, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Long Rushing Gain: 61, twice, last at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

56 Daniel Green

DE | 6-2 | 245 | Jr.-RS | 1Sq

Oak Park, Ill. | Oak Park and River Forest

2010: Did not see any action in his fi rst season with

the Huskies. Named NIU’s work team player of the

week versus North Dakota (9-11) and Akron (10-2).

Joined the Northern Illinois team in January 2010

and went through spring practice.

High School: Varsity letterwinner his senior

season was named the team’s defensive lineman of

the year. Helped Oak Park/River Forest to a second-place conference fi nish

as a junior.

Personal: Born February 27, 1990. Son of Dan and Linda Green. Marketing

major. Enjoys going to church and offi ciating basketball. Admires Ray Lewis.

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12 Chandler Harnish

QB | 6-2 | 220 | Jr.-RS | 2L

Bluffton, Ind. | Norwell

Named to the preseason Watch Lists for the Maxwell Award

(top player in college football), Walter Camp Player of the

Year Award and the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award.

Enters his senior season as one of the most prolifi c offensive

players in NIU history, compiling 7,332 career yards of total

offense and 53 touchdowns to rank fi rst and third all-time,

respectively. He is third at NIU all-time in total plays with

1,070 while his 6.85 yards per play is No. 1 on the career

lists. His 5,728 career passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns both rank fourth in NIU

history and he is also fourth with 726 pass attempts. His 450 completions rank third at

NIU all-time. Has rushed for 1,604 yards in three seasons, to rank 22nd on the NIU career

list. Owns fi ve career 100-yard rushing and three-career 300-yard pass days. Has been

the Huskies’ starting quarterback for 31 of the 33 games he has played over the last three

seasons and has an all-time record of 17-14 as a starter.

2010: Put together one of the best seasons in school history by a quarterback

while leading Northern Illinois to a prolifi c offensive season, an undefeated

MAC regular season and a school record 11 wins. Started the last 13 games

of the season for NIU at quarterback after coming back from an offseason

knee injury, Originally projected to need surgery, knee responded to rehab

and surgery was avoided. Became the fi rst Northern Illinois quarterback to

be named fi rst team All Mid-American Conference. Led the MAC in passing

effi ciency and ranked 11th in the nation with a 157.8 mark. His 258.9 yards

of total offense per game ranked third in the league, while his 64.3 yards

rushing per game ranked eighth. Named NIU’s 2010 Co-Offensive MVP and

overall MVP by Huskie coaches and teammates. Broke the Huskies’ 47-yearold

school record for yards of total offense in a season with 3,366 on 836

rushing and 2,530 passing yards. Was responsible for 28 touchdowns on the

year. Completed 189-of-292 passes for a 64.7 percent completion percentage

with 21 touchdown passes and just fi ve INTs. Averaged 194.6 passing yards

per game. His 2,530 passing yards rank third on the NIU single season charts

as do his yards per game total. Tallied three 100-yard rushing games and

seven 200-yard passing games on the year. Compiled 21 completions of 25

yards or longer and had eight 25-plus yard rushes on the year. Threw at least

one touchdown pass in 11 of 13 games. Capped a spectacular junior season by

throwing for a season-high 300 yards and one touchdown while completing

17-of-26 passes, and rushing for 72 yards and two scores on 10 carries versus

Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Totaled a season-best

372 yards of total offense in the game. Named MVP of the contest and also

earned the bowl’s Humanitarian Award during the week for his community

service efforts. In the MAC Championship game versus Miami (Ohio) (12-

3), completed 15-of-28 passes for 281 yards with three touchdown passes,

including one to Martel Moore for a season-long 69 yards. Became the fi rst

NIU quarterback to earn MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors

three times in one season after picking up that award, as well as Rivals.

com MAC Player of the Week and NIU Offensive Back of the Week, against

Toledo (11-9). Threw for 162 yards and one touchdown on 11-of-16 passing

while rushing for 149 yards on 13 carries and a score. Posted a career-long 69yard

rush versus the Rockets. Named the MAC West Offensive Player of the

Week after throwing for 281 yards and tying his career-high in touchdown

passes with three at Akron (10-2). Earned MAC West Offensive Player of

the Week honors for the second consecutive week and was named Rivals.

com MAC Player of the Week after completing a season-best 20-of-25 passes

for 211 yard and two touchdowns, and rushing for 71 yards against Temple

(10-9). In his fi rst start of the season, scored on a 47-yard touchdown run on

his way to 178 rushing yards, the most by an NIU quarterback since Oct. 6,

1990, to earn NIU Offensive Back of the Week honors against North Dakota

(9-11). Also threw for 146 yards on 14-of-25 passing and a touchdown in that

contest. The next week, completed 19-of-25 passes for 208 yards and rushed

for a team-high 117 yards and a touchdown at Illinois (9-18). Totaled three

touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, while throwing for 160 yards

on 13-of-26 passing against Buffalo (10-16). Threw for 138 yards on 12-of-19

passing and ran for 69 yards on 11 carries versus Central Michigan (10-23).

Completed 18-of-30 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns, and rushed

for 39 yards on 13 carries with one score at Western Michigan (10-30). Led

the Huskies to a game-winning touchdown drive in the fi nal minutes of the


HARNISH’S CAREER GAME BY GAME STATISTICS

Record as a Starter: 17-14

2008 |---RUSHING---| |-------PASSING-------|

Date Opponent No. Yds TD Lg C-A-I Yds TD Lg

8/30 at Minn.* (L) 8 10 0 13 17-29-0 326 2 91

9/6 at WMU* (L) 3 9 0 4 2-4-0 58 0 45

10/11 MIAMI (W) 5 15 0 8 4-9-0 48 0 23

10/18 TOLEDO* (W) 8 60 0 32 12-16-0 173 3 45

10/25 BGSU* (W) 19 113 0 20 5-12-2 45 0 14

11/5 at BSU* (L) 12 59 1 25 14-22-1 115 0 25

11/12 CMU* (L) 17 31 1 10 18-36-2 288 0 39

11/18 at KSU* (W) 20 117 2 31 12-19-0 173 2 41

11/25 NAVY* (L) 14 64 0 12 14-24-2 116 0 14

12/28 vs La. Tech* (L) 12 61 0 17 20-40-2 186 1 40

Totals 118 539 4 32 118-211-9 1528 8 91

2009 |---RUSHING---| |-------PASSING-------|

Date Opponent No. Yds TD Lg C-A-I Yds TD Lg

9/5 at Wis.* (L) 13 10 0 12 15-24-0 174 0 31

9/12 WIU* (W) 6 21 0 15 10-14-0 143 2 45

9/19 at Purdue* (W) 11 35 0 9 15-26-1 174 1 41

926 IDAHO* (L) 13 62 0 29 17-23-0 184 2 29

10/3 WMU* (W) 6 15 0 9 9-15-0 135 1 33

10/17 at Toledo* (L) 9 42 2 11 15-24-1 157 0 29

11/12 BSU (W) 4 -22 0 1 9-9-0 60 1 10

11/21 at OU* (L) 12 30 0 10 24-35-1 307 2 45

11/27 at CMU* (L) 10 39 0 23 17-28-2 206 2 32

1/3 vs USF* (L) 5 -3 0 6 12-25-1 130 0 19

Totals 89 229 2 29 143-223-6 1670 11 45

2010 |---RUSHING---| |-------PASSING-------|

Date Opponent No. Yds TD Lg C-A-I Yds TD Lg

9/11 N. Dakota* (W) 21 178 1 40 14-25-1 146 1 33

9/18 at Illinois* (L) 11 117 1 47 19-25-0 208 0 42

9/25 at Minn.* (W) 6 7 0 6 11-17-0 81 2 19

10/2 at Akron* (W) 5 9 0 10 16-20-0 281 3 58

10/9 Temple* (W) 14 71 0 24 20-25-0 211 2 19

10/16 Buffalo* (W) 14 75 1 25 13-26-2 160 2 25

10/20 CMU* (W) 11 69 0 19 12-19-0 138 0 38

10/30 at WMU* (W) 13 33 1 12 18-30-1 214 2 35

11/9 Toledo* (W) 13 149 1 69 11-16-0 162 1 35

11/20 at BSU* (W) 8 21 0 13 15-22-1 247 2 4

11/26 at EMU* (W) 3 32 0 16 8-13-0 101 2 18

12/3 vs Miami* (L) 8 3 0 24 15-28-0 281 3 69

12/18 vs. Fresno St. *(W) 10 72 2 28 17-26-0 300 1 39

Totals 137 836 7 69 189-292-5 2530 21 69

Career 344 1604 13 69 450-726-20 5728 40 91

*-Games Started

game and hit Willie Clark on a 21-yard pass to provide the winning margin.

Completed 15-of-22 passes for 247 yards, two for touchdowns, and rushed for

21 yards at Ball State (11-20).

2009: Ranked second in the MAC in passing effi ciency with a career-best

137.9 rating with 11 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Led NIU in

total offense, averaging 189.9 yards a game total offense to rank eighth in the

MAC. Rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries, averaging

22.9 yards a game. Ranked third on the team with two rushing touchdowns.

Compiled 1,670 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to average 167 yards through

the air a game, a mark that places him seventh on the NIU single season

leader list for passing yardage per game. Started in games against Wisconsin

(9-5), Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan

(10-3), and Toledo (9-17), before sitting out in games against Miami (10-24),

Akron (10-31), and Eastern Michigan (11-5) due to injury. Returned to the

fi eld against Ball State (11-12), before starting in games against Ohio (11-

21), Central Michigan (11-27) and South Florida in the International Bowl

(1-3). In two-and-a-half games back since missing three with knee injury,

completed 50-of-72 passes for 573 and fi ve TDs. Rushed for 128 yards on 43

carries and threw for 675 yards and fi ve touchdowns on 57-of-87 passing

through the fi rst four games of the season. Compiled a career-high 337 yards

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of total offense versus Ohio, throwing for a season-high 307 yards on 24-of-

35 passing and rushing for 30. Threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns on

17-of-28 passing at Central Michigan. Passed for 174 yards in each of NIU’s

2009 Big Ten games versus Wisconsin and Purdue with 15 completions in

each game, and had 184 passing yards and two TDs versus Idaho. Completed

10-of-14 passes for 143 yards in the Huskies’ home opener against Western

Illinois. Threw two touchdown passes against the leathernecks, including

a 20-yard pass to Chad Spann and a four-yard pass to Jason Schepler. Passed

for 135 yards and one touchdown toss on 9-of-15 passing versus Western

Michigan. Rushed for 42 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for

157 yards on 15-of-24 passing against Toledo. Threw for 130 yards against

South Florida in the International Bowl.

2008: Started nine games and appeared in 10 at quarterback. Garnered

Academic All-MAC notice. Led NIU in total offense with an average of

206.7 yards per game and set the NIU record for total offense by a freshman

with 2,067 yards. Led the Huskies and ranked 10th in the MAC in rushing

yards with 539 on 118 attempts (4.6 yards per carry). Ranked second on

the team with four rushing touchdowns. Completed 118-of-211 passes with

eight touchdowns for an effi ciency rating of 120.7. Averaged 152.8 yards per

game through the air, and did not throw an interception in his fi rst four

games. Twice named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week, after the

Minnesota (8-30) and Kent State (11-18) games. Earned MAC Scholar-Athlete

of the Week honors after the Minnesota game. Given the Shea Fitzgerald

Memorial Award, honoring the team offensive MVP. Also garnered team

award for Offensive Back of the Year. Against the Gophers, completed

17-of-29 attempts for a career-high 326 yards. In that game, threw for two

touchdowns, including a 91-yard bomb to Nate Palmer that was the longest

play of the year and stands as the fi fth-longest play in NIU history. In snowy

Harnish’s Career Stats

PASSING

Year G/GS C-A-I Pct. Yds. TD Lg Yds/Gm Efic.

2008 10/9 118-211-9 55.9 1528 8 91 152.8 120.7

2009 10/9 143-223-6 64.1 1670 11 45 167.0 137.9

2010 13/13 189-292-5 64.7 2530 21 69 194.6 157.8

Career 33/31 450-726-20 62.0 5728 40 91 173.6 140.9

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 10/9 118 539 4.6 4 32 53.9

2009 10/9 89 229 2.6 2 29 22.9

2010 13/13 137 836 6.1 7 69 64.3

Career 33/31 344 1604 4.7 13 69 48.6

TOTAL OFFENSE

Year Rush Yds. Pass Yds. TD Plays Yds. YPG YPP

2008 118 539 211 1528 12 329 2067 206.7 6.3

2009 89 229 223 1670 13 312 1899 189.9 6.1

2010 137 836 292 2530 28 429 3366 258.9 7.8

Career 344 1604 726 5728 53 1070 7332 222.2 6.8

CAREER HIGHS

Pass Attempts: 40, vs. Louisiana Tech (Independence Bowl), 12-28-08

Pass Completions: 24, at Ohio, 11-21-09

Passing Yards: 326, at Minnesota, 8-30-08

Passing Touchdowns: 3, three times, last vs. Miami (OH) (MAC

Championship), 12-3-10

Long Completion: 91, at Minnesota, 8-30-08

Rushing Attempts: 21, vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10

Rushing Yards: 178, vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10

Rushing Touchdowns: 2, twice, last at Toledo, 10-17-09

Long Rush: 69, vs. Toledo, 11-09-10

Total Touchdowns: 4, at Kent State, 11-18-08

Total Offense: 337 (307 passing, 30 rushing), at Ohio, 11-21-09

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conditions at Kent State (11-18), accounted for a career-high four touchdowns,

two through the air and two on the ground. Threw touchdown passes of 17

and two yards, and ran for scores of 31 and three yards. Totaled a careerhigh

117 rushing yards on 20 carries, and completed 12-of-19 passes for 173

yards against the Golden Flashes. Went 18-of-36 passing for 288 yards versus

Central Michigan (11-12). With NIU trailing 30-6 against the Chippewas,

started a comeback with a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Led the team to three more scores in the fourth quarter to send the game to

overtime. Passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns versus Toledo (10-18).

Had a season-long rush of 32 yards to set up a Mike Salerno fi eld goal in that

game. Completed 20-of-40 passes for 186 yards in the Independence Bowl,

including an eight-yard touchdown to Kyle Skarb. Went 14-for-22 through

the air and ran for 59 yards and one touchdown against Ball State (11-5). Had

a pair of 25-yard rushes in that game, the second of which resulted in a score.

Ran 19 times for 113 yards, the second-highest total of the season, against

Bowling Green (10-25).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: An all-state honoree as a senior after earning honorable mention

notice his junior year. One of the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette’s Gamenight

Fantastic 50 as a junior and senior. Twice selected to the fi rst team allconference

and all-area squads. Earned the Northeast Hoosier Conference

Player of the Year award in 2005. Named the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel

Athlete of the Year as a senior. Participated in the Indiana North/South All-

Star game. Career prep totals include 4,760 passing yards and 48 touchdown

passes while completing 300-of-565 passes to go with 2,343 rushing yards on

354 carries with 35 touchdowns on the ground. Also played safety where he

tallied 129 tackles, seven fumble recoveries, fi ve interceptions, and 13 pass

defl ections in his career. Holds Norwell High records for career passing

touchdowns, passing yards, completions and attempts, as well as allpurpose

yards (7,103). Led Norwell to a 14-1 record and the runner-up spot in

the Indiana state championship as a senior. Named team MVP as a junior and

senior. Four-year letterwinner in football who also started all four years in

basketball. Earned fi rst team all-conference honors on the basketball court

as a junior. Placed sixth in the discus at the Indiana state championships as

a junior. Conference, sectional and regional discus champion who fi nished

sixth in the State fi nals as a junior.

Personal: Born July 28, 1988 in Bluffton, Ind. Son of LeeAnn and Ron Harnish.

Earned his degree in business management and is pursuing a master’s degree

in business at NIU. Posted a 3.65 undergraduate GPA as a Victory Scholar.

17 Marckie Hayes

CB | 5-8 | 180 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Sycamore, Ill. | Sycamore

2010: Redshirted his true freshman season at NIU.

Selected as one of the Huskies’ work team players

of the week versus Buffalo (10-16) and Ball State (11-

20).

High School: A 2009 fi rst team Illinois High

School Football Coaches Association 5A All-State

and Chicago Tribune All-State special mention

honoree. The 2009 Daily Chronicle Player of the Year and Walter Payton

Roundhouse Conference Player of the Year. Named Western Sun Conference

Offensive Most Valuable Player and Sycamore MVP as a senior. A three-year

all-conference honoree in the Western Sun Conference at three positions;

defensive back, kick returner and running back. Second-leading rusher in

Sycamore history. Rushed for 1,792 yards and 17 touchdowns during the

2009 campaign. Totaled 136 yards on 19 carries with two scores in the

state quarterfi nal game. Carried the ball 22 times and gained 174 yards

in Sycamore’s playoff win over Kaneland. Led the Spartans to the state

quarterfi nals for the fi rst time since 1978. Named to the Academic All-State

team and qualifi ed for membership in the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born Sept. 14, 1991 in Deerfi eld, Ill. Son of Peggy and Marcus Hayes.

Father played football at Trinity College. Intends to major in industrial and

systems engineering. Huskie Scholar with a 3.49 cumulative GPA.

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55 Mike hellams

LB | 6-1| 233 | So. | 1L

Bolingbrook, Ill. | Bolingbrook

2010: Saw action in nine games as a true freshman,

including in each of the last six games of the

season. Made his collegiate debut at Illinois (9-

18). Credited with his fi rst career tackles on a pair

of assists at Akron (10-2). Finished the season with

six stops, including fi ve assisted tackles. Made a

season-high three tackles at Ball State (11-20) and

added an assist at EMU (11-26). His early action

came primarily on special teams but saw more time at linebacker versus

Toledo (11-9), BSU and Eastern Michigan.

High School: All-area choice in 2008 who missed much of his senior year

due to a shoulder injury. Played in 11 games as a junior and made 79 tackles,

30 solo. Forced three fumbles and compiled six tackles for loss, a sack and an

interception. Bolingbrook defense allowed just 18 touchdowns in 11 games

and 11.7 points per game. Three-year varsity letterwinner who served as team

captain his fi nal two seasons. An all-area choice as a junior. Bolingbrook won

the Blue Division of the Southwest Suburban Conference each of his three

seasons and compiled a 28-5 record in that time. Raiders were 9-2 in 2009

and posted a 10-1 record his junior season.

Personal: Born July 4, 1992 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Son of Felicia and Dwayne

Hellams.

Hellams’ Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 6/0 1 5 6 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 3, at Ball State, 11-20-10

25 Jasmin Hopkins

RB | 5-9 | 180 | Sr. | 1L

Stanley, N.C. | East Gaston/Fort Scott CC

2010: Spent his fi rst season at NIU backing up Vern

Smith Award winner Chad Spann at tailback. Saw

action in 13 games and ranked third on the team in

rushing with 366 yards on 38 carries, including

two touchdowns. Averaged 9.6 yards per carry

and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Had

at least one carry in 10 of NIU’s 14 games on the

year. Caught four passes for 10 yards and returned

12 kickoffs for 224 yards to average 18.7 yards per kickoff. Totaled 600 allpurpose

yards to rank fi fth on the team. Rushed for 22 yards on fi ve carries

and added a six-yard reception in his NIU debut in the season opener at

Iowa State (9-2). Completed his fi rst career touchdown pass on a 19-yard

completion to Landon Cox at Illinois (9-18) to bring NIU within two points

(21-19) in the fourth quarter. Rushed for 70 yards on fi ve carries, including a

55-yard touchdown run against Toledo (11-9). Posted his fi rst career 100-yard

rushing game with a career-high 104 yards on just four carries at Eastern

Michigan (11-26) highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown run, Had a 110-yard

all-purpose day at Akron with three kickoff returns, including a season-long

33-yarder, and 29 rushing yards on fi ve carries. Posted a 35-yard rush versus

Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Picked up 41 yards on four

carries with a long of 38 versus North Dakota (9-11). Notched 32-yard kickoff

returns in the Temple (10-9) and Buffalo (10-16) games. Participated in 2010

spring practices after arriving on campus at NIU for spring 2010 semester.

Junior College: Named National Junior College Athletic Association

Offensive Player of the Year and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year

after leading the NJCAA in rushing with 1,931 yards and helping lead the

Fort Scott Greyhounds to their fi rst Kansas Jayhawk Community College

Conference title in 35 years and the fi rst Region 6 title in school history.


Hopkins’ Career Stats

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 13/0 38 366 9.6 2 74 28.2

RECEIVING

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 13/0 4 10 2.5 0 7 0.8

KICKOFF RETURNS

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg

2010 13/0 12 224 18.7 0 33

CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Attempts: 6, at Illinois, 9-18-10

Rushing Yards: 104, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Longest Rush: 74, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Touchdowns: 1, twice, last at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Longest Kickoff Return: 33, at Akron, 10-2-10

MEET THE HUSKIES

Led the nation in rushing yards per game with 160.9, while his 16 rushing

touchdowns were tied for fi fth. Also garnered KJCCC Offensive Player of

the Year honors, leading the league in rushing yards, all-purpose yards,

scoring and touchdowns. Averaged 25 carries per game, posting 11 straight

100 games, including four 200-yard rushing games. In two seasons, totaled

3,158 rushing yards – second highest total in school history – while helping

the Greyhounds to 20 victories. Rushed for a season-high 267 yards on 35

carries and scored two touchdowns against Garden City (9-19-09). Gained

188 rushing yards on 35 carries in national championship game against

Blinn. Collected 1,250 yards on 300 carries and 12 touchdowns in his fi rst

year with the Greyhounds. Also caught three passes for touchdowns as a

freshman. Team advanced to nationals where they fi nished as runners-up

after claiming the conference championship title.

High School: Ran for 1,901 yards on 250 carries, and 28 touchdowns his

senior season in 2006 to set the school record for most rushing yards in a

season. Earned All-Gaston Gazette honors while leading East Gaston to a co-

Big South Conference title and a school-record 11 victories. Tallied 120 yards

and a touchdown on two kickoff returns. Named to fi rst team all-conference

squad as a senior. Also named Team MVP and the team’s Best Running Back

as a senior. Multi-sport athlete also played basketball, baseball and track.

Personal: Born May 2, 1989 in Charlotte, N.C. Son of Helen Clark. Working

on a bachelor’s degree in general studies.

40 Victor Jacques

LB | 6-1 | 220 | Jr.-RS | 1L

Miami, Fla. | Christopher Columbus

2010: Did not see any game action in 2010.

2009: Saw action in 10 games at linebacker and on

special teams. Totaled fi ve tackles on the season,

including two solo stops. Had a career-high two

tackles against Idaho (9-26). Made one tackle each

in games against Western Michigan (10-3), Miami

(10-24), and Eastern Michigan (11-5). Also saw time

against Wisconsin (9-5), Western Illinois (9-12),

Toledo (10-17), Akron (10-31), Ohio (11-21) and Central Michigan (11-27).

2008: Redshirted as a fullback. Moved to linebacker in the spring.

High School: Named third team All-Dade County as a senior. Caught 20

passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns to go with four rushes for 32

yards in his fi nal high school season. Named team captain and MVP as a

senior. During his junior year, ran the ball 25 times for 140 yards and made 11

catches for 88 yards. Scored nine career touchdowns, fi ve receiving and four

rushing. Helped the Explorers to a 12-1 record and a district championship

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as a senior. Team went 10-1 and won the district title during his sophomore

season. Also lettered in basketball and track and fi eld.

Personal: Born Dec. 21, 1989. Son of Maria Angela and Victor Hugo Jacques.

Attended the same high school as Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback coach

Mike Shula. Major is corporate & organizational communications.

Jacques’ Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 10/0 2 3 5 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2, vs. Idaho, 9-26-09

99 Nabal Jefferson

DL | 5-11 | 280 | Jr. | 2L

Chicago, Ill. | Marist

Has made 40 stops in 25 games with 11 tackles for loss and

four quarterback sacks in his fi rst two seasons.

2010: Saw action in all 14 games at defensive tackle

behind starter D.J. Pirkle. Tied for third on the

team with 7.5 tackles for loss and was fourth in

quarterback sacks with 2.5. Collected 26 tackles,

nine solo, and broke up a pass. Had his best game

of the season versus Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl (12-18) with a

career-high fi ve tackes, three solo, two-and-a-half tackles for loss and a solo

sack. Made two stops, including a tackle for loss, and broke up a pass against

Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Totaled two

tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the season opener at Iowa State (9-

2). His two tackles in the Ball State game (11-20) included 1.5 tackles for loss

and half a quarterback sack. Tallied three tackles, including a half tackle for

loss, against Minnesota (9-25). Credited with three tackles, including a half

sack, at Akron (10-2) and had three tackles, including a half tackle for loss,

versus Buffalo (10-16). Tallied three tackles, two solo, at Eastern Michigan

(11-26). Registered multiple tackles in eight games, including each of the last

four and had at least part of a tackle for loss in eight contests. Made at least

one stop in 11 contests. An Academic All-MAC selection by league faculty

representatives.

2009: Made an appearance in 11 games as a true freshman noseguard. Totaled

14 tackles, with 3.5 for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks in a back-up role. Made

a season-high four tackles against Western Illinois (9-12). Credited with a

pair of tackles for loss and a quarterback sack in the Akron game (10-31).

Came back the next week with two stops and half a sack in the EMU game

(11-5). Made a solo stop for a loss of six yards against the Eagles. Totaled two

tackles each against Akron, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan (11-27).

Had at least one tackle in eight games.

High School: Named to the Chicago Tribune All-State second team and the

Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Team. Also an all-area selection by the Southtown

Star. EdgyTim (recruiting) named him to its 8A All-State squad. Recorded

167 total tackles, 14 sacks, fi ve forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries,

and was named the East Suburban Catholic Defensive Lineman of the Year

during his senior season. Earned all-conference honors twice. Solidifi ed the

interior as the noseguard in a 3-4 defensive scheme, helping his team to a 9-3

record and the Illinois Class 8A quarterfi nals as a senior. Totaled 78 tackles,

with 32 solo, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries

as a junior. Team won a share of the conference championship in both his

freshman and sophomore seasons.

Personal: Born Feb. 10, 1991. VictoryScholar holds a 3.91 GPA in accountancy.

Son of Carmelita Alvarez. Admires Michael Strahan and Jerome Bettis.

Enjoys reading the newspaper.

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Jeff erson’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 11/0 3 11 14 3.5-15 1.5-11 0/0 0/0

2010 14/0 9 17 26 2.5-18 2.5-11 0/0 0/1

Career 25/0 12 28 40 11.0-33 3.0-22 0/0 0/1

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 5, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10

TFL: 2.5, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10

Sacks: 1.5, at Ball State, 11-20-10

57 Kyle Jenkins

DE | 6-4 | 253 | Sr.-RS | 2Sq

Itasca, Ill. | Driscoll/Harper College

Moved back to defensive line in spring 2011 and enters

August drills as a back-up defensive end.

2010: Did not see any game action on the offensive

line. Moved to tight end and also practiced at

offensive line in spring 2010.

2009: Redshirted after suffering a knee injury in

preseason drills. Joined the Huskies in January

2009 as a defensive lineman after one season at Harper Junior College.

Junior College: 2008 NJCAA Second Team All-American and Midwest

Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year at Harper College. First

team all-conference and all-region selection recorded 40 tackles and 19.5

sacks to lead the Hawks to an 11-1 record and to the MFC and Valley of the

Sun Bowl championships.

High School: Earned four varsity letters to help lead the Highlanders to four

straight state championships. Awarded 4A all-state honors his senior year,

compiling 68 tackles and 13 sacks. Named the Chicago Sun-Times Small School

Player of the Year as a senior. Earned fi rst team all-conference honors both

his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, recorded 65 tackles with 11 sacks,

three interceptions and one blocked kick. Made 55 stops with seven sacks

and a blocked kick as a sophomore. Holds the school record for most career

sacks with 31. Three-sport standout garnered three all-conference awards in

basketball, and earned all-area mention in 2004. Also earned all-conference

accolades in baseball as a senior.

Personal: Born Aug. 23, 1988. Son of Bob and Liane Jenkins. Huskie Scholar

holds a 3.07 TPA as a physical education major. Aspires to be a physical

education teacher and a football coach. Admires the late Reggie White.

13 Anthony Johnson

WR | 6-3 | 190 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

San Antonio, Texas | Earl Warren

2010: Saw his fi rst career game action at Akron

(10-2) and went on to play in a total of four games

on the season. In addition to Akron, played in the

Huskies’ home games versus Buffalo (10-16), Central

Michigan (10-23) and Toledo (11-9). Did not have a

catch while earning his fi rst snaps at wide receiver.

2009: Redshirted

High School: Named to San Antonio’s 2008 Super Team, recording 718

receiving yards on 46 catches for a 15.6 yard average. Rushed for 386 yards on

24 carries to average 16.1 yards per carry. Caught 10 touchdowns passes and

ran for seven scores. Totaled 149 passing yards and 18 combined touchdowns

as a senior. Named a City All-Star his senior year. Earned all-conference

honors three times. Was a second team all-region choice as a senior. Team

captain helped lead the Warriors to a 9-3 record, a district championship

and three bi-district championships as a senior. Recorded 1,455 receiving

yards on 85 catches and scored 17 receiving touchdowns for his career.

Named Texas’ Best Duo along with high school teammate and fellow NIU

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signee Martel Moore. Three-sport standout for the Warriors, becoming the

fi rst athlete to become a three-sport letterman during his sophomore season,

with letters in football, basketball and track and fi eld. Won the state 5A

title in the high jump with a 6-10 leap and jumped as high as 7-0 as a senior.

Named mySanAntionio.com Male Track Athlete of the Year. Holds school

records in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. On the hardwood, led

his district in three-pointers made with 53 and three-point percentage at 51,

playing his way to

Personal: Born July 2, 1991 in San Antonio, Texas. Son of Lowell and Carla

Strecker. Majoring in sociology. Aspires to become a personal trainer.

94 Adam Kiel

TE | 6-5 | 290 | Sr.-RS | 2L

Wentville, Mo. | St. Dominic

Will start fall drills at tight end after making

switch to that spot during spring drills.

2010: Appeared in all 14 games while backing up at

both offensive tackle spots in 2010. Saw action on

PAT/FG unit in addition to tackle. Member of the

offensive line that paved the way for the Huskies’

record-setting 2010 offense. The Huskies averaged

260.4 rushing yards and 450 yards of total offense

per game to lead the MAC. The NIU offensive line allowed the fewest sacks

in the league with 13 in 14 games. Member of the offensive line that paved the

way for Chad Spann’s 223 yard rushing night at Minnesota (9-25). The NIU

offense tallied 646 yards of total offense, tied for the fourth-most in history,

at Eastern Michigan (11-26) with 544 rushing yards the second highest total

all-time. Veteran on the offensive line who served as leader of the second

unit, which saw considerable playing time late in blowout wins.

2009: Started the fi rst 11 games of the season at right tackle before suffering

a foot injury at Ohio which required surgery. Named the Huskies’ offensive

lineman of the week versus Idaho (9-12). Helped NIU rank tied for seventh

in the nation in red zone offense as the Huskies scored on 44-of-47 trips

inside its opponents’ 20-yard line with 27 touchdowns and 17 fi eld goals.

NIU offense led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with 195.15

yards per game, including a season-best 418 versus Eastern Michigan (11-5).

Huskies allowed only 15 sacks on the year, the fewest in the league.

2008: Made his Huskie debut in the Indiana State game (9-20) as a back-up

offensive lineman.

2007: Redshirted

High School: Named to the Missouri Top 30 by rivals.com, coming in

with a No. 22 ranking. An honorable mention All-Metro choice as a senior.

Earned fi rst team all-conference honors in 2006 and was a second team allleague

selection his junior year. Helped lead St. Dominic to back-to-back

Archdiocese Athletic Association championships. Also played tight end

where he compiled 311 receiving yards and fi ve touchdowns on 29 catches.

Caught 12 passes for 111 yards his senior season and made 17 grabs his junior

year. Four-year letterwinner. Owns the St. Dominic school record for career

rebounds and is third in career points. Nominated for the McDonald’s All-

American team in basketball, qualifying him as one of the top 1,500 players

in the country. Two-time all-conference honoree and All-Metro selection in

basketball. Also a state qualifi er in the shot put and won the conference title

in the discus his junior year in track and fi eld.

Personal: Born July 25, 1988. Son of Dianne and Mark Kiel. Uncle Marvin

Kiel played baseball at Murray State. Huskie Scholar with a 3.24 GPA earned

his undergraduate degree in organizational management in the spring and

is doing post-bachelor’s work in that fi eld. Enjoys fi shing and golf. One of the

Huskies’ leaders in community service and served on the Student-Athlete

Advisory Committee board. Honored at the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl as one

of 22 members of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.


79 Matt Krempel

OL | 6-4 | 305 | So.-RS | 1L

Columbus, Ind. | Columbus North

2010: Saw action in the Huskies’ fi rst eight games

of the season as a member of the PAT/Field Goal

unit and in a back-up role in NIU’s big wins.

2009: Redshirted

High School: Earned fi rst team all-state, allarea

and all-conference recognition as a senior.

Garnered honorable mention Junior All-State

accolades and named all-area as a junior. Voted

Most Valuable Offensive Lineman for the Bulldogs. Received Academic

All-State honors as a senior. Team posted a 12-2 record his junior year after

winning nine games his sophomore season. Earned three varsity letters for

football, and was a regional qualifi er in shotput and discus as a junior.

Personal: Born December 14, 1990. Son of Louis and Martha Krempel.

Victory Scholar holds a 3.64 GPA. Majoring in pre-physical therapy Father

Louis lettered in both football and track and Davidson College, earning

offensive MVP honors. Enjoys fi shing and watertubing. Admires Peyton

Manning. Aspires to become a physical therapist.

75 tyler loos

OL | 6-6 | 270 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Sterling, Ill. | Sterling

2010: Traveled to several games early in the season

but did not see any game action and redshirted as

a true freshman.

High School: First team Class 5A All-State

selection by the IHSFCA in 2008 and 2009. Also

a Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State choice

as a junior and senior. Earned fi rst team All-Area

honors from the Sauk Valley News and Quad City Times in each of his last two

seasons and was a second team selection by the Times his sophomore year.

On the Champaign News-Gazette Special Mention Top 100 list each of his last

two seasons. Unanimous fi rst team All-NCIC Reagan Conference in 2008

and 2009 and a second team selection his sophomore season. Two-time

fi rst team Academic All-Conference choice and earned fi rst team Academic

All-State honors from the IHSFCA as a senior. Team advanced to the IHSA

Playoffs each of his three seasons while posting a 23-9 cumulative record,

including a 9-2 mark in 2008 and an 8-3 record his senior year. Invited to

play in the ICA East-West Shrine Game. Placed 10th at the IHSA State Track

Meet in the discus with a throw of 151-3 after winning the sectional title in

the event. Has thrown the shot put 50-2.

Personal: Born July, 24, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minn. Son of Sherri and

Breck Loos. Father played football and ran track at UW-Stevens Point,

while mother played volleyball at UW-Stevens Point. Sister, Shanna plays

volleyball and runs track at North Central and Kaitlin plays volleyball and

runs track at Olivet Nazarene.

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6 Jordan Lynch

QB | 6-1 | 220 | So.-RS | 1L

Chicago, Ill. | Mt. Carmel

2010: Served as NIU’s back-up quarterback behind

Chandler Harnish and saw action in nine games.

Often inserted at quarterback during drives for a

play or two. Played in every MAC regular season

game and in the league championship game in

Detroit. Averaged 40.2 rushing yards a game with

362 yards on 31 carries to rank fourth on the team.

Scored three rushing TDs and threw for one. His

11.7 yards per carry average led NIU and he recorded the longest run by

any Huskie player on the season with a 90-yard touchdown jaunt versus

Buffalo (10-16). The 90-yard rush was also the longest carry by a Huskie

since 1993, the longest ever by an NIU quarterback and the fourth-longest in

school history. Completed four-of-six passes for 13 yards on the year. Made

his fi rst career appearance at Akron (10-2) where he ran for one yard and

completed one pass (in two attempts) for 11 yards. Earned NIU’s Co-Big Hit

of the Week after rushing for 43 yards on nine carries against Toledo (11-9).

Rushed for 18 yards on three carries at Ball State (11-20) while hitting both

of his pass attempts, one for a four-yard touchdown to Kyle Skarb. Totaled

a career-best 142 yards on just two carries with both going for touchdowns

at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Scored on an 81-yard run to record the ninthlongest

carry in school history, and on a 61-yard run. Earned 26 yards on fi ve

carries against Miami (Ohio) with a long run of 11 yards in the 2010 MAC

Championship game (12-3). Totaled 395 yards of total offense on 37 plays to

rank fourth on the team.

2009: Redshirted

High School: Team captain of USA Football’s 2009 gold medal winning

Junior National Team. Played safety and made seven tackles and recovered

one fumble in three games. Named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area fi rst

team and the Chicago Tribune All-State honorable mention team. Lawless

Award recipient, which honors the top senior in the Chicago Catholic

League. Team captain was named the Northwest Indiana Times Offensive

Player of the Year after throwing for 1,221 yards on 75-of-125 passingwith 16

touchdowns and rushing for 848 yards on 141 carries (a 6.0 average) with 15

touchdowns. Earned all-conference honors twice while leading his team to

two Class 8A semifi nal appearances. Threw for 1,120 passing yards on 69of-135

attempts. Totaled 486 rushing yards on 94 carries as a junior. Scored

24 total touchdowns (15 passing, nine rushing) while helping his team to a

12-1 record in 2007. Also earned all-conference and all-area honors that year

Personal: Born Oct. 3, 1990. Son of Jim and Sheila Lynch. Majoring in

Kinesiology and exercise science. Enjoys watching movies. Admires Steve

Prefontaine.

Lynch’s Career Stats

PASSING

Year G/GS C-A-I Pct. Yds. TD Lg Yds/Gm Efic.

2010 9/0 4-6-0 66.7 13 1 11 1.4 139.9

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2010 9/0 31 362 11.7 3 90 40.2

TOTAL OFFENSE

Year Rush Yds. Pass Yds. TD Plays Yds. YPG YPP

2010 31 362 5 13 1 37 375 41.7 10.1

CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Yards: 142, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Rushing Touchdowns: 2, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

Passing Touchdowns: 1, at Ball State, 11-20-10

Long Rush: 90, vs. Buffalo, 10-16-10

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89 Jack Marks

TE | 6-6 | 250 | Sr.-RS | 2L

Orland Park, Ill. | Marist

Awarded a scholarship by Head Coach Dave Doeren prior

to 2011 spring practices. Enters fall drills as the Huskies’ top

tight end.

2010: Spent most of the season as the Huskies’

second-team tight end and started the Akron (10-

2) and Buffalo (10-16) games in a two-tight end set.

Solid blocker saw action in every contest on the

year. Totaled eight catches for 75 yards on the season to tie Jason Schepler

among NIU tight ends. Caught a career-high fi ve passes for 55 yards at

Illinois (9-18) to earn NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. Had a

career-long 22-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter. Collected his fi rst

reception of the season for a four-yard gain in the season opener at Iowa

State (9-2). Helped lead the NIU offense to a game-high 520 offensive yards

at Akron (10-2). Had one reception against both Western Michigan (10-30)

and Toledo (11-9) with the Toledo play going for 12 yards.

2009: Appeared in eight games at tight end. Caught his fi rst career pass, fi ve

yards, against Western Illinois (9-12). Also saw action as a blocking tight

end in games against Wisconsin (9-5), Purdue (9-19), Western Michigan

(10-3), Toledo (10-17), Eastern Michigan (11-50, Ball State (11-12), and South

Florida (1-3).

2008: Did not play in any games.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Played wide receiver and defensive back, earning two football

letters from Marist. Team captain as a senior. Earned fi rst team all-conference

accolades in both his junior and senior seasons. Totaled 65 catches for 1,131

yards and fi ve touchdowns in his career. Made 33 tackles and forced two

fumbles as a defensive back during his senior season. Earned fi rst team all-

East Suburban Catholic Conference honors in basketball as a senior. Helped

his basketball team to the IHSA Regional title, and participated in the 2007

ESCC All-Star Game.

Personal: Born April 14, 1989. Son of Mary and Michael Marks. Father

captained Purdue football team in 1980. Uncle Rich Marks (1971-74) is a

member of the NIU All-Century Team. Uncle John Marks played for the

Huskies in 1976. Corporate communications major.

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Marks’ Career Stats

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2009 8/0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.6

2010 14/2 8 75 9.4 0 22 5.4

Career 22/2 9 80 8.9 0 22 3.6

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 5, at Illinois, 9-18-10

Receiving Yards: 55, at Illinois, 9-18-10

Long Gain: 22, at Illinois, 9-18-10

84 Brian Mayer

DS | 6-3 | 205 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Orland Park, Ill. | Carl Sandburg

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season with the Huskies.

High School: Played tight end and long snapper

for Carl Sandburg High School, participating in

21 games over his fi nal two seasons. Recorded 10

catches for 120 yards and one touchdown, and

made 27 tackles during his senior season while

playing in 11 games. Helped the team go 6-3 during

the regular season and advance to the second round of the playoffs his senior

season. As a junior, the team went 7-2 and advanced to the playoffs. Made 10

tackles his junior season and caught a pass his sophomore year.

Personal: Born April 30, 1992 in Palos Heights, Ill. Son of Cindy and Tom

Mayer. Intends to major in sociology.

41 Pat MCAvoy

FB | 6-1 | 236 | Sr.-RS | 4Sq

Cary, Ill. | St. Viator

2010: Spent most of the season as NIU’s third-team

fullback. Got into the Central Michigan (10-23)

and Toledo (11-9) games at Huskie Stadium.

2009: Saw action in four games at fullback. Used

as a blocker against Western Illinois (9-12), Idaho

(9-26), Western Michigan (10-3), and Eastern

Michigan (11-5).

2008: Did not appear in any games.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Named fi rst team all-state as a senior after earining all-area

and all-conference honors. Achieved all-area and all-conference accolades

as a junior. Recognized as the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald

Player of the Week. As a tailback, totaled 3,309 yards in his varsity career.

Gained 1,435 yards on 153 carries for a 9.4 average as a senior. Scored 17

touchdowns that year. Rushed for 1,327 yards on 149 tries (an 8.9 average)

with 16 touchdowns during his junior season. As a strong safety, recorded

43 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a senior.

During his junior year, recorded 34 stops with three forced fumbles and one

interception. Helped the Lions to an 8-1 record and ESCC title as a senior.

Team fi nished 8-1 to place second in the league during his sophomore year.

Also played baseball and hockey. On the ice, earned all-conference honors

after both his junior and senior years. As a catcher and centerfi elder for the

Lions’ baseball team, was a two-time all-area and all-conference honoree,

and earned the ESCC Most Valuable Player Award after his senior season.

Personal: Born May 1, 1989 in DeKalb. Son of Betsy and Patrick McAvoy.

Father played linebacker for the Huskies from 1981-83 and in 1985. Mother

played volleyball for NIU from 1986-89. Cousin Tim McAvoy played football

at Michigan, and uncle Tim McAvoy played football at Illinois. Earned his

undergraduate degree in marketing in Spring 2011 with a cumulative GPA of

3.17 to qualify as a Huskie Scholar.


11 Rashaan Melvin

CB | 6-2 | 190 | Jr.-RS | 1L

Waukegan, Ill. | Waukegan

Former walk-on enters 2011 campaign as NIU’s most

experienced cornerback.

2010: Played in all 14 games at cornerback and

started the Illinois (9-18) and Western Michigan

(10-30) contests. Tied for eighth on the team in

tackles with 39 with 24 solo stops and 15 assists.

Tallied one tackle for loss, collected the fi rst two

interceptions of his career and broke up four passes. Ranked third on the

team in INTs and fourth in pass break-ups. Earned NIU defensive back of

the week honors with a career-high seven solo tackles against Illinois (9-

18). Named NIU Special Teams Player of the Week after posting fi ve tackles,

several on special teams, and breaking up a pass against North Dakota (9-11).

Picked off his fi rst career pass at Western Michigan (10-30) with a grab at

the sideline, and added four tackles and a pass break-up. Credited with three

tackles, including one for a loss, at Akron (10-2). Tallied fi ve tackles, three

solo, against Buffalo (10-16). Recorded an interception and two solo tackles

against Toledo (11-9). Made fi ve stops with three solo at Eastern Michigan

(11-26). In on three tackles and made two solo stops against Miami (Ohio) in

the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Tallied two tackles versus Fresno

State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).

2009: Saw action in two games at cornerback. Registered time in games

against Western Illinois (9-12) and Eastern Michigan (11-5). After coming to

NIU as a walk-on, was awarded a scholarship during spring 2010.

2008: Redshirted.

High School: Named fi rst team Central Suburban League South and fi rst

team Lake County News Sun as a wide receiver. Had 58 catches for 585 yards

his senior year with a long gain of 74 yards. As a defensive back, made 70

tackles. Totaled eight interceptions with three returned for touchdowns.

Also lettered in basketball as the team captain and two-year varsity starter.

Personal: Born October 2, 1989 in Waukegan, Ill. Son of James Melvin and

Angela Webb. Majoring in sociology with hopes of becoming a homicide

detective. Admires Muhammad Ali and Deion Sanders.

Melvin’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 14/1 24 15 39 1.0-3 0-0 0/0 2/6

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 7, at Illinois, 9-18-10

Int: 1, twice, last vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

1 Martel Moore

WR | 6-2 | 182 | Jr. | 2L

San Antonio, Texas | Earl Warren

Enters his junior season with 714 receiving yards and four

touchdowns on 56 receptions, averaging 12.8 yards per catch.

Played in 27 games with 13 starts. Has caught at least one

pass in each of the Huskies’ last 17 games dating back to the

2009 Ball State game (11-12).

2010: Played in all 14 games and made 11 starts

at wide receiver in 2010. Ranked second on the

team in receptions with 40, while fi nishing third in receiving yards (525)

and receiving touchdowns (4). Caught at least one pass in every game and

brought down at least two passes in 11 contests. Led NIU in receiving in

six contests. Recorded a career-high 110 yards on four catches with two

touchdowns, one for a career-long 69 yards, against Miami (Ohio) in the

2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Scored the fi rst two touchdowns of

the MAC Championship game for Northern Illinois on long pass receptions,

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adding a 27-yard TD at the end of the fi rst quarter. In the Humanitarian Bowl

win over Fresno State, made four catches for 88 yards with a 39-yard grab.

Caught a career-high six passes for 85 yards at Akron (10-2) highlighted by

a 47-yard catch. Led the Huskies with four receptions for 21 yards at Iowa

State (9-2). Scored his fi rst career touchdown on a four-yard pass versus

North Dakota (9-11). Made fi ve catches for 45 yards against Illinois (9-18).

Led NIU in receiving with three receptions for 24 yards and caught a 10yard

touchdown pass at the end of the fi rst half at Minnesota (9-25). Had a

game-high three receptions for 29 yards against Toledo (11-9). Recorded two

catches for 27 yards versus Buffalo (10-16) and grabbed a pair of passes for 30

yards at Ball State (11-20).

2009: Saw action in 13 games, starting in two and catching passes in eight

contests as a true freshman. Started the Wisconsin (9-5) and Toledo (10-17)

games. Ranked fourth on the team with 189 yards on 16 catches. Totaled a

career-high 61 yards on receptions of 26, 19, and 16 yards against Central

Michigan (11-27). Recorded a season-high three grabs versus Idaho (9-26),

Miami (10-24), and Central Michigan. Caught three passes for 23 yards in

the Idaho game, and had a season-long 32-yard reception versus Western

Illinois (9-12). Had one catch each in games against Wisconsin (9-5), Purdue

(9-19), Toledo (10-17), Ohio (11-21), and South Florida (1-3).

High School: Earned all-state honors as a senior, recording 1,248 receiving

yards and 14 touchdowns on 60 catches to average nearly 23 yards per catch.

Named to San Antonio’s 2008 Super Team and was a City All-Star. Earned allconference

honors three times with two fi rst team nods and was named the

Warriors’ Offensive Player of the Year. Helped lead the Warriors to a district

championship and three bi-district championships. Holds the school record

for most receptions, yards and touchdowns in a season. As a junior, caught

26 passes for 493 yards, an 18.9 average, with seven touchdowns. Ran the ball

three times for 138 yards (46.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. During

his sophomore year, averaged 27.6 yards per catch with 13 receptions for 359

yards and three touchdowns. Compiled 2,100 yards on 99 career catches.

Named Texas’ Best Duo along with high school teammate and current NIU

teammate Anthony Johnson. Also competed in track and fi eld, where he won

the district title in the 110-meter hurdles and fi nished second in the long

jump as a junior. As a sophomore on the track, helped his team to the district

championship and ran on the 4x200-meter relay team that placed third at

regionals.

Personal: Born November 2, 1990 in San Antonio, Texas. Son of Tammi

Moore and Terrance Hamilton. Father played football at Texas State and

cousin Wayne McGarity played at Texas and for the Dallas Cowboys.

Organizational communications major.

Moore’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2009 13/2 16 189 11.8 0 32 14.5

2010 14/11 40 525 13.1 4 69 37.5

Career 27/13 56 714 12.8 4 69 26.4

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 6, at Akron, 10-2-10

Receiving Yards: 110, vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10

Long Gain: 69, vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10

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33 Tré Moore

DB | 5-11 | 205 | Fr. | HS

Dayton, Ohio | Wayne

Enrolled at NIU for the spring semester and took part in

2011 spring drills.

High School: A four-time varsity letterwinner

at Wayne. Selected to play in Ohio North-South

Classic following his senior season. One of the

top 100 prospects in Ohio (all positions) for 2010.

Team fi nished 11-3 in 2010 and won conference and

regional championships on its way to a state runner-up fi nish. Named fi rstteam

all-area and all-conference as a junior, as well as team Defensive MVP

in 2009. Recorded 112 tackles with fi ve for loss, and two interceptions during

his senior year. The Warriors went 34-13 during his four years of high school

and won the conference title his fi nal two seasons.

Personal: Born June 16, 1992 in Dayton, Ohio. Son of Robin Williams and

Nelson Moore. Has six brothers and sisters. Father, Nelson, played football

at Tennessee State for three years.

18 Ryan Neir

P | 6-3 | 212 | Jr.-RS | 3Sq

Roscoe, Ill. | Hononegah

2010: Did not see any game action as a back-up to

starter Josh Wilber.

2009: Redshirted

2008: Did not see any action as reserve punter.

High School: Punted 47 times for 1,603 yards in his

two-year varsity career. Won the George Kelsey

Award as the most outstanding senior athlete

at Hononegah. Named the special teams MVP his senior year. As a wide

receiver, caught seven passes for 81 yards. Three-year varsity letterman in

tennis where he was fi rst team all conference and team MVP as a junior.

Also a two-year varsity letterman in basketball. Helped the tennis team set

school record for most wins in a season at 28-3 his senior year.

Personal: Son of Dan and Peg Neir. Born October 29, 1989 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Majoring in fi nance. Victory Scholar holds a 3.97 GPA. Enjoys playing tennis

and golf. Fan of Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods.

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96 Ron Newcomb

DL | 6-3 | 280 | Sr.-RS | 2L

Wheatield, Ind. | Mt. Carmel (Chicago)

2010: Played in seven games as a back-up interior

defensive lineman. Suffered a foot injury in the

season opener at Iowa State (9-2) and did not

return until the Western Michigan contest (10-

30). Saw action in each of the last six games of

the season. Finished with fi ve tackles, one tackle

for loss and half a sack on the year. Made his fi rst

two stops of the year at WMU and recorded half a

tackle for loss. Recorded a half sack for a three-yard loss at Ball State (11-20).

Credited with a solo stop at Eastern Michigan (11-26) and an assist in the

Humanitarian Bowl game versus Fresno State (12-18),

2009: Saw action as NIU’s second team defensive tackle in all 13 games.

Totaled 13 tackles on the season, including nine solo stops, with 3.5 tackles

for loss and three pass break ups. Compiled a season-high three tackles

against Ohio (11-21) and South Florida (1-3). All three tackles against Ohio

were solo stops. Recorded his fi rst career sack against Miami for a loss of

seven yards and was named the team’s co-defensive lineman of the week.

Credited with 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass break up and two tackles versus

Eastern Michigan (11-5). Also had a tackle for loss against Akron (10-31) and

broke up a pass versus Western Michigan (10-3). Had one tackle in games

against Western Illinois (9-12) and Idaho (9-26).

2008: Made his collegiate debut against Indiana State (9-20).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Picked up second team All-State recognition from the Chicago

Tribune. Named the Northwest Indiana Times Defensive Player of the Year for

2006. A Sports Illustrated Prep Player of the Week (11- 18-06). Earned fi rst team

all-conference honors as a senior and was a second team choice as a junior.

Selected to the fi rst team All-Area squad by the Northwest Indiana Times, the

Daily Southtown, the Sun-Times and the Tribune in 2006. Member of the Sun-Times’

Area Top 100 list at tight end. Honorable mention all-area his junior year. In

his fi nal two seasons, tallied 91 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 16

pass defl ections. Scored fi ve career touchdowns with 23 catches as a senior.

Compiled a career punting average of 34.5 yards. Three-year letterwinner.

Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and was a team captain his senior year.

Helped lead Mt. Carmel to back-to-back runner-up fi nishes in the Illinois

State Championship game in 2005 and 2006.

Personal: Born Jan. 25, 1989 in Palos, Ill. Son of Kimberly and Ronald

Newcomb. Earning his bachelor’s degree in general studies. Fan of Dick

Butkus and Walter Payton.

Newcomb’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot TFL-Yds Sk.-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2008 1/0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

2009 13/0 9 4 13 3.5-10 1-7 0/0 0/3

2010 1/0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

Career 15/0 9 4 13 3.5-10 1-7 0/0 0/3

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 3, twice, last vs. South Florida (International Bowl), 1-2-10

TFL: 1.5, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09

Sacks: 1, at Miami (OH), 10-24-09


69 Stephen O’Neal

DE | 6-4 | 236 | So.-RS | 1L

Park Forest, Ill. | Rich East

Sat out 2011 spring practice after undergoing postseason

shoulder surgery.

2010: Reserve defensive end saw his fi rst action as

a redshirt freshman, playing in every game except

the Humanitarian Bowl versus Fresno State (12-18)

after suffering an injury. Totaled nine tackles, fi ve

solo, with one-and-a-half tackles for loss. Made a

pair of tackles and combined with Nabal Jefferson to sack k UI quarterback b k

Nathan Scheelhaase in the third quarter. Notched solo stops versus Temple

(10-9) and Central Michigan (10-23). Sacked CMU quarterback for loss of

six yards in the NIU win for his fi rst career solo sack. Credited with a careerbest

three stops, two solo, at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Added assisted

tackles at Akron (10-2) and at Ball State (11-20).

2009: Redshirted

High School: Awarded fi rst team all-conference honors as a senior. Threw for

513 yards and 11 touchdowns and tallied fi ve sacks and three pass break-ups

in his fi nal season. Played quarterback and free safety his fi nal two seasons

of high school. As a junior, threw for three scores and recorded 10 sacks to go

with four pass defl ections. Played wide receiver as a sophomore and had 13

catches for 643 yards and 11 touchdowns. Two-time all-conference performer

in basketball and was named to the all-tournament squad at the Big Dipper

Classic. Named to the Rich East Bronze Honor Roll list each of the last two

semesters.

Personal: Born May 29, 1990. Son of Rachael Cummings and Charles O’Neal.

Admires Keyshawn Johnson and Vince Carter. A communications major.

O’Neal’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Assist Tot. TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 13/0 5 4 9 1.5-7 1.5-7 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 3, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

TFLs: 1, vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

Sack: 1, vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

62 Trevor Olson

OT | 6-6 | 298 | Sr.-RS | 3L

Richield, Minn. | Richield

Three-year, 40-game starter has played in every Huskie

game over the last three seasons. Named to the preseason

Watch Lists for the Outland Trophy (interior lineman) and

Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman).

2010: Started all 14 games at left tackle. Consensus

fi rst team All Mid-American Conference selection,

earning the honor from league coaches, Rivals.com,

Phil Steele’s Magazine and CollegeFootballNews.com. Named Northern

Illinois’ Offensive Lineman of the Year. Leader of the Northern Illinois

offensive line which paved the way for the Huskies’ record-setting, MACleading

2010 offense. The NIU offense broke eight school single season

records in 2010, including points scored (532), points per game (38.0),

total offensive yards (6,300), yards per game (450.0), fi rst downs (303) and

touchdowns (65). The 2010 Huskies set the MAC all-time record for rushing

yards in a season and ranked seventh in the country in rushing offense with

260.4 yards per game. Led the way for Chad Spann to become the school’s 11th

1,000-yard rusher in the past 12 years. The NIU offensive line allowed the

fewest sacks in the league with 13 in 14 games. Member of the offensive line

that paved the way for Chad Spann’s 223 yard rushing night at Minnesota

(9-25). Named the Huskies’ Offensive Lineman of the Week for the Eastern

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Michigan (11-26) game after NIU tallied 646 yards, tied for the fourth-most

in history and 544 rushing yards, the second-highest total all-time. Also

earned Offensive Linemen of the Week recognition after helping lead the

NIU rushing attack to 510 yards of total offense against North Dakota (9-

11). Honored as NIU’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after helping lead

the Huskie offense to 520 total yards at Akron (10-2). Earned his third NIU

Offensive lineman of the Week honor after helping the Huskie offense to 441

yards against Buffalo (10-16).

2009: Named to third team All-MAC squad by Phil Steele’s Magazine. Earned

the Huskies’ offensive lineman/blocker of the week honor versus Wisconsin

(9-5). Member of the Huskie offense that ranked tied for seventh in the

nation in red zone offense, scoring on 44-of-47 trips inside its opponents’ 20yard

line with 27 touchdowns and 17 fi eld goals. NIU offense led the MAC

and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with 195.15 yards per game, including

a season-best 418 versus Eastern Michigan (11-5). Huskies allowed only 15

sacks on the year, the fewest in the league.

2008: Started all 13 games on the offensive line. Named the Huskies’ offensive

lineman of the week on Nov. 12 versus Central Michigan. Improved each

week of the season, according to offensive line coach Matt Limegrover. The

line did not allow a sack in seven of the Huskies’ 13 games as NIU averaged

335.1 yards of total offense per game. NIU had 22 rushing touchdowns and

13 passing TDs. Huskies put up 339 yards of total offense against Louisiana

Tech (12-28) in the Independence Bowl.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-conference honors as a junior and

senior. Named to the All-Area fi rst team his senior year by the Richfi eld Sun-

Current. Selected to MinnesotaPreps.com All-State second team as a senior.

Nominated for the Minnesota High School Football Coaches All-Star Game.

Played offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and kicker at Richfi eld High.

Elected a team captain as a senior. His grandfather, Warren Olson, is in the

Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Three-year football letterwinner

who also played three years of golf and two years of varsity hockey.

Personal: Born July 1, 1988 in Edina, Minn. Son of Lisa and Todd Olson.

Earned his bachelor’s degree in history last spring and is doing postbachelor’s

work in sociology.

68 Keith Otis

OL | 6-4 | 317 | Sr.-RS | 2L

Chicago, Ill. | Hubbard

A 14-game starter with all of his starts coming at right tackle

for the Huskies in 2010.

2010: Started all 14 games at right tackle. Made

his fi rst career start for NIU at right tackle against

Iowa State (9-2). Named NIU’s Offensive Lineman of

the Week after helping open holes for Chad Spann’s

career-high 223 yards rushing at Minnesota (9-25).

The Northern Illinois offensive line paved the way for the Huskies’ recordsetting,

MAC-leading 2010 offense as the Huskies broke eight school single

season records in 2010, including points scored (532), points per game (38.0),

total offensive yards (6,300), yards per game (450.0), fi rst downs (303) and

touchdowns (65). NIU set the MAC all-time record for rushing yards in

a season and ranked seventh in the country in rushing offense with 260.4

yards per game. Led the way for Spann to become the school’s 11th 1,000yard

rusher in the past 12 years. NIU front fi ve allowed the fewest sacks

in the league with 13 in 14 games. The offense tallied 646 yards, tied for the

fourth-most in history, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) with 544 rushing yards,

the second-highest total all-time. Part of the offensive line that gained 520

offensive yards against Akron (10-2), 281 rushing yards and 441 yards of total

offense against Buffalo (10-16), 584 yards of total offense against Toledo (11-

9), and 442 at Ball State (11-20).

2009: Appeared in eight games while playing on the fi eld goal/PAT unit.

Also saw limited action at offensive guard. Saw time against Wisconsin (9-

5), Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan

(10-3), Toledo (10-17), Akron, (10-31), and Eastern Michigan (11-5). The Huskie

offense ranked tied for seventh in the nation in red zone offense, scoring on

44-of-47 trips inside its opponents’ 20-yard line with 27 touchdowns and 17

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fi eld goals. NIU offense led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing

with 195.15 yards per game, including a season-best 418 versus Eastern

Michigan (11-5). Huskies allowed only 15 sacks on the year, the fewest in the

league.

2008: Did not see action in any games.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Earned All-State honorable mention honors from the Chicago

Tribune in 2006. Named to the all-city team by both the Chicago Sun-Times

and the Chicago Tribune in 2006. A three-time fi rst team all-conference

selection. Garnered honorable mention all-area recognition as a senior.

Member of the Sun-Times’ Area Top 100 list. Participated in the East versus

West All-American game in Orlando. Credited with 182 pancake blocks in

his career, including 87 as a senior. Team claimed the city championship and

advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2006 and was 31-11 in his three

years. Named to Chicago Tribune High School Scholar-Athlete Team. Honored

as the Academic Scholar of the Class of 2007. Also lettered in basketball.

Personal: Born April 14, 1989. Son of Coletta Jones and James Otis. Earned his

bachelor’s degree in corporate communications last spring. Huskie Scholar

graduated with a 3.16 GPA. Enjoys creative writing and poetry.

65 Wes ott

OL | 6-4 | 295 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Western Springs, Ill. | Lyons Township

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season at NIU.

High School: Two-year varsity letterwinner.

Started at left tackle as a junior and played right

guard his senior year. Played in 19 games over

those two seasons. Named to the West Suburban

Conference Silver Division all-conference fi rst

team as a senior. WSC coaches tabbed him as the

Silver Division Lineman of the Year. First team All-Area choice by the Pioneer

Press. Selected as the team’s Hammer Award winner as a senior. Won a

pair of letters in wrestling and played lacrosse for one season. Qualifi ed for

Illinois regional and sectionals in wrestling.

Personal: Son of Lisa and Howard Ott. Majoring in business. Born Oct. 10,

1991.

81 Nathan Palmer

WR | 5-11 | 195 | Sr.-RS | 3L

Elkhart, Ind. | Central

Enters his senior season with 880 receiving yards on 46

receptions for an average of 19.1 yards per catch with nine

receiving touchdowns. Played in 34 games with 15 starts. Has

1,050 career all-purpose yards with 170 rushing yards on 14

carries and one score.

2010: Played in all 14 games and started eight at wide

receiver. Second on the team with a career-best 532

receiving yards while his 29 catches were fourth on the h squad. d AAveraged d 18 18.3 3

yards per reception to lead the team. His six touchdown catches were second

on the team. NIU’s big-play wide receiver with a team-high nine catches

for 25 yards or longer on the year. Caught passes in 13 of 14 games on the

season. Collected a career-best fi ve passes for 83 yards, including a nine-yard

touchdown grab, at Western Michigan (10-30). Also scored on a two-point

conversion in the WMU game. Named the team’s Co-Offensive Back of the

Week after catching touchdown passes of 37 and 47 yards at Ball State (11-

20). Made three catches for 65 yards at Akron (10-2), scoring on a season-long

58-yard touchdown play. Had four catches for 39 yards, including a four-yard

TD versus Temple (10-9). Caught three passes for 34 yards against Buffalo

(10-16). Got behind the Illini defense for a 42-yard catch at Illinois (9-18) and

was called down on the one-yard line. Scored on a 33-yard play in NIU’s win

over Toledo (11-9). Rushed for a season-high 23 yards on one carry at Eastern

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Michigan (11-26). Gained 56 yards on three grabs against Miami (Ohio) in the

2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Caught two passes for 40 yards versus

Fresno State, including a 25-yard reception, in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl

(12-18). His pass attempt in that game fell incomplete.

2009: Appeared in 11 games at wide receiver with four starts. Caught fi ve

passes for 70 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 135 yards on 11 carries.

Ranked sixth on the team in total offense. Totaled 205 all-purpose yards and

two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, on the year. Scored on a

seven-yard run against Akron (10-31) and also had a 23-yard catch in the game.

Led NIU in rushing versus Ball State (11-12) with three carries for 69 yards,

including a 35-yard jaunt. Gained 22 yards on a reverse versus Ohio (11-21).

Caught two passes for 41 yards versus Western Michigan (10-3), including a

33-yard touchdown pass. Made two receptions for 17 yards, including a 15yard

catch, and gained four yards on one carry versus Purdue (9-19).

2008: Appeared in nine games with three starts. Totaled 278 yards on 12

catches with two touchdowns. Made his collegiate debut against Minnesota

(8-30) and scored two touchdowns on three catches for a career-high 170

yards, the 13th-highestsingle game receiving mark in NIU history. Named

team offensive skill player of the week after catching a 91-yard touchdown

pass from Chandler Harnish to ignite a Huskie comeback. The play was the

20th longest scoring play in NIU history. Caught a 52-yard touchdown pass

in the fourth quarter to give NIU a 26-24 lead against the Golden Gophers. Set

a career-best mark with four catches for 78 yards in the Western Michigan

game (9-6). Racked-up 26 yards on four grabs at Tennessee (10-4), and was

named Huskie skill player of the week. Collected 12 yards on a reverse in the

Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (12-28).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: A fi rst team all-state choice as a senior after picking up

honorable mention recognition his junior year. Named to the fi rst team allconference

list as a senior and picked up second team honors in 2005. Listed

as one of the top 50 5A players in Indiana. Earned Offensive Player of the

Year honors. In his last two seasons, totaled 85 catches for 1,302 yards and 17

touchdowns. Caught 51 passes for 676 yards and six TDs as a senior with 34

catches for 626 yards and nine scores in 2005. Had four pass defl ections and

three interceptions as a defensive back his senior year. Holds Elkhart Central

records for most receiving yards in a game (234) and longest touchdown

reception (93). Three-year letterwinner. Also participated in track and

basketball at the varsity level for two years.

Personal: Born April 14, 1989 in Elkhart, Ind. Son of Fern and Joe Palmer.

Brother Jovone ran track at Vincennes University. Majoring in general studies.

Enjoys spending time with children. Aspiring singer has sung the national

anthem at Huskie basketball games. Admires Kobe Bryant and Reggie Bush.

Palmer’s Career Stats

RECEIVING

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 9/3 12 278 23.2 2 91 30.9

2009 11/4 5 70 14.0 1 33 6.4

2010 14/8 29 532 18.3 6 58 38.0

Career 34/15 46 880 19.1 9 91 25.9

RUSHING

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 9/3 1 12 12.0 0 12 1.3

2009 11/4 11 135 12.3 1 35 12.3

2010 14/8 3 23 7.7 0 23 1.6

Career 34/15 14 170 10.5 1 35 5.2

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 5, at Western Michigan, 10-30-10

Receiving Yards: 170, at Minnesota, 8-30-08

TDs: 2, twice, last at Ball State, 11-20-10

Long Gain: 91, at Minnesota, 8-30-08

Rushing Yards: 69, vs. Ball State, 11-12-09


72 Joe Pawlak

OL | 6-5 | 300 | Sr.-RS | 3L

Grayslake, Ill. | Grayslake

Has started every game of the last two seasons for the

Huskies. Enters his senior season with 27 career starts and

38 games played.

2010: In his second season as a starter, started

all 14 games for the Huskies at right guard and

was selected to the 2010 All-MAC second team.

Named NIU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week for

the second consecutive game after helping lead the Huskies to a game-high

422 rushing yards and 584 yards of total offense against Toledo (11-9). Also

picked up the honor the previous week at Western Michigan (Oct. 30) after

Chad Spann totaled 146 rushing yards on 22 carries as part of NIU’s 424

yards of total offense. The Northern Illinois offensive line paved the way for

the Huskies’ record-setting, MAC-leading 2010 offense as the Huskies broke

eight school single season records in 2010, including points scored (532),

points per game (38.0), total offensive yards (6,300), yards per game (450.0),

fi rst downs (303) and touchdowns (65). NIU set the MAC all-time record

for rushing yards in a season and ranked seventh in the country in rushing

offense with 260.4 yards per game. Led Spann to become the school’s 11th

1,000-yard rusher in the past 12 years. NIU front fi ve allowed the fewest

sacks in the league with 13 in 14 games. Opened holes for Spann during his

career-high 223 yards day at Minnesota (9-25). The offense tallied 646 yards,

tied for the fourth-most in history, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) with 544

rushing yards, the second-highest total all-time. Part of the offensive line

that gained 520 offensive yards against Akron (10-2), 281 rushing yards and

441 yards of total offense against Buffalo (10-16) and 442 at Ball State (11-20).

An Academic All-MAC selection by league faculty representatives.

2009: Started all 13 games at left guard for NIU. Named the Huskies’

offensive lineman of the week for his performance versus Toledo (10-17).

Member of the Huskie offense that ranked tied for seventh in the nation in

red zone offense, scoring on 44-of-47 trips inside its opponents’ 20-yard line

with 27 touchdowns and 17 fi eld goals. NIU offense led the MAC and ranked

19th nationally in rushing with 195.15 yards per game, including a seasonbest

418 versus Eastern Michigan (11-5). Huskies allowed only 15 sacks on

the year, the fewest in the league.

2008: Appeared in 11 games as a reserve offensive lineman and also lined up

at tight end in several contests. Played in each of the fi rst eight games of the

season. The line did not allow a sack in seven of the Huskies’ 13 games as the

Huskies averaged 335.1 yards of total offense per game. NIU had 22 rushing

touchdowns and 13 passing TDs and did not allow a sack in six of 13 games.

Huskies put up 339 yards of total offense against Louisiana Tech (12-28) in

the Independence Bowl. The offense held the ball for an average of 31:58 per

game.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Three-year letterwinner earned Daily Herald All-State

honorable mention honors, and earned fi rst team all-area and all-conference

accolades as a senior. Holds school records for the bench, squat and power

clean.

Personal: Born Nov. 28, 1988. Huskie Scholar holds a 3.38 GPA after earning a

4.0 last spring. Son of Nancey and Jeff Pawlak. Sociology/criminology major.

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70 Logan Pegram

OL | 6-3 | 310 | Jr.-RS | 2L

Silver Lake, Kan. | Silver Lake

Has started 10 career games and played in 23 over the last

two seasons. Lone non-senior starter on the NIU front fi ve

entering the year.

2010: Started 10 games for the Huskies while

playing in 13 contests at left guard. Started the

fi rst six games of the season before sitting out the

Buffalo (10-16) game and relinquishing his starting

job to Ed Jackson for the next two contests. Returned to the starting lineup

versus Toledo (11-9) and held the job for the rest of the year. Made his

fi rst career start in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). On the year, the

Huskies averaged 450 yards of total offense a game, while its 260.4 rushing

yards topped the league and set the MAC all-time record. NIU’s front fi ve

allowed the fewest sacks in the league, with only 13 in 14 games. Member

of the offensive line that paved the way for Chad Spann’s career-high 223

yards rushing at Minnesota (9-25). The o-line led NIU to 520 offensive yards

against Akron (10-2), 584 yards of total offense against Toledo, 281 rushing

yards and 441 yards of total offense against Buffalo (10-16) and 442 at Ball

State (11-20). The Huskies broke eight school single season records in 2010,

including points scored (532), points per game (38.0), total offensive yards

(6,300), yards per game (450.0), fi rst downs (303) and touchdowns (65). Led

Spann to become the school’s 11th 1,000-yard rusher in the past 12 years.

The offense tallied 646 yards, tied for the fourth-most in history, at Eastern

Michigan (11-26) with 544 rushing yards, the second-highest total all-time.

2009: Made an appearance in 10 games while playing on the PAT/fi eld goal

team. Also saw some time at offensive guard. Saw action in games against

Western Illinois (9-12), Western Michigan (10-3), Toledo (10-17), Miami

(10-24), Akron (10-31), Eastern Michigan (11-5), Ball State (11-12), Ohio (11-

21), Central Michigan (11-27), and South Florida (1-3). The Huskies’ offense

ranked tied for seventh in the nation in red zone offense, scoring on 44-of-

47 trips inside its opponents’ 20-yard line with 27 touchdowns and 17 fi eld

goals. NIU offense led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with

195.15 yards per game, including a season-best 418 versus Eastern Michigan

(11-5). Huskies allowed only 15 sacks on the year, the fewest in the league.

2008: Redshirted.

High School: Named to the Topeka Capital Journal’s All-State Top 11 as a senior

and All-State Top 33 as a junior. Played his way onto the 2006 Kansas-Sports.

com All-State fi rst team. Was a member of the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star

Team. Garnered all-conference honors as an offensive lineman in both his

junior and senior seasons. Also played defensive tackle, compiling 46 tackles

(23 solo) as a senior and 37 (21 solo) as a junior. Helped lead the Eagles to a

14-0 record and the Kansas Class 3A State Championship as a junior. Team

fi nished as the state runner-up in his three other seasons. Also started for

the Silver Lake basketball team, and threw the shot put and discus.

Personal: Born Sept. 11, 1989 in Independence, Kan. Son of Roxann and

Steve Pegram. A history major. Likes hunting, fi shing, and lifting weights.

Admires Jake Long, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Aspires to be a coach.

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67 Tyler Pitt

OL | 6-6 | 292 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

McRae, Ga. | Telfair County

Moved to defensive line during spring drills.

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Second team all-state selection

as a senior at Telfair County High School. Fouryear

letterwinner who earned fi rst team all-area

and all-conference honors as a junior and senior.

Second team all-area and all-conference offensive

lineman as a sophomore. Three-year team captain who earned the award

as best offensive lineman for the Trojans his fi nal two seasons. Played in

every game from his sophomore through senior years. Saw action at center,

guard and tackle on the offensive line and at defensive tackle and defensive

end. Posted a 169-24 record as a four-year letterwinner in wrestling, setting

school records for most wins and most career pins. Wrestling team MVP all

four years of high school. Invited to compete in wrestling on the national

level. Also played tennis for his high school team. On Telfair County’s honor

roll as a senior with a 3.2 GPA.

Personal: Born Sept. 9, 1991. Son of Lisa and Bill Pitt. Intends to major in

physical education.

39 Gervaise Porter

LB | 6-0 | 210 | So.-RS | 1Sq

Robbins, Ill. | Eisenhower

2010: Did not see any game action in his fi rst season

on the football team and took a redshirt season.

Earned one of NIU’s work team players of the week

for the Temple (10-9) game. Joined the Huskies in

spring 2010 as a walk-on linebacker.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-area and allconference

honors as a senior. Garnered fi rst team

all-conference recognition as a sophomore. Recorded 925 yards on 110 carries

to average 8.4 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns during his senior season.

Also caught 15 passes for 320 yards, including fi ve touchdown grabs. Threeyear

varsity letterwinner was team captain his junior and senior seasons.

Recognized as team’s most valuable player as a senior.

Personal: Born May 13, 1991 in Blue Island, Ill. Son of Remonia Porter.

Admires Adrian Peterson. A physical therapy major.

95 Sean Progar

DE | 6-3 | 255 | Jr.-RS | 2L

Glenview, Ill. | Glenbrook South

In 27 games over the last two seasons, has 69 tackles with 37

solo. Accumulated 10 sacks for minus 75 yards and 18 tackles

for losses totaling 91 yards. Forced a pair of fumbles and

recovered three in 21 starting assignments. Lone returning

starter on the defensive line entering 2011.

2010: NIU starter at right defensive end in all 14

games. Ranked second on the team with 10 tackles

for loss and third in sacks with four, while leading the team in quarterback

hurries with six. Tied for eighth in tackles with 39. A fi rst-team All Mid-

American Conference selection by league coaches and Phil Steele’s Magazine.

Named NIU’s Defensive Lineman of the Year by coaches and teammates. Had

at least one tackle in every game during the year and a tackle for loss in 10

of 14 contests. Credited with a career-high eight tackles, with half a sack

and 1.5 tackles for loss, against Illinois (9-18) to earn Defensive Lineman of

the Game honor. Made two tackles and recorded his fi rst sack of the season

in the opener at Iowa State (9-2). Tallied a pair of quarterback sacks for

minus 20 yards versus Toledo (11-9) to go with three tackles. Totaled two

stops and half a sack versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl

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(12-18). Credited with four quarterback hurries, broke up a pass and earned

a tackle for loss versus Miami (Ohio) in the MAC Championship game (12-

3). Recovered a fumble and collected a tackle for loss with two solo stops

at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Made three tackles versus North Dakota (9-11),

Minnesota (9-25), Central Michigan (10-23), Western Michigan (10-30) and

Ball State (11-20) and had tackles for loss in all of those games except ND.

2009: As a redshirt freshman, ranked second on the team in quarterback

sacks with six and in tackles for loss with eight. Totaled 30 tackles on

the season with 18 solo. Made three tackles, had one-and-a-half sacks and

forced a fumble against Ball State (11-12). His forced fumble against Ball

State resulted in the Huskies’ fi rst safety since Sept. 27, 2008. Had a careerhigh

fi ve tackles versus Central Michigan (11-27). Tallied two tackles and

was in on a sack versus Eastern Michigan (11-5). Made one tackle and

added a quarterback sack against South Florida in the International Bowl

(1-3). Credited with three tackles and a sack versus Miami (10-24). Started

his fi rst career game versus Idaho (9-26) and fi nished the game with three

tackles and a sack. Recovered fumbles versus Western Illinois (9-12) and

on the game-ending play at Purdue (9-19). Tallied at least on tackle in each

game, with tackles for loss against Western Illinois, Idaho, Miami, Eastern

Michigan, Ball State and South Florida.

2008: Redshirted. Named team’s defensive work team player of the year.

High School: Defensive end was a three-time all-conference honoree who

earned all-state accolades as a senior and all-area notice as a junior. Twice

named his team’s most valuable defensive player. Totaled 40 sacks and forced

12 fumbles in three seasons. Had 36 tackles in both his junior and senior

seasons. Recorded 56 stops as a sophomore to go with six pass defl ections.

Also played tight end and fullback. Helped Glenbrook South to three IHSA

playoff appearances. Titans totaled 32 wins in his four seasons.

Personal: Born June 7, 1990 in Park Ridge, Ill. Son of Janet Progar and

Cleveland Jackson, Jr. Majoring in sociology. Admires Shaquille O’Neal and

Michael Strahan.

Progar’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2009 13/7 18 12 30 8-47 6-43 2/2 0/1

2010 14/14 19 20 39 10.0-44 4.0-32 0/1 0/1

Career 27/21 37 32 69 18.0-91 10.0-75 2/3 0/2

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 8, at Illinois, 9-18-10

TFLs: 2.5, vs. Ball State, 11-12-09

Sacks: 2, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10

46 George rainey

DE | 6-2 | 217 | So.-RS | 1L

Milwaukee, Wis. | South Division

2010: Credited with eight tackles, fi ve solo, in 11

games in his fi rst career action. Played primarily

on kickoff and punt coverage units and took some

defensive snaps at linebacker. Made his NIU

debut in third game of year at Illinois (9-25). Made

fi rst career tackle, a solo stop, versus Buffalo (10-

16). Tallied a pair of solo tackles in the Eastern

Michigan game (11-26) when he also played linebacker. Had a pair of assisted

tackles versus Toledo (11-9) and totaled two stops, one solo, at Ball State

(11-20). Credited with one solo tackle in the Humanitarian Bowl win over

Fresno State (12-18).

2009: Redshirted

High School: Played in the East-West Shrine Game. Earned fi rst team

all-state recognition his senior year. Garnered fi rst team all-conference

and all-area accolades in each of his fi nal two seasons. Named co-City

Conference Most Valuable Player. During his last prep season, totaled 135

tackles with fi ve forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 10 pass break-ups

and one interception. Totaled 110 tackles with four forced fumbles and six


ecovered, 12 pass defl ections and four interceptions as a junior. Made 85

stops to go with two fumbles forced, three recoveries and four pass breakups

his sophomore year. Helped his team to back-to-back conference titles

in each of his last two seasons. South Division advanced to the second round

of the state playoffs for the fi rst time in school history his senior year. Also

competed in track and fi eld.

Personal: Born February 26, 1991 in Ethel, Miss. Son of Aletha and Chris

Rainey. A sociology major. Volunteers as a church musician and reads books

to children at day care centers.

Rainey’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 11/0 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2, three times, last at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

52 michael santacaterina

LB | 6-0 | 215 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Geneva, Ill. | Geneva

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Named to the IHSFCA 7A All-State

team as a senior. Earned special mention All-State

recognition from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-

Times in 2009. Running back and safety was named

honorary captain of the Daily Herald Tri-Cities

2009 All-Area Football Team. Honored by the

Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald as Player of

the Year. Unanimous selection to the All-Western

Sun Conference fi rst team his senior season. Garnered team MVP and best

offensive back honors. Led Geneva to the Class 7A quarterfi nals in 2009

while serving as team captain. Gained 802 rushing yards on 166 carries to

average 4.8 yards per carry. Scored 23 touchdowns to rank sixth in the state.

Made 70 tackles, including 36 solo, as a senior. Recovered two fumbles and

intercepted a pair of passes. Returned 24 punts for 249 yards to average 10.4

yards per return. Intercepted fi ve passes over his fi nal two seasons. Geneva

went to the playoffs in each of his four seasons. Also a member of the Vikings’

basketball team who started every game at point guard as a sophomore.

Personal: Born March 22, 1992 in Elgin, Ill. Son of Mary Ellen and Mike

Santacaterina.

87 Jason Schepler

TE | 6-3 | 275 | Sr. | 3L

Sycamore, Ill. | Sycamore

Will sit out the 2011 season while continuing to rehab a knee

injury suffered late in spring drills that required surgery.

Career totals include 11 catches for 112 receiving yards and

two touchdowns. Played in 35 games while making 14 starts.

2010: NIU’s starting tight end saw action in all

14 games on the year. Totaled a career best eight

catches for 93 yards to average 11.6 yards per

reception. Selected to the 2010 All-MAC third team by league coaches and

was named the team’s 2010 Tight End/Fullback of the Year. Named NIU’s

Co-Offensive Lineman of the week after making his fi rst reception of the

season for a career-high 20-yard gain at Akron (10-2) and helping lead the

way to 520 yards of total offense in the game. Had two grabs for a careerhigh

27 yards at Western Michigan (10-30). Caught two passes for 22 yards

against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Totaled

one catch for seven yards versus both Temple (10-9) and Toledo (11-9).

Excellent blocker whose efforts were key to NIU’s record-setting offensive

numbers as the Huskies broke eight school single season records and set the

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MAC record for rushing yards in a season. The Huskies ranked in the Top 20

in the nation and led the MAC in rushing, scoring and total offense as well

as passing effi ciency. Served as a member of the team’s Leadership Council

after being elected by his teammates. An Academic All-MAC selection by

league faculty representatives.

2009: Played in 10 games and started four at tight end, including the fi rst

three games of the season. Slowed by an elbow injury and played with a brace

over the fi nal half of the year. Made starts against Wisconsin (9-5), Western

Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), and Eastern Michigan (11-5). Recorded his fi rst

collegiate touchdown on a four-yard pass in NIU’s victory over Western

Illinois. That was the lone catch on the season for the tight end, who is most

often used as a blocker in the Huskies’ multiple set offense.

2008: Saw action in 11 games as a member of special teams and as a back-up

tight end. Caught two passes for 15 yards. Made one reception for nine yards

vs. Navy (11-25). Had one catch for six yards against Tennessee (10-4). As an

up-man on the kickoff unit, returned four kickoffs for 57 yards. Totaled 41

yards on three kickoff returns at Kent State (11-18). Tallied 16 yards on one

kick return against Central Michigan (11-12).

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Sycamore earned fi rst team allconference

honors as a junior. Named his team’s defensive most valuable

player as a senior. Helped the Spartans to the IHSA playoffs as a senior.

DeKalb Daily Chronicle’s 2008 Male Athlete of the Year also wrestled at

Sycamore, going 42-6 on the mat in his fi nal season. Earned all-conference

honors four times as a heavyweight, where he earned all-state accolades as

a junior and was a state qualifi er as a senior. Holds the SHS record for falls

in a career, and ranks third on the school’s all-time wins list. Also holds the

Spartan record in the discus.

Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1990 in Woodstock, Ill. Son of Bill and Susan Schepler.

Electrical engineering major. Admires Brian Urlacher. Victory Scholar holds

a 3.82 GPA.

Schepler’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm

2008 11/0 2 15 7.5 0 9 1.4

2009 10/4 1 4 4.0 1 4 0.4

2010 14/10 8 93 11.6 0 20 6.6

Career 35/14 11 112 10.2 1 20 3.2

CAREER HIGHS

Catches: 2, twice, last vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10

Receiving Yards: 27, at Western Michigan, 10-30-10

Long Gain: 20, at Akron, 10-2-10

53 Pat Schiller

LB | 6-2 | 235 | Sr.-RS | 3L

Geneva, Ill. | Geneva

Enters senior season with 124 tackles, 49 solo, including 10.5

for a loss of 21 yards. Has recorded one sack for minus fi ve

yards, while forcing three fumbles and intercepting one pass.

Played in 35 games with 13 starts. His career tackle totals

are tops on the NIU team entering 2011.

2010: Came back from spring knee surgery to play

in 10 games on the year as a back-up at middle

linebacker. Missed the fi rst four games of the year while rehabbing the knee

before returning to the fi eld at Akron (10-2). Recorded 18 tackles, a pair of

tackles for loss and led NIU with two forced fumbles on the year. In on four

stops in his return at Akron. Three of his four tackles versus Temple (10-9)

were solos and he added a four-yard tackle for loss. Credited with a forced

fumble and a solo tackle against both Buffalo (10-16) and Ball State (11-20).

Made a season-high six stops, fi ve solo, against Eastern Michigan (11-26).

2009: Ranked third on the team with 82 tackles, including 28 solo stops,

while starting all 13 games at middle linebacker. Totaled 5.5 tackles for loss,

half a sack, a pass break up and a forced fumble on the year. Hit double-digit

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fi gures in tackles twice with 12 stops and half a sack at Ball State (11-12) and

11 tackles versus Idaho (9-26). Registered nine stops versus both Toledo (10-

17) and Central Michigan (11-27). Added one-and-a-half tackles for loss in the

Toledo game and recorded a TFL in each of the last fi ve games of the season,

including the International Bowl. Broke up a pass versus Western Illinois

(9-12) and forced a fumble in the regular-season fi nale at CMU. Named NIU’s

defensive skill player of the week against Akron (10-31) when he had fi ve

tackles. Tallied six tackles each in games against Wisconsin (9-5), Western

Illinois, Eastern Michigan (11-5), and four stops each against Western

Michigan (10-3), Miami (10-24), and South Florida (1-3). Added three tackles

each versus both Purdue (9-19) and Ohio (11-21).

2008: Played in all 13 games at linebacker. Totaled 24 tackles, nine solo, to

go with three tackles for loss, one interception and half a sack. Tallied a

career-high six stops with one TFL at Ball State (11-5). Intercepted a pass

to stop Toledo’s fi nal possession and had one tackle against the Rockets

(10-18). Charted fi ve tackles with two solo versus Miami (OH) (10-11). Made

two stops, including sharing a sack with Larry English, against Central

Michigan (11-12). Collected three tackles, one for loss, against Indiana State

(9-20). Made his collegiate debut at Minnesota (8-30) and notched his fi rst

career tackle at Western Michigan (9-6).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Named to the fi rst team all-state squad as a senior. Two-time

fi rst team all-conference and all-area selection. Totaled 190 tackles, eight

sacks, six forced fumbles, six pass defl ections, and two blocked kicks in

two-plus years on varsity. Also played running back and ran for 1,169 yards

and 25 touchdowns with four touchdown catches. As a senior, ran 65 times

for 487 yards and 12 scores. Led the Vikings to an 11-2 record in 2006, when

he served as team captain. Member of the 2004 state semifi nalist squad at

Geneva and his team won Western Sun league titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Personal: Born Nov. 2, 1988. Son of Catherine and Patrick Schiller. Enjoys

boxing, music and art. Holds a 3.225 GPA as a Huskie Scholar. Physical

education major. Lifelong Huskie fan.

Schiller’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2008 13/0 9 15 24 3.0-3 0.5-2 0/0 1/1

2009 13/13 28 54 82 5.5-12 0.5-3 1/0 0/1

2010 9/0 12 6 18 2.0-6 0-0 2/0 0/0

Career 35/13 49 75 124 10.5-21 1-5 3/0 1/2

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 12, vs. Ball State, 11-12-09

TFLs: 1.5, at Toledo, 10-17-09

23 leighton settle

RB | 5-10 | 195 | So. | JC

Madison, Wis. | Madison West/Fresno City CC

Enrolled at NIU in January 2011 and participated in spring

drills.

Junior College: Spent the 2010 fall semester at

Fresno City Community College. Gained 388 yards

on 85 carries with four rushing touchdowns for

FCCC. Averaged 4.6 yards per carry and played

in all 10 games for the Rams, who tied for fi rst in

the Northern California Football Association’s VALLEY Conference. Also

caught nine passes for 75 yards with one receiving touchdown and returned

eight kickoffs for 148 yards. Finished the year with 611 all-purpose yards and

nine scores. Had a season-long 53-yard rush for a touchdown versus Merced,

when he totaled 65 yards on eight carries. Ran for 62 yards on 13 carries and

two scores versus Laney and totaled a season-best 87 yards on 13 totes versus

Sequoias. His lone touchdown catch came versus Reedley on a 30-yard play.

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High School: Earned All-State honors as a junior and senior at Madison

West. Named All-City each of his last three seasons and was the Player of

the Year in Madison as a senior. Three-time all-conference honoree. In three

seasons, ran for 4,860 yards on 681 carries to average 7.1 yards per carry and

scored 68 touchdowns. Rushed 214 times for 1,714 yards and 23 touchdowns

as a senior. Tallied 29 scores and 1,842 yards on 280 carries his junior season.

Ran for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns on 187 carries as a sophomore. Posted

a 315-yard, four-touchdown performance against West Allis Central HS in

his second game.

Personal: Born Dec. 13, 1991 in Madison, Wis. Son of Karen and John Settle.

His father played running back at Appalachian State and had a six-year

NFL career with Atlanta and Washington. After fi ve seasons at Wisconsin,

his dad is currently the running backs coach for the Carolina Panthers.

Majoring in sociology.

99 Mathew Sims

K | 5-11 | 185 | So. | 1L

Hannibal, Mo. | Hannibal

2010: Appeared in fi ve games as a true freshman.

Made two-of-three fi eld goals and four-of-six PATs

on the season to total 10 points. Kicked a 19-yard

fi eld goal on his fi rst career attempt in the season

opener at Iowa State (9-2) and was one-of-one on

PATs. Connected on a career-long 23-yard fi eld goal

against North Dakota (9-11). Scored a season-best

fi ve points versus the Fighting Sioux as he also

went two-of-three on extra points. Missed a PAT in the Illinois game. At Ball

State (11-20), ran for six yards and a fi rst down on a fake fi eld goal attempt to

set up a Huskie touchdown. Made his lone PAT try at Eastern Michigan and

had his only two kickoffs of the year.

High School: Earned fi rst team all-state honors as a placekicker three

times during his prep career and was the second team all-state kicker

his sophomore season. Also on the 4A all-state team at wide receiver as a

senior and at defensive back his junior year. Selected to the all-area fi rst

team as a kicker, defensive back and wide receiver in 2009 after earning

all-area recognition at kicker and defensive back as a junior. Was the alldistrict

placekicker his freshman season. On the all-North Central Missouri

Conference fi rst team as a kicker, defensive back and receiver in both 2008

and 2009 and added second team all-conference punter honors his fi nal year.

Selected as Hannibal’s team MVP his fi nal two seasons and served as team

captain as a senior. As a senior in 2009, made six fi eld goals, went 44-of-45

on PAT attempts and had 44 touchbacks in 12 games. For his career, made

23 fi eld goals with a long of 46 yards, kicked 158 extra points and had 121

touchbacks. His Hannibal team won conference championships in three of

his four years (freshman, junior, senior) and advanced to the state playoffs.

Team went 9-3 his senior season, advanced to the state title game his

freshman year and went 31-16 during his four-year career, Honor roll member.

Personal: Born Nov. 8, 1991 in Hannibal, Mo. Son of Lynne and Bob Sims.

Brother, Casey, played football and ran track at Central Missouri State.

Huskie Scholar owns a 3.32 GPA in physical education.

Sims’ Career Stats

FIELD GOALS EXTRA POINTS

Year G Md Att Lg Blkd Md Att Blkd Pts

2010 5 2 3 23 1 4 6 0 10

KICKOFFS

No. Yds. Avg. TB

2 92 46.0 0


20 james spencer

RB | 5-11 | 185 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Fremont, Ohio | Ross

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season at NIU.

High School: Won three varsity letters as a running

back at Ross High School in Fremont, Ohio. Earned

third-team All-Ohio honors as a senior when he

was also an all-region choice. Gained 930 yards

in seven games as a senior, when he also served

as team captain. Two-time all-conference honoree

following his junior and senior seasons and was named team MVP as a junior

after rushing for 1,330 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in nine games. His

team posted an 8-3 record his sophomore season and won seven of 10 games

his junior year.

Personal: Son of Leta Hotz and Eckford Spencer. Born March 6, 1992. Precommunications

major.

14 courtney stephen

S | 6-0 | 197 | Jr.-RS | 1Sq

Brampton, Ont. | Turner Fenton/Wilfrid Laurier

Put on scholarship by Head Coach Dave Doeren following

2011 spring drills.

2010: Sat out the season and made his mark on

the “work” team after transferring from Wilfrid

Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Earned work team player of the week recognition

for the Toledo (11-9) game.

Prior to NIU: Played two seasons as a starting safety at Wilfrid Laurier

University in Canada. Selected second team All-Canadian as a sophomore

in 2008 when he was also a fi rst team All Ontario University Athletics

Conference. Made 59 tackles, with 46 solo, forced two fumbles, recovered

three and broke up fi ve passes his sophomore season. Also intercepted two

passes for the 7-3 Golden Hawks, who boasted the No. 5 overall defense in the

country. WLU was the only team to beat the eventual national champions

that year. As a freshman, recorded 54 tackles, 35 solo, broke up nine passes

and picked off fi ve en route to second team all-conference and Rookie of the

Year honors.

High School: Two-year letterwinner in football for Turner Fenton Secondary

School who was named to the Toronto All-Star Football team as a senior.

Served as team captain in football his junior and senior years. Played free

safety, quarterback, and punt returner. Scored six rushing touchdowns in

six games and picked off six passes. Also scored on a punt return and caught

a TD pass. Blocked a punt and forced a pair of fumbles. Named MVP of his

high school team four times, including twice in football (as a junior and as a

senior) and as a sophomore basketball player. His team compiled a 5-1 record

his senior season.

Personal: Son of Bertha and George Stephen. Majoring in psychology.

Victory Scholar with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Following in the footsteps of his

older brother, Patrick, a four-time letterman and three-time Academic All-

American at NIU from 1995-98 who earned a National Football Foundation

Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998.

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8 Cameron Stingily

LB | 6-2 | 245 | So. | 1L

Romeoville, Ill. | Romeoville

2010: Saw action in fi ve games on Huskie special

teams and tallied a pair of solo stops on the season.

Earned his fi rst playing time at Illinois (9-18)

where he made his fi rst career tackle. Played in

consecutive home games against Temple (10-9),

Buffalo (10-16) and Central Michigan (10-23) and

came up with a second solo stop versus CMU.

Injured his Achilles in a non-football accident and missed d the h remainder d of f

the season.

High School: Honorable mention IHSFCA 6A All-State player at running

back and linebacker for Romeoville High as a senior. Was a second team

All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune. Earned fi rst team all-area and allconference

honors as a running back in 2009 and at linebacker as a junior.

Named the Spartans’ offensive MVP for 2009 and was the defensive MVP in

2008. Team captain both years. Made 47 tackles in nine games as a senior

to average 5.2 tackles per game. Caused one fumble and blocked a fi eld goal.

Gained 1,007 yards on 147 carries to average 6.85 yards per tote. Scored 13

rushing touchdowns and had a long run of at least 44 yards in fi ve different

games. As a junior, made 58 tackles with three quarterback sacks and

10 tackles for loss. Caused three fumbles. Romeoville went 5-4 his senior

season. Also participated in wrestling.

Personal: Born Oct. 5, 1991 in Romeoville, Ill. Son of Sandra and Byron

Stingily. His older brother, Byron, played offensive line at Louisville and was

drafted by the Tennessee Titans. Father played offensive tackle for Louisville.

Stingily’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 5/0 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 1, twice, last vs. Central Michigan 10-23-10

19 Demetrius Stone

S | 5-11 | 200 | Jr. | 1L

Miami, Fla. | American Senior/Coffeyville CC

2010: In his fi rst season with the Huskies, saw

action in 11 games as a second team safety. Missed

the North Dakota (9-11), Illinois (9-18) and

Minnesota (9-25) games due to an injury. Made 20

tackles on the season and broke up three passes to

rank fourth on the team. Tallied two tackles in his

fi rst game as a Huskie in the season opener at Iowa

State (9-2). His quarterback hurry on Western

Michigan’s fi nal drive forced Alex Carder to throw an interception to Jake

Coffman to seal NIU’s 28-21 victory (10-30). Had a career-high nine stops,

including six solo, versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).

Totaled a pair of solo stops and broke up a pass in the MAC Championship

game versus Miami (12-3). Also batted down a pass at Eastern Michigan (11-

26) and versus Toledo (11-9). Had a pair of tackles versus Central Michigan

(10-23) and one each in the Akron (10-2), Buffalo (10-16) Toledo (11-9), WMU

and Ball State (11-20) games. Enrolled at NIU for the Spring 2010 semester

and was on campus for spring drills.

Junior College: Recorded fi ve tackles, two interceptions, forced two

fumbles and recovered two fumbles for Coffeyville Junior College. Helped

the Red Ravens win the North Star Bowl and fi nish the season with a 7-4

overall record, 5-2 in the Jayhawk Conference. In one year at Coffeyville,

racked up 51 total tackles with 17 solo tackles, 34 assists, and 1.5 tackles for

loss. Played in 10 games. Picked off a pair of passes and returned them for 30

yards. Coffeyville posted a 7-4 record in his one season there, including a 5-2

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mark in the Jayhawk Conference. Team won the North Star Bowl. Earned

Coffeyville’s Ethean Johnson Memorial Award, presented to a player that

has great moral character and demonstrates an outstanding pride in being

a Raven.

High School: Honorable mention All-Dade County defensive back by the

Miami Herald as a senior at American Senior High.

Personal: Born April 28, 1989 in Andalusia, Ala. Son of Natasha Lewis.

Uncle, Dwight Stone, played football at Middle Tennessee State. Admires

Champ Bailey and Ed Reed. A sociology major.

Stone’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 11/0 11 9 20 0-0 0-0 0/0 0/3

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 9, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl), 12-18-10

82 jess striedl

TE | 6-2 | 225 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

St. Charles, Ill. | St. Charles East

2010: Redshirted in his fi rst season with the

Huskies.

High School: Started 32 straight games at tight end

and defensive end during his high school career.

Earned all-area honors at tight end as a senior and

was a second team All-Upstate Eight Conference

choice his fi nal two seasons. Three-year varsity

letterwinner. Totaled 18 catches and scored four touchdowns on offense in

10 games as a senior. Defensively, made 28 tackles, with 26 solo, and blocked

a kicked his senior year. Helped lead St. Charles East to the conference title,

a 7-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs in 2009. The Saints went 8-2 and

advanced to the playoffs his sophomore and junior years. Two-year starter in

basketball. Named second team all-area in basketball as a senior.

Personal: Born Nov. 2, 1991 in Geneva, Ill. Son of Mary Todd Striedl. Majoring

in marketing.

86 mack tracey

WR | 6-2 | 190 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Lisle, Ill. | Wheaton Warrenville South

2010: Spent his fi rst year at NIU as a redshirt.

High School: Recorded over 1,000 total yards and

12 touchdowns as a quarterback, wide receiver and

returner as a senior, helping Wheaton Warrenville

South win the 2009 7A State Championship with

a 13-1 record. Served as the team’s punter and was

a second-team Chicago Tribune All-State selection.

Punted 16 times for 574 yards for a 35.9-yard average with a long of 63 yards.

Named to the Tribune’s All-DuPage Valley Conference squad as an offensive

all-purpose player. Picked up honorable mention DuPage County All-Area

honors from the Daily Herald as a quarterback and receiver. Carried the ball

25 times for 300 yards with a long of 44 yards and fi ve rushing touchdowns,

and caught 22 passes for 310 yards with fi ve scores as a senior. Completed

18-of-26 passes for 250 yards, and returned eight kickoffs for 200 yards. As

a junior, caught 14 passes for 395 yards with three scores. Two-year varsity

letterwinner served as team captain as a senior. Academic All-State choice as

a senior and a four-year member of the DuPage County All-Academic team.

Ran the 100 and 200-meter dashes on the track and fi eld team.

Personal: Born December 27, 1991 in Wheaton, Ill. Son of Susan and James

Tracey. Father played football at Colorado State, and brother played at Butler.

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77 Jared Volk

OL | 6-3 | 307 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Hartland, Wis. | Arrowhead

2010: Played in all 14 games as a member of the

Huskies’ PAT/FG unit and also saw playing time

as NIU’s back-up center. With NIU earning

decisive victories in several games, the second team

offensive line saw substantial playing time. Saw

action through most of the second half at Eastern

Michigan (11-26) where the Huskies’ totaled the

second-highest single game rushing yards in school

history with 544. Huskies compiled 646 yards of total offense, NIU’s fourthmost

ever, at EMU. The Huskie offensive line gave up just 13 quarterback

sacks in 329 pass attempts in 14 games to lead the MAC and rank 14th in the

country in sacks allowed. Contributed to a Northern Illinois offense that set

eight school single season records, including most points per game (38.0),

yards of total offense per game (450.0), fi rst downs (303), passing fi rst downs

(132) and rushing touchdowns (42). NIU led the MAC in rushing offense,

total offense, scoring offense and passing effi ciency and ranked in the Top

20 in the country in each category.

2009: Redshirted

High School: Three-year varsity starter at offensive and defensive tackle.

Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region and

fi rst-team All-State squad following his senior season. Team captain also

garnered fi rst team all-state honors from the Associated Press and was

named to Wisconsin Preps All-State second team as a defensive tackle.

All-conference offensive tackle as a junior and senior. Number 74 offensive

tackle on the ESPN Top 150 offensive line list. Ranked as the No. 2 offensive

tackle and No. 8 offensive lineman by Rivals. Called the ninth-highest rated

recruit in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Preps. Helped lead the Warhawks to a

Class 1A State Championship and three conference championships. Earned

all-conference honors in the discus and shot put during his freshman and

sophomore season. Member of the school honor roll and principal’s advisory

committee.

Personal: Born March 4, 1991 in Milwaukee, Wis. Son of Kim and David

Volk. Father David played football at Concordia University, and sister,

Jessica, played soccer at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Enjoys snow

mobiling, golf and woodworking. Admires Joe Thomas and Nick Hayden.

Business administration major.

15 Jimmie Ward

DB | 6-0 | 180 | So. | 1L

Mobile, Ala. | Davidson

2010: Played in all 14 games as a true freshman

and blocked a school-record three punts on the

year. Saw extensive action on special teams and

as a back-up at free safety. Named NIU’s 2010

Special Teams Player of the Year and Freshman of

the Year. Also credited with 21 tackles, 14 solo,

a forced fumble and a pass break up. Totaled 37

yards and a touchdown on two punt returns off his bl blocked k d punts. Earned d

MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors after blocking a punt,

which led to a go-ahead touchdown for the Huskies at Minnesota (9-25).

Also recorded three solo tackles in that game. Tallied a career-high fi ve

tackles, three solo, at Akron (10-2). Named MAC West Special Teams Player

of the Week for the second time after blocking a punt, his second of the

season, against Buffalo (10-16). Also credited with forcing a fumble in that

game. Blocked his third punt of 2010 a week later and added two tackles

versus Central Michigan (10-23). Broke up a pass and made a pair of stops

versus Toledo (11-9). Scored his fi rst career touchdown by scooping up a

blocked punt and returning it 15 yards for a score against Ball State (11-20).

Added three tackles against the Cardinals. Tallied four tackles, three solo, in

extensive action against Eastern Michigan (11-26).


JIMMIE WARD (continued)

High School: Honorable mention 6A All-State defensive back by the Alabama

Sportswriters Association as a senior. Mobile Press Register named him to

their All-Region 4A-6A team following his junior and senior years. Three-year

starter for Davidson served as team captain in 2009. Earned team Defensive

MVP honors. Led the Warriors in tackles as a senior with 101 tackles, 73

solo, as Davidson went 10-3 and advanced to the state quarterfi nals. Also

recorded eight pass break-ups, an interception, forced a pair of fumbles and

recovered three. Added three blocked kicks and three quarterback sacks.

Named the city’s Defensive Back of the Week by the Crichton Optimist Club

on Sept. 24. As a junior, made 93 tackles with 55 solo, broke up seven passes

and intercepted fi ve. Also caused a pair of fumbles and blocked two kicks.

Three-year totals included 253 tackles, 164 solo, with 16 pass break-ups, six

interceptions, fi ve blocked kicks, four fumbles forced and four recovered.

Also had four quarterback sacks. Defensive standout with seven tackles, a

pair of blocked punts and two pass break ups while holding Williamson HS

to 131 total yards in a 24-0 victory in 2009. Picked off two passes to help lead

the Warriors to an upset win over No. 6 McGill-Toolen in 2008. Prep team

compiled a 27-10 record in his three seasons, including an 11-3 mark in 2008

when the Warriors advanced to the state semifi nals.

Personal: Born July 18, 1991. Son of Torcivia and Derrick Daniels.

Ward’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 14/0 14 7 21 0-0 0-0 1/0 0/1

Blocked Punts: 1, three times, last vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10

Touchdowns: 1, at Ball State, 11-20-10

24 Dominique Ware

CB | 6-0 | 180 | So.-RS | 1L

Bolingbrook, Ill. | Plainield North

2010: Played in eight games for NIU as a reserve

cornerback as well as on a couple of the Huskies’

special teams units. Picked off a pass in his

collegiate debut at Akron (10-2) and returned it

11 yards. INT came on Akron’s last drive of the

game. Made his fi rst career tackle versus Buffalo

(10-16) and fi nished the season with three tackles,

including two solo stops, and one for loss. Played

in seven of the Huskies’ last eight games of the year and made a season-best

two tackles, with a two-yard tackle for loss, at Eastern Michigan (11-26).

2009: Redshirted

High School: Earned three varsity letters and was a two-time captain and

two-time defensive MVP for the Tigers. Named to the Southwest Prairie All-

Conference fi rst team, All-Area fi rst team and the IHSA Academic All-State

team his senior year. Recorded 35 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles

for loss and blocked three kicks in his senior season. Posted a perfect grade

point average as a junior.

Personal: Born November 23, 1990 in Chicago. Son of Charmaine Watts-

Ware and Gene Ware. Majoring in fi nance. Admires Kevin Kaspers. Also

enjoys running track.

Ware’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 7/0 2 1 3 1-2.0 0-0 0/0 1/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10

TFLs: 1, at Eastern Michigan 11-26-10

INTs: 1, at Akron, 10-2-10

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71 Scott Wedige

C | 6-4 | 310 | Sr.-RS | 2L

Elkhorn, Wis. | Elkhorn Area

2010: Started every game at center for the Huskies

in 2010 and earned fi rst team All-Mid-American

Conference honors. Bedrock of the Huskie offense

line that gave up just 13 quarterback sacks in 329

pass attempts in 14 games to lead the MAC and

rank 14th in the country in sacks allowed. Named

NIU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week three times

on the year – versus Iowa State (9-2) in the season

opener after his fi rst career start, versus Temple (10-9) and at Ball State (11-

20). The Northern Illinois offense set eight school single season records,

including most points per game (38.0), yards of total offense per game

(450.0), fi rst downs (303), passing fi rst downs (132) and rushing touchdowns

(42). NIU led the MAC in rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense and

passing effi ciency and ranked in the Top 20 in the country in each category.

Behind the offensive line, the Huskies’ 260.4 rushing yards per game was

seventh in the country. Wedige was a key member of the NIU offensive line

that paved the way for Chad Spann’s career-high 223 yards rushing and

a team total of 297 yards on the ground at Minnesota (9-25). Helped lead

NIU to 584 yards of total offense and 422 rushing yards in a 65-30 win over

Toledo (11-9). Huskies’ totaled the second-highest single game rushing total

in school history with 544 at Eastern Michigan (11-26) as part of 646 yards

of total offense, NIU’s fourth-most ever. Offensive line opened the holes

that resulted in Spann ranking 20th in the country in rushing as he led the

MAC with 99.1 yards per game and led the country with 22 rushing scores.

Huskies passed the 400-yard mark in total offense in 10 games, and fi nished

the season with a 503-yard effort versus Fresno State.

2009: Saw action in 11 games, primarily as a backup center and on special

teams. Had one kick return for six yards against Ohio (11-21). Appeared in

games against Western Illinois (9-12). Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Western

Michigan (10-3), Toledo (10-17), Miami (10-24), Eastern Michigan (11-5), Ball

State (11-12), Central Michigan (11-27) and South Florida (1-3).

2008: Played in four games as a reserve offensive lineman, mainly on the FG/

PAT team. Saw time against Indiana State (9-20), Eastern Michigan (9-27),

Toledo (10-18) and Kent State (11-18).

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Garnered fi rst team All-Southern Lakes Conference and

all-county honors at offensive tackle as a senior. As a junior, earned fi rst

team all-league and all-county recognition at both offensive and defensive

tackle. Earned fi rst team all-area recognition his a senior year. Served as

team captain and was selected team MVP as a senior. As a defensive tackle,

tallied 142 tackles, four sacks, two caused fumbles, two pass defl ections, and

one blocked kick in his career. Team went 11-3 and advanced to the state

semifi nals his sophomore season. Three-year letterwinner in both football

and basketball. A second team all-conference choice in basketball as a junior

and picked up honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore on the

basketball court.

Personal: Born Nov. 20, 1988. Son of Doris and Steve Wedige. Enjoys skiing,

waterskiing, and hunting. A marketing major.

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91 Anthony Wells

DL | 6-3 | 270 | So.-RS | 1L

North Chicago, Ill. | North Chicago

2010: Appeared in four games as a reserve defensive

end, totaling one tackle and a pass break-up. Saw

action in successive games versus North Dakota

(9-11), Illinois (9-18) and Minnesota (9-25) as well

as against Buffalo (10-16). Recorded his fi rst career

tackle for a one-yard loss versus the Bulls and

knocked down a pass at Illinois.

2009: Redshirted.

High School: Garnered Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times all-state

honorable mention honors as a senior. Earned fi rst team all-conference

honors that year. Recorded 70 tackles and 11 sacks during his senior season

and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the

Year. Broke up fi ve passes and intercepted one. As a junior, credited with

90 tackles, 50 solo, eight sacks and fi ve pass break-ups. Added 50 stops

his freshman year with seven sacks and fi ve forced fumbles. For his career,

compiled 210 tackles, 26 sacks, forced nine fumbles and recovered three with

two interceptions and 17 pass defl ections.

Personal: Born December 2, 1989 in Chicago. Son of Pamela Taylor-Wells and

Anthony Wells. Admires Terrell Owens. Enjoys hanging out with friends

and playing video games. Earning his bachelor’s degree in general studies.

A. Wells’ Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 4/0 1 0 1 1-1.0 0-0 0/0 0/1

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 1, vs. Buffalo, 10-16-10

TFLs: 1, vs. Buffalo, 10-16-10

22 jamison wells

WR | 5-11 | 185 | So.-RS | 1Sq

Combined Locks, Wis. | Kimberly

2010: In his fi rst season with the Huskie football

team, saw action in three games at wide receiver.

Played in home games versus Buffalo (10-16),

Central Michigan (10-23) and Toledo (11-9). Did

not record any catches. Returned to the diamond

in spring 2011 and secured the starting centerfi eld

and lead-off batter spots. Participated in spring

drills in addition to playing baseball and hit .321

with 77 hits, including 16 doubles. Led the team in stolen bases with 27 in

34 tries.

2009: Did not play football in his fi rst year on campus as he originally signed

with Northern Illinois to play baseball. As a member of the Huskie baseball

team in spring 2010, played in 41 games and started 28 in the outfi eld. Stole

12 bases on the year to rank second on the team. Hit .255 (25-of 98) with

four doubles and a triple. Drove in nine runs. Picked up three hits versus

Ball State (5-14) and drove in three runs at Iowa (44-21). Signed a football

scholarship with the Huskies for 2010-11.

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Kimberly High School, earning

two-way Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFC) fi rst team allstate,

two-way WFCA all-region, and 2008 WFCA Defensive Player of the

Year as a senior. Named to the Associated Press’ 2008 Wisconsin All-State

football team at both wide receiver and defensive back. Named the 2008 AP

Player of the Year following his senior season. Two-way Appleton Post-Crescent

fi rst team all-area, and unanimous fi rst team all-conference at wide receiver,

defensive back and return specialist in 2008. Also named 2008 Fox Valley

Association Receiver of the Year and Defensive Back of the Year after scoring

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23 touchdowns, and making 48 receptions for 1,061 yards at wide receiver,

while recording 34 tackles, 19 solo, and four interceptions. Earned fi rst team

all-conference and all-region accolades as a defensive back his junior year.

Lettered in baseball his fi nal three years and in basketball as a sophomore.

Helped lead Kimberly to a state baseball championship as a sophomore and

a second-place fi nish his junior year, batting .419 with 10 steals en route to

fi rst team all-conference honors. Signed with the Huskie baseball team for

2009-10 before joining the NIU football team once he arrived on campus.

Personal: Born July 17, 1991 in Appleton, Wis. Son of Diane and John Wells.

Father played baseball at Ripon University. Majoring in kinesiology and

exercise science.

97 Joe Windsor

DE | 6-1 | 230 | So. | 1L

Kearney, Mo. | Kearney

2010: One of six true freshmen to letter in 2010

and only one to earn a regular spot in the defensive

rotation. Appeared in every game at defensive end

and totaled seven tackles on the season with 1.5

for loss. Pass-rushing specialist used primarily in

third down situations. Made his fi rst career stop

when he paired up with Sean Progar to record a

sack in the fi rst quarter at Illinois (9-18). Credited with iha season-best b

two

tackles at Akron (10-2). Also recorded a tackle against Temple (10-9), Buffalo

(10-16) and Western Michigan (10-30). Tallied a two-yard tackle for loss at

Eastern Michigan (11-26).

High School: Selected as Missouri’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year by

the Missouri Football Coaches Association after leading Kearney to a 13-2

record and the Class 4A title in 2009. First team member of the Missouri

All-State football squad (all classes) in 2008 and 2009. Earned the Bobby

Bell Award as Kansas City area’s top small [school] class defensive player

while playing defensive end. Also an all-Northland and All-Suburban Small

Six Conference choice both years. Named player of the year for the league.

MVP of his high school squad and team captain as a senior. Made 51 tackles

with 15.5 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and six pass break ups

as a senior. Registered a pair of sacks in the state championship game.

Finished his career as school record holder for sacks in a season (15.5) and in

a career (32.5). Three-year varsity letterwinner made 52 tackles, 32 solo, as

a junior. Forced three fumbles, recovered one, broke up two passes and had

10 quarterback sacks in 2008. In on 22 tackles, 17 solo, as a sophomore. Team

compiled a 36-5 record in his three varsity seasons.

Personal: Son of Penny Martin. Majoring in kinesiology/exercise science.

Windsor’s Career Stats

Year G/GS Solo Asst Total TFL-Yds QS-Yds FF/FR Int/PBU

2010 14/0 3 4 7 1.5-3 0.5-1 0/0 0/0

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 2, at Akron, 10-2-10

TFLs: 1, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10


27 Bobby Winkel

FB | 6-2 | 217 | Fr.-RS | 1Sq

Batavia, Ill. | Marmion Academy

2010: Redshirted his fi rst season with the Huskies.

Named the defensive work team player of the week

for the Minnesota game (9-25).

High School: An IHSA honorable mention all-state

choice at fullback. Selected to the Daily Herald and

Kane County Chronicle all-area teams as a senior.

Three-year varsity letterwinner. Recorded 596

yards rushing and six touchdowns while being named Suburban Christian

Catholic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Averaged 4.7 yards per

carry on 127 carries. On defense, had 263 total tackles with 109 solo, three

forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, eight pass defl ections, and two

interceptions. Team captain and MVP for the Marmion Academy conference

championship team that posted a 9-2 record his senior year. As a junior,

rushed for 389 yards on 71 carries for a 5.5-yard average and added 394 yards

on 80 carries with fi ve touchdowns his sophomore season. Caught a careerbest

10 passes for 127 yards and a score his sophomore year.

Personal: Born Nov. 28, 1991 in Elmburst, Ill. Son of Erin and Bob Winkel.

Majoring in special education.

5 Jamal Womble

RB | 5-11 | 247 | Jr. | JC

Teachey, N.C. | Buena (Ariz.) HS/Hutchinson CC

Enrolled at NIU in January 2011 and participated in spring

practices.

Before NIU: Rated the No. 4 junior college running

back in the nation by Rivals.com coming out of

Hutchinson Community College. Led Hutchinson

in rushing with 712 yards and scored eight

touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010. Played in nine

games and recorded a long rush of 57 yards. Averaged 79.1 yards per game

and 5.7 yards per carry. Caught one pass for three yards. Gained a seasonhigh

171 yards on 22 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns versus Kilgore

Junior College. Scored three rushing touchdowns, including a 51-yard score,

and gained 159 yards on 20 attempts versus Independence. Totaled 137 yards

on 19 carries versus Dodge City. The Blue Dragons went 10-2 and fi nished

the 2010 season ranked fi fth in the NJCAA Football Poll. Began his college

football career at North Carolina in 2008. Ran for 41 yards on six carries as

a true freshman before breaking his wrist in the sixth game of the season.

High School: Ranked the No. 13 running back in the country by Scout.

com. Considered the No. 6 player in Arizona and the No. 14 running back

in the country by Rivals.com. Played in the Offense-Defense High School

All-America Game. Considered the No. 8 player in Arizona by SuperPrep.

Named All-Arizona fi rst team by the Arizona Republic. Selected fi rst-team 4A-

5A all-star by the Tucson Citizen as a senior and was a second-team choice his

junior year. Three-time all-area and all-conference selection. Amassed 3,769

yards on 446 carries with 46 rushing touchdowns in three years at Buena

HS. Set school single-season record with 126 points and school’s single-game

record with fi ve touchdowns during senior year. Also caught 760 yards and

two scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Finished his senior

season with 1,787 yards and 21 touchdowns on 170 carries, setting his high

school’s career and season rushing records. Set school single-season record

with 126 points and school’s single-game record with fi ve touchdowns. Also

scored on a kick return and reception. Had 180 carries for 1,250 yards and 15

touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore, rushed for 732 yards on 114 carries

with eight touchdowns and had fi ve receptions for 115 yards.

Personal: Born Jan. 27, 1990 to Trina and John Womble. Father, John, played

basketball at Hampton University and is a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army.

Working toward a bachelor’s degree in general studies.

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43 JOrdan braxton

LB | 6-3 | 207 | Fr. | HS

Madison, Wis. | Verona Area

High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner. Named to all-conference, allarea,

and all-state fi rst teams. Captained the defense as a sophomore and

senior. Helped lead team to conference championships his sophomore and

junior seasons. Team fi nished as state runner up after going 11-2 overall his

sophomore year. Finished his high school career with 224 tackles, fi ve forced

fumbles, three interceptions, and fi ve blocked kicks as a defensive end. Also

was team captain for both the basketball and track teams.

82 juwan brescacin

WR | 6-5 | 216 | Fr. | HS

Mississauga, Ont. | Culver (Ind.) Academy

High School: Two-time varsity letter winner in both football and basketball.

Honored as team captain and MVP in both football and basketball his

senior year. Named to all-area and all-state teams his following his senior

campaign. Holds school record for most touchdown receptions in a game

with three. Also holds season records for receiving yards (697), receptions

(44), and touchdown catches (12). Broke three school career records in

just two seasons including: receiving yards (1,314), receptions (70), and

touchdown catches (19). Earned a place on the 2011 Grange North All-Star

team after his senior season.

54 cameron clinton-earl

DE | 6-3 | 233 | Fr. | HS

Milwaukee, Wis. | Hamilton

High School: A fi rst team All-State selection following his senior campaign.

Finished his high school career with 124 tackles at the defensive end position,

including 39 total and 24 solo as a senior. Earned fi rst team all-conference

and fi rst team all-area honors following his senior season. Also a second

team all-area choice by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in 2010. Ranked as

No. 5 defensive end and No. 19 overall prospect in the state by the Wisconsin

Sports Network. A fi rst team all-area choice by Lake Country Publications

as a junior. Also named second-team all-Waukesha County and fi rst team

all-conference by the Waukesha Freeman in 2009. Made 50 tackles, 31 solo,

his junior season. Tallied 35 stops as a sophomore. His team posted a 7-3

record in his last two years. Hamilton went 9-4 and advanced to sectional

fi nals his sophomore year. Served as team captain as a senior. Participated in

the (name) all-star game his senior year. Three-year letterwinner in football.

Took fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles at the state track meet as a junior

and qualifi ed for state in the shot put.

61 Aidan Conlon

OL | 6-3 | 293 | Fr. | HS

Flossmoor, Ill. | Homewood-Flossmoor

High School: A second-team All-State offensive linemen while starting 13

games at offensive guard for Homewood-Flossmoor in 2010. Also named to

fi rst team all-area squad as a senior after helping lead the Vikings to the

state semifi nals and a 10-3 record in 2010. Two-time fi rst-team All-Southwest

Suburban Blue Conference player as a junior and senior. Won honors as top

offensive lineman on his team. On defense, forced and recovered a fumble.

Member of the HFHS Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.

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28 Jhony faustin

CB | 5-10 | 165 | So. | JC

Naples, Fla. | Lely/Ellsworth CC

Junior College: Played one season at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa

and will be a sophomore at NIU in 2011. Made 55 tackles, 35 solo, in 15 games

for ECC. Broke up 14 passes, intercepted two and blocked a pair of kicks in

2010. Also forced a fumble for the 12-3 Panthers.

High School: Naples Daily News Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at

Lely High School in 2009. Earned Third-Team Class 3A All-State honors as

selected by Florida sportswriters. First team all-Collier County selection.

Three-time all-conference selection and was named all-area following his

junior and senior years. Made 34 tackles, intercepted three passes and

scored a pair of special teams touchdowns as a senior. Broke up seven passes

and recovered two fumbles. Against rival Naples High, intercepted a pass,

returned a blocked fi eld goal to set up a score and had a 96-yard kickoff

return. Also played basketball and ran track at Lely.

58 Mason Fuller

DT | 6-3 | 306 | Fr. | HS

Chicago, Ill. | Urban Prep

High School: Listed as one of Rivals.com Illinois’ Postseason Top 30 recruits

in the state. An all-conference selection following his junior and senior

seasons. Earned all-city recognition both years. Helped lead the Lions, in

only their second and third years as a varsity program, to winning seasons

(5-4) each year. Three-year starter led Urban Prep with 74 tackles, eight

forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and nine pass defl ections during

his senior campaign. Also recorded eight tackles for loss and 15 sacks. MVP

of his high school team in each of the last two years. Totaled 54 tackles, 27 for

loss, and 18 sacks as a junior. Added four forced fumbles and recovered one.

High school has only fi elded a varsity football team for three years.

37 Josh Gallington

K | 5-11 | 197 | Jr. | JC

Bakersield, Calif. | Bakersield Christian/Bakersield JC

Junior College: Finished the 2009 season ranked No. 1 in California Junior

College football in kick scoring after making 50-of-52 PATs and 17-of-20

fi eld goals with the longest from 46 yards (twice). Also hit 12-of-14 fi eld

goals and all 47 of his PATs his sophomore season with a career-long 48-yard

three-pointer. Helped lead his team to a 9-1 record and a Northern National

Conference Championship his freshman season. Was a unanimous fi rst team

all-conference pick at placekicker following the 2009 campaign. Honored as

a member of the 2009 All-California JC Football fi rst team. Made the Dean’s

List all three years. Redshirted the 2008 season.

High School: Named all-league twice and all-area once as a member of the

Bakersfi eld Christian High School football team. Earned a place on the 2008

Arena Bowl High School All-Star Team. Finished his senior season ranked

No. 6 in the state of California in kick scoring. Kicked 27 PATs and three

fi eld goals as a junior. As a senior, made 59 PATs and seven fi eld goals to help

lead team to an 11-2 record.

94 Donovan Gordon

DL | 6-1 | 304 | Fr.-RS | TR

Kansas City, Mo. | Raytown South/Nebraska-Omaha

Previous School: Redshirted the 2010 season as a freshman at the University

of Nebraska at Omaha. Transferred to NIU after UNO decided to drop its

football program.

High School: First team all-state as a senior at Raytown South. Lettered all

four years in football and track and was a two-year letterman in wrestling.

Led the defensive line in tackles his senior year. Was also an all-metro

selection and a fi rst team all-conference pick as a senior and a second team

all-state pick as a junior. All-state selection in wrestling. All-conference and

all-district as a thrower in track.

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73 matthew killian

OL | 6-6 | 307 | Fr. | HS

O’Fallon, Mo. | Francis Howell

High School: Four-time varsity letterwinner. Named fi rst team All-State by

the Missouri Coaches’ Association as a senior, while earning second team

honors by the MCA as a junior. Garnered fi rst team all-area and fi rst team

All-Metro accolades by the St. Louis Post Dispatch following his senior

season. Helped lead team to 10-2 record and the second round of the 2010 6A

state playoffs during his senior campaign. Earned fi rst team all-conference

honors following both his junior and senior years. Accumulated 28 tackles,

fi ve fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks as a defensive lineman during

his high school career. Earned academic all-conference accolades in fall 2010.

Named team MVP his senior year. Named team’s lineman of the year as a

senior. A two-sport athlete, also played basketball at Francis Howell High

School.

38 Rasheen Lemon

S | 6-1 | 198 | Fr. | HS

Chicago, Ill. | Proviso West

High School: Named second team All-West Suburban Conference second

team as a senior. Part of the Proviso West teams that advanced to the playoffs

for the fi rst time in school history in 2009 and the Panthers made a return

trip to the playoffs his senior season. A three-sport athlete, also qualifi ed for

state in the 100-meter dash for the track & fi eld team in 2009. Placed fi fth

at the IHSA Class 3A Wrestling Tournament at 189 pounds as a junior and

was Proviso West’s top wrestler on the year. Compiled a 38-6 record on the

mat as a junior.

80 tommylee lewis

WR | 5-8 | 170 | Fr. | HS

Riviera Beach, Fla. | W.T. Dwyer

High School: Finished senior season as the area’s fi fth-leading receiver with

595 yards on 31 catches and seven touchdowns. Added three rushing yards

on two carries to his season totals in 2010. Helped Dwyer to a 12-2 record and

a spot in the 2010 Class 4A semifi nals. Competed in the Palm Beach County/

Treasure Coast All-Star Football Game. Also participated in the Lytal Reiter

Smith Ivey and Fronrath Trail Attorneys High School Football All-Star

Game, playing against his brother, Martavius. Made ESPN SportsCenter’s

Top 10 plays with a controversial late-game grab that was ruled incomplete

against Glenville (OH) in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic in

2010. Transferred to Dwyer for his senior season after previously playing at

Palm Beach Lakes High School. Tallied 36 yards on fi ve receptions in 2009 at

Palm Beach Lakes High School.

34 Paris Logan

CB | 5-10 | 180 | Fr. | HS

Columbia, Mo. | Rock Bridge

High School: Selected to Central Missouri’s Class 6A All-District

Team.Member of the Columbia Tribune All-Area team in 2010. Tallied six

interceptions in his fi nal two seasons.Emerged as the Bruins shutdown

corner. Team leader in interceptions with a career-high fi ve, returning

one for a touchdown in 2010. Recorded 74 stops, 37 solo, during his senior

campaign.


44 DeVonte’ MajorS

TE | 6-2 | 229 | Fr. | HS

O’Fallon, Mo. | Fort Zumwalt West

High School: Named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State

Class 6A First Team as a wide receiver his junior year and again as a tight

end his senior year. Also named to the Missouri Football Press Association

All-State Class 6A First Team both seasons. Four-time varsity letterwinner

playing wide receiver until his senior season when he moved to tight end.

Finished senior season as Fort Zumwalt West’s career receptions leader with

153 catches and also added 1,953 yards and 19 touchdowns. In his senior year,

helped lead the Jaguars to the most wins in school history while catching 59

passes for 717 yards (12.1 average) with six touchdowns. Returned 14 kickoffs

for 226 yards. Team won the 2010 District title, compiled the most wins in

school history with a 10-3 record and advanced to the state semifi nals. Firstteam

all-conference choice following both his junior and senior years and

was a second-team selection as a sophomore. Made 55 catches for 724 yards

and four scores as a junior and compiled 36 grabs for 484 yards and six TDs

his sophomore year. Made the honor roll all four years and was an Academic

All-Conference selection in Fall of 2009 and 2010.Also played basketball.

45 Boomer Mays

DS | 6-1 | 233 | Fr. | HS

Lawrence, Kan. | Eudora

High School: As a senior, named the Max Emfi nger All-American Bowl

Defensive MVP after making 13 tackles in the game. First team All-State

selection at linebacker as a senior. Named to all-area and all-conference

teams following his junior and senior years. Four-year varsity letterwinner

and served as a team captain his fi nal two seasons. Finished as the school’s

career leader in tackles with 404. Compiled 724 yards and 12 touchdowns

on 113 carries as a fullback his senior season. Also accumulated 110 tackles,

caused four fumbles, recovered two and had a sack during the 2010

campaign. Set school record for tackles in a season with 160 as a junior.

Racked up 684 yards and 10 touchdowns on 113 carries in 2009 on his way

to honorable mention Class 4A All-State honors at linebacker. Totaled

46 tackles and an interception in just fi ve games as a sophomore due to a

broken wrist. Still earned all area honors as a long snapper with the injury.

Team advanced to the playoffs three times during his career, including a

trip to the semifi nals his junior year when the Cardinals fi nished 9-3 and

won the district. Eudora posted a winning record each of his four seasons.

Also participated in wrestling and baseball. Father, Byron, was a defensive

tackle at the University of Kansas and Central Missouri State. Named to the

school’s honor roll in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

16 Matt MCINTOSH

QB | 6-2 | 191 | Fr. | HS

Evansville, Ind. | Reitz

High School: Awarded the title of Indiana’s Gatorade Football Player of the

Year. First team All-State choice by the Indiana Coaches Association and

honorable mention 4A All-State quarterback by the Associated Press as a

senior. Named to the 2009 Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches

Association Class 4A All-State squads. Played in the Indiana North-South

High School All-Star game. Honored as the Evansville Courier & Press All-

Metro Player of the Year after both his junior and senior campaigns. Finished

his three-year varsity career with a record of 39-3. Led team to a 15-0 Class

4A State Championship as a junior and to a berth in the state semifi nals

with a 13-1 fi nal record his senior season. Team was ranked No. 7 in USA

Today’s Midwest rankings and was one of ESPN’s high school Fab 50 his

junior year. Three-time fi rst-team all-conference selection and two-time

all-area choice. Threw for 5,553 yards on 356-of-559 passing (63.7 percent)

with 65 touchdown passes during his prep career. Ran for 3,507 yards on 490

carries (a 7.2-yard average) with 47 rushing TDs during his HS career. As a

senior, threw for 2,202 yards and 29 touchdowns to just seven interceptions

and added another 1,183 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Completed

65 percent of his passes (143-of-220) for 2,258 yards and a 26-5 touchdown to

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interception mark as a junior. Rushed for 1,473 yards and 19 touchdowns in

his junior year. The Panthers never lost a conference game during his career.

Older brother Paul also led his team to an undefeated season and Class 4A

State Championship before committing to Southern Illinois.

49 jason meehan

DE | 6-2 | 230 | Fr. | HS

St. Louis, Mo. | Webster Groves

High School: Twice selected St. Louis Post-Dispatch Defensive Player of the

Year. Also named Player of the Year for the Suburban South Conference

and was a MaxPreps All-American his fi nal two seasons. Earned allstate

honors as a junior and a senior. Had a team-high 177 with 13 for loss,

10 sacks and fi ve interceptions as a senior. Caught nine passes for 413

yards and fi ve touchdowns. Made 145 tackles with 99 solo as a junior.

Added four interceptions. Led Webster Groves to the Class 5 Missouri

state championship as a junior and a runner-up fi nish as a senior. In the

semifi nal game, made 18 tackles with 12 solo, two quarterback sacks and an

interception. Added an 84-yard touchdown catch in the win over Kirkwood.

Served as a team captain his fi nal two seasons. Starter at linebacker as a

freshman. Also played basketball for the Statesmen and led his team in fi eld

goal percentage. A kung fu champion.

42 michael neal

CB | 5-10 | 175 | Fr. | HS

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. | Ely

High School: Collected 61 tackles over his fi nal two seasons, including a

career-high 37 in 2010.Recorded two pass defl ections and one forced fumble

in two years for the Tigers.As a junior, made 24 stops.Was part of a strong

defense that helped Ely win back-to-back conference championships in

2009 and 2010.Ely posted a 23-5 record during that span, including 11-3 in

2010, with two regional runner-up fi nishes.Earned Academic All-America

honors for the 2009 spring semester.

35 videl nelson

LB | 6-2 | 213 | Fr. | HS

Kansas City, Mo. | Staley

High School: Finished 2010 with 178 tackles (116 solo, 62 assists), 16.5 sacks

for minus 100 yards, four pass defl ections and one forced fumble. Ranked

95th in the nation and second in the state in sacks and second in the state

and 128th in the country in tackles as a senior. As team captain, helped lead

Staley to an 11-3 record and state semifi nals in 2010. Named team’s defensive

MVP. Garnered fi rst team All-State, all-area and all-conference honors as a

senior. Selected to 2009 Second Team All-Kansas City Suburban Small Six

Football Team. Posted 82 total tackles in 2009 (39 solo, 43 assists) along with

fi ve sacks for minus 32 yards, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries,

two pass defl ections and a blocked kick. Played a large role in getting the

Falcons to an 11-1 record and state semifi nals appearance. Earned Staley’s

Newcomer of the Year as a junior. Holds SHS records for tackles in a season

(178), sacks in a season (16.5) and tackles in a game (21). Also ran track as a

junior, placing fi fth in the state in 4x100 relay as the anchor, sixth in long

jump and seventh in triple jump.

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55 Andrew Ness

OL | 6-4 | 301 | Fr. | HS

O’Fallon, Mo. | Christian Brothers College

High School: First-team All-State choice by the Missouri Football Coaches

Association and Missouri Sportswriters Association.also an all-area choice

by Missouri High School SportsNet and a second team selection by the St.

Louis Post-Dispatch.Earned fi rst-team all-conference honors his junior and

senior seasons and was an honorable mention choice as a sophomore.began

the season as the center on Catholic High Schools’ Preseason All-America

team…Helped Christian Brothers to a 10-2 record, and the Class 6A Metro

Catholic Conference Championship.The Cadets also won the district title

his junior and senior years. Three-time varsity letterwinner served as team

captain as a senior. Mother, Barbara, was a four-year starter for the Central

Missouri State Women’s Basketball team. Father, David, won three letters as

an offensive guard for Western State College.

14 devin rose

QB | 6-1 | 193 | Fr. | HS

Overland Park, Kan. | Blue Valley West

High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner. Named team captain his

senior season. Earned all-conference and all-area honors following his

senior campaign in which he passed for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns with

a 67 percent completion percentage. Holds school records for consecutive

completions, completion percentage, and longest touchdown pass. Made the

honor roll every semester while at Blue Valley West High School. Earned All-

Academic League honors following his senior season.

85 A.J. sebastiano

WR | 6-1 | 199 | Fr. | HS

Coconut Creek, Fla. | North Broward Prep

High School: First-team All-Broward County wide receiver as a senior at

North Broward Prep. Named to the Broward County Top 50 prospects list

for 2010. An honorable mention all-county choice his junior year. Played

wide receiver and safety for the Eagles. Played in the Broward Independent

Schools Football Classic “Broward Bowl” All-Star Game following his senior

season. Finished his senior campaign with 60 catches for 1,110 yards and

16 touchdowns. Scored on a pair of punt returns. Completed an impressive

junior season with 50 receptions for 1,075 yards, and nine touchdowns.

Added six interceptions on defense in 2009. Completed his high school

career with 127 catches for 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns. His team earned

the fi rst playoff win in school history in 2009 , won the district title and

advanced to the regional playoffs. North Broward completed an undefeated

regular season in his sophomore season and advanced to the playoffs for the

fi rst time in school history. Made the well-known South Florida Express

7-on-7 team between his junior and senior years. Also competed in the high

jump for the track team.

88 Tim Semisch

TE | 6-8 | 270 | Fr.-RS | TR

Omaha, Neb. | Millard North/Nebraska-Omaha

Previous School: Redshirted the 2010 season at the University of Nebraska

at Omaha. Transferred to NIU after UNO dropped its football program.

High School: Three-time varsity letter winner for football and four-time

winner for hockey and lacrosse. Earned All-State honors for both hockey and

lacrosse in each of his last three years at Millard North High School.

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47 rob sterling

FB | 5-11 | 210 | Fr. | HS

Lansing, Ill. | T.F. South

High School: High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner. Named team

captain in each of his three seasons. Honored as team MVP his junior

and senior years. Finished his career with 309 tackles including 212 solo

tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and seven blocked kicks. Three-time fi rst team

all-conference selection. Earned fi rst team all-area honors all three seasons.

Given IHSA All-State honors following his senior campaign. Also honored

as an NWI Times All-Decade Linebacker. Named Old Spice Player of the

Year following his senior season. Also honored as NWI Defensive Player of

the Year as a senior after making 115 tackles, 80 solo, and forcing six fumbles.

Helped lead team to a conference championship his sophomore season.

Earned honor roll with distinction every semester at T.F. South High School.

17 sean strehl

QB | 6-2 | 214 | Fr. | HS

St. Louis, Mo. | Eureka

High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner. Captained team to both

conference and district championships his senior season. Earned allconference

and all-area honors and was named conference MVP. Finished

his high school career with the school records for passing yards, completions,

total yards, touchdowns, and touchdowns in a game. Amassed 2,011 yards

and 17 touchdowns with a 68 percent completion percentage his senior year.

84 kevin tennenbaum

TE | 6-5 | 218 | Fr. | HS

Buffalo Grove, Ill. | Buffalo Grove

High School: Three-sport athlete all four years in baseball, basketball, and

football. Two-year varsity letterwinner in football caught 10 passes for 111

yards and one touchdown for the Bison. Made nine catches for 98 yards as a

senior with a long gain of 24 yards. Also made six tackles. Caught fi ve passes

for 47 yards versus Prospect in one of his top performances. Made Honor

Roll seven straight semesters. Member of National Technical Honor Society.

60 Lawrence Walker

OL | 6-5 | 300 | Fr. | HS

Rockford, Ill. | Thomas Jefferson

High School: Played offensive and defensive line for Thomas Jefferson HS.

As a senior, made 133 tackles and compiled 20 sacks playing defensive tackle.

Member of Thomas Jefferson High School’s honor society his senior year.

Played center as well as both end and tackle on defense.

26 Tyler Wedel

P/K | 6-0 | 180 | Fr. | HS

McFarland, Wis. | McFarland

High School: Played quarterback, defensive back, kicker, punter, punt

returner, and kick returner both his junior and senior seasons at McFarland

HS. Earned All-State recognition as a punter. Finished his senior campaign

with 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air, 1,089 yards and 14

touchdowns on the ground and kicked 40-of-44 PATs and 3-of-5 fi eld goals.

Booted a 54-yard fi eld goal in the playoffs that ranks as the seventh-longest

all-time in the state of Wisconsin. Kicked 35 of his 64 kickoffs into the end

zone and averaged 40.6 yards per punt. Recorded seven punts of 50 yards or

longer with a long of 59. Named fi rst-team all-conference as a kicker, punter,

and defensive back in the last two years and at quarterback his senior year.

Honored as the Wisconsin State Journal’s 2010 All-Area Player of the Year.

McFarland advanced to the playoffs each of his last three years. Selected to

play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches’ Association North-South All-Star

game as a defensive back. The Spartans earned a share of the Northern Rock

Valley Conference title each of those seasons and fi nished 10-2 in 2010.


2010 NIU

SEASON IN

REVIEW


2010 NORTHERN ILLINOIS RESULTS

Overall Record: 11-3 (.786) — Home: 5-0 — Away: 5-2 — Neutral: 1-1

Mid-American Conference Record: 8-0 (1.000) — Home: 4-0 — Away: 4-0

Day, Date Opponent Television Site W/L Score Attend.

Thurs., Sept. 2 at Iowa State Fox SportsNet/Comcast SN Ames, Iowa L 27-10 43,116

Sat., Sept. 11 NORTH DAKOTA DEKALB, Ill. W 23-17 18,046

Sat., Sept. 18 at Illinois Big Ten Network Champaign, Ill L 28-22 50,569

Sat., Sept. 25 at Minnesota Big Ten Network Minneapolis, Minn. W 34-23 49,368

Sat., Oct. 2 at Akron* Akron, Ohio W 50-14 12,133

Sat., Oct. 9 TEMPLE* ESPN Plus/ESPN GamePlan DEKALB, Ill. W 31-17 14,011

Sat., Oct. 16 BUFFALO* - HC DEKALB, Ill. W 45-14 21,230

Sat., Oct. 23 CENTRAL MICHIGAN* Comcast SN/ESPN GamePlan DEKALB, Ill. W 33-7 17,042

Sat., Oct. 30 at Western Michigan* ESPN Plus/ESPN GamePlan Kalamazoo, Mich. W 28-21 12,578

Tues., Nov. 9 TOLEDO* ESPN2 DEKALB, Ill. W 65-30 18,472

Sat., Nov. 20 at Ball State* Muncie, Ind. W 29-21 5,524

Fri., Nov. 26 at Eastern Michigan* ESPNU Ypsilanti, Mich. W 71-3 5,147

Fri., Dec. 3 Miami (Ohio) ESPN2 Detroit, Mich. L 26-21 12,031

Marathon MAC Championship Game

Sat., Dec. 18 vs. Fresno State ESPN Boise, Idaho W 40-17 25,449

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl

*Mid-American Conference Game. Home games in BOLD, ALL CAPS, played at Huskie Stadium. (HC) Homecoming

2010 NORTHERN ILLINOIS SUPERLATIVES

Northern Illinois...

Became the fi rst team in school history to win 11 games in a season.

Recorded the Huskies’ fi rst bowl win since 2004, and third FBS bowl

win, with a 40-17 victory over Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian

Bowl.

Was only the fourth Huskie team ever (in 109 seasons) to win 10 games.

Won at least 10 games for the fi rst time since 2003.

Won a school record (as a Division I FBS program) nine straight games

from Sept. 25 to Dec. 3.

Was the only FBS team in the country to win 10 games in the regular

season while playing only fi ve home games.

Earned a Top 25 ranking for the fi rst time since 2004.

Was ranked #23 (USA Today/Coaches), #24 (Associated Press), and

#25 (BCS) on Nov. 27.

Received votes in six regular season weekly polls (Oct. 24-Nov. 28).

Played more games than any team in school history (14).

Played in a bowl game for the third straight season for the fi rst time.

Won its fi rst MAC West outright title since 2005.

Posted the fi rst undefeated MAC regular season (8-0) in school history.

Made its second appearance in the MAC Championship game (2005).

Won a game over a Big Ten opponent for the second straight year with

a 34-23 win at Minnesota.

Has won nine straight games at Huskie Stadium after posting a perfect

5-0 mark at home in 2010.

A Huskie player was named MAC West Player of the Week for 10

straight weeks.

Had a player win the MAC’s Vern Smith Leadership Award for the

fourth time in the last fi ve years as tailback Chad Spann was voted

winner of the 2010 honor by league coaches.

Northern Illinois Special Teams...

Set school record for blocked punts in a season (6) and in a game (3) vs.

Ball State.

Blocked eight kicks overall (six punts, two placekicks).

Recorded a kickoff return touchdown for the second consecutive

season (by Tommy Davis vs. Toledo).

Set school record for most PATs attempted (67) and made (59) in a

season.

Kicker Michael Cklamovski set the NIU single season record for points

scored by kicking (106).

The Northern Illinois Offense...

Broke EIGHT school single season records, including records for points

(532), points per game (38.0), total offensive yards (6,300), yards per

game (450.0), total fi rst downs (303), offensive touchdowns (65),

rushing touchdowns (42) and passing fi rst downs (132).

Ranked #1 in the MAC and in the nation’s Top 20 in rushing offense,

total offense, scoring offense and passing effi ciency.

Set the Mid-American Conference all-time record for rushing yards in a

season (3,645) and is ranked seventh in the country in rushing offense

(260.4 yards/game).

Has had a 1,000-yard running back in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Allowed the fewest sacks in the MAC (13) and ranked 14th in the

country in fewest sacks allowed.

Converted 50.1 percent of its third downs to lead the MAC and rank

7th in the country.

Placed four players on the fi rst team All-MAC squad with seven players

honored on MAC 1st, 2nd or 3rd team.

Scored the most points in back-to-back games in school history (59 vs.

Ball St., 71 vs. EMU).

The Northern Illinois Defense...

Led the MAC and ranked tied for 14th in the country in scoring

defense.

Ranked in the top four in the MAC in every defensive category and

26th nationally in total defense.

Forced 25 turnovers as the Huskies tied for No. 1 in the league with a

plus 11 turnover mark.

Intercepted at least one pass in 10 of 13 games with 16 total, the most by

an NIU defense since 2003.

Shut out its opponent in the second half of three straight games

(Temple, Buffalo, CMU).

Held Eastern Michigan to 11 passing yards (4-of-9), the fewest allowed

by an NIU defense since 1971.

Held opponents to one second-half touchdown or less until Game 10.

Placed three players on a fi rst team All-MAC squad with fi ve defenders

honored on a 1st, 2nd or 3rd team.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2010 FINAL FOOTBALL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

NIU OPP

SCORING 532 265

Points Per Game 38.0 18.9

FIRST DOWNS 303 250

Rushing 154 96

Passing 132 133

Penalty 17 21

RUSHING YARDAGE 3645 1771

Yards gained rushing 3855 2100

Yards lost rushing 210 329

Rushing Attempts 581 459

Average Per Rush 6.3 3.9

Average Per Game 260.4 126.5

TDs Rushing 42 16

PASSING YARDAGE 2655 2915

Comp-Att-Int 208-329-8 263-448-16

Average Per Pass 8.1 6.5

Average Per Catch 12.8 11.1

Average Per Game 189.6 208.2

TDs Passing 23 15

TOTAL OFFENSE 6300 4686

Total Plays 910 907

Average Per Play 6.9 5.2

Average Per Game 450.0 334.7

KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 39-857 74-1555

PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 28-266 9-77

INT RETURNS: #-Yards 16-176 8-110

KICK RETURN AVERAGE 22.0 21.0

PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 9.5 8.6

INT RETURN AVERAGE 11.0 13.8

FUMBLES-LOST 12-6 14-9

PENALTIES-Yards 63-587 79-740

Average Per Game 41.9 52.9

PUNTS-Yards 39-1512 71-2642

Average Per Punt 38.8 37.2

Net punt average 33.7 32.3

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 30:44 28:40

3RD-DOWN Conversions 86/170 71/193

3rd-Down Pct 51% 37%

4TH-DOWN Conversions 5/13 10/27

4th-Down Pct 38% 37%

SACKS BY-Yards 30-185 13-82

MISC YARDS -11 3

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 69 33

FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS 19-30 11-18

ON-SIDE KICKS 0-1 0-0

RED-ZONE SCORES (53-62) 85% (26-36) 72%

RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS (40-62) 65% (19-36) 53%

PAT-ATTEMPTS (59-67) 88% (30-31) 97%

ATTENDANCE 88801 178435

Games/Avg Per Game 5/17760 7/25491

Neutral Site Games 2/18740

SCORE BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

Northern Illinois 109 165 124 134 532

Opponents 58 89 61 57 265

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RUSHING GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Lng Avg/G

SPANN, Chad 14 258 1429 41 1388 5.4 22 79 99.1

HARNISH, Chandler 13 137 946 110 836 6.1 7 69 64.3

HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 38 370 4 366 9.6 2 74 28.2

LYNCH, Jordan 9 31 372 10 362 11.7 3 90 40.2

BELL, Cameron 8 39 237 9 228 5.8 0 30 28.5

CRIDER, Ricky 14 37 225 0 225 6.1 2 30 17.3

GRADY, DeMarcus 4 16 153 8 145 9.1 3 61 36.2

DANIELS, Akeem 11 10 89 2 87 8.7 3 50 7.9

PALMER, Nathan 14 3 24 1 23 7.7 0 23 1.6

SIMS, Mathew 5 1 6 0 6 6.0 0 6 1.2

COX, Landon 14 1 4 0 4 4.0 0 4 0.3

Team 9 10 0 25 -25 -2.5 0 0 -2.8

Total.......... 14 581 3855 210 3645 6.3 42 90 260.4

Opponents...... 14 459 2100 329 1771 3.9 16 74 126.5

PASSING G Effi c. C-A-I Pct. Yds TD Lng Avg/G

HARNISH, Chandler 13 157.82 189-292-5 64.7 2530 21 69 194.6

GRADY, DeMarcus 4 54.52 14-29-3 48.3 93 0 22 23.2

LYNCH, Jordan 9 139.87 4-6-0 66.7 13 1 11 1.4

PALMER, Nathan 14 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0

HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 589.60 1-1-0 100.0 19 1 19 1.5

Total.......... 14 149.22 208-329-8 63.2 2655 23 69 189.6

Opponents...... 14 117.27 263-448-16 58.7 2915 15 85 208.2

RECEIVING G No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G

CLARK, Willie 14 42 602 14.3 7 39 43.0

MOORE, Martel 14 40 525 13.1 4 69 37.5

COX, Landon 14 35 429 12.3 3 32 30.6

PALMER, Nathan 14 29 532 18.3 6 58 38.0

ASHFORD, Perez 14 19 206 10.8 0 35 14.7

SPANN, Chad 14 9 45 5.0 0 11 3.2

SCHEPLER, Jason 14 8 93 11.6 0 20 6.6

MARKS, Jack 13 8 75 9.4 0 22 5.8

SKARB, Kyle 14 6 60 10.0 2 22 4.3

HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 4 10 2.5 0 7 0.8

CRIDER, Ricky 13 3 31 10.3 0 14 2.4

FLAHIVE, Connor 14 2 40 20.0 1 38 3.1

DANIELS, Akeem 11 2 -4 -2.0 0 0 -0.4

GROENIGER, Nick 4 1 11 11.0 0 11 2.8

Total.......... 14 208 2655 12.8 23 69 189.6

Opponents...... 14 263 2915 11.1 15 85 208.2

TOTAL OFFENSE G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G

HARNISH, Chandler 13 429 836 2530 3366 258.9

SPANN, Chad 14 258 1388 0 1388 99.1

HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 39 366 19 385 29.6

LYNCH, Jordan 9 37 362 13 375 41.7

GRADY, DeMarcus 4 45 145 93 238 59.5

BELL, Cameron 8 39 228 0 228 28.5

CRIDER, Ricky 14 37 225 0 225 17.3

DANIELS, Akeem 11 10 87 0 87 7.9

PALMER, Nathan 14 4 23 0 23 1.6

SIMS, Mathew 5 1 6 0 6 1.2

COX, Landon 14 1 4 0 4 0.3

Team 9 10 -25 0 -25 -2.8

Total.......... 14 910 3645 2655 6300 450.0

Opponents...... 14 907 1771 2915 4686 334.7

PUNT RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Long

DAVIS, Tommy 18 142 7.9 0 52

ASHFORD, Perez 6 65 10.8 0 16

DELEGAL, Jordan 2 22 11.0 0 0

WARD, Jimmie 2 37 18.5 1 15

Total.......... 28 266 9.5 1 52

Opponents...... 9 77 8.6 0 38

KICK RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Long

DAVIS, Tommy 23 553 24.0 1 83

HOPKINS, Jasmin 12 224 18.7 0 33

CRIDER, Ricky 3 80 26.7 0 31

SKARB, Kyle 1 0 0.0 0 0

Total.......... 39 857 22.0 1 83

Opponents...... 74 1555 21.0 0 57

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INTERCEPTIONS No. Yds Avg TD Long

CLARK, Tyrone 4 49 12.2 1 30

SMITH, Chris 3 24 8.0 0 21

MELVIN, Rashaan 2 -1 -0.5 0 0

COFFMAN, Jake 1 2 2.0 0 2

DANIELS, Kiaree 1 39 39.0 0 39

WILSON, Tracy 1 26 26.0 0 26

WARE, Dominique 1 11 11.0 0 11

BUTLER, Devon 1 26 26.0 1 26

GEORGE, Patrick 1 0 0.0 0 0

DAVIS, Tommy 1 0 0.0 0 0

Total.......... 16 176 11.0 2 39

Opponents...... 8 110 13.8 2 63

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KOR IR Tot Avg/G

SPANN, Chad 14 1388 45 0 0 0 1433 102.4

HARNISH, Chandler 13 836 0 0 0 0 836 64.3

DAVIS, Tommy 14 0 0 142 553 0 695 49.6

CLARK, Willie 14 0 602 0 0 0 602 43.0

HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 366 10 0 224 0 600 46.2

PALMER, Nathan 14 23 532 0 0 0 555 39.6

MOORE, Martel 14 0 525 0 0 0 525 37.5

COX, Landon 14 4 429 0 0 0 433 30.9

LYNCH, Jordan 9 362 0 0 0 0 362 40.2

CRIDER, Ricky 14 225 31 0 80 0 336 25.8

ASHFORD, Perez 14 0 206 65 0 0 271 19.4

BELL, Cameron 8 228 0 0 0 0 228 28.5

GRADY, DeMarcus 4 145 0 0 0 0 145 36.2

SCHEPLER, Jason 14 0 93 0 0 0 93 6.6

DANIELS, Akeem 11 87 -4 0 0 0 83 7.5

MARKS, Jack 13 0 75 0 0 0 75 5.8

SKARB, Kyle 14 0 60 0 0 0 60 4.3

CLARK, Tyrone 14 0 0 0 0 49 49 3.5

FLAHIVE, Connor 14 0 40 0 0 0 40 3.1

DANIELS, Kiaree 14 0 0 0 0 39 39 2.8

WARD, Jimmie 13 0 0 37 0 0 37 2.8

BUTLER, Devon 14 0 0 0 0 26 26 1.9

WILSON, Tracy 8 0 0 0 0 26 26 3.2

SMITH, Chris 13 0 0 0 0 24 24 1.8

DELEGAL, Jordan 14 0 0 22 0 0 22 1.6

WARE, Dominique 7 0 0 0 0 11 11 1.6

GROENIGER, Nick 4 0 11 0 0 0 11 2.8

SIMS, Mathew 5 6 0 0 0 0 6 1.2

COFFMAN, Jake 14 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.1

MELVIN, Rashaan 14 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 -0.1

Team 9 -25 0 0 0 0 -25 -2.8

Total.......... 14 3645 2655 266 857 176 7599 542.8

Opponents...... 14 1771 2915 77 1555 110 6428 459.1

FIELD GOALS FGM-A Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg Blk

CKLAMOVSKI, M 17-27 63.0 1-1 7-9 3-5 5-10 1-2 51 1

SIMS, Mathew 2-3 66.7 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 23 1

FG SEQUENCE Northern Illinois Opponents

Iowa State 49, 33, (19) 44, (41), (23)

North Dakota (23), 27 (40)

Illinois (48) (25), (32)

Minnesota (21),(35) (28),42,(42),(21)

Akron (27),(27),(43) 48

Temple (28) (33),42

Buffalo 26,51,25,(34) -

Central Michigan 49,(25),(21),(24),44,(19) -

Western Michigan - -

Toledo (43) 37

Ball State 42,35,(40) -

Eastern Michigan (38),41 (27)

Miami - 42

Fresno State (45),(51) (45),43

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate fi eld goal was made.

PUNTING No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd

WILBER, Josh 38 1512 39.8 56 6 15 12 1

Team 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

Total.......... 39 1512 38.8 56 6 15 12 1

Opponents...... 71 2642 37.2 67 4 15 16 4

No. Long

NIU 71 90 TD, Lynch vs. Buffalo (10-9)

Rushing 30 90 TD, Lynch vs. Buffalo (10-9)

Spann 8 79 TD, vs. North Dakota (9-11)

Harnish 8 69, vs. Toledo (11-9)

Bell 3 30, vs. C. Michigan (10-23), vs. Ball St. (11-20)

Crider 1 30, at Minnesota (9-25)

Daniels 1 50 TD, vs. Toledo (11-9)

Grady 2 61 TD, at Eastern Michigan (11-26)

Hopkins, Ja. 4 74 TD, at Eastern Michigan (11-26)

Lynch 3 90 TD, vs. Buffalo (10-9)

Passing 21 69 TD Harnish to Moore vs. Miami (12-3)

by Harnish 21 69 TD, to Moore vs. Miami (12-3)

to Ashford 1 35, from Harnish vs. Toledo (11-9)

to W. Clark 4 39 TD, from Harnish vs. Miami (12-3)

to Cox 2 32, from Harnish at Akron (10-2)

to Flahive 1 38, from Harnish vs. C. Michigan (10-23)

to Moore 4 69 TD, from Harnish vs. Miami (12-3)

to Palmer 9 58, from Harnish at Akron (10-2)

Returns 20 83 Davis KOR TD vs. Toledo (11-9)

Butler 1 26 INT TD at Akron (10-2)

T. Clark 1 30 INT at Iowa State (9-2)

Crider 2 31 KOR vs. Miami (12-3)

K. Daniels 1 39 INT vs. C. Michigan (10-23)

Hopkins 4 33 KOR at Akron (10-2)

Davis 10 83 KOR TD vs. Toledo (11-9)

Wilson 1 26 INT RTN at Iowa State (9-2)

OPPONENT 49 85 TD, Landry to Hardin, North Dakota (9-11)

Rushing 8 74 Allen, Akron (10-2)

Passing 19 85 TD Landry to Hardin, North Dakota (9-11)

Returns 22 63 INT TD Hawkins, North Dakota (9-11)

* 25 Yards or Longer

2010 Long Plays

|------------- PATs ------------|

SCORING TD FGs Kick Rush Rcv Pass DXP Saf Pts.

SPANN, Chad 22 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 132

CKLAMOVSKI, M 0 17-27 55-61 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 106

CLARK, Willie 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 42

HARNISH, Chandler 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1-2 0 0 42

PALMER, Nathan 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0 0 38

MOORE, Martel 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 24

GRADY, DeMarcus 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 18

LYNCH, Jordan 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 18

DANIELS, Akeem 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 18

COX, Landon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 18

SKARB, Kyle 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12

CRIDER, Ricky 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12

HOPKINS, Jasmin 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 12

SIMS, Mathew 0 2-3 4-6 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 10

CLARK, Tyrone 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6

FLAHIVE, Connor 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6

BUTLER, Devon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6

WARD, Jimmie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6

DAVIS, Tommy 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 6

Total.......... 69 19-30 59-67 0-0 1 1-2 0 0 532

Opponents...... 33 11-18 30-31 1-1 0 0-1 0 1 265

KICKOFFS No. Yds Avg TB OB Retn Net YdLn

CKLAMOVSKI, M 100 6444 64.4 27 0

SIMS, Mathew 2 92 46.0 0 0

Total.......... 102 6536 64.1 27 0 1555 43.5 26

Opponents...... 58 3614 62.3 16 3 857 42.0 27

FUMBLE RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Long

Total.......... 0 0 0.0 0 0

Opponents...... 1 1 1.0 0 1

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|---------Tackles---------| |-Sacks-| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd

GP Solo Ast Total TFL/Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR-Yds FF Kick Safety

37 KUBE, Alex 14 35 46 81 5.5-9 1.0-2 . . . . 1 . .

9 BUTLER, Devon 14 41 39 80 7.5-38 4.5-32 1-26 5 1 . 1 . .

36 CLARK, Tyrone 14 37 41 78 4.0-17 1.5-8 4-49 1 1 . . . .

20 DAVIS, Tommy 14 47 26 73 0.5-1 . 1-0 2 1 4-0 . . .

5 SMITH, Chris 13 50 20 70 4.5-15 . 3-24 12 . . 1 . .

54 COFFMAN, Jake 14 27 19 46 16.5-76 9.5-63 1-2 1 1 . 2 1 .

38 SOBOL, Mike 14 17 23 40 0.5-4 0.5-4 . 1 . . . . .

95 PROGAR, Sean 14 19 20 39 10.0-44 4.0-32 . 1 6 1-0 . . .

11 MELVIN, Rashaan 14 24 15 39 1.0-3 . 2--1 4 . . . . .

29 DELEGAL, Jordan 14 21 17 38 . . . . 1 1-0 . 2 .

33 GEORGE, Patrick 13 26 11 37 1.0-2 . 1-0 6 . . . . .

25 WILSON, Tracy 8 15 20 35 0.5-0 . 1-26 . . 2-0 . . .

23 DANIELS, Kiaree 14 21 10 31 0.5-7 . 1-39 1 . . . . .

58 KRAUSE, Mike 14 11 16 27 5.5-13 0.5-3 . 2 1 . . 1 .

99 JEFFERSON, Nabal 14 9 17 26 7.5-18 2.5-11 . 1 3 . . . .

44 BOLDING, Darnell 13 10 16 26 2.5-5 1.0-1 . . 2 . . . .

98 PIRKLE, D.J. 14 11 13 24 5.5-26 2.0-17 . 2 1 1-0 . . .

15 WARD, Jimmie 14 14 7 21 . . . 1 . . 1 3 .

19 STONE, Demetrius 11 11 9 20 . . . 3 1 . . . .

53 SCHILLER, Pat 10 12 6 18 2.0-6 . . . . . 2 . .

39 BARNAS, Garrett 12 8 7 15 1.0-4 . . 1 . . . . .

92 LAWSON, Brian 12 6 8 14 3.0-16 . . 1 1 . 1 . .

90 BAXTER, Alan 12 5 7 12 4.5-12 0.5-1 . . . . . . .

69 O’NEAL, Stephen 13 5 4 9 1.5-7 1.5-7 . . 1 . . . .

46 RAINEY, George 11 5 3 8 . . . . . . . . .

97 WINDSOR, Joe 14 3 4 7 1.5-3 0.5-1 . . . . . . .

10 BARKSDALE, Greg 12 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . .

55 HELLAMS, Mike 9 1 5 6 . . . . . . . . .

6 VAN LAANEN, Jody 11 2 4 6 0.5-6 . . . . . . . .

17 NG, Matt 8 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . .

96 NEWCOMB, Ron 7 1 4 5 1.0-4 0.5-3 . . . . . . .

35 CKLAMOVSKI, M 14 2 3 5 . . . . . . 1 . .

10 CLARK, Willie 14 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . .

24 WARE, Dominique 8 2 1 3 1.0-2 . 1-11 . . . . . .

26 EDEM, Dan 11 . 3 3 . . . . . . . . .

34 SKARB, Kyle 14 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . .

15 HOPKINS, Jasmin 13 . 2 2 . . . . . . . . .

8 STINGILY, Cameron 5 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . .

1 MOORE, Martel 14 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

49 WILBER, Josh 13 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

91 WELLS, Anthony 4 1 . 1 1.0-1 . . 1 . . . . .

62 OLSON, Trevor 14 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

87 SCHEPLER, Jason 14 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

51 ANDERSON, Zach 6 1 . 1 1.0-3 . . . . . . . .

TM Team 9 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

80 COX, Landon 14 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

89 MARKS, Jack 14 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . .

22 CRIDER, Ricky 14 . . . . . . . . . . 1 .

Total.......... 14 518 456 974 91-342 30-185 16-176 46 21 9-0 10 8 .

Opponents...... 14 468 581 1049 60.0-185 13-82 8-110 31 11 6-1 9 4 1

Iowa St. N. Dakota Illinois Minnesota Akron Temple Buffalo C. Michigan W. Michigan Toledo Ball St. E. Michigan

Off. Lineman Wedige Olson Marks Otis Schepler/

Olson

Wedige Olson Schepler Pawlak Pawlak Wedige Olson

Off. Back Schepler Harnish Harnish/ Spann W. Clark Harnish L. Cox Bell Harnish Harnish Palmer/ W. Clark/

Cox Cox Crider

Off. Work Team Eakes Wells Evans Boenzi Green Porter Hayes Boenzi Giller Stephen Hayes Thorgesen

Special Teams Flahive Melvin Wilber Ward Owen Cklamovski Van Laanen Ward Davis Davis Delegal Bolding

Def. Lineman Pirkle Progar Krause Pirkle T. Clark Butler Coffman Krause Krause T. Clark Coffman

Def. Backs Wilson/

C. Smith

Butler Melvin Smith Sobol C. Smith Sobol T. Clark Stone Davis C. Smith Butler

Def. Work Team Giller Green Brown Winkel Altman Eakes Goodell Brown Burnor Ng Brown Burnor

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No. Name GP/GS Iowa St. N. D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU UT BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

51 ANDERSON, Zach 6/- - X - - X - X X - X X - - -

7 ASHFORD, Perez 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

10 BARKSDALE, Greg 12/- X X - X X X X X - X X X X X

39 BARNAS, Garrett 12/- - - X X X X X X X X X X X X

66 BATTAGLIA, Matt 3/- - - - - - - - X - X - X - -

90 BAXTER, Alan 12/- X X X X - X X - X X X X X X

32 BELL, Cameron 8/- - - X X X - - X X X X X - -

44 BOLDING, Darnell 13/- X X X X X - X X X X X X X X

9 BUTLER, Devon 14/13 MLB X MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB

35 CKLAMOVSKI, Michael 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

36 CLARK, Tyrone 14/14 WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB WLB

10 CLARK, Willie 14/3 X X WR X X WR X X X X X X WR X

54 COFFMAN, Jake 14/14 DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE

93 COLEMAN, Adam 13/- X X - X X X X X X X X X X X

80 COX, Landon 14/12 WR WR WR WR WR X WR WR WR WR X WR WR WR

22 CRIDER, Ricky 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

30 DANIELS, Akeem 11/1 X X - - - WR X X X X X X X X

23 DANIELS, Kiaree 14/2 CB CB X X X X X X X X X X X X

20 DAVIS, Tommy 14/14 FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS FS

29 DELEGAL, Jordan 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

26 EDEM, Dan 11/- X X X X X X - X X X X - - X

2 EVANS, Sean 3/- - - - - - - X X - - - X - -

47 FLAHIVE, Connor 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

33 GEORGE, Patrick 13/12 - CB CB CB CB CB CB CB X CB CB CB CB CB

3 GRADY, DeMarcus 4/1 QB - - - X X - - - - - X - -

88 GROENIGER, Nick 4/- - - - - X - - X - X X - - -

12 HARNISH, Chandler 14/13 H QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB QB

55 HELLAMS, Mike 9/- - - X X X - - - X X X X X X

15 HOPKINS, Jasmin 13/- X X X X X X X X X X X X - X

60 JACKSON, Ed 12/3 X X X X X X LG LG LG X - - X X

99 JEFFERSON, Nabal 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

13 JOHNSON, Anthony 4/- - - - - X - X X - X - - - -

74 KIEL, Adam 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

58 KRAUSE, Mike 14/14 DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT

79 KREMPEL, Matt 8/- X X X X X X X X - - - - - -

37 KUBE, Alex 14/14 SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB SLB

92 LAWSON, Brian 12/- X - X X X X X X X X X X X -

14 LYNCH, Jordan 9/- - - - - X X X X X X X X X -

89 MARKS, Jack 14/2 X X X X TE X TE X X X X X X X

41 McAVOY, Pat 2/- - - - - - - - X - X - - - -

11 MELVIN, Rashaan 14/2 X X CB X X X X X CB X X X X X

1 MOORE, Martel 14/11 WR WR X WR WR X WR WR WR WR WR WR X WR

96 NEWCOMB, Ron 7/- X - - - - - - - X X X X X X

17 NG, Matt 8/- - - - X X - X X - X X X - X

69 O’NEAL, Stephen 13/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X -

62 OLSON, Trevor 14/14 LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT LT

68 OTIS, Keith 14/14 RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT

45 OWEN, Nolan 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

81 PALMER, Nathan 14/8 WR WR X X X X WR X WR X WR WR WR WR

72 PAWLAK, Joe 14/14 RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG RG

70 PEGRAM, Logan 13/10 LG LG LG LG LG LG - X X LG X LG LG LG

98 PIRKLE, D.J. 14/14 DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT DT

95 PROGAR, Sean 14/14 DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE

46 RAINEY, George 11/- - - X X - X X X X X X X X X

87 SCHEPLER, Jason 14/10 X TE TE TE X TE X TE TE TE TE X TE TE

53 SCHILLER, Pat 10/- - - - - X X X X X X X X X X

99 SIMS, Mathew 5/- X X X - - - - - - - X X - -

34 SKARB, Kyle 14/9 FB X FB FB FB FB X FB X FB FB FB X X

5 SMITH, Chris 13/13 CB CB - CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB CB

38 SOBOL, Mike 14/11 X X X SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS SS

28 SPANN, Chad 14/14 RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB RB

8 STINGILY, Cameron 4/- - - X - - X X X - - - - - -

19 STONE, Demetrius 11/- X - - - X X X X X X X X X X

6 VAN LAANEN, Jody 11/- - - X - X X X X X X X X X X

77 VOLK, Jared 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

15 WARD, Jimmie 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

24 WARE, Dominique 8/- - - - - X - X - X X X X X X

71 WEDIGE, Scott 14/14 C C C C C C C C C C C C C C

91 WELLS, Anthony 4/- - X X X - - X - - - - - - -

21 WELLS, Jamison 3/- - - - - - - X X - X - - - -

49 WILBER, Josh 13/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X -

25 WILSON, Tracy 8/3 SS SS SS - - - - - X - X X X X

97 WINDSOR, Joe 14/- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X-indicates played; letters indicate position started H- indicates served as holder on FGs and PATs only

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---1st Downs--- Rushing ---------Passing--------- Total Off. Punts Fum Penalties 3rd Time of

Game Score Total R-P-Pen No-Yds-TD C-A-I Yds TD Pl-Yds No-Avg No-L No-Yds Downs Poss

NIU 10 14 11-3-0 36-156-1 14-29-3 93 0 65-249 4-33.8 1-0 4-51 3-13 28:15

at Iowa State 27 25 8-13-4 37-138-3 27-36-2 265 0 73-403 1-18.0 1-1 5-60 6-13 31:45

NIU 23 22 14-7-1 49-364-2 14-25-1 146 1 74-510 4-29.0 0-0 5-50 8-16 35:03

vs. North Dakota 17 15 7-7-1 31-67-0 18-31-1 267 1 62-334 6-39.2 1-1 2-21 6-16 24:57

NIU 22 19 5-12-2 33-163-2 20-26-0 227 1 59-390 5-49.0 1-1 3-30 6-12 28:50

at Illinois 28 22 16-5-1 49-349-3 8-16-0 70 0 65-389 6-48.7 0-0 8-85 5-14 31:10

NIU 34 12 7-5-0 28-297-2 11-17-0 373 2 45-378 4-39.8 0-0 5-45 5-11 23:17

at Minnesota 23 23 3-18-2 32-97-0 31-46-1 81 2 78-370 2-15.5 0-0 9-59 8-18 36:43

NIU 50 26 12-12-2 47-228-2 17-22-0 292 3 69-520 1-28.0 1-1 2-20 10-14 31:55

at Akron 14 11 4-7-0 27-129-2 14-27-2 128 0 54-257 7-36.4 0-0 5-67 6-12 24:08

NIU 31 24 9-15-0 50-209-2 20-25-0 211 2 75-420 3-34.3 2-1 3-27 11-16 38:10

vs. Temple 17 15 8-6-1 27-124-1 13-27-1 148 1 54-272 2-48.0 0-0 6-35 4-12 21:50

NIU 45 24 12-9-3 50-281-4 13-26-2 160 2 76-441 2-37.0 1-0 2-20 6-12 35:53

vs. Buffalo 14 10 5-5-0 33-130-0 9-26-1 120 1 59-250 8-32.2 2-1 7-59 5-15 24:07

NIU 33 26 19-6-1 56-282-3 12-19-0 138 0 75-420 1-41.0 0-0 5-55 4-13 36:04

vs. C. Michigan 7 19 8-7-4 27-94-0 21-33-4 211 1 60-305 4-31.5 2-1 4-35 5-11 23:56

NIU 28 25 9-13-3 43-210-2 18-30-1 214 2 73-424 5-40.6 0-0 8-72 10-15 34:23

at W. Michigan 21 23 4-18-1 21-44-0 31-53-2 360 3 74-404 3-51.0 1-0 8-70 8-15 25:37

NIU 65 28 18-8-2 54-422-7 11-16-0 162 1 70-584 1-42.0 0-0 5-37 8-12 37:18

vs. Toledo 30 20 8-11-1 26-194-2 18-38-1 186 2 64-380 6-46.7 0-0 8-92 2-11 20:03

NIU 59 21 10-10-1 40-194-3 17-24-1 248 3 64-442 1-42.0 2-1 8-60 5-10 32:44

at Ball State 21 10 5-5-0 33-113-2 12-22-1 155 1 55-268 8-32.9 2-2 7-59 2-10 27:16

NIU 71 22 15-6-1 35-544-8 9-14-0 102 2 49-646 2-26.5 0-0 4-40 2-7 17:37

at E. Michigan 3 12 9-1-2 55-149-0 4-9-0 11 0 64-160 9-35.1 2-2 5-50 2-15 38:45

NIU 21 18 6-12-0 32-92-0 15-29-0 281 3 61-373 6-45.2 2-1 3-15 6-13 26:30

vs. Miami 26 19 6-13-0 26-99-3 29-46-0 333 1 72-432 6-38.0 0-0 1-5 6-16 33:30

NIU 40 22 7-14-1 28-203-4 17-27-0 300 1 55-503 0-0.0 1-0 6-65 2-6 24:07

vs. Fresno State 17 26 5-17-4 35-74-0 28-38-0 288 2 73-362 3-30.3 2-1 4-43 6-15 35:53

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NIU in the 2010 NCAA and MAC Rankings

TEAM Average NCAA MAC

Rushing Offense 264.77 7 1

Passing Offense 181.15 89 9

Total Offense 445.92 17 1

Scoring Offense 37.85 13 1

Rushing Defense 130.54 27 4

Pass Eficiency Defense 113.78 24 3

Total Defense 332.62 26 3

Scoring Defense 19.08 T-16 1

Net Punting 33.72 106 9

Punt Returns 9.50 38 4

Kickoff Returns 21.58 67 4

Turnover Margin .77 18 2

Pass Defense 202.08 35 3

Passing Eficiency 147.45 24 1

Sacks 1.85 72 7

Tackles for Loss 5.92 56 4

Sacks Allowed 1.00 14 1

Tackles for Loss Allowed 4.46 18 1

Fewest Penalties 4.38 6 1

Fewest Yards Penalized 42.25 T-7 1

Punt Ret. Yardage Defense 8.56 T-55 9

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TEAM Average NCAA MAC

Kickoff Ret. Yardage Defense 20.85 48 9

Third Down Conversion Pct. 51.22 8 1

Third Down Conv. Pct. Defense 36.52 T-29 1

Fourth Down Conversion Pct. 45.45 T-80 7

Fourth Down Conv. Pct. Defense 37.50 12 2

Time of Possession 31:49 22 3

INDIVIDUAL Average NCAA MAC

Chad Spann, Rushing 99.46 20 1

Chandler Harnish, Rushing 63.67 93 8

Chandler Harnish, Passing Eficiency 156.14 16 1

Chandler Harnish, Total Offense 249.50 35 3

Tyrone Clark, Interceptions .31 T-62 11

Chris Smith, Interceptions .25 T-82 T-15

Tommy Davis, Punt Returns 7.89 43 5

Michael Cklamovski, Field Goals 1.15 T-55 3

Chad Spann, Scoring 9.23 T-12 1

Michael Cklamovski, Scoring 7.38 68 2

Chad Spann, All-Purpose Runners 102.92 91 8

Jake Coffman, Sacks .46 T-93 10

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RUSHING

No-Yds ISU N.D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU Toledo BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

Bell, Cameron DNP DNP 1-2 3-36 8-42 DNP DNP 12-82 3-9 1-3 1-30 10-24 DNP DNP

Cox, Landon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Crider, Ricky 0-0 2-7 2-1 2-33 11-63, 3-21 1-3 1-3 1-1 3-21 5-13 5-50 1-9 0-0

TD

Daniels, Akeem 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 3-13, TD 1-(-2) 1-9 1-3 2-62, TD 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-2

Grady, DeMarcus 14-54, DNP DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2-91 DNP DNP

TD

Harnish, Chandler DNQB 21-178, 11-117, 6-7 5-9 14-71 14-75 11-69, 13-33, 13-149, 8-21 3-32 8-3 10-72,

TD TD TD TD TD 2TD

Hopkins, Jasmin 5-22 4-41 6-28 0-0 5-29 1-2 0-0 3-8 0-0 5-70, TD 4-27 4-104 DNP 1-35

Lynch, Jordan DNP DNP DNP DNP 2-1 2-5 2-96, TD 4-12 2-19 9-43 3-18 2-142, 5-26 DNP

2 TD

Palmer, Nathan 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-(-1) 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-23 0-0 0-0

Sims, Mathew 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-6 0-0 DNP DNP

Spann, Chad 17-80 21-140, 13-15, 15-223, 16-84, 24-100, 31-111, 23-101, 22-146, 20-70, 17-81, 7-88 17-54 15-95,

TD TD 2TD TD TD 2TD 3TD TD 3TD 3TD 2 TD 2 TD

RECEIVING

No-Yds ISU N.D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU Toledo BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

Ashford, Perez 0-0 6-65 1-4 0-0 1-7 1-8 3-26 2-11 0-0 2-41 1-13 0-0 1-13 1-18

Clark, Willie 2-35 2-45 0-0 2-18 3-46, 5-62 1-25, 1-7 7-70, 2-28 4-43 5-65, 4-70, 4-88

2TD TD TD 2TD TD

Cox, Landon 1-0 0-0 6-74, 1-19 2-58 5-52, 3-41, 4-34 1-12 1-12 4-60 2-23 1-10 4-34

TD TD TD

Crider, Ricky 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-14 1-7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-10 0-0 0-0 0-0

Daniels, Akeem 0-0 1-(-1) DNP DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-(-3) 0-0 0-0 0-0

Flahive, Connor 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2, TD 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-38 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Groeniger, Nick DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-11 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Hopkins, Jasmin 1-6 0-0 1-(-4) 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-7 1-1 DNP 0-0

Marks, Jack 1-4 0-0 5-55 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-4 1-12 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP

Moore, Martel 4-21 1-4, TD 5-45 3-24, TD 6-85 1-19 2-27 2-12 2-18 3-29 2-30 1-13 4-110, 4-88

2 TD

Palmer, Nathan 2-13 1-13 1-42 1-2 3-65, 4-39, 3-34 1-28 5-83, 1-33, 2-84, 0-0 3-56 2-40

TD TD TD TD 2TD

Schepler, Jason 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-20 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-27 1-7 0-0 0-0 2-22 1-10

Skarb, Kyle 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-16 0-0 2-10 0-0 1-8 0-0 0-0 1-4, TD 0-0 0-0 1-22, TD

Spann, Chad 3-14 3-20 1-11 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

PASSING

C-A, Yds ISU N.D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU Toledo BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

Grady, DeMarcus 14-29, DNP DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-0 DNP DNP

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Harnish, Chandler DNQB 14-25-1, 19-25-0, 11-17-0 16-20-0 20-25 13-26-2 12-19-0 18-30-1 11-16-0 15-22-1, 8-13-0 15-28-0 17-26-0

146, TD 208 81, 2TD 281 211, 2 TD 160, 2 TD 138 214, 2 TD 162, TD 247, 2TD 101, 2 TD 281 300, TD

3 TD 3TD

Hopkins, Jasmin DNQB DNQB 1-1, 19, TD DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNP DNQB

Lynch, Jordan DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-2, 11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2, 1, TD 1-1, 1 0-1 DNP

Palmer, Nathan DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB DNQB 0-1

PUNTING

No-Avg, In20 ISU N.D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU Toledo BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

Wilber, Josh 4-33.8 3-38.7 5-49.0, 3 4-39.8, 2 1-28.0, 1 3-34.3 2-37.0, 2 1-41.0, 1 5-40.6 1-42.0, 1 1-42.0 2-26.5 6-45.2 0-0.0

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DEFENSE

Solo-Asst-Total ISU N.D. Illinois Minn. Akron Temple Buffalo CMU WMU Toledo BSU EMU Miami Fresno St.

Anderson, Zach DNP 1-0-1, TFL DNP DNP 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP DNP DNP

Barksdale, Greg 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 0-1-1 1-1-2 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 0-1-1 2-0-2 DNP DNP

Barnas, Garrett DNP DNP 0-0-0 1-0-1 0-0-0 2-1-3 0-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-1-1, 2-0-2 2-2-4, 0-1-1 0-1-1

PBU TFL

Baxter, Alan 2-1-3, 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-1-1, DNP DNP 1-1-2, 0-0-0 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-1-2, 0-1-1 0-0-0

TFL 0.5 TFL 1.5 TFL TFL 0.5 SK

0.5 TFL

Bolding, Darnell 1-3-4 1-0-1, SK, 0-0 1-0-1 0-2-2, DNP 0-0-0 0-2-2 1-0-1 1-2-3 2-4-6, 2-1-3, 0-2-2, 1-0-1

TFL 0.5 TFL 0.5 TFL QBH 0.5 TFL

QBH

Butler, Devon 3-2-5 3-6-9, 8-2-10 3-5-8, 1-0-1, 4-1-5, 2-2-4, 1-4-5, 2-3-5, 3-3-6 2-1-3, 2-3-5, 3-2-5, QBH 4-5-9, FF

0.5 SK PBU INT, SK, TFL, PBU SK, PBU 0.5 TFL 0.5 SK, 1.5 SK,

TFL TD TFL PBU 1.5 TFL 0.5 TFL 2 TFL

Cklamovski, M. 0-0-0 1-1-2, FF 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-1 0-1-1 0-0-0 1-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

Clark, Tyrone 3-6-9, 4-4-8, PBU, 1-3-4 2-4-6 1-2-3 6-0-6 6-1-7 1-1-2, 1-8-9 0-3-3 2-0-2, 1-2-3 2-2-4, 7-5-12

TFL, 0.5 SK, 2INT INT, TFL, SK, 1.5 TFL

INT 0.5 TFL TD QBH

Coffman, Jake 1-1-2, 0-2-2, 1-0-1 1-1-2, 2-1-3, 1-0-1, 2-0-2, 2-3-5, 0-4-4, 1-1-2, 3-0-3, 5-0-5, 3-5-8, 2SK, 5-1-6, FF

0.5 TFL 0.5 TFL TFL SK, SK, TFL 0.5 TFL 0.5 SK, PBU 1 SK, FF, SK, 2TFL, BK, 3 SK,

TFL TFL 1.5 TFL 1 TFL 2 TFL QBH 4.5 TFL

Daniels, Kiaree 3-0-3 3-1-4 0-0-0 7-1-8 1-0-1 0-0-0 0-1-1, 0-1-1, 1-0-1 2-0-2 0-1-1 2-3-5 2-1-3 0-1-1

0.5 TFL INT

Davis, Tommy 5-1-6 2-1-3, FR, 9-1-10 1-6-7 4-1-5 3-2-5 2-1-3, FR 1-5-6, FR 6-3-9 5-4-9, 0-0-0 1-0-1 5-0-5, 3-1-4, FR

INT 0.5 TFL PBU QBH

Delegal, Jordan 1-3-4 0-0-0 1-0-1 3-1-4 3-0-3 0-1-1 4-1-5 1-2-3 2-0-2 2-1-3 1-4-5 2-3-5 0-0-0, 1-1-2

QBH

Edem, Dan 0-0-0 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-2-2 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP DNP DNP 0-0-0

George, Patrick DNP 2-2-4, 3-0-3, 5-1-6, 0-0-0 1-1-2 1-0-1 2-2-4 4-1-5 0-1-1 1-0-1, 1-0-1 3-0-3 3-3-6, PBU

0.5 TFL, PBU PBU, PBU 0.5 TFL

PBU INT

Hellams, Mike DNP DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-2-2 DNP DNP DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-2-3 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0

Kube, Alex 3-4-7 2-7-9 3-3-6 2-5-7 4-1-5 4-3-7 3-0-3 2-8-10 1-7-8, 0-1-1 1-0-1 2-2-4, 6-3-9, SK, 2-2-4,

1.5 TFL 0.5 TFL 0.5 TFL 2 TFL 0.5 TFL

Jefferson, Nabal 0-2-2, 0-0-0 0-1-1, 2-1-3, 0-3-3, 0-1-1 0-3-3, 0-0-0 0-0-0, 0-1-1 1-1-2, 2-1-3, 1-1-2, TFL, 2-2-4, SK

0.5 TFL 0.5 SK, 0.5 TFL 0.5 SK 0.5 TFL QBH 1.5 TFL QBH PBU 1.5 TFL,

0.5 TFL 0.5 TFL

Krause, Mike 0-1-1 0-1-1 1-2-3, 1-1-2 0-3-3 0-2-2 0-0-0 0-2-2 0-1-1, 4-1-5, 2-0-2 2-0-2, 0-0-0, BK, 1-2-3,

1.5 TFL 0.5 SK, 2 TFL TFL 2 PBU, 0.5 TFL

0.5 TFL, QBH

Lawson, Brian 0-2-2 DNP 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-2-2 0-0-0 0-1-1 0-0-0 1-1-2, 1-0-1 0-0-0 2-0-2, 1-1-2, DNP

1.5 TFL PBU, 1.5 TFL

FF, QBH

Melvin, Rashaan 0-0-0, 2-3-5, 7-0-7 0-0-0 1-2-3, 0-1-1 3-2-5 1-0-1 1-3-4, INT, 2-0-2, 1-0-1, 3-2-5 2-1-3 1-1-2

PBU PBU TFL PBU INT PBU

Newcomb, Ron 0-0-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-2-2, 0-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-0-0 0-1-1

0.5 TFL

O’Neal, Stephen 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-1-2, 0-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-0-0 1-0-1, SK, 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-1 2-1-3 0-0-0, DNP

0.5 TFL, TFL QBH

0.5 SK

Pirkle, D.J. 1-1-2, 2-2-4, SK, 1-1-2, 1-0-1 0-2-2, 1-0-1 1-2-3 1-0-1, SK 1-0-1, TFL 0-0-0 1-1-2 1-0-1 0-0-0, QBH 0-4-4,

FR TFL TFL 0.5 TFL TFL 2 PBU 0.5 TFL

Progar, Sean 1-1-2, 0-2-2 4-4-8 , 1-2-3, 1-0-1 0-2-2 1-0-1 1-2-3, 2-1-3, TFL 3-0-3, 1-2-3, 2-0-2, 1-2-3, TFL, 1-1-2,

SK, 1.5 TFL, TFL 0.5 TFL 2 TFL 0.5 TFL, FR, TFL PBU, 0.5 SK

TFL 0.5 SK 2 SK 2 QBH QBH 0.5 TFL

Rainey, George DNP DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 1-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-2-2 1-1-2 2-0-2 0-0-0 1-0-1

Schiller, Pat DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-4-4 3-1-4, 1-0-1, FF 0-0-0 DNP 2-0-2 0-0-0 5-1-6, 0-0-0 0-0-0

TFL TFL

Smith, Chris 5-4-9, 0-2-2, DNP 7-2-9 1-0-1 3-1-4, 1-0-1, 4-3-7, 4-4-8, 4-1-5, 8-0-8, FF, 1-0-1 7-1-8 5-2-7,

TFL PBU PBU PBU 0.5 TFL, PBU PBU 2 TFL, TFL

INT, INT, INT 2 PBU 3 PBU

Sobol, Mike 2-1-3 0-1-1 0-2-2 3-2-5 1-2-3, 0-1-1 0-2-2 1-7-8, 1-1-2 2-0-2 1-2-3 3-0-3 2-2-4 1-0-1

0.5 SK PBU

Stingily, Cameron DNP DNP 1-0-1 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Stone, Demetrius 1-1-2 DNP DNP DNP 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-1-1 1-1-2 1-0-1, QBH 0-1-1, PBU 0-1-1 0-0-0 2-0-2, 6-3-9

Van Laanen, Jody DNP DNP 0-0-0 DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 2-1-3, 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-1 PBU PBU 0-0-0

0.5 TFL

Ward, Jimmie 0-0-0 1-0-1 0-0-0 3-0-3, 3-2-5 0-0-0 1-1-2, FF 1-1-2, 0-0-0 1-1-2, 1-1-2, 3-1-4 0-0-0 0-0-0

BLK BLK BLK PBU TD

Ware, Dominique DNP DNP DNP DNP INT DNP 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 2-0-2, 0-0-0 0-0-0

TFL

Wells, Anthony DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0, 0-0-0 0-0-0 DNP 1-0-1, TFL DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

PBU

Wilson, Tracy 6-4-10, 5-8-13, 1-2-3 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-2-3, 1-3-4, 0-0-0 1-1-2

INT 0.5 TFL FR FR

Windsor, Joe 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-1, 0-0-0 1-1-2 1-0-1 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-1, 0-0-0 0-0-0

0.5 SK, TFL

0.5 TFL

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THE LAST TIME

northern illinois AN opponent

RETURNED A KICKOFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Tommy Davis (83 yards) vs. Toledo (11-9-10)

RETURNED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Perez Ashford (44 yards) at Miami (10-24-09)

RETURNED A FUMBLE FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Craig Rusch (60 yards) at Kent State (11-18-08)

SCORED A SAFETY...

Jake Coffman (tackled RB in end zone) vs. Ball State (11-12-09)

RETURNED AN INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Tyrone Clark (16 yards) at Ball State (11-20-10)

A NON-QB THREW A TOUCHDOWN PASS...

Jasmin Hopkins (19 yards to Landon Cox) at Illinois (9-18-10)

BLOCKED A PUNT...

Jordan Delegal at Ball State (11-20-10)

BLOCKED TWO PUNTS IN A GAME...

Jordan Delegal (2) at Ball State (11-20-10)

BLOCKED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Jordan Delegal (block) / Jimmie Ward (15-yard return) at Ball State (11-20-10)

BLOCKED A FIELD GOAL...

Jake Coffman vs. Miami (12-3-10)

BLOCKED A PAT KICK...

Mike Krause vs. Miami (12-3-10)

CONVERTED A FAKE FG FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Jimmy Erwin (8-yard rush) vs. Central Michigan (10-19-02)

MISSED A PAT KICK (not blocked)...

Michael Cklamovski vs. Fresno State (12-18-10)

RECORDED A SHUTOUT...

at Eastern Michigan, 37-0 (9-27-08)

CONVERTED A TWO-POINT ATTEMPT...

Nathan Palmer (pass from Chandler Harnish) at Western Michigan (10-30-10)

PASSED FOR 300 OR MORE YARDS...

Chandler Harnish (300)vs. Fresno State (12-18-10)

PASSED FOR 400 OR MORE YARDS...

Phil Horvath (486) at Akron (9-24-05) - NIU RECORD

RUSHED FOR 100 OR MORE YARDS...

Jordan Lynch (142) at Eastern Michigan (11-26-10)

Jasmin Hopkins (104) at Eastern Michigan (11-26-10)

RUSHED FOR 200 OR MORE YARDS...

Chad Spann (223) at Minnesota (9-25-10)

HAD A RUSH OF 60 YARDS OR LONGER...

Jasmin Hopkins (74) at Eastern Michigan (11-26-10)

TWO PLAYERS RUSHED FOR 100 YARDS IN THE SAME GAME...

Jordan Lynch (142), Jasmin Hopkins (104) at Eastern Michigan (11-26-10)

HAD 10 OR MORE RECEPTIONS...

Landon Cox (11) at Ohio (11-21-09)

HAD 100 OR MORE RECEIVING YARDS...

Martel Moore (110) vs. Miami (12-3-10)

HAD 200 OR MORE RECEIVING YARDS...

Matt Simon (205) at Central Michigan (9-29-07)

HAD 100 RUSHING AND 100 RECEIVING YARDS...

Garrett Wolfe (171 rushing/114 receiving) at Ohio State (9-2-06)

CAUGHT TWO TOUCHDOWN PASSES...

Martel Moore (2) vs. Miami (12-3-10)

SCORED THREE TOUCHDOWNS...

Chad Spann (3 rush) at Ball State (11-20-10)

HAD TWO INTERCEPTIONS IN A GAME...

Tyrone Clark vs. Central Michigan (10-23-10)

RETURNED A KICKOFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Philip Livas (97 yards) of Louisiana Tech, Independence Bowl (12-28-08)

RETURNED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

LaVon Brazill (91 yards) of Ohio (11-21-09)

RETURNED AN INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Gordon DuBois (27 yards) of Buffalo (10-16-10)

RETURNED A FUMBLE FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Terrance Knighton (66 yards) of Temple (10-6-07)

SCORED A SAFETY...

Toledo (NIU QB tackled in end zone) (11-9-10)

BLOCKED A PUNT...

Chris Anderson of North Dakota (9-11-10)

BLOCKED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN...

Ellis Hobbs (block) / LaMarcus Hicks (recovered ball in end zone) of

Iowa State (9-18-04)

BLOCKED A FIELD GOAL...

Rene Perry of Ball State (11-20-10)

BLOCKED A PAT KICK...

Brandon Slater of Eastern Michigan (11-5-09)

MISSED A PAT KICK (not blocked)...

Eric Kettani of Navy (11-25-08)

SHUT OUT THE HUSKIES...

Navy 16, Northern Illinois 0 (11-25-08)

PASSED FOR 300 OR MORE YARDS...

Austin Boucher (333) of Miami (12-3-10)

PASSED FOR 400 OR MORE YARDS...

Nathan Enderle (423) of Idaho (9-22-07)

RUSHED FOR 100 OR MORE YARDS...

Adonis Thomas (152) of Toledo (11-9-10)

RUSHED FOR 200 OR MORE YARDS...

Mike Ford (207) of South Florida (1-3-10)

HAD A RUSH OF 60 YARDS OR LONGER...

Bryan Schroeder (80) of Central Michigan (11-27-09)

TWO OR MORE PLAYERS RUSHED FOR 100 YARDS...

Mikel Leshoure (180) and Nathan Scheelhaase (115) of Illinois (9-18-10)

HAD 10 OR MORE RECEPTIONS...

Arnaud Robinson (14) of Miami (12-3-10)

HAD 100 OR MORE RECEIVING YARDS...

Arnaud Robinson (176) of Miami (12-3-10)

HAD 200 OR MORE RECEIVING YARDS...

Travis Shelton (204) of Temple (10-21-06)

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2010 FINAL HIGHS AND LOWS

team highs team lows individual highs

MOST POINTS, GAME

Northern Illinois.....71, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................30, by Toledo (11/9)

MOST POINTS, QUARTER

Northern Illinois.....28, 3rd Q. vs. Toledo (11/9)

Opponent .................23, 3rd Q. by Toledo (11/9)

MOST POINTS, HALF

Northern Illinois.....37, 1st at E. Michigan (11/26)

37, 2nd vs Toledo (11/9)

Opponent .................30, 2nd byToledo (11/9)

MOST FIRST DOWNS

Northern Illinois.....28, vs. Toledo (11/9)

Opponent .................26, by Fresno State (12/18)

MOST RUSHING YARDS

Northern Illinois.....544, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................319, by Illinois (9/18)

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS

Northern Illinois.....56, vs. C. Michigan (10/23)

Opponent .................55, at E. Michigan (11/26)

MOST PASSING YARDS

Northern Illinois.....292, at Akron (10/2)

Opponent .................373, by Minnesota (9/25)

MOST PASS ATTEMPTS

Northern Illinois.....29, vs. Miami (12/3)

29, at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................53, by W. Michigan (10/30)

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS

Northern Illinois.....20, vs. Temple (10/9)

20, at Illinois (9/18)

Opponent .................31, by W. Michigan (10/30)

31, by Minnesota (9/25)

MOST SACKS (BY DEFENSE)

Northern Illinois.....6, vs. Fresno State (12/18)

Opponent .................3, by Miami (12/3)

MOST TOTAL NET YARDS

Northern Illinois.....646, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................403, by Iowa State (9/2)

MOST PENALTIES

Northern Illinois.....8, vs. Ball State (11/20)

8, vs. W. Michigan (10/30)

Opponent .................9, by Minnesota (9/25)

MOST TURNOVERS

Northern Illinois.....3, at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................5, by C. Michigan (10/23)

TIME OF POSSESSION

Northern Illinois.....38:10, vs. Temple (10/9)

Opponent .................38:45, by E. Michigan (11/26)

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FEWEST POINTS, GAME

Northern Illinois.....10, at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................3, by E. Michigan (11/26)

FEWEST POINTS, HALF

Northern Illinois.....0, 1st at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................0, 2nd by E. Michigan (11/26)

0, 1st by Toledo (11/9)

0, 2nd by C. Michigan (10/23)

0, 2nd by Buffalo (10/16)

0, 2nd by Temple (10/9)

FEWEST FIRST DOWNS

Northern Illinois.....12, at Minnesota (9/25)

Opponent .................10, by Ball State (11/20)

FEWEST RUSHING YARDS

Northern Illinois.....156, at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................44, by W. Michigan (10/30)

FEWEST RUSHING ATTEMPTS

Northern Illinois.....28, at Minnesota (9/25)

Opponent .................21, by W. Michigan (10/30)

FEWEST PASSING YARDS

Northern Illinois.....81, at Minnesota (9/25)

Opponent .................11, by E. Michigan (11/26)

FEWEST PASS ATTEMPTS

Northern Illinois.....13, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................9, by E. Michigan (11/26)

FEWEST PASS COMPLETIONS

Northern Illinois.....8, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................4, by E. Michigan (11/26)

FEWEST SACKS (BY DEFENSE)

Northern Illinois.....0, vs. two different opponents

Opponent .................0, by fi ve different opponents

FEWEST TOTAL NET YARDS

Northern Illinois.....249, at Iowa State (9/2)

Opponent .................160, by E. Michigan (11/26)

FEWEST PENALTIES

Northern Illinois.....2, at Akron (10/2)

Opponent .................1, by Miami (12/3)

FEWEST TURNOVERS

Northern Illinois.....0, vs. fi ve opponents

Opponent .................0, by Miami (12/3)

0, by Illinois (9/18)

TIME OF POSSESSION

Northern Illinois.....17:37, at E. Michigan (11/26)

Opponent .................21:50, by Temple (10/9)

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RUSHING YARDS (NET)

NIU .......... 223, Chad Spann at Minnesota (9/25)

Opp. .......... 180, Mikel Leshoure, Illinois (9/18)

RUSHING ATTEMPTS

NIU .......... 31, Chad Spann vs. Buffalo (10/16)

Opp. .......... 24, Mikel Leshoure, Illinois (9/18)

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

NIU .......... 3, Chad Spann vs. C. Michigan (10/23)

Opp. .......... 2, Thomas Merriweather, Miami (12/3)

2, Alexander Robinson, Iowa State (9/2)

PASSING YARDS

NIU .......... 300, Chandler Harnish vs. Fresno St. (12/18)

Opp. .......... 373, Adam Weber, Minnesota (9/25)

PASS ATTEMPTS

NIU .......... 29, DeMarcus Grady at Iowa State (9/2)

Opp. .......... 46, Austin Boucher, Miami (12/3)

PASS COMPLETIONS

NIU .......... 20, Chandler Harnish vs. Temple (10/9)

Opp. .......... 36, Adam Weber, Minnesota (9/25)

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

NIU ...... 80.0 (20-25), Harnish vs. Temple (10/9)

80.0 (16-20), Harnish at Akron (10/2)

Opp. ...... 75.0 (27-36), Jake Landry, UND (9/11)

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

NIU .......... 3, Chandler Harnish vs. Miami (12/3)

3, Chandler Harnish at Akron (10/2)

Opp. .......... 2, Adam Weber, Minnesota (9/25)

MOST RECEPTIONS

NIU .......... 7, Willie Clark at W. Michigan (10/30)

Opp. .......... 14, Jordan White, W. Michigan (10/30)

RECEIVING YARDS

NIU .......... 110, Martel Moore vs. Miami (12/3)

Opp. ........... 180, Jordan White, W. Michigan (10/30)

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

NIU .......... 2 by three players four times

Opp. .......... 1, by six different players

TOUCHDOWNS

NIU .......... 3, Chad Spann vs. C. Michigan (10/23)

Opp. .......... 2, Alexander Robinson, Iowa State (9/2)

SACKS

NIU .......... 3, Jake Coffman vs. Fresno St. (12/18)

Opp. .......... 1.5, Hasan Hazime, Akron (10-2)

TACKLES FOR LOSS

NIU .......... 4.5, Jake Coffman vs. Fresno St. (12/18)

Opp. .......... 3, Domonic Cook, Buffalo (10/16)

INTERCEPTIONS

NIU .......... 2, by Tyrone Clark vs. C. Michigan (10/23)

Opp. .......... 2, Jake Knott, Iowa State (9/2)

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CHAD SPANN, RB

MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award

MAC MVP - Rivals.com

MAC Offensive Player of the Year

MAC Offensive Player of the Year - Rivals.com

MAC Offensive Player of the Year - CFN

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

All-MAC - CFN

Walter Camp FBS Offensive POTW (Minn)

MAC West Offensive Player of Week (Minn)

CFN MAC Player of the Week (Minn, Temple)

JAKE COFFMAN, DE

Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First Team

All-MAC (2nd)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

ESPN.com All-Bowl Team

CFN.com All-Bowl Team

MAC West Defensive Player of Week (WMU)

MAC West Defensive Player of Week (EMU)

CHANDLER HARNISH, QB

MAC Player of the Year - Columbus TD Club

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

Academic All-MAC

Humanitarian Bowl Community Service Award

Rivals.com MAC Player of the Week (Toledo)

MAC West Offensive Player of Week (Akron)

MAC West Offensive Player of Week (Temple)

MAC West Offensive Player of Week (Toledo)

CFN MAC Player of the Week (North Dakota)

2010 HUSKIE AWARD WINNERS

MIKE KRAUSE, DT

NFF Scholar-Athlete (Semi-Finalist)

Academic All-MAC

NFF Hampshire Honor Society

SCOTT WEDIGE, C

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (2nd) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

TREVOR OLSON, OT

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

All-MAC - CFN

CHRIS SMITH, DB

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

SEAN PROGAR, DE

All-MAC (1st)

All-MAC (1st) - PS

JOE PAWLAK, OL

All-MAC (2nd)

All-MAC (1st) – PS

All-MAC (1st) - Rivals.com

Academic All-MAC

ALEX KUBE, LB

All-MAC (3rd)

All-MAC (2nd) - PS

TOMMY DAVIS, RS

All-MAC (3rd)

All-MAC (2nd) - Rivals.com

DEVON BUTLER, LB

All-MAC (3rd)

All-MAC (3rd) - PS

JASON SCHEPLER, TE

All-MAC (3rd)

Academic All-MAC

LANDON COX, WR

All-MAC (3rd)

WILLIE CLARK, WR

All-MAC (4th) - PS

LOGAN PEGRAM, OL

All-MAC (4th) - PS

ADAM KIEL, OL

Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

NABAL JEFFERSON, DL

Academic All-MAC

JIMMIE WARD, DB

MAC West Specialist of the Week (Minnesota)

MAC West Specialist of the Week (Buffalo)

TYRONE CLARK, LB

MAC West Defensive Player of Week (CMU)

JORDAN DELEGAL, LB

MAC West Specialist of the Week (Ball State)

JOSH WILBER, P

MAC West Specialist of the Week

PS-Phil Steele; CFN-CollegeFootballNews.com

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iowa state 27, NIU 10

Sept. 2, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Fox Sports Net

Ames, Iowa | Jack Trice Stadium | 43,116

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud completed 27of-36

passes for 265 yards and added 14 rushes for 45 yards to lead the homestanding

Cyclones to a 27-10 victory over Northern Illinois Thursday in the

2010 season opener for both teams.

Northern Illinois lost its seventh straight season-opener dating back to

the 2003 overtime win over No. 15 Maryland at Huskie Stadium.

Arnaud and ISU built a 17-0 fi rst-half lead on Arnaud’s two-yard run,

tailback Alexander Robinson’s 63-yard dash and a Grant Mahoney 41-yard

fi eld goal as the Cyclones controlled play for much of the half. NIU’s best

scoring chance of the fi rst half came after Huskie safety Tracy Wilson intercepted

an Arnaud pass and returned it to the Iowa State 23-yard line with

57 seconds to play in the stanza. Northern Illinois reached the ISU 16 but

missed a 33-yard fi eld goal attempt as the half ended.

The Huskies were out-gained 279-112 in the fi rst half and earned just fi ve

fi rst downs to the Cyclones’ 15. NIU could not convert on seven third-down

tries and fi nished the game just three-of-13 on third down conversions.

Northern Illinois’ fi rst score of 2010 came on the Huskies’ fi rst drive of

the second half as NIU got the second-half kickoff and drove 67 yards on

14 plays to the ISU two-yard line. From there, freshman kicker Mathew

Sims put his fi rst career fi eld goal attempt through the uprights to trim the

Cyclones’ lead to 17-3.

The Huskie defense stepped up on ISU’s next possession as linebacker

Tyrone Clark stopped an Iowa State drive by grabbing his fi rst career

interception and returning it 30 yards to the NIU 42-yard line. Northern Illinois

narrowed the gap to 17-10 on its fi rst possession of the fourth quarter.

Grady scored on a one-yard plunge to complete a nine-play, 40-yard drive,

with all of the yards on the drive coming on rushes by Grady and tailback

Chad Spann. Grady fi nished the game with 54 yards on 14 carries while

Spann had 80 on 17 totes.

Iowa State responded to the Northern Illinois score with a 10-play,

73-yard drive and put the game away on a fi ve-yard touchdown run by Robinson

with 5:05 left in the game. After another Grady pass was tipped and

intercepted, ISU added a 23-yard fi eld goal.

Overall, the Northern Illinois defense held Iowa State to just 28 rushing

yards on 20 second-half carries and the Huskies fi nished the game with 156

rushing yards to ISU’s 138. The Huskies had 137 total yards in the secondhalf

while limiting Iowa State to 124.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 0 0 3 7 - 10

Iowa State 7 10 0 10 - 27

SCORING SUMMARY

ISU - Arnaud 2 run (Mahoney kick), 1st 2:27 (11-68, 2:53)

ISU - Robinson 63 run (Mahoney kick), 2nd 14:43 (1-63, 0:10)

ISU - Mahoney 41 FG, 2nd 8:33 (8-40, 4:10)

NIU - Sims 19 FG, 3rd 9:53 (14-67, 5:02)

NIU - Grady 1 run (Sims kick), 4th 8:51 (9-40, 4:11)

ISU - Robinson 5 run (Mahoney kick), 4th 5:05 (10-73, 3:43)

ISU - Mahoney 23 FG, 4th 2:37 (4-8, 2:19)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU ................ISU

First Downs (R-P) 14 (11-3) .....25 (8-13)

Rushes-Net Yards 36-156 ..........37-138

Passing Yards 93 ................. 265

Passes (C-A-I) 14-29-3 ........27-36-2

Plays-Total Yards 65-249 ..........73-403

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 ...................1-1

Penalties-Yards 4-51 ................5-60

Kickoff Returns-Yds 5-106 ...................1-7

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 ................1-11

3rd Down Conversions 3-13 ................6-13

4th Down Conversions 2-2 ...................2-2

Punts-Average 4-33.8 ............1-18.0

Possession Time 28:15 .............31:45

Sacks By-Yards 1-4 ...................1-8

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Rushing - NIU: Spann 17-80, Grady

14-54, Ja. Hopkins 5-22. ISU:

Robinson 19-97, Arnaud 14-45,

Woody 1-3, Team 3-(-7).

Passing - NIU: Grady 14-29-3, 93.

ISU: Arnaud 27-36-2, 265.

Receiving - NIU: Moore 4-21, Spann

3-14, Clark 2-35, Palmer 2-13,

Ja. Hopkins 1-6, Marks 1-4, Cox

1-0. ISU: Darks 6-52, Franklin

5-75, Se. Johnson 4-32, Robinson

4-32, Williams 3-28, Lenz 2-25,

Reynolds 2-12, Sh. Johnson 1-9.

Tackles - NIU: Wilson 10, C. Smith

9, T. Clark 9, Kube 7. ISU: Klein 15,

Knott 9, O’Connell 7.

NIU 23, North Dakota 17

Sept. 11, 2010 | 6 p.m. | Huskies All-Access

DeKalb, Ill. | Huskie Stadium | 18,046

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SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

North Dakota 0 7 7 3 - 17

Northern Illinois

SCORING SUMMARY

13 3 0 7 - 23

NIU - Spann 79 run (Sims kick), 1st 14:39 (1-79, 0:21)

NIU - Moore 4 pass from Harnish (Sims kick failed), 1st 5:47 (13-80, 6:18)

NIU - Sims 23 FG, 2nd 12:06 (8-94, 3:54)

ND - Hawkins 63 INT return (Miller kick), 2nd 0:13

ND - Hardin 85 pass from Landry (Miller kick), 3rd 1:45 (3-80, 1:27)

NIU - Harnish 40 run (Sims kick), 4th 14:53 (4-58, 1:52)

ND - Miller 40 FG, 4th 2:47 (4-8, 0:54)

Team & Individual Statistics

ND ...............NIU

First Downs (R-P) 15 (7-7) .....22 (14-7)

Rushes-Net Yards 31-67 ..........49-364

Passing Yards 267 ................. 146

Passes (C-A-I) 18-31-1 ........14-25-1

Plays-Total Yards 62-334 ..........74-510

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 ...................0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-21 ................5-50

Kickoff Returns-Yds 3-77 ................2-33

Punt Returns-Yds 2-5 ...................2-4

3rd Down Conversions 6-16 ................8-16

4th Down Conversions 0-1 ...................0-1

Punts-Average 6-39.2 ............4-29.0

Possession Time 24:57 .............35:03

Sacks By-Yards 1-7 ................3-12


DeKALB - Safety Tommy Davis intercepted a late pass from North Dakota

quarterback Jake Landry on the fi nal play of the game, securing a 23-17

victory for Northern Illinois in the Huskies’ home opener.

Junior quarterback Chandler Harnish rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown,

and threw for 146 yards and a score. His rushing total was the most

by an NIU quarterback since Stacey Robinson went for 308 yards against

Fresno State in 1990.

Despite Harnish’s standout performance, NIU held just a two point advantage

heading into the fourth quarter. On the fi rst play of the fi nal period,

Harnish ran up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown to give NIU a 23-14

lead. The Huskies would ride that score to victory.

Tailback Chad Spann started the scoring with a 79-yard touchdown

burst on the opening play of the game, and fi nished the night with 140 yards

on 21 carries. Harnish and Spann combined for 318 rushing yards, the fi fthhighest

total by an NIU tandem in school history.

The Huskies added another fi rst quarter touchdown when Harnish

found Martel Moore in the endzone for Moore’s fi rst career TD reception.

The score boosted NIU’s lead to 13-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. The

Huskies tacked on a 23-yard Matthew Sims fi eld goal early in the second

quarter to build a 16-0 lead.

A pair of big plays brought the Fighting Sioux back. With 13 seconds left

in the half, Dominique Hawkins intercepted Harnish and returned the pick

63 yards to cut NIU’s lead to 16-7 at the half.

The Sioux cut the margin to just two points as Greg Hardin caught an

85-yard touchdown pass from Jake Landry with 1:45 left in the third. Landry

fi nished the night 18-of-31 passing for 267 yards.

Harnish’s score failed to quiet the Fighting Sioux. North Dakota’s Chris

Anderson blocked a Josh Wilber punt with less than four minutes remaining

and UND’s ensuing drive resulted in a fi eld goal that cut the margin to 23-17.

Northern Illinois went three-and-out on its next drive, giving North Dakota

the ball back on their own 38-yard line with 57 seconds left.

Landry completed 3-of-4 passes for 28 yards and scrambled for seven

more to bring North Dakota to NIU’s 27-yard line with 11 seconds on the

clock. An incomplete pass brought the clock to just six seconds before Davis

picked off Landry’s fi nal attempt to end the game.

Rushing - ND: Landry 8-26, Murray

12-25, Sutton 8-24, Hardin 1-0,

Anderson 1-0, Goska 1-(-8). NIU:

Harnish 21-178, Spann 21-146,

Ja. Hopkins 4-41, Crider 2-7, Team

1-(-2).

Passing - ND: Landry 18-31-1, 267;

Goska 0-0-0, 0. NIU: Harnish 14-

25-1, 146.

Receiving - ND: Hardin 6-171, Murray

3-21, Dressler 3-12, McGill 2-22,

Sutton 2-14, Wisthoff 1-23, Solum

1-4. NIU: Ashford 6-65, Spann 3-20,

Clark 2-45, Palmer 1-13, Moore 1-4,

Daniels 1-(-1).

Tackles - ND: Hendrickson 9, Cochran

8, Ankenbauer 8, Goertz 8. NIU:

Wilson 13, Butler 9, Kube 9.

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illinois 28, NIU 22

Sept. 18, 2010 | 11 a.m. | Big Ten Network

Champaign, Ill. | Memorial Stadium | 50,569

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Northern Illinois Huskies went toe-to-toe with

another Big Ten Conference foe, battling in-state foe Illinois to the fi nal play

at Memorial Stadium in Champaign before falling to the Illini, 28-22.

With Head Coach Jerry Kill on the sidelines despite spending much of

the week in a Chicago hospital, the Huskies claimed a 12-7 fi rst quarter lead.

After Illinois scored in just 1:54 on its fi rst drive on a nine-yard run by quarterback

Nathan Scheelhaase, the Huskies came back with a pair of scores.

NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish, who fi nished the game with a

season-best 208 yards on 19-of-25 passing, hit Nate Palmer with a 42-yard

completion to the Illinois one. From there, tailback Chad Spann took it in.

The Huskies attempted a two-point play, but Harnish’s pass fell incomplete.

The Huskie defense forced Illinois to punt and Northern Illinois took a

12-6 lead on its next possession when Harnish sprang free on a 37-yard TD

run. The NIU junior posted his second straight 100-yard rushing day with

117 yards on 11 carries. Mathew Sims’ PAT kick hit the post, leaving the

Huskies with a 12-7 lead.

Illinois answered with an 11-point second quarter. UI kicker Derek

Dimke booted a 25-yard fi eld goal after the Huskie defense stopped the Illini

at the eight-yard line. Later, Illinois put together a nine-play, 66-yard drive,

and scored on an eight-yard run by Jason Ford. Scheelhaase added the two

point conversion to provide Illinois with a six-point halftime margin, 18-12.

After a scoreless third quarter and a second Dimke fi eld goal to put the

Illini up 21-12, Northern Illinois came back. Harnish took the ball to the

UI 19 with a career-long 47-yard run and on the next play, tailback Jasmin

Hopkins lofted a pass to receiver Landon Cox in the end zone, who made

the catch for the 19-yard touchdown. Illinois transfer Michael Cklamovski

added the PAT and the Huskies were within two at 21-19.

Illinois got the ball back with six minutes remaining and converted a

fourth-and-one play en route to the decisive score. Tailback Mikel Leshoure

went the fi nal 29 yards on a rush, part of his 180 rushing yards on the day.

The Huskies were not done. NIU drove to the Illinois 31 on six plays and

Cklamovski kicked his fi rst career fi eld goal – a 48-yarder – with 19 seconds

remaining to pull Northern Illinois within six points. However, Illinois

recovered the onside kick attempt to thwart NIU’s fi nal chance.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 12 0 0 10 - 22

Illinois 7 11 0 10 - 28

SCORING SUMMARY

ILL - Scheelhaase 9 run (Dimke kick), 1st 11:11 (5-68, 1:54)

NIU - Spann 1 run (Harnish pass failed), 1st 7:03 (9-80, 4:08)

NIU - Harnish 37 run (Sims kick failed), 1st 3:55 (3-44, 1:30)

ILL - Dimke 25 FG, 2nd 14:25 (12-67, 4:30)

ILL - Ford 8 run (Scheelhaase rush), 2nd 1:58 (9-66, 4:51)

ILL - Dimke 32 FG, 4th 7:07 (7-58, 3:19)

NIU - Cox 19 pass from Hopkins (Cklamovski kick), 4th 6:00 (3-80, 1:07)

ILL - Leshoure 29 run (Dimke kick), 4th 1:43 (10-63, 4:17)

NIU - Cklamovski 48 FG, 4th 0:19 (6-49, 1:24)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU ................ ILL

First Downs (R-P) 19 (5-12) .....22 (16-5)

Rushes-Net Yards 33-163 ..........49-319

Passing Yards 227 .................... 70

Passes (C-A-I) 20-26-0 ...........8-16-0

Plays-Total Yards 59-390 ..........63-389

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 ...................0-0

Penalties-Yards 3-30 ................8-85

Kickoff Returns-Yds 0-0 ................3-56

Punt Returns-Yds 3-4 .............1-(-1)

3rd Down Conversions 6-12 ................5-14

4th Down Conversions 0-1 ...................1-1

Punts-Average 5-49.0 ............6-48.7

Possession Time 28:50 .............31:10

Sacks By-Yards 2-4 ................2-16

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Rushing - NIU: Harnish 11-117, Ja.

Hopkins 6-28, Spann 13-15, Bell

1-2, Crider 2-1. ILL: Leshoure

24-180, Scheelhaase 16-115, Ford

7-24, Pollard 1-1, Team 1-(-1).

Passing - NIU: Harnish 19-25-0,

208; Ja. Hopkins 1-1-0, 19. ILL:

Scheelhaase 8-16-0, 70.

Receiving - NIU: Cox 6-74, Marks 5-55,

Moore 5-45, Palmer 1-42, Spann

1-11, Ashford 1-4, Ja. Hopkins 1-(-

4). ILL: Jenkins 4-43, Fayson 2-10,

Ford 1-11, Leshoure 1-6.

Tackles - NIU: Davis 10, Butler 10,

Progar 8, Melvin 7. ILL: Wilson

11, Henry 9.

NIU 34, Minnesota 23

Sept. 25, 2010 | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Minneapolis, Minn. | TCF Bank Stadium | 49,368

MINNEAPOLIS – Chad Spann ran for 223 yards and two touchdowns,

including a game-clinching 61-yard run with 6:22 left, as Northern Illinois

claimed its second win over a Big Ten Conference team in the last two seasons

with a 34-23 win over Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.

NIU won for just the third time ever against the Big Ten, adding its fi rst

victory all-time over the Golden Gophers to its 2009 win over Purdue. The

Huskies evened their record at 2-2 on the season and open Mid-American

Conference play at Akron next Saturday. Minnesota fell to 1-3.

Spann’s night included touchdown runs of three and 61 yards. His 56yard

run in the fi rst quarter set up the Huskies’ fi rst score and he added a

33-yard run in the second quarter as his 223 yards came on just 15 carries. as

he averaged 14.9 yards per carry.

On the other side of the ball, the Huskie defense allowed Minnesota just

97 rushing yards on 32 carries. Minnesota was forced to try four fi eld goals

and NIU twice stopped the Golden Gophers on fourth down, including on a

critical possession in the fourth quarter.

The Huskies’ special teams also contributed with freshman Jimmie

Ward’s blocked punt just before halftime setting up the go-ahead touchdown.

Ward’s block gave Northern Illinois possession on the 11-yard line.

With seconds left in the half, Harnish hit Martel Moore in the endzone and

NIU took momentum and a 20-13 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.

Minnesota tallied the only score of the third quarter as Eric Ellestad hit

a 21-yard fi eld goal to close the Huskies’ lead to 20-16. It was as close as the

Gophers would get.

Fullback Connor Flahive caught a two-yard touchdown pass from

Chandler Harnish on third and goal to extend NIU’s lead to 27-16 with 13:35

remaining. Flahive’s catch fi nished a fi ve-play, 67-yard drive.

Three plays after the Huskie defense stopped Minnesota on fourth and

one from the Huskie 21-yard line with 7:17 left in the game, Spann took the

handoff and went 61 yards to the end zone to give NIU a 34-16 lead. Minnesota

could manage just one score and NIU claimed its second victory over

a Big Ten team in as many years.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 7 13 0 14 - 34

Minnesota 3 10 3 7 - 23

SCORING SUMMARY

MINN- Ellestad 28 FG, 1st 6:21 (13-65, 6:23)

NIU - Spann 3 run (Cklamovski kick), 1st 3:26 (6-76, 2:55)

NIU - Cklamovski 21 FG, 2nd 9:24 (9-71, 4:47)

MINN- McKnight 20 pass from Weber (Ellestad kick), 2nd 7:18 (4-35, 2:13)

MINN- Ellestad 42 FG, 2nd 6:09 [4-(-1), 1:02]

NIU - Cklamovski 35 FG, 2nd 2:37 (8-58, 3:32)

NIU - Moore 10 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:03 (3-11, 1:19)

MINN- Ellestad 21 FG, 3rd 6:26 (10-76, 4:59)

NIU - Flahive 2 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 4th 13:55 (5-67, 2:26)

NIU - Spann 61 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 6:22 (3-79, 0:55)

MINN- Gray 29 pass from Weber (Ellestad kick), 4th 4:18 (6-76, 2:04)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU ...........MINN

First Downs (R-P) 12 (7-5) .....23 (3-18)

Rushes-Net Yards 28-297 .............32-97

Passing Yards 81 ................. 373

Passes (C-A-I) 11-17-0 ........31-46-1

Plays-Total Yards 45-378 ..........78-470

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 ...................1-0

Penalties-Yards 5-45 ................9-59

Kickoff Returns-Yds 4-75 .............5-123

Punt Returns-Yds 1-18 ...................1-6

3rd Down Conversions 5-11 ................8-18

4th Down Conversions 0-0 ...................1-3

Punts-Average 4-39.8 ............2-15.4

Possession Time 23:17 .............36:43

Sacks By-Yards 0-0 ...................0-0

Rushing - NIU: Spann 15-223, Bell

3-36, Crider 2-33. Harnish 6-7,

Team 1-(-1), Palmer 1-(-1), MINN:

Bennett 24-74, Kirkwood 5-17,

Hoese 2-3, Eskridge 1-3.

Passing - NIU: Harnish 11-17-0, 81.

MINN: Weber 31-46-1, 373.

Receiving - NIU: Moore 3-24, Clark

2-18, Spann 2-0, Cox 1-19, Skarb

1-16, Flahive 1-2, Palmer 1-2.

MINN: Gray 8-117, Lair 7-94,

McKnight 7-72, Allen 3-37, Bennett

3-28, Hoese 1-12, Eskridge 1-8,

McGarry 1-5.

Tackles - NIU: C. Smith 9, K. Daniels

8, Butler 8. MINN: Theret 8,

Collado 7, Lewis 7.

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NIU 50, Akron 14

Oct. 2, 2010 | 6 p.m. | All-MACcess

Akron, Ohio | InfoCision Stadium | 12,133

AKRON, Ohio – Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish completed

16-of-20 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and the Huskies

used a 20-point outburst at the end of the fi rst half to claim a 50-14 victory

over Akron in the 2010 Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

NIU won its second straight road game to improve to 3-2, 1-0 on the year

as Harnish hit Willie Clark on a pair of touchdown passes, of seven and 16

yards, and threw a 58-yard strike to Nathan Palmer for a score. His three

touchdowns tied his career high as he completed his fi rst eight passes.

Northern Illinois scored three touchdowns in a span of 3:44 in the

second quarter to take an insurmountable lead. The Huskies scored their

fi rst touchdown and took a 16-7 lead on their fourth possession of the game

on a drive that started from the NIU seven-yard line. With Cameron Bell

handling most of the rushing load, Northern Illinois took advantage of a pair

of Akron penalties and scored on Chad Spann’s three-yard run to take a 16-7

lead with 4:25 to go in the fi rst period.

After the NIU defense forced a three-and-out and a 24-yard punt, Northern

Illinois marched 46 yards in six plays, with Harnish hitting Willie Clark

for the seven-yard score. The PAT was missed but the Huskies led 22-7.

One play later, the Huskie defense extended Northern Illinois’ lead to

29-7 when Devon Butler picked off Akron quarterback Patrick Nicely at the

26-yard line and returned it for a touchdown with 41 seconds left in the half.

NIU scored on nine straight possessions in the game and did not punt

until less than seven minutes remained.

In addition to the effi ciency of Harnish and the NIU receiving corps,

which was led by Martel Moore with six catches for 85 yards, the Huskies

ran for 228 yards. Kicker Michael Cklamovski totaled 14 points on three

fi eld goals and fi ve PATs while averaging more than 66 yards per kickoff.

Northern Illinois was forced to settle for fi eld goals on its fi rst three possessions

as Cklamovski was true on a pair of 27-yard kicks and a 43-yard try.

The Huskies spotted Akron an early touchdown when Tommy Davis

fumbled a punt return and UA recovered on the NIU 11-yard line. Four plays

later, Alex Allen scored on a one-yard run and the Zips took a 7-3 lead.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 6 23 14 7 - 50

Akron 7 0 7 0 - 14

SCORING SUMMARY

NIU- Cklamovski 27 FG, 1st 11:52 (6-55, 3:08)

UA - Allen 1 run (Iveljic kick), 1st 7:50 (4-11, 2:03)

NIU - Cklamovski 27 FG, 1st 2:49 (10-62, 4:55)

NIU - Cklamovski 43, 2nd 13:36 (8-41, 3:08)

NIU - Spann 3 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 4:32 [10-93, 5:01]

NIU - W. Clark 7 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick failed), 2nd 1:04 (6-

46, 1:43)

NIU - Butler 26 interception return (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:48

UA - Allen 1 run (Iveljic kick), 3rd 13:48 (3-80, 1:05)

NIU - W. Clark 16 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 9:38 (8-60, 4:00)

NIU - Palmer 58 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 6:07 (4-85, 2:04)

NIU - Crider 20 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 14:52 (5-45, 2:25)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU .......AKRON

First Downs (R-P) 26 (12-12) ........11 (4-7)

Rushes-Net Yards 47-228 ..........27-129

Passing Yards 292 ................. 128

Passes (C-A-I) 17-22-0 ........14-27-2

Plays-Total Yards 69-520 ..........54-257

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 ...................0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-20 ................5-67

Kickoff Returns-Yds 3-81 .............9-176

Punt Returns-Yds 1-0 ...................0-0

3rd Down Conversions 10-14 ................6-12

4th Down Conversions 0-0 ...................0-0

Punts-Average 1-28.0 ............7-36.4

Possession Time 31:55 .............24:08

Sacks By-Yards 2-15 ...................2-7

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Rushing - NIU: Spann 16-84, Crider

11-63, Bell 8-42, Hopkins 5-29,

Harnish 5-9, Lynch 2-1. UA: Allen

14-99, Burney 8-31, Bowers 1-1,

Nicely 4-(-2).

Passing - NIU: Harnish 16-20-0,

281; Lynch 1-2-0, 11. UA: Nicely

14-26-1, 128; Rodgers 0-1-1, 0.

Receiving - NIU: Moore 3-24, Palmer

1-2, W. Clark 2-18, Cox 1-19,

Schepler 2-0, Groeniger 1-16,

Ashford 1-2. UA: LaFrance 5-57,

Carter 3-34, Allen 2-10, Sconiers

2-8, Blake 1-21, Burney 1-(-2).

Tackles - NIU: Davis 5, Kube 5, Ward

5. UA: Wagner 13, Thomas 11.

NIU 31, Temple 17

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SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Temple 7 10 0 0 - 17

Northern Illinois

SCORING SUMMARY

7 10 7 7 - 31

TU - Brown 25 run (McManus kick), 1st 14:30 (2-29, 0:12)

NIU - A. Daniels 9 run (Cklamovski kick), 1st 6:51 (15-80, 7:39)

TU - McManus 33 FG, 2nd 14:46 (15-63, 7:05)

NIU - Cklamovski 28 FG, 2nd 5:55 (18-82, 8:51)

TU - Rodriguez 31 pass from Stewart (McManus kick), 2nd 3:59 (3-45, 1:56)

NIU - Cox 10 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:30 (10-64, 3:29)

NIU - Palmer 4 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 4:15 (10-75, 4:25)

NIU - Spann 6 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 7:58 (11-90, 5:36)

Team & Individual Statistics

Temple ...............NIU

First Downs (R-P) 15 (8-6) .....24 (9-15)

Rushes-Net Yards 27-124 ..........50-209

Passing Yards 148 ................. 211

Passes (C-A-I) 13-27-1 ........20-25-0

Plays-Total Yards 54-272 ..........75-420

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 ...................2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-35 ................3-27

Kickoff Returns-Yds 2-73 ................3-60

Punt Returns-Yds 2-47 .............1-(-1)

3rd Down Conversions 4-12 .............11-16

4th Down Conversions 1-3 ...................1-1

Punts-Average 2-48.0 ............3-34.3

Possession Time 21:50 .............38:10

Sacks By-Yards 1-1 ................2-17


DeKALB - Northern Illinois’ Chandler Harnish put on a display of passing

accuracy, while the Huskie defense shut down Temple’s potent rushing

attack to power NIU to a 31-17 victory over the Owls at Huskie Stadium.

In addition to Harnish’s 15-of-20 passing day, the Huskies got a 100-yard

rushing day from tailback Chad Spann with Harnish adding 71 yards on the

ground to his 211 through the air. He threw touchdown passes to Landon

Cox and Nathan Palmer, while Spann added a six-yard touchdown run.

The Huskie defense stepped up in the second half, holding the Owls

scoreless and limiting TU to 122 yards of total offense after halftime. Northern

Illinois got a key stop on Temple’s fi rst drive of the second half. With

the game tied at 17, Temple drove 55 yards to the NIU 25-yard line, aided by

an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which extended the drive before the

Owls’ Brandon McManus missed a 42-yard fi eld goal attempt.

Northern Illinois responded, driving 75 yards in 10 plays with Harnish

hitting Nathan Palmer with a four-yard touchdown pass on third down.

The PAT gave the Huskies a 24-17 lead with 4:15 left in the third period.

NIU extended the lead to 31-17 with an 11-play, 90-yard drive to begin

the fourth quarter as Spann scored on a six-yard run.

In the fi rst half, Northern Illinois matched Temple score-for-score while

controlling the ball, although the game began inauspiciously for NIU when

Spann fumbled on the fi rst play of the game and Temple recovered at the

Huskie 29-yard line. Two plays later, TU’s Matt Brown scored on a 25-yard

run to put the Owls ahead 7-0 with just 30 seconds elapsed.

The Huskies embarked on a methodical, 15-play, 80-yard drive that

consumed 7:39 on the clock. Harnish was 6-of-6 passing on the drive, and

freshman Akeem Daniels took the handoff and ran nine yards for the score.

Temple re-gained the lead on its next possession on a 33-yard fi eld goal

by McManus. NIU’s Michael Cklamovski matched it with 5:55 to go in the

second quarter with a 28-yard blast.

After a 55-yard kickoff return, the Owls took a 17-10 lead when Chester

Stewart hit Evan Rodriguez on a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Northern Illinois tied the score just before halftime as Harnish drove

the Huskies 64 yards in 10 plays. Harnish hit Landon Cox for the 10-yard

touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in the half. Cklamovski’s extra point

tied the score at 17-17.

Rushing - TU: Brown 13-93, Nixon

1-12, Stewart 7-11, Pierce 3-6,

Streater 1-4, Burrell 1-0, Team 1-(-

2). NIU: Spann 24-100, Harnish

14-71, Crider 3-21, A. Daniels 3-13,

Lynch 2-5, Ja. Hopkins 1-2, Palmer

1-1, Team 2-(-4).

Passing - TU: Stewart 13-27-1, 148.

NIU: Harnish 20-25-0, 211.

Receiving - TU: Jones 3-60, Rodriguez

3-43, Campbell 2-22, Smith 2-20,

Brown 2-(-1), Miller 1-4. NIU: W.

Clark 5-62, Cox 5-52, Palmer 4-39,

Skarb 2-10, Moore 1-19, Crider

1-14, Ashford 1-8, Schepler 1-7.

Tackles - TU: Jarrett 13, Joseph 11,

Wilkerson 9. NIU: Kube 7, T. Clark

6, Butler 5, Davis 5.

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NIU 45, Buffalo 14

Oct. 16, 2010 | 2:30 p.m. | Huskie All-Access

DeKalb, Ill. | Huskie Stadium | 21,230

DeKALB - Northern Illinois turned a 21-14 halftime advantage over Buffalo

into a 45-14 Homecoming victory Saturday at Huskie Stadium as NIU

won its fourth straight game with a dominating second-half performance.

On a windy day in DeKalb, the Huskies totaled 281 rushing yards on 50

carries in the game and averaged 5.6 yards per rush. Chad Spann led the

way with 111 yards on 31 carries and a pair of touchdowns, while Chandler

Harnish added 75 yards on 14 carries with a 12-yard touchdown and backup

quarterback Jordan Lynch iced the victory with a 90-yard scoring run.

Meanwhile, the Northern Illinois defense limited Buffalo to 130 rushing

yards while UB quarterbacks completed just nine-of-26 passes for 120 yards.

Buffalo earned 81 passing yards on a single play as Bulls’ quarterback Jerry

Davis hit Marcus Rivers with 31 seconds left in the fi rst half, making the

halftime score 21-14.

It was the last time Buffalo would reach the end zone on the day.

Northern Illinois extended its lead to 24-14 on the fi rst drive of the

second half when Michael Cklamovski hit a 34-yard fi eld goal to cap a sixplay,

40-yard drive. The Huskies went ahead 31-14 on its next possession as

Spann scored on a two-yard run to fi nish an 11-play, 57-yard drive.

The Huskies stopped Buffalo on fourth-and-two from the NIU 31 on the

fi rst play of the fourth quarter and after the teams traded punts, Harnish led

NIU on an eight-play, 47-yard drive and took it in himself from 12 yards out

to give Northern Illinois a 38-14 lead.

Lynch took over on NIU’s next possessionand promptly scored on a 90yard

rush, the fourth-longest run in Northern Illinois history and the longest

ever by a Huskie quarterback.

The two teams played a scoreless fi rst quarter before Harnish hit Landon

Cox on a 10-yard touchdown pass at the 11:58 mark of the second quarter to

open the scoring. Buffalo tied the game on a 27-yard interception return by

Gordon Dubois on Harnish’s fi rst interception in 108 passes.

The Huskies responded with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Harnish

to Willie Clark that came after NIU’s Tommy Davis recovered a fumble on

the UB 32-yard line. That score put the Huskies up 14-7 and minutes later

Northern Illinois extended the lead to 21-7. Spann scored on a one-yard run

after an interception by Chris Smith and his 21-yard return gave the Huskies

the ball at the fi ve-yard line.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Buffalo 0 14 0 0 - 14

Northern Illinois

SCORING SUMMARY

0 21 10 14 - 45

NIU - Cox 10 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 11:58 (3-7, 1:32)

UB - Dubois 27 interception return (Principe kick), 2nd 7:32

NIU - W. Clark 25 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 2:57 (4-32, 1:21)

NIU - Spann 1 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 1:10 (3-5, 1:12)

UB - Rivers 81 pass from Davis (Principe kick), 2nd 0:31 (2-83, 0:39)

NIU - Cklamovski 34 FG, 3rd 12:02 (6-40, 2:58)

NIU - Spann 2 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 3:51 (11-57, 4:49)

NIU - Harnish 12 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 7:19 (8-47, 4:20)

NIU - Lynch 90 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 4:27 (2-91, 1:19)

Team & Individual Statistics

Buffalo ...............NIU

First Downs (R-P) 10 (5-5) .....24 (12-9)

Rushes-Net Yards 33-130 ..........50-281

Passing Yards 120 ................. 160

Passes (C-A-I) 9-26-1 ........13-26-2

Plays-Total Yards 59-250 ..........76-441

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 ...................1-0

Penalties-Yards 7-59 ................2-20

Kickoff Returns-Yds 6-107 ................1-32

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 ................3-28

3rd Down Conversions 5-15 ................6-12

4th Down Conversions 0-2 ...................0-0

Punts-Average 8-32.2 ............2-37.0

Possession Time 24:07 .............35:53

Sacks By-Yards 1-5 ...................0-0

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Rushing - UB: Gill 7-45, Davis 11-42,

Zordich 5-23, Oliver 6-17, Nduka

3-16, Schum 1-(-13). NIU: Spann

31-111, Lynch 2-96, Harnish 14-

75, Crider 1-3, A. Daniels 1-(-2),

Team 1-(-2).

Passing - UB: Davis 7-23-1, 101;

Zordich 2-3-0, 19. NIU: Harnish

13-26-2, 160.

Receiving - UB: Rivers 3-94, Jackson

3-(-1), Hood 1-11, Lee 1-8, Reeder

1-8. NIU: Cox 3-41, Palmer 3-34,

Ashford 3-26, Moore 2-27, W. Clark

1-25, Crider 1-7.

Tackles - UB: Shannon 14, Means

9, Akobundu 8. NIU: T. Clark 7,

Delegal 5, Melvin 5.

NIU 33, Central Michigan 7

Oct. 23, 2010 | 3:00 p.m. | Comcast SportsNet Chicago

DeKalb, Ill. | Huskie Stadium | 17,042

DeKALB - The Northern Illinois football team rattled off 30-straight

points, 24 in the second half, to earn a 33-7 win over Central Michigan and

become bowl eligible for the third straight year.

NIU won its fi fth consecutive game, and improved to 6-2 overall, its best

start since 2003 in defeating Central Michigan, the defending MAC champions,

for the fi rst time since 2006.

The NIU rushing attack dominated the game as the Huskis held the

ball for 36:04. Senior tailback Chad Spann ran for three scores and added

his fi fth 100-yard performance of this season with 101 yards on 23 carries.

Cameron Bell had the best game of his career with 82 yards on 12 rushes,

including a 30-yard romp in the third quarter.

Quarterback Chandler Harnish also got in on the rushing attack, totaling

69 yards on 11 carries while connecting on 12-of-19 passing attempts for

138 yards. Landon Cox was Harnish’s favorite target on the day, collecting

four catches for 34 yards.

The Huskie defense held Central Michigan to only one score, an 11-yard

touchdown pass from Ryan Radcliff to Kito Poblah in the second quarter,

and shut out its opponent in the second half for the third straight game. The

score gave the Chippewas a 7-3 lead, but NIU answered with two fi eld goals

by Mike Cklamovski to hold a 9-7 advantage at halftime.

Cklamovski made four-of-six fi eld goal attempts on the day, to record

the second-highest single game totals for fi eld goals made and attempted.

Northern Illinois’ defense earned fi ve takeaways, held CMU to just

85 yards on the ground, and allowed only 296 yards to the Chips overall.

Sophomore linebacker Tyrone Clark had two of the fi ve takeaways, intercepting

Radcliff on back-to-back CMU possessions in the second quarter.

The fi rst interception came after Sean Progar defl ected a screen pass into

the air which Clark recovered. Clark then halted the Chippewas’ next drive

by defl ecting a pass over the middle to himself for his second INT. Prior to

the play, CMU had driven from its own 24 to Northern Illinois’ 26-yard line.

Kiaree Daniels and Chris Smith also picked off passes for the Huskies.

Spann and the Huskie offense did most of its damage during a 10:07

period in the third and fourth quarters. Spann scored all three of his touchdowns

in that time, extending NIU’s two-point halftime advantage to 30-7.

on touchdown runs of 13, 12 and two yards.

NIU has now been bowl eligible in all three of Kill’s seasons at the helm.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Central Michigan 0 7 0 0 - 7

Northern Illinois 3 6 14 10 - 33

SCORING SUMMARY

NIU - Cklamovski 25 FG, 1st 1:43 (11-82, 4:28)

CMU - Poblah 11 pass from Radcliff (Harman kick), 2nd 14:18 (6-80, 2:25)

NIU - Cklamovski 21 FG, 2nd 6:55 (5-32, 1:53)

NIU - Cklamovski 24 FG, 2nd 2:44 (6-27, 2:28)

NIU - Spann 13 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 5:44 (7-79, 3:14)

NIU - Spann 12 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 2:01 (4-55, 1:32)

NIU - Spann 2 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 10:37 (11-46, 5:33)

NIU - Cklamovski 19 FG, 4th 5:41 (8-26, 4:06)

Team & Individual Statistics

CMU ...............NIU

First Downs (R-P) 19 (8-7) .....26 (19-6)

Rushes-Net Yards 27-94 ..........56-282

Passing Yards 211 ................. 138

Passes (C-A-I) 21-33-4 ........12-19-0

Plays-Total Yards 60-305 ..........75-420

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 ...................0-0

Penalties-Yards 4-35 ................5-55

Kickoff Returns-Yds 4-78 ...................0-0

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 ................3-34

3rd Down Conversions 5-11 ................4-13

4th Down Conversions 0-2 ...................1-2

Punts-Average 4-31.5 ............1-41.0

Possession Time 23:56 .............36:04

Sacks By-Yards 1-2 ................2-15

Rushing - CMU: Volny 11-74, Tipton

11-31, Wilson 1-0, Radcliff 1-(-11).

NIU: Spann 23-101, Bell 12-82,

Harnish 11-69, Lynch 4-12, A.

Daniels 1-9, Ja. Hopkins 3-8, Crider

1-3, Team 1-(-2).

Passing - CMU: Radcliff 17-25-3, 178;

Fricke 4-8-1, 33. NIU: Harnish 12-

19-0, 138.

Receiving - CMU: Wilson 11-115,

Poblah 4-66, Harris 4-20, Volny

2-10. NIU: Cox 4-34, Moore 2-12,

Ashford 2-11, Flahive 1-38, Palmer

1-28, Skarb 1-8, W. Clark 1-7.

Tackles - CMU: Bellore 14, Addae 11.

NIU: Kube 10, Sobol 8, C. Smith 7.

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NIU 28, Western MIchigan 21

Oct. 30, 2010 | 11 a.m. | ESPN Regional, GamePlan, ESPN3.com Nov. 9, 2010 | 6:00 p.m. | ESPN2

Kalamazoo, Mich. | Waldo Stadium | 12,578

DeKalb, Ill. | Huskie Stadium | 18,472

KALAMAZOO – Chandler Harnish led the Huskies on a game-winning

touchdown drive in the last fi ve minutes of the game and Jake Coffman

intercepted Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder on the NIU 12-yard

line with 39 seconds remaining to give Northern Illinois a 28-21 victory over

WMU at Waldo Stadium.

The win was Northern Illinois’ sixth-straight, its longest winning streak

since 2004, and improved the Huskies’ record to 7-2 overall, 5-0 in the Mid-

American Conference. Western Michigan fell to 3-5, 2-2 in the MAC.

Harnish and the Huskies began the fi nal drive with 5:56 left to play after

WMU had taken a 21-20 lead on a pass from Carder to Robert Arnheim.

Harnish, who completed 18-of-30 passes for 214 yards, began the drive

by hitting Nathan Palmer for 35 yards to the WMU 44-yard line. He connected

with Willie Clark and Martel Moore on fi rst down completions

before Clark made a leaping grab at the goal line with 3:42 remaining.

Harnish hit Palmer with a two-point conversion pass to give the Huskies a

seven-point cushion.

Palmer ended the day with fi ve catches for 83 yards including a nineyard

touchdown in the third quarter, while Clark led the Huskies with

seven catches for 70 yards and the game-winning score.

Northern Illinois took its fi rst lead of the game on the fi rst drive of the

second half as Harnish took the Huskies 80 yards in seven plays and 3:52.

The big play was a 44-yard run by Chad Spann to the WMU 11-yard line.

After the Michael Cklamovski PAT, Northern Illinois led 20-14.

Spann ran for 146 yards on 22 carries to record his sixth 100-yard rushing

game of the season. The senior reached the 100-yard mark for the fourthstraight

game and posted the 11th 1,000-yard rushing season by a Northern

Illinois running back in the last 12 years.

In addition to Coffman’s interception, the Huskie defense came up

with two fourth-down stops in the red zone in the second half. In the third

quarter, Western Michigan drove to the Northern Illinois 11, but Carder’s

fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos advanced to the NIU 8 with 8:39 left

in the game. On fourth-and four, Carder’s pass to Juan Nunez did not connect

and the Huskies took over.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 0 13 7 8 - 28

Western Michigan

SCORING SUMMARY

7 7 0 7 - 21

WMU- White 29 pass from Carder (Potter kick), 1st 10:41 (12-80, 4:19)

NIU - Harnish 2 run (Cklamovski kick failed), 2nd 10:28 (9-37, 4:15)

WMU - Nunez 18 pass from Carder (Potter kick), 2nd 8:28 (6-39, 2:00)

NIU - Spann 3 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 3:57 (11-80, 4:31)

NIU- Palmer 9 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 11:08 (7-80,

3:52)

WMU - Arnheim 23 pass from Carder (Potter kick), 4th 5:56 (4-52, 1:06)

NIU - Clark 21 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 4th 3:42 (7-79, 2:14)

NIU ...........WMU

First Downs (R-P) 25 (9-13) .....23 (4-18)

Rushes-Net Yards 43-210 .............21-44

Passing Yards 214 ................. 360

Passes (C-A-I) 18-30-1 ........31-53-2

Plays-Total Yards 73-424 ..........74-404

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 ...................1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-72 ................8-70

Kickoff Returns-Yds 2-15 ................3-82

Punt Returns-Yds 3-44 ...................1-1

3rd Down Conversions 10-15 ................8-15

4th Down Conversions 0-0 ...................2-4

Punts-Average 4-40.6 ............3-51.0

Possession Time 34:23 .............25:37

Sacks By-Yards 2-9 ...................0-0

Rushing - NIU: Spann 22-146,

Harnish 13-33, Lynch 2-19, Bell

3-9, A. Daniels 1-3, Crider 1-1.

Team 1-(-1). WMU: Winchester

8-19, White 2-16, Armstrong 1-5,

Fields 1-3, Carder 9-1.

Passing - NIU: Harnish 18-30-1, 214.

WMU: Carder 31-53-2, 360.

Receiving - NIU: W. Clark 7-70,

Palmer 5-83, Schepler 2-27, Moore

2-18, Cox 1-12, Marks 1-4. WMU:

White 14-180, Arnheim 6-81,

Ponder 5-47, Nunez 5-44, Fields

1-8.

Tackles - NIU: Davis 9, T. Clark 9, C.

Smith 8, Kube 8. WMU: Jones 9,

Armstrong 9, Berry 9, Nowak 9.

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NIU 65, toledo 30

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Toledo 0 0 23 7 - 30

Northern Illinois 7 21 28 9 - 65

SCORING SUMMARY

NIU - Spann 1 run (Cklamovski kick), 1st 7:40 (14-74, 7:20)

NIU - A. Daniels 12 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 11:39 (10-74, 4:51)

NIU - Palmer 33 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 5:43 (6-80, 3:20)

NIU - Harnish 28 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:20 (7-74, 3:17)

TOL - Johnson safety (Tackled QB in end zone), 3rd 12:49

TOL - Thomas 18 run (Claus kick), 3rd 10:42 (6-74, 1:46)

NIU - Spann 5 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 8:17 (5-80, 2:25)

TOL - Thomas 60 run (Claus kick), 3rd 7:18 (2-67, 0:59)

NIU - A. Daniels 50 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 5:44 (3-60, 1:34)

NIU - Spann 8 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 2:34 (4-55, 1:43)

TOL - Page 3 pass from Owens (Claus kick), 3rd 0:38 (6-51, 1:56)

NIU - Davis 83 kickoff return (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 0:28

NIU - Cklamovski 43 FG, 4th 10:42 (4-5, 2:39)

NIU - Hopkins 55 run (Cklamovski kick failed), 4th 1:37 (2-63, 0:54)

TOL - Jones 5 pass from Owens (Claus kick), 4th 0:03 (8-49, 1:34)

Team & Individual Statistics

UT ...............NIU

First Downs (R-P) 20 (8-11) .....28 (18-8)

Rushes-Net Yards 26-194 ..........54-422

Passing Yards 186 ................. 162

Passes (C-A-I) 18-38-1 ........11-16-0

Plays-Total Yards 64-380 ..........70-584

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 ...................0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-92 ................5-37

Kickoff Returns-Yds 5-294 ..........12-757

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 ...................2-8

3rd Down Conversions 2-11 ................8-12

4th Down Conversions 0-1 ...................0-1

Punts-Average 6-46.7 ............1-42.0

Possession Time 20:03 .............37:18

Sacks By-Yards 1-8 ................2-20


DeKALB - Northern Illinois won its seventh straight game to put itself

in position to make its fi rst trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship

game since 2005 with a 65-30 victory over Toledo Tuesday on Senior

Night at Huskie Stadium. NIU won its ninth straight game at home.

The Huskie offense put up a season-high 584 yards, including 422 on the

ground. Quarterback Chandler Harnish led the Huskie attack as he totaled

162 passing and 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

NIU improved to 8-2, 6-0 in the Mid-American Conference.

Northern Illinois got out to a 28-0 lead in the fi rst half as Chad Spann,

Akeem Daniels, and Harnish all rushed for touchdowns. Harnish also connected

with Nathan Palmer for a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second

quarter. The Huskies totaled 295 yards of fi rst half offense, including 175

yards on the ground on 31 carries.

The Rockets (6-4, 5-1), scored the fi rst nine points of the second half.

Toledo’s Alex Johnson sacked Harnish in the endzone to get the Rockets on

the board. On the ensuing drive, the Rockets went 74 yards in six plays, and

scored on an 18-yard rush by Adonis Thomas to close the gap to 28-9.

NIU answered with an 80-yard drive, capped by a fi ve-yard Spann

touchdown, his second of three on the day. Thomas responded for the Rockets

with a 60-yard burst. The score brought Toledo within 19 points with

7:18 left in the third, but that was as close as they would get as Northern

Illinois scored back-to-back touchdowns to put the game out of reach. The

fi rst came on a 50-yard run by Daniels, who scored his second TD of the day.

On Toledo’s next drive, Rashaan Melvin’s interception gave the Huskies

the ball on their own 45. Harnish threw a 35-yard pass to Perez Ashford and

three plays later, Spann scored on an eight-yard dash to put NIU up 49-16.

The Huskies also scored on an 83-yard Tommy Davis kickoff return and

a 55-yard sprint by Jasmin Hopkins. Northern Illinois scored four touchdowns

of 50 yards or more, and the nine touchdowns were the third-most in

a game in Huskie history.

Rushing - UT: Thomas 10-152,

Owens 9-25, Williams 6-14,

Pasquale 1-3. NIU: Harnish 13-

149, Ja. Hopkins 5-70, Spann 20-

74, A. Daniels 2-62, Lynch 9-43,

Crider 3-21, Cox 1-4, Bell 12-82.

Passing - UT: Owens 18-38-1, 186.

NIU: Harnish 11-16-0, 162.

Receiving - UT: Page 7-67, Williams

3-41, Thomas 3-32, Reedy 2-27,

Green 1-10, Jones 1-5, Pasquale

1-4. NIU: Moore 3-29, Ashford 2-41,

W. Clark 2-28, Palmer 1-33, Marks

1-12, Cox 1-12, Schepler 1-7.

Tackles - UT: Molls 19, Donald 16.

NIU: Davis 9, Butler 6, Krause 5.

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NIU 59, ball state 21

Nov. 20, 2010 | 11 a.m. | All-MACcess

Muncie, Ind. | Scheumann Stadium | 5,524

MUNCIE, Ind. – While winning its eighth straight game and clinching

the Mid-American Conference West Division title at Ball State, the Northern

Illinois Huskies excelled on offense, defense and special teams en route

to a 59-21 victory.

The win improved the Huskies record to 9-2 on the year, 7-0 in the

MAC, and secured NIU’s spot in the 2010 Marathon Mid-American Conference

Championship game. NIU will play in the game for the fi rst time since

2005 and for the second time in school history.

Northern Illinois’ eight-game winning streak is its longest as a Division

I Football Bowl Subdivision program and the school’s longest since 1965,

when Coach Howard Fletcher’s NIU team posted a perfect 9-0 regular season

mark. NIU’s last loss came on Sept. 18, 2010 at Illinois.

At Ball State, it was the Northern Illinois’ special teams time to shine

as the Huskies blocked three punts, setting a new school record for punts

blocked in a game and giving NIU six blocked punts on the season, also a

school record. First, Jimmie Ward scooped up Jordan Delegal’s block and

ran 15 yards for the Huskies’ second score. Delegal blocked a second punt in

the third quarter while Ricky Crider had a partial block in the game.

Huskie QB Chandler Harnish completed his fi rst seven passes of the

game and hooked up with Nathan Palmer on touchdown passes of 37 and 47

yards early to give NIU a lead. Harnish fi nished with 247 yards on 15-of-22

passing with two touchdowns in another effi cient performance.

Chad Spann scored three rushing touchdowns for the second straight

week to pass Huskie great Michael Turner for second place on the NIU

career rushing touchdowns list. His second score gave Northern Illinois an

insurmountable 35-7 lead before halftime.

On defense, the Huskies held Ball State to just 268 yards on 55 plays and

the Cardinals converted just two of their 10 third-down tries. NIU forced

Ball State to punt eight times and gained only 113 yards on the ground.

NIU linebacker Tyrone Clark picked off his fourth pass of the season and

returned it 16 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 14 21 10 14 - 59

Ball State 0 7 14 0 - 21

SCORING SUMMARY

NIU - Palmer 37 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 1st 12:06 (6-69, 2:54)

NIU- Ward 15 blocked punt return (Cklamovski kick), 1st 1:53

BSU - E. Williams 2 run (McGarvey kick), 2nd 14:32 (4-7, 1:02)

NIU - Palmer 47 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 11:02 (7-79, 3:24)

NIU - Spann 2 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 6:09 (7-55, 3:15)

NIU - Spann 7 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:47 (8-28, 2:34)

BSU - E. Williams 3 run (McGarvey kick), 3rd 11:21 (9-80, 3:39)

BSU - Tomlinson 80 pass from Page (McGarvey kick), 3rd 6:59 (1-80, 0:12)

NIU - Spann 12 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 5:13 (4-44, 1:44)

NIU - Cklamovski 40 FG, 3rd 0:34 (4-5, 1:45)

NIU - T. Clark 16 interception return (Cklamovski kick), 4th 12:45

NIU - Skarb 4 pass from Lynch (Cklamovski kick), 4th 9:36 (3-5, 1:28)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU .......... BSU

First Downs (R-P) 21 (10-10) ....10 (5-5)

Rushes-Net Yards 40-194 ......33-113

Passing Yards 248 ............. 155

Passes (C-A-I) 17-24-1 ....12-22-1

Plays-Total Yards 64-442 ......55-268

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 ...............2-2

Penalties-Yards 8-60 ............7-59

Kickoff Returns-Yds 4-61 .........9-151

Punt Returns-Yds 5-108 ...............0-0

3rd Down Conversions 5-10 ............2-10

4th Down Conversions 1-1 ...............0-0

Punts-Average 1-42.0 ........8-32.9

Possession Time 32:44 .........27:16

Sacks By-Yards 2-16 ...............0-0

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Rushing - NIU: Spann 17-81, Bell

1-30, Hopkins 4-27, Harnish 8-21,

Lynch 3-18, Crider 5-13, Sims

1-6, Team 1-(-2). BSU: E. Williams

13-63, Brown 6-25, Winkler 5-11,

Page 5-9, Wenning 2-3, Sykes 2-2.

Passing - NIU: Harnish 15-22-1, 247;

Lynch 2-2-0, 1. BSU: Page 7-13-1,

131; Wenning 5-9-0, 24.

Receiving - NIU: Cox 4-60, W. Clark

4-43, Palmer 2-84, Moore 2-30,

Ashford 1-13, Crider 1-10, Hopkins

1-7, Skarb 1-4, A. Daniels 1-(-3).

BSU: Tomlinson 6-106, Orsbon

4-40, Dudley 2-9.

Tackles - NIU: C. Smith 8, Bolding 6,

Delegal 5. BSU: Obyc 11, Baker 8.

NIU 71, eastern michigan 3

Nov. 26, 2010 | 11 a.m. | All-MACcess

Ypsilanti, Mich. | Rynearson Stadium | 5,147

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Northern Illinois won its ninth-straight game and

the outright Mid-American Conference West Division title with a dominating

71-3 victory over Eastern Michigan at Rynearson Stadium.

NIU recorded season highs in rushing yards with 544 and rushing

touchdowns with eight, including TD runs of 71, 81, 61, 61 and 74 yards. The

Huskies’ rushing total ranks second all-time in school history. NIU amassed

a season-high 646 yards of total offense to tie for fourth all-time, and its 10

touchdowns tied the modern record for touchdowns in a game.

Leading the way for the Huskie ground attack was back-up QB Jordan

Lynch, who rushed for 142 yards on two carries, ripping off scoring runs of

81 and 61 yards in the third quarter. Jasmin Hopkins followed with 104 yards

on four carries including a 74-yard TD. Michigan native DeMarcus Grady

gained 91 yards on two carries with touchdown runs of 61 and 30 yards.

Northern Illinois raced out to an early 20-0 lead in the fi rst quarter. The

Huskies opened the scoring on the fi rst play of its second possession when

Chad Spann burst through the line and rushed 71 yards for a touchdown.

Jake Coffman’s sack and forced fumble on the Eagles’ next possession set

up the Huskies’ second touchdown of the game as Ricky Crider scored on

a 22-yard scamper to give the Huskies a 13-0 lead. Spann scored his second

touchdown on a two-yard run to break the Northern Illinois school record

for rushing touchdowns in a season. He gained 88 yards on seven carries.

After Sean Graham’s fi eld goal put EMU on the board, NIU QB Chandler

Harnish connected with Willie Clark on touchdown passes of 18 and 16

yards to increase NIU’s advantage to 34-3. A 38-yard fi eld goal by Michael

Cklamovski gave the Huskies a 37-3 lead heading into halftime.

Harnish, who only played a half, fi nished the day with 101 yards on 8-of-

13 passing and two touchdowns, while Clark led all receivers with 65 yards

on fi ve receptions. The Huskies only attempted one pass in the second half.

Northern Illinois’ defense was stout, allowing 160 yards of total offense,

including just 11 yards passing by the Eagles. Coffman led the way with fi ve

tackles, all solo, including a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble,

while NIU recorded a season high 10 tackles for loss.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 20 17 21 13 - 71

Eastern Michigan 0 3 0 0 - 3

SCORING SUMMARY

NIU - Spann 71 run (Cklamovski kick failed), 1st 9:58 (1-71, 0:12)

NIU- Crider 22 run (Cklamovski kick), 1st 8:53 (2-22, 0:11)

NIU - Spann 2 run (Cklamovski kick), 1st 3:47 (7-57, 3:09)

EMU - Graham 27 FG, 2nd 12:55 (12-63, 5:47)

NIU - W. Clark 18 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 10:56 (5-57, 1:53)

NIU - W. Clark 16 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 4:26 (3-23, 1:20)

NIU - Cklamovski 38 FG, 2nd 1:01 (8-54, 2:10)

NIU - Lynch 81 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 12:23 (1-81, 0:12)

NIU - Lynch 61 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 10:32 (1-61, 0:10)

NIU - Grady 61 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 0:07 (1-61, 0:10)

NIU - Grady 30 run (Sims kick), 4th 11:56 (2-32, 0:53)

NIU - Hopkins 74 run (Cklamovski kick failed), 4th 7:20 (1-74, 0:13)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU .........EMU

First Downs (R-P) 22 (15-6) ....12 (9-1)

Rushes-Net Yards 35-544 ......55-149

Passing Yards 102 ................ 11

Passes (C-A-I) 9-14-0 ..........4-9-0

Plays-Total Yards 49-646 ......64-160

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 ...............2-2

Penalties-Yards 4-40 ............5-50

Kickoff Returns-Yds 2-48 ......12-203

Punt Returns-Yds 4-19 ...............0-0

3rd Down Conversions 2-7 ............2-15

4th Down Conversions 0-1 ...............0-2

Punts-Average 2-26.5 ........9-35.1

Possession Time 17:37 .........38:45

Sacks By-Yards 1-8 ...............0-0

Rushing - NIU: Lynch 2-142, Hopkins

4-104, Grady 2-91, Spann 7-88,

Crider 5-50, Harnish 3-32, Bell

10-24, Palmer 1-23, Team 1-(-

10). EMU: Priest 21-59, Gillett

14-39, Welch 10-27, Sherrer 8-19,

Greene 2-5.

Passing - NIU: Harnish 8-13-0, 101;

Lynch 1-1-0, 1. EMU: Gillett 4-9-

0, 11.

Receiving - NIU: W. Clark 5-65, Cox

2-23, Moore 1-13, Hopkins 1-1.

EMU: Hunter 1-8, Leduc 1-3, Thayer

1-0, Greene 1-0.

Tackles - NIU: Schiller 6, Coffman 5,

Butler 5, Delegal 5, Melvin 5. EMU:

Howey 8, Rose 5, Brown 5.

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Miami 26, NIU 21

Dec. 3, 2010 | 6 p.m. | ESPN2

Detroit, Mich. | Ford Field | 12,031

DETROIT, Mich. – Fourth and 20.

Northern Illinois had the school’s fi rst MAC Championship since 1983 a

fi ngertip away Friday night, holding onto a 21-20 lead in the fi nal two minutes

of the 2010 Marathon MAC Championship game at Ford Field.

All the Huskies had to do was stop Miami on fourth and 20 with 1:51

on the clock and the RedHawks on their own 38-yard line. From there, the

Huskies would run out the clock, win their school-record 11th game of the

year and set a school record for consecutive wins with 10.

On this night, in which nothing played true to form, neither would

fourth and 20. After a Miami timeout, RedHawk redshirt freshman Austin

Boucher dropped back, felt pressure up the middle and rolled to his left.

He lofted the football down the middle of the fi eld, where three Huskie

defenders leapt to knock it down. But the pass was too good. Even after an

NIU defender got his fi ngertips on the ball, it went past the defense into the

hands of Chris Givens for 31 yards and a Miami fi rst down.

Two plays later, with just 33 seconds on the clock, Boucher caught the

Huskies in a blitz and hit Adrian Robinson for 33 yards and his only passing

touchdown of the night, giving the RedHawks a 26-21 lead.

After the two-point conversion failed and Tommy Davis’ kickoff return

to the 30-yard line, Northern Illinois was still fi ghting. Quarterback Chandler

Harnish led the Huskies downfi eld, hitting Willie Clark for 14 yards,

Perez Ashford for 13 and Nathan Palmer for 11.

With 10 seconds on the clock, NIU was within striking distance on the

Miami 32-yard line. On the last play of the game, Harnish dropped back,

scanned the fi eld, and saw that Clark was covered. He stepped up in the

pocket, but the RedHawks’ Austin Brown caught him from behind, sacking

the NIU quarterback for the third time on the night, ending the game and

clinching the championship for the underdog RedHawks.

Northern Illinois Head Coach Jerry Kill summed up the difference in the

game very simply.

“They made the plays and we didn’t,” he said. “Their kids played hard,

we played hard. That was a great football game. They made a few more plays

than we did, and that’s what got us at the end. I’m proud of our team. We

won 10 games and we get another one.

“We’ll bounce back. They’ll go back to work and learn. This hurts, and it

should hurt. This is when you fi nd out who you are.”

Senior linebacker Alex Kube spoke for the Huskie players about how

they would deal with the bitter defeat.

“I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. It hurts. It’s painful,” Kube said.

“But Coach [Kill] has done a great job of training us to make sure we can

move on. I’m sorry for our community, I’m sorry for our program, but I’m

telling you we’ll bounce back from this and we’ll play the bowl game and

we’ll play it tough, just like we do every week.”

The Huskies played tough Friday night, as did the RedHawks. Both offenses

had the upper hand in the fi rst quarter and it looked like a shoot out

was in store. Miami took an early 6-0 lead, driving 80 yards in eight plays

on its fi rst possession, with Thomas Merriweather getting the drive started

with a 47-yard pick-up and fi nishing it with a one-yard touchdown run on

fourth and goal. NIU’s Mike Krause blocked the PAT, and until the fi nal

minute, that looked to be one of the biggest plays of the game.

NIU responded with the fi rst of three long touchdown passes by Harnish

on the night. He hit Martel Moore for a season-long 69 yards and Mike

Cklamovski’s PAT put the Huskies ahead 7-6.

After Miami took the lead on a seven-yard touchdown run by Tracy

Woods, Harnish and Moore hooked up for a 27-yard touchdown and the

Huskies led 14-13.

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The Northern Illinois defense began to assert itself. The RedHawks

gained 106 yards on the ground in the fi rst quarter, but fi nished the game

with only 99 rushing yards thanks to fi ve sacks by NIU defenders, including

two by senior Jake Coffman.

The Huskies missed an opportunity to extend their lead when Nathan

Palmer dropped a touchdown pass early in the second quarter and the teams

combined for fi ve punts in the period. NIU thwarted a Miami threat at the

end of the half as MU drove to the NIU 25-yard line. Coffman blocked the

fi eld goal attempt and the Huskies had a 14-13 halftime lead.

Miami took the second half kickoff and went 10 plays in 82 yards. Merriweather

scored on a one-yard run for his second rushing touchdown of the

day to give the RedHawks a 20-14 lead. MU had a chance to extend the lead

minutes later. Following a Huskie fumble, Miami drove to the NIU fi veyard

line. Lined up for a short fi eld goal try, the RedHawks instead tried the

fake. Holder Mike Scherpenberg was stopped short by NIU’s Tyrone Clark

to keep it a six-point game.

NIU re-claimed the lead on the fi rst play of the fi nal period when Harnish

hit Willie Clark on a 39-yard pass to the end zone to fi nish a fi ve-play,

89-yard drive. Cklamovski’s PAT again put the Huskies ahead, 21-20.

Following that score, the teams again traded punts, but the RedHawks

held the upper hand in fi eld position. Northern Illinois’ last punt came after

Miami forced NIU into a three-and-out on their own three-yard line and the

RedHawks started their fi nal drive from their own 48 with 2:48 remaining.

Harnish tied his season high with 281 yards on 15-of-28 passing and

three scores, breaking George Bork’s 47-year-old record for single season

total offense along the way. Moore’s 110 receiving yards gave NIU its fi rst

100-yard receiving day of the year and his career best day. NIU leading

rusher Chad Spann fi nished the game with 54 carries on 17 yards as Miami

used as many as nine defenders to stop the run throughout the game.

Miami’s Boucher completed 29-of-46 passes for 333 yards on the night

while Robinson had 176 receiving yards on 14 catches. The East Division

champion RedHawks improved their record to 9-4 on the year with the win

while the Huskies fell to 10-3.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 14 0 0 7 - 21

Miami 13 6 7 6 - 26

SCORING SUMMARY

MU - Merriweather 1 run (Cook kick blocked), 1st 8:02 (8-80, 4:33)

NIU- Moore 69 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 1st 6:33 (3-73, 1:23)

MU - Woods 7 run (Cook kick), 1st 3:46 (6-77, 2:41)

NIU - Moore 27 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 1st 1:17 (6-70, 2:22)

MU - Merriweather 1 run (Cook kick ), 3rd 9:52 (10-82, 5:02)

NIU - Clark 39 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 4th 14:54 (9-89, 4:52)

MU - Robinson 33 pass from Boucher (Boucher PAT failed),

4th 0:33 (6-52, 2:15)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU..............MU

First Downs (R-P) 18 (6-12) ..19 (6-13)

Rushes-Net Yards 32-92 ..........26-99

Passing Yards 281 .............. 333

Passes (C-A-I) 15-29-0 .....29-46-0

Plays-Total Yards 61-373 .......72-432

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 ................0-0

Penalties-Yards 3-15 ................1-5

Kickoff Returns-Yds 5-117 .............3-59

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 ................1-8

3rd Down Conversions 6-13 .............6-16

4th Down Conversions 0-1 ................2-3

Punts-Average 6-45.2 .........6-38.0

Possession Time 26:30 ..........33:30

Sacks By-Yards 5-29 .............3-28

Rushing - NIU: Spann 17-54, Lynch

5-26, Crider 1-9, Harnish 8-3, A.

Daniels 1-0. MU: Merriweather

11-85, Woods 5-26, Scherpenberg

1-3, Boucher 9-(-15).

Passing - NIU: Harnish 15-28-0,

281; Lynch 0-1-0, 0. MU: Boucher

29-46-0, 333.

Receiving - NIU: Moore 4-110, W.

Clark 4-70, Palmer 3-56, Schepler

2-22, Ashford 1-13, Cox 1-10. MU:

Robinson 14-176, Harwell 5-66,

Woods 3-33, Givens 2-38, Cruse 2-9,

Paine 2-9, Semmes 1-2.

Tackles - NIU: Kube 9, C. Smith 8,

Coffman 8. MU: Wedge 9, Hinkel 8.

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NIU 40, Fresno State 17

Dec. 18, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN

Boise, Idaho | Bronco Stadium | 25,449

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2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl


BOISE, Idaho – Rarely has a team celebrated a Humanitarian Bowl

victory as wholeheartedly and with as much joy as the Northern Illinois

Huskies celebrated their 40-17 win over Fresno State in Boise, Idaho.

In the fi nal seconds of the win – NIU’s school-record 11th of the season –

Gatorade baths were freely given, coaches’ names were chanted, the Huskie

Fight Song was repeated, and repeated, and hugs, smiles and even tears were

evident . To cap it all off, as the fi nal seconds were counted down, a torrent

of snow – worthy of any Huskie postcard – fell on the Bronco Stadium turf,

covering the beautiful blue fi eld in white.

Not only was the game a fi tting end to one of the best seasons in Northern

Illinois history, it gave a 2010 Huskie team coming off a bitter defeat in

the fi nal seconds of the Mid-American Conference Championship game, a

chance to scream, shout and celebrate together one fi nal time.

“Our motivation was through the roof,” said NIU Interim Head Coach

Tom Matukewicz. “It couldn’t have been better. We had a lot to play for. I

tell you, we’d have run through those windows, that’s how much we wanted

this thing, because of how the thing ended and because everyone was talking

about how we were going to fracture and fall apart. Instead it was like

fi re to steel, it strengthened us.”

As they have all season long, Northern Illinois relied on quarterback

Chandler Harnish, tailback Chad Spann and defensive end Jake Coffman

to lead the way, with a healthy dose of help from their friends – namely the

NIU offensive and defensive lines.

Harnish passed for a season-best 300 yards on 17-of-27 passing and ran

for 72 yards on 10 carries. He scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the

fi rst half on runs of seven and 28 yards, and hit fullback Kyle Skarb with a

22-yard scoring toss at the end of the fi rst half to put Northern Illinois ahead

23-10. Harnish was named the NIU Most Valuable Player.

Spann took over in the second half as he added two rushing touchdowns

while NIU extended its lead to 40-10 by the start of the fourth quarter. He

fi nished the game with 95 yards on 15 carries.

Coffman, the 26-year-old Marine Corps veteran who returned to play

his senior season dreaming of a moment like Saturday night, played the

game like it was his last – which it was. He recorded a career high three

quarterback sacks, all in the fi rst half, as part of a Huskie defensive effort

that included six sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Fresno State gained just 74

yards rushing on 35 carries while NIU piled up 503 yards of total offense and

rarely got into third down situations.

The Huskies credited the team effort with producing the dominating

victory, NIU’s fi rst in a bowl game since the 2004 Silicon Valley Classic

versus Troy. Northern Illinois’ 40 points was its most in a bowl game as a

Division I FBS institution.

“[Since the MAC Championship game], the seniors stepped up, Coach

Tuke stepped up and all the coaches and team came together,” said Spann.

“[Defensively], we just fl ew around, we wanted this one, no doubt,”

Coffman said. “We were having so much fun out there fl ying around. The

defensive line did a great job, so did the linebackers and secondary.”

“Today, we were able to get everybody on the same page,” Matukewicz

said. “Offense, defense, kicking game, we all came together. This was a team

victory. You don’t win nine games in a row without good players. We ran

into some adversity and had to come back.”

With Spann swarmed by Fresno State defenders every time he touched

the ball in the early-going, Harnish served as the Huskies’ primary rushing

threat in the opening half.

The Northern Illinois quarterback, who entered the game with more

rushing yards in a season than any Huskie quarterback since Stacey Robinson,

scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the opening half – on runs of

seven and 28 yards – as NIU overcame an early 7-0 defi cit.

Fresno State took a 7-0 lead on its fi rst possession as quarterback Ryan

Colburn engineered a 13-play, 69-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard

touchdown pass from Colburn to Jamel Hamler.

NIU responded quickly following a 32-yard kickoff return by Tommy

Davis. Harnish drove the Huskies 68 yards in fi ve plays with the big play

coming on a 39-yard completion to Martel Moore. Harnish went the fi nal

seven yards for the score. Cklamovski’s extra point was wide left and

Northern Illinois 7-6 with 3:10 to go in the fi rst quarter.

The Huskie defense forced a three-and-out on FSU’s next possession

and after a 20-yard punt by the Bulldogs, Harnish and company went back

to work, taking just fi ve plays and 1:25 to go 69 yards. Harnish dashed for

the fi nal 28 and Northern Illinois took a 13-7 lead.

Fresno State went three and out again and a 28-yard punt gave NIU the

ball on their own 47. After a penalty on NIU, the Huskies were stopped on

the Bulldogs’ 28 and had to settle for a 45-yard fi eld goal by Mike Cklamovski

and a 16-7 lead.

Fresno State answered with a 45-yard fi eld goal of its own to complete

an 11-play, 46-yard drive to the NIU 29-yard line.

Northern Illinois got the ball back with 3:41 left in the half and went to

work. Harnish hit Willie Clark for 14 yards and Martel Moore for 21 on the

drive before fi nding fullback Kyle Skarb in the end zone on a 22-yard scoring

play. The Huskies took a 23-10 halftime lead.

NIU did not let up in the second half, with Cklamovski booting a careerlong

51-yard fi eld goal to give the Huskies a 26-10 lead to close out Northern

Illinois’ fi rst possession of the half, after the Huskie defense got a quick stop

on FSU’s opening drive.

Spann ended each of NIU’s next two possessions with touchdowns to

break Garrett Wolfe’s single season touchdowns record and fi nish his career

as the No. 2 scorer in school history. In between, the Huskie defense earned

a huge stop, forcing a Colburn fumble at the NIU eight-yard line with

Tommy Davis getting the recovery to end FSU’s last serious threat.

By the time Spann scored on an eight-yard run early in the fourth

quarter to put the Huskies ahead 40-10, Northern Illinois had asserted its

dominance and earned the bowl win.

The victory was especially sweet for 21 Northern Illinois seniors who

fi nished their Huskie careers with a memorable victory.

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Total

Northern Illinois 6 17 10 7 - 40

Fresno State

SCORING SUMMARY

7 3 0 7 - 17

FS - Hamler 11 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 1st 5:25 (13-69, 6:33)

NIU- Harnish 7 run (Cklamovski kick failed), 1st 3:10 (5-68, 2:15)

NIU - Harnish 28 run (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 14:20 (5-69, 1:25)

NIU - Cklamovski 45 FG, 2nd 9:14 (8-25, 2:59)

FS - Goessling 45 FG, 2nd 3:41 (11-46, 5:33)

NIU - Skarb 22 pass from Harnish (Cklamovski kick), 2nd 0:57 (6-69, 2:44)

NIU - Cklamovski 51 FG, 3rd 10:13 (8-49, 3:26)

NIU- Spann 18 run (Cklamovski kick), 3rd 1:14 (8-89, 2:41)

NIU - Spann 8 run (Cklamovski kick), 4th 12:16 (4-61, 1:54)

FS - Evans 11 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 4th 5:31 (13-71, 6:45)

Team & Individual Statistics

NIU ................FS

First Downs (R-P) 22 (7-14) ...26 (5-17)

Rushes-Net Yards 28-203 ...........35-74

Passing Yards 300 ............... 288

Passes (C-A-I) 17-27-0 ......28-38-0

Plays-Total Yards 55-503 ........73-362

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 .................2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-65 ..............4-43

Kickoff Returns-Yds 3-80 ...........6-137

Punt Returns-Yds 0-0 .................0-0

3rd Down Conversions 2-6 ..............6-15

4th Down Conversions 0-2 .................1-3

Punts-Average 0-0.0 ..........3-30.3

Possession Time 24:07 ...........35:53

Sacks By-Yards 6-36 .................0-0

Rushing - NIU: Spann 15-95,

Harnish 10-72, Hopkins 1-35,

A. Daniels 1-2, Team 1-(-1). FS:

Saunders 5-58, Rouse 14-32,

Evans 1-4, Burse 4-1, Harris 1-1,

Ellis 1-0, Colburn 9-(-22).

Passing - NIU: Harnish 17-26-0,

300; Palmer 0-1-0, 0. FS: Colburn

28-38-0, 288.

Receiving - NIU: W. Clark 4-88,

Moore 4-88, Cox 4-34, Palmer

2-40, Skarb 1-22, Ashford 1-18,

Schepler 1-10. FS: Hamler 7-87,

Evans 6-33, Johnson 3-44, Harris

3-42, Saunders 3-21, Ellis 2-(-

5), Raphael 1-30, Rouse 1-14,

Stallworth 1-11, Burse 1-11.

Tackles - NIU: T. Clark 12, Stone 9,

Butler 9. FS: Dunn 9, Bell 8.

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TEAM POINTS

1. 532 2010

2. 421 2004

TEAM POINTS/GAME

1. 38.0 2010

2. 37.2 2000

TEAM TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS

1. 6,300 2010

2. 5,329 2005

TEAM YARDS/GAME

1. 450.0 2010

2. 444.1 2005

TEAM TOUCHDOWNS SCORED

1. 69 2010

2. 53 2004

TEAM FIRST DOWNS TOTAL

1. 303 2010

2. 261 2004

TEAM RUSHING FIRST DOWNS

4. 172 1987

5. 154 2010

TEAM PASSING FIRST DOWNS

1. 132 2010

2. 129 1963

TEAM RUSHING YARDS Yards (Attempts)

1. 3,791 (618) 1990

2. 3,645 (581) 2010

TEAM RUSHING YARDS/GAME

4. 295.1 1987

5. 260.4 2010

TEAM RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

1. 42 2010

2. 40 1989

TEAM COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

2. .653 (237-363) 1963

3. .632 (208-339) 2010

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2010 Huskies in the record books

On the NIU Single Season Charts

TEAM FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS

1. 30 2010

2. 27 2006

TEAM PAT KICKS MADE

1. 59 2010

2. 51 2004

TEAM PAT KICKS ATTEMPTED

1. 67 2010

2. 52 2004

TEAM BLOCKED KICKS

1. 8 (1 FG, 1 PAT, 6 P) 2010

8 1991

TEAM BLOCKED PUNTS

1. 6 2010

2. 5 2008

TOTAL OFFENSE

1. Chandler Harnish (2010) 3,366

2. George Bork (1963) 2, 945

TOUCHDOWNS RESPONSIBLE FOR

1. George Bork (1963) 33

2. Chandler Harnish (2010) 28

Josh Haldi (2003) 28

MOST PLAYS

1. Chandler Harnish (2010) 429

2. Chris Finlen (2001) 417

SCORING POINTS

1. Chad Spann (2010) 132 (22 TD)

2. Garrett Wolfe (2006) 126 (21 TD)

POINTS KICKING

1. Michael Cklamovski (2010) 106

2. Steve Azar (2003) 104

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED

1. Chad Spann (2010) 22

2. Garrett Wolfe (2004) 21

RUSHING YARDS

9. Stacey Robinson (1989) 1,443

10. Chad Spann (2010) 1,388

11. LeShon Johnson (1992) 1,338

70

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

1. Chad Spann (2010) 22

PASSING YARDS

1. George Bork (1963) 3,077

2. Josh Haldi (2003) 2,544

3. Chandler Harnish (2010) 2,530

PASSING YARDS PER GAME

2. Josh Haldi (2003) 212.0

3. Chandler Harnish (2010) 194.6

PASS COMPLETIONS

3. Josh Haldi (2003) 199

4. Chandler Harnish (2010) 189

PASS ATTEMPTS

5. Ron Christian (1965) 323

6. Chandler Harnish (2010) 292

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

1. Phil Horvath (2005) 70.6

2. George Bork (1963) 65.2

3. George Bork (1962) 65.1

4. Chandler Harnish (2010) 64.7

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

3. Ron Christian (1965) 23

4. George Bork (1962) 22

5. Chandler Harnish (2010) 21

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS

1. Michael Cklamovski (2010) 27

Chris Nendick (2006) 27

2. Steve Azar (2001) 26

Steve Azar (2003) 26

PATS MADE

1. Michael Cklamovski (2010) 55

2. Chris Nendick (2004) 51

PATS ATTEMPTED

1. Michael Cklamovski (2010) 61

PASSES DEFENDED

1. Chris Smith (2010) 15

Randee Drew (2003) 15

3. Randee Drew (2002) 14

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RUSHING YARDS

7. Charles Talley 3,155

8. Chad Spann 2,916

20. Jerry Latin 1,651

21. A.J. Harris 1,616

22. Chandler Harnish 1,604

100YARD RUSHING GAMES

8. Stacey Robinson 11

9. Chad Spann 10

Adam Dach 10

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

1. Garrett Wolfe 52

2. Chad Spann 49

3. Michael Turner 43

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

2. Josh Halid 55

3. Chris Finlen 42

4. Chandler Harnish 40

PASSING YARDS

3. Josh Haldi 6,015

4. Chandler Harnish 5,728

PASS ATTEMPTS

2. George Bork 902

3. Josh Haldi 776

4. Chandler Harnish 726

Most TDs Rushing and Passing (Season)

1. 74, MIA, 2003

2. 65, NIU, 2010

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Season)

1. 42, NIU, 2010

42, KSU, 1954

3. 40, OU, 1968

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Season)

1. 25, Travis Prentice (MIA), 1997

2. 22, Chad Spann (NIU), 2010

22, MiQuale Lewis (BSU), 2008

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Career)

1. 73, Travis Prentice (MIA), 1996-99

2. 55, Chester Taylor (UT), 1998-01

3. 52, Garrett Wolfe (NIU), 2004-06

4. 49, Chad Spann (NIU), 2007-10

49, Kareem Wilson (OU), 1995-98

Most Net Yards Rushing (Game)

1. 612, OU vs. EMU, 1997

2. 555, KSU vs. Western Reserve, 1954

3. 551, CMU vs. UNLV, 1994

4. 544, NIU vs. EMU, 2010

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On the NIU Career Charts

PASS COMPLETIONS

2. Chris Finlen 502

3. Chandler Harnish 450

TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS

1. Chandler Harnish 7,332

MOST PLAYS TOTAL OFFENSE

2. Chris Finlen 1,137

3. Chandler Harnish 1,070

SCORING POINTS

3. Chris Nendick 332 (57 FG, 161 PAT)

4. Chad Spann 300 (50 TDs)

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED

1. Garrett Wolfe 57

2. Chad Spann 50

TOUCHDOWNS RESPONSIBLE FOR

2. Josh Haldi 61

3. Chandler Harnish 53

4. Chris Finlen 52

Garrett Wolfe 52

6. Stacey Robinson 51

7. Chad Spann 49

In the MAC Record Book

Most Net Yards Rushing (Season)

1. 3,645, NIU, 2010

2. 3,613, CMU, 1975

Most Rushing Touchdowns (Game)

1. 9, KSU vs. Western Reserve, 1954

2. 8, NIU vs. EMU, 2010

8, MIA vs. MAR, 1971

Most Net Yards Rushing (Game, 2 Teams)

1. 701, CMU (551) vs. UNLV (150), 1994

2. 693, NIU (544) vs. EMU (149), 2010

3. 655, UT (262) vs BGSU (416), 1978

Most Points (Game)

4. 73, BGSU v Deiance, 1956

73, NIU v UB 2000

6. 72, BGSU v OU, 2000

7. 71, NIU vs. EMU, 2010

Most Points (Season)

1. 602, MIA, 2003

2. 532, NIU, 2010

532, BGSU, 2004

Most Touchdowns (Season)

1. 82, MIA, 2003

2. 69, NIU, 2010

69, BGSU, 2004

QUARTERBACK SACKS

3. Scott Kellar 23

4. Jake Coffman 20

ASSISTED TACKLES

3. Tim Grifin 193

4. Alex Kube 180

KICKOFF RETURNS

2. Randee Drew 69

3. Tommy Davis 52

4. Rodney Taylor 49

5. Byron Florence 45

6. Bill Graham 41

7. Larry Wynn 40

Steve Rodgers 40

9. Mike Pinckney 35

10. Ricky Crider 33

KICKOFF RETURN YARDS

2. Randee Drew 1,524

3. Tommy Davis 1,253

4. Byron Florence 1,103

5. Rodney Taylor 912

6. Steve Rodgers 835

7. Larry Wynn 823

8. Mike Pinckney 807

9. Ricky Crider 798

Most Points (Career)

8. 325, Jason Robbins (UT), 2002-05

9. 307, Brad Selent (WMU) 1997-00

10. 306, Gary Gussman (MIA) 1984-87

11. 302, Kareem Wilson, (OU) 1995-98

12. 300, Chad Spann (NIU), 2010

Most Touchdowns (Career)

3. 57, Garrett Wolfe (NIU), 2004-06

4. 50, Chad Spann (NIU) 2007-10

Most Points Scored by Kicking (Season)

1. 111, Shaun Suisham (BGSU), 2004

111, Ian McGarvey (BSU), 2008

3. 106, Michael Cklamovski (NIU), 2010

106, Andrew Aguila (CMU), 2009

Most PAT Kick Attempts (Season)

1. 69, Shaun Suisham (BGSU), 2004

2. 64, Andrew Aguila (CMU), 2007

3. 63, Ian McGarvey (BSU), 2008

4. 62, Jared Parseghian (MIA), 2003

5. 61, Michael Cklamovski (NIU), 2010

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NIU

FOOTBALL

RECORDS


TEAM RECORDS

Most Attempts

Game: 81, vs. Cal-State Fullerton (10-23-87)

Season: 701 (1987)

Most Net Yards Gained

Game: 733, vs. Fresno State (10-6-90)

Half: 459, vs. Fresno State (10-6-90, 1st)

Season: 3,791 (1990)

Most Touchdowns

Game: 18, vs. Wheaton (10-19-12) *

Season: 42 (2010)

Highest Yards Per Carry Average

Season: 6.27 (2010)

Most First Downs Rushing

Game: 31, vs. Fresno State (10-6-90)

Season: 183 (1990)

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

Most Attempts

Game: 52, Michael Turner vs. Central Michigan

(11-18-00)

Season: 338, Michael Turner (2002)

Career: 940, Michael Turner (2000-03)

Most Net Yards Gained

Game: 353, Garrett Wolfe at Ball State (9-30-06)

Season: 1,976, LeShon Johnson (1993)

Freshman: 1,043, Allen Ross (1977)

Sophomore: 1,656, Garrett Wolfe (2004)

Junior: 1,915, Michael Turner (2002)

Senior: 1,976, LeShon Johnson (1993)

Career: 5,164, Garrett Wolfe (2004-06)

Fullback Mark Kellar gained 1,719 yards on 291

carries for the 1973 Huskies.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

Most Touchdowns

Game: 7, Bill Anderson vs. Wheaton (10-19-12)*

Season: 22, Chad Spann (2010)

Career: 52, Garrett Wolfe (2004-06)

Highest Yards Per Game Average

Season: 179.6, LeShon Johnson (1993)

Career: 156.48, Garrett Wolfe (2004-06)

Longest Run From Scrimmage

Scoring: 99, Reino Nori vs. UW-Whitewater,

(11-17-34)*

Non-scoring: 79, William Andrews vs. Ball State,

(10-8-99)

Highest Yards Per Rush Average

Game (min. 10 att.): 17.6, Stacey Robinson vs.

Cincinnati (11-18-89)

Season (min. 75 att.): 7.3, Bob Soltis (1960)*

Career (min. 225 att.): 6.4, Garrett Wolfe (2004-06)^

Most 100-Yard Games

Season: 9, Mark Kellar (1973); LeShon

Johnson (1993); Charles Talley (1995);

Michael Turner (2002, 2003)

Career: 22, Garrett Wolfe (2004-06)

Most Consecutive 100-Yard Games

Season: 7, Garrett Wolfe (2004)

Career: 11, Garrett Wolfe (2005-06)

Most Consecutive 200-Yard Games

Season: 3, LeShon Johnson (1993)

Quickest to 1,000 Rushing Yards

Season: 5 (1,181 yards), Garrett Wolfe, 2006

6 (1,105), LeShon Johnson, 1993

Most Attempts By Quarterback

Game: 28, Marshall Taylor (11-2-85)

Season: 223, Stacey Robinson (1989)

Career: 665, Marshall Taylor (1985-88)

Most Attempts By Fullback

Game: 40, Mark Kellar at Illinois State (10-27-73)

Season: 291, Mark Kellar (1973)

Career: 744, Mark Kellar (1971-73)

Most Net Yards By Quarterback

Game: 308, Stacey Robinson vs. Fresno State (10-6-90)

Season: 1,443, Stacey Robinson (1989)

Career: 2,727, Stacey Robinson (1988-90)

Most Net Yards By Fullback

Game: 246, Mark Kellar at Illinois State (10-27-73)

Season: 1,719, Mark Kellar (1973)

Career: 3,745, Mark Kellar (1971-73)

* Indicates College Division

^ Tied for NCAA record

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Team Season Highs

Rushing Attempts

Att. Yards Year

1. 701 3,246 1987

2. 680 3,639 1989

3. 668 3,489 1973

4. 639 2,730 1972

5. 632 2,246 1979

6. 618 3,791 1990

7. 611 2,227 1986

8. 610 2,273 1978

9. 598 2,380 1983

10. 597 2,151 1980

Rushing Yards

Yards Att. Year

1. 3,791 618 1990

2. 3,645 581 2010

3. 3,639 680 1989

4. 3,489 668 1973

5. 3,246 701 1987

6. 2,858 550 2004

7. 2,730 639 1972

8. 2,537 531 2009

9. 2,516 578 1994

10. 2,509 539 2000

Rushing Yards/Game

Average Yards Att. Year

1. 344.6 3,791 618 1990

2. 330.8 3,639 680 1989

3. 317.2 3,489 668 1973

4. 295.1 3,246 701 1987

5. 260.4 3,645 581 2010

6. 248.2 2,730 639 1972

7. 238.2 2,858 550 2004

8. 228.7 2,516 578 1994

9. 228.1 2,509 539 2000

10. 227.0 2,497 546 1995

Rushing Touchdowns

TDs Yards Att. Year

1. 42 3,645 581 2010

2. 40 3,639 680 1989

3. 39 3,489 668 1973

4. 36 3,791 618 1990

5. 35 2,509 539 2000

6. 31 3,246 701 1987

7. 29 2,516 578 1994

8. 28 2,858 550 2004

28 2,480 478 2005

10. 27 2,537 531 2009


NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

CAReer leaders

Rushing Attempts

Player Seasons Yards Avg. Att.

1. Michael Turner 2000-03 4,941 5.26 940

2. Allen Ross 1977-80 3,500 4.00 867

3. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 5,164 6.40 807

4. Mark Kellar 1971-73 3,745 5.03 744

5. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 1,971 2.96 665

Adam Dach 1987-91 3,438 5.16 665

7. Charles Talley 1993-96 3,155 4.77 661

8. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 3,314 5.60 592

9. Thomas Hammock 1999-2002 2,432 4.47 544

10. Chad Spann 2007-10 2,916 5.44 536

Rushing Yards

Player Seasons Att. Avg. Yards

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 807 6.40 5,164

2. Michael Turner 2000-03 940 5.26 4,941

3. Mark Kellar 1971-73 744 5.03 3,745

4. Allen Ross 1977-80 867 4.00 3,500

5. Adam Dach 1987-91 665 5.16 3,438

6. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 592 5.60 3,314

7. Charles Talley 1993-96 661 4.77 3,155

8. Chad Spann 2007-10 536 5.44 2,916

9. Stacey Robinson 1988-90 428 6.37 2,727

10. Thomas Hammock 1999-2002 544 4.47 2,432

11. John LaLonde 1968-70 509 4.38 2,227

12. Darryl Richardson 1982-85 487 4.50 2,191

13. Carl Fisher 1975-78 474 4.27 2,022

14. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 665 2.96 1,971

15. Jack Dean 1961-64 * 372 5.04 1,874

16. Vince Smith 1974-76 378 4.91 1,856

17. Ivory Bryant 1997-99 496 3.65 1,808

18. Pete Roth 1980-82, 84 417 4.29 1,795

19. Rodney Taylor 1985-88 350 4.81 1,684

20. Jerry Latin 1972-74 294 5.62 1,651

21. A.J. Harris 2002-05 342 4.73 1,616

22. Chandler Harnish 2008- 344 4.78 1,604

23. William Andrews 1998-99 373 4.30 1,603

24. Justin Anderson 2006-09 352 4.46 1,571

25. Ed Johnson 1973-75 353 4.37 1,542

26. Joe Plaskas 1956-59 * 336 3.96 1,332

27. Bob Brigham 1947-49 * - - 1,221

28. Me’co Brown 2008-09 258 4.48 1,155

29. Bruce Bray 1967-69 * 275 4.00 1,099

30. Lou Wicks 1980-83 275 3.96 1,090

31. Bob Soltis 1956, 59-60 * 211 4.94 1,042

32. Antonio Davis 1985-87 246 4.14 1,018

Rushing Touchdowns

Player Seasons Att. Yards. Avg. TDs

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 807 5,164 6.40 52

2. Chad Spann 2007-10 536 2,916 5.44 49

3. Michael Turner 2000-03 940 4,941 5.26 43

4. Stacey Robinson 1988-90 428 2,727 6.37 38

5. Mark Kellar 1971-73 744 3,745 5.03 32

6. Allen Ross 1977-80 867 3,500 4.00 30

7. Charles Talley 1993-96 661 3,155 4.77 27

8. Thomas Hammock 1999-2002 544 2,432 4.47 25

9. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 665 1,971 2.96 22

10. Adam Dach 1987-91 665 3,438 5.16 19

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Rushing Yards Per Game

Player Seasons Yards Games Yds./Gm

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 5,164 33 156.5

2. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 3,314 22 150.6

3. Mark Kellar 1971-73 3,743 31 120.8

4. Michael Turner 2000-03 4,941 45 109.8

5. Stacey Robinson 1988-90 2,727 25 109.1

6. Allen Ross 1977-80 3,500 42 83.3

7. Charles Talley 1993-96 3,155 39 80.9

8. Adam Dach 1987-91 3,438 45 76.4

9. William Andrews 1998-99 1,603 21 76.3

10. John LaLonde 1968-70 * 2,227 30 74.2

Yards Per Carry (minimum 300 attempts)

Player Seasons Yards Att. Avg.

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 5,164 807 6.40

2. Stacey Robinson 1988-90 2,727 428 6.37

3. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 3,314 592 5.60

4. Chad Spann 2007-10 2,916 536 5.44

5. Michael Turner 2000-03 4,941 940 5.30

6. Adam Dach 1987-91 3,438 665 5.20

7. Jack Dean 1961-64 * 1,874 372 5.04

8. Mark Kellar 1971-73 3,745 744 5.03

9. Vince Smith 1974-76 1,856 378 4.91

10. Rodney Taylor 1985-88 1,684 350 4.80

100-Yard Rushing Games

Player Seasons GP 100-Yard Games

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 33 22

2. Michael Turner 2000-03 45 21

3. Mark Kellar 1971-73 31 19

4. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 22 15

Charles Talley 1993-96 39 15

6. Allen Ross 1977-80 42 14

7. Thomas Hammock 1999-2002 32 12

8. Stacey Robinson 1988-90 25 11

9. Adam Dach 1987-91 45 10

Chad Spann 2007-10 50 10

10. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 43 8

Pete Roth 1980-82, 84 28 8

Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games

Player Seasons No.

1. Garrett Wolfe 2005-06 11

2. Garrett Wolfe 2004 7

3. LeShon Johnson 1993 6

Charles Talley 1995 6

Michael Turner 2002 6

6. Mark Kellar 1973 5

Thomas Hammock 2000 5

Justin Anderson 2007 5

9. Michael Turner 2003 4

LeShon Johnson 1992 4

Chad Spann 2010 4

200-Yard Rushing Games

Player Seasons No.

1. Garrett Wolfe 2004-06 10

2. Michael Turner 2000-03 7

3. LeShon Johnson 1992-93 5

4. Mark Kellar 1971-73 3

Stacey Robinson 1989-90 3

Charles Talley 1993-96 3

7. Allen Ross 1977-80 2

8. 1 - by six different players

* Indicates College Division

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SINGLE SEASON leaders

Rushing Attempts

Player Season Yards Avg. Att.

1. Michael Turner 2002 1,915 5.67 338

2. LeShon Johnson 1993 1,976 6.04 327

3. Michael Turner 2003 1,648 5.32 310

4. Garrett Wolfe 2006 1,928 6.24 309

5. Mark Kellar 1973 1,719 5.91 291

6. Mark Kellar 1972 1,316 4.62 285

Charles Talley 1995 1,540 5.40 285

8. Justin Anderson 2007 1,245 4.54 274

9. Allen Ross 1977 1,043 3.82 273

10. Thomas Hammock 2001 1,096 4.09 268

Rushing Yardage

Player Season Att. Avg. Yards

1. LeShon Johnson 1993 327 6.04 1,976

2. Garrett Wolfe 2006 309 6.24 1,928

3. Michael Turner 2002 338 5.67 1,915

4. Mark Kellar 1973 291 5.91 1,719

5. Garrett Wolfe 2004 256 6.47 1,656

6. Michael Turner 2003 310 5.32 1,648

7. Garrett Wolfe 2005 242 6.53 1,580

8. Charles Talley 1995 285 5.40 1,540

9. Stacey Robinson 1989 223 6.47 1,443

10. Chad Spann 2010 258 5.38 1,388

11. LeShon Johnson 1992 265 5.05 1,338

12. Mark Kellar 1972 285 4.62 1,316

13. Justin Anderson 2007 274 4.54 1,245

14. Stacey Robinson 1990 193 6.41 1,238

15. Darryl Richardson 1983 235 5.12 1,204

16. William Andrews 1999 240 4.70 1,127

17. Thomas Hammock 2001 268 4.09 1,096

18. Thomas Hammock 2000 215 5.04 1,083

19. Allen Ross 1977 273 3.82 1,043

20. Chad Spann 2009 179 5.80 1,038

21. Allen Ross 1978 259 3.99 1,033

22. Pete Roth 1982 220 4.58 1,008

Charles Talley 1996 241 4.18 1,008

Rushing Yards Per Game

Player Season GP Yards Yds./Game

1. LeShon Johnson 1993 11 1,976 179.6

2. Garrett Wolfe 2005 9 1,580 175.6

3. Michael Turner 2002 12 1,915 159.6

4. Mark Kellar 1973 11 1,719 156.3

5. Garrett Wolfe 2004 11 1,656 150.6

6. Garrett Wolfe 2006 13 1,928 148.3

7. Charles Talley 1995 11 1,540 140.0

8. Michael Turner 2003 12 1,648 137.3

9. Stacey Robinson 1989 11 1,443 131.1

10. LeShon Johnson 1992 11 1,338 121.6

Nine-Straight 1,000-Yard Rushers: 1999-2007

Year Player Attempts Yards

1999 William Andrews 240 1,127

2000 Thomas Hammock 215 1,083

2001 Thomas Hammock 268 1,096

2002 Michael Turner 338 1,915

2003 Michael Turner 310 1,648

2004 Garrett Wolfe 256 1,656

2005 Garrett Wolfe 242 1,580

2006 Garrett Wolfe 309 1,928

2007 Justin Anderson 274 1,245

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Rushing Touchdowns

Player Season Att. Yards Avg. TDs

1. Chad Spann 2010 258 1,388 5.38 22

2. Stacey Robinson 1989 223 1,443 6.47 19

Stacey Robinson 1990 193 1,238 6.41 19

Michael Turner 2002 338 1,915 5.67 19

Chad Spann 2009 179 1,038 5.80 19

6. Garrett Wolfe 2004 256 1,656 6.47 18

Garrett Wolfe 2006 309 1,928 6.24 18

8. Mark Kellar 1973 291 1,719 5.91 16

Thomas Hammock 2000 215 1,083 5.04 16

Garrett Wolfe 2005 242 1,580 6.53 16

11. Michael Turner 2003 310 1,648 5.32 14

Yards Per Carry (minimum 80 attempts)

Player Season Att. Yards Avg.

1. Adam Dach 1990 143 966 6.76

2. Garrett Wolfe 2005 242 1,580 6.53

3. Stacey Robinson 1989 223 1,443 6.47

4. Garrett Wolfe 2004 256 1,656 6.46

5. Stacey Robinson 1990 193 1,238 6.41

6. Garrett Wolfe 2006 309 1,928 6.24

7. Chandler Harnish 2010 137 836 6.10

8. Jerry Latin 1973 146 884 6.05

9. LeShon Johnson 1993 327 1,976 6.04

10. Sean Allgood 1994 94 557 5.93

100-Yard Rushing Games

Player Season Games No.

1. Mark Kellar 1973 11 9

LeShon Johnson 1993 11 9

Charles Talley 1995 11 9

Michael Turner 2002 12 9

Michael Turner 2003 12 9

6. Garrett Wolfe 2006 13 8

7. Justin Anderson 2007 12 7

Garrett Wolfe 2005 9 7

Garrett Wolfe 2004 11 7

Thomas Hammock 2000 9 7

William Andrews 1999 11 7

Mark Kellar 1972 12 7

200-Yard Rushing Games

Player Season Games No.

1. LeShon Johnson 1993 11 5

Michael Turner 2002 12 5

3. Garrett Wolfe 2004 11 4

4. Mark Kellar 1973 11 3

Garrett Wolfe 2005 9 3

Garrett Wolfe 2006 13 3

7. Stacey Robinson 1989 11 2

Charles Talley 1995 11 2

Michael Turner 2000 11 2

Consecutive 200-Yard Rushing Games

Player Seasons No.

1. LeShon Johnson 1993 3

2. Garrett Wolfe 2004 2

Garrett Wolfe 2005 2

Michael Turner 2002 2

Michael Turner 2002 2

Michael Turner 2000 2


NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

SINGLE Game leaders

Rushing Attempts

Player Date Opp. No.

1. Michael Turner 11-18-00 Central Michigan 52

2. Allen Ross 9-15-79 East Tennessee St. 44

3. Allen Ross 9-30-78 Illinois State 43

Ivory Bryant 10-25-97 Ball State 43

Garrett Wolfe 11-20-04 Eastern Michigan 43

6. LeShon Johnson 10-16-93 Pacifi c 42

Garrett Wolfe 12-1-05 Akron 42

8. Michael Turner 11-23-02 Toledo 41

9. Ed Johnson 11-8-75 Toledo 40

Mark Kellar 10-27-73 Illinois State 40

Michael Turner 10-5-02 Kent State 40

Michael Turner 11-9-02 Bowling Green 40

Rushing Yards

Player Date Opp. Yards

1. Garrett Wolfe 9-30-06 Ball State 353

2. Garrett Wolfe 11-20-04 Eastern Michigan 325

3. LeShon Johnson 10-2-93 Southern Illinois 322

4. Stacey Robinson 10-6-90 Fresno State 308

5. LeShon Johnson 11-6-93 Iowa 306

6. Michael Turner 9-21-02 Western Illinois 282

7. Stacey Robinson 11-18-89 Cincinnati 281

Michael Turner 11-18-00 Central Michigan 281

9. Garrett Wolfe 10-30-04 Ball State 280

10. Garrett Wolfe 11-23-05 Western Michigan 277

Rushing Yards By Quarter

Player Date Opponent Yards

1. Stacey Robinson 10-6-90 Fresno State 173 (2nd)

2. Garrett Wolfe 11-20-04 Eastern Michigan 141 (3rd)

3. Garrett Wolfe 9-30-06 Ball State 139 (3rd)

4. Garrett Wolfe 10-30-04 Ball State 131 (3rd)

5 LeShon Johnson 11-6-93 Iowa 130 (4th)

6. Michael Turner 10-12-02 Miami (OH) 126 (4th)

7. Michael Turner 11-18-00 Central Michigan 124 (4th)

8. Michael Turner 9-21-02 Western Illinois 120 (2nd)

Rushing Yards By Half

Player Date Opponent Yards

1. Stacey Robinson 10-6-90 Fresno State 287 (1st)

2. Garrett Wolfe 9-30-06 Ball State 230 (2nd)

3. LeShon Johnson 11-6-93 Iowa 221 (2nd)

4. LeShon Johnson 10-2-93 Southern Illinois 206 (1st)

5. Garrett Wolfe 9-24-04 Bowling Green 204 (2nd)

6. Garrett Wolfe 11-20-04 Eastern Michigan 203 (2nd)

7. Stacey Robinson 11-18-89 Cincinnati 199 (1st)

8. Michael Turner 10-12-02 Miami (OH) 195 (2nd)

9. Garrett Wolfe 10-30-04 Ball State 188 (2nd)

10. Marshall Taylor 11-28-87 UNLV 182 (1st)

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Rushing Yards By Class

Freshman

1. Michael Turner 11-18-00 Central Michigan 281

2. Allen Ross 11-19-77 Ohio 254

Sophomore

1. Garrett Wolfe 11-20-04 Eastern Michigan 325

2. Garrett Wolfe 10-30-04 Ball State 280

Junior

1. Michael Turner 9-21-02 Western Illinois 282

2. Stacey Robinson 11-18-89 Cincinnati 281

Senior

1. Garrett Wolfe 9-30-06 Ball State 353

2. LeShon Johnson 10-2-93 Southern Illinois 322

3. Stacey Robinson 10-6-90 Fresno St. 308

4. LeShon Johnson 11-6-93 Iowa 306

Rushing Touchdowns

Player Date Opponent TDs

1. Bill Anderson 10-19-12 * Wheaton 7

2. Navarre Edwards 11-10-09 Dixon 5

Steve Goehl 9-18-71 Long Beach State 5

Stacey Robinson 11-18-89 Cincinnati 5

Stacey Robinson 10-6-90 Fresno State 5

Thomas Hammock 10-14-00 Akron 5

Michael Turner 10-12-02 Miami (OH) 5

Michael Turner 11-16-02 Eastern Michigan 5

Garrett Wolfe 11-23-05 Western Michigan 5

10. Garrett Wolfe 9-30-06 Indiana State 4

Garrett Wolfe 10-16-04 Central Michigan 4

Allen Ross 11-1-80 Kent State 4

Allen Ross 9-30-78 Illinois State 4

Mark Kellar 11-10-73 Xavier 4

Two 100-Yard Rushers in Same Game

Player Date Opponent Yards

1. Charles Talley (214) 10-7-95 UNLV 357

Scott Florence (143)

2. Stacey Robinson (228) 9-30-89 Western Illinois 335

Adam Dach (107)

3. Brett Schroeder (172) 10-7-89 Southern Illinois 333

Stacey Robinson (161)

4. Darryl Richardson (180) 11-16-85 Ohio 326

Marshall Taylor (146)

5. Chandler Harnish (178) 9-11-10 North Dakota 318

Chad Spann (140)

6. Thomas Hammock (174) 10-14-00 Akron 314

Michael Turner (140)

7. Mark Carlson (158) 10-28-72 Kent State 304

Mark Kellar (146)

8. Mark Kellar (186) 10-6-73 Fresno State 286

Jerry Latin (100

9. Chad Spann (174) 11-5-09 Eastern Michigan 278

DeMarcus Grady (104)

10. Mark Kellar (163) 11-17-72 Long Beach St. 276

Mark Carlson (113)

11. Stacey Robinson (145) 9-22-90 Kansas State 273

Adam Dach (128)

12. Allen Ross (169) 11-18-78 Ball State 272

Carl Fisher (103)

13. Jordan Lynch (142) 11-26-10 Eastern Michigan 246

Jasmin Hopkins (104)

14. Chad Spann (125) 10-31-09 Akron 234

DeMarcus Grady (109)

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100-Yard rushing games

Yds. Player Opponent Date

1. 353 Garrett Wolfe Ball State 9-30-06

2. 325 Garrett Wolfe Eastern Michigan 11-20-04

3. 322 LeShon Johnson Southern Illinois 10-2-93

4. 308 Stacey Robinson Fresno State 10-6-90

5. 306 LeShon Johnson Iowa 11-6-93

6. 282 Michael Turner Western Illinois 9-21-02

7. 281 Stacey Robinson Cincinnati 11-18-89

281 Michael Turner Central Michigan 11-18-00

9. 280 Garrett Wolfe Ball State 10-30-04

10. 277 Garrett Wolfe Western Michigan 11-23-05

11. 270 Garrett Wolfe Akron 12-1-05

12. 263 Garrett Wolfe Buffalo 9-16-06

13. 254 Allen Ross Ohio 11-19-77

14. 252 Darryl Richardson Ball State 10-1-83

252 Adrian Davis Kent State 10-22-05

16. 251 Charles Talley Arkansas State 11-11-95

17. 246 Mark Kellar Illinois State 10-27-73

18. 245 Garrett Wolfe Northwestern 9-10-05

19. 238 LeShon Johnson New Mexico State 10-9-93

20. 230 Michael Turner Eastern Michigan 11-11-00

21. 228 Stacey Robinson Western Illinois 9-30-89

22. 226 LeShon Johnson Arkansas State 9-18-93

226 Garrett Wolfe Central Michigan 10-16-04

24. 225 Michael Turner Eastern Michigan 11-16-02

25. 224 LeShon Johnson Pacifi c 10-16-93

26. 223 Chad Spann Minnesota 9-25-10

27. 222 Allen Ross Illinois State 9-30-78

222 Michael Turner Miami (OH) 10-12-02

29. 221 Jerry Latin Marshall 10-13-73

30. 217 Vince Smith Idaho 11-16-74

31. 214 Charles Talley UNLV 10-7-95

32. 213 Michael Turner Toledo 11-23-02

33. 209 Marshall Taylor UNLV 11-28-87

34. 206 Charles Talley Oregon State 11-16-96

35. 205 Mark Kellar Xavier 11-10-73

205 Mark Kellar Indiana State 9-8-73

Longest Rushing Plays

Yards Player Opponent Date

1. 99 Reino Nori UW-Whitewater 11-17-34

2. 92 Darryl Richardson Ohio 11-16-85

92 LeShon Johnson Southern Illinois 10-2-93

4. 90 Jordan Lynch Buffalo 10-16-10

5. 88 Ernie Wickstrom Southern Illinois 10-14-50

6. 85 LeShon Johnson Southern Mississippi 10-10-92

7. 84 Garrett Wolfe Ball State 10-30-04

8. 82 Michael Turner Western Illinois 9-21-02

9. 81 LeShon Johnson Iowa 11-6-93

81 Jordan Lynch Eastern Michigan 11-26-10

11. 80 Brett Schroeder Southern Illinois 10-7-89

12. 79 Ricky Bridges Western Michigan 9-20-80

79 William Andrews Ball State 10-9-99

79 Chad Spann Eastern Michigan 11-5-09

79 Chad Spann North Dakota 9-11-10

16. 78 Bob Heimerdinger Nebraska-Omaha 10-1-49

78 Ernie Wickstrom Central Michigan 11-3-50

78 Garrett Wolfe Western Michigan 10-23-04

19. 76 Jack Dean Missouri State 11-30-63

76 Garrett Wolfe Michigan 9-3-05

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Yds. Player Opponent Date

37. 203 Michael Turner Kent State 9-28-02

203 Garrett Wolfe Central Michigan 11-17-06

39. 202 Garrett Wolfe Bowling Green 9-24-04

40. 199 Mark Kellar Ball State 10-20-73

199 Michael Turner Central Michigan 10-11-03

42. 198 Garrett Wolfe Indiana State 9-23-06

43. 197 Garrett Wolfe Miami (OH) 10-5-05

44. 196 Garrett Wolfe Ohio 9-9-06

45. 195 Adam Dach Arkansas State 9-14-91

195 Thomas Hammock Central Michigan 10-27-01

47. 192 Darryl Richardson Eastern Michigan 10-15-83

192 LeShon Johnson Liberty 10-24-92

192 Charles Talley Louisiana Tech 11-18-95

192 Michael Turner Bowling Green 11-9-02

51. 190 Ivory Bryant Ball State 10-25-97

52. 188 LeShon Johnson Southern Mississippi 10-10-92

53. 187 Darryl Richardson Ohio 11-19-83

54. 186 Mark Kellar Fresno State 10-6-73

186 Ed Johnson Toledo 11-8-75

56. 185 Pete Roth Kent State 9-22-84

185 Garrett Wolfe Western Michigan 10-23-04

58. 180 John LaLonde Toledo 11-8-69

180 Darryl Richardson Ohio 11-16-85

60. 178 Chandler Harnish North Dakota 9-11-10

61. 177 Thomas Hammock South Florida 8-30-01

177 Michael Turner Toledo 11-15-03

177 Garrett Wolfe Toledo 11-16-05

64. 176 Vince Smith Western Michigan 9-21-74

65. 174 Chad Spann Eastern Michigan 11-5-09

174 Thomas Hammock Akron 10-14-00

67. 173 LeShon Johnson SW Louisiana 10-23-93

173 Michael Turner Western Michigan 10-18-03

69. 172 Brett Schroeder Southern Illinois 10-7-89

172 Brian Grimes Pacifi c 10-15-94

172 Thomas Hammock Wake Forest 8-29-02

72. 171 Garrett Wolfe Ohio State 9-2-06

73. 170 Adam Dach Akron 11-3-90

74. 169 Allen Ross Ball State 11-18-78

169 Allen Ross Kent State 11-1-80

76. 168 Stacey Robinson Kansas State 9-23-89

168 Justin Anderson Eastern Michigan 9-15-07

78. 167 Adam Dach Minnesota 9-24-88

167 Justin Anderson Idaho 9-22-07

80. 166 Stacey Robinson Murray State 10-20-90

166 Michael Turner Eastern Michigan 11-22-03

82. 165 Michael Turner Central Michigan 10-19-02

83. 164 Garrett Wolfe Eastern Michigan 11-24-06

84. 163 Mark Kellar Long Beach State 11-17-72

163 Marshall Taylor Western Michigan 9-19-87

163 Michael Turner Buffalo 11-8-03

163 Justin Anderson Temple 10-6-07

88. 162 Garrett Wolfe Miami 10-8-06

89. 161 Vince Smith Indiana State 10-9-76

161 Allen Ross East Tennessee State 9-15-79

161 Stacey Robinson Southern Illinois 10-7-89

161 Charles Talley Akron 10-26-96

93. 160 Thomas Hammock Toledo 11-4-00

160 Michael Turner Wisconsin 9-14-02

95. 159 Charles Talley Southern Mississippi 8-31-95

96. 158 Mark Carlson Kent State 10-28-72

158 Ivory Bryant Western Michigan 9-13-97

98. 157 Pete Roth Kent State 9-18-82

157 Adam Dach Toledo 11-23-91

157 LeShon Johnson Western Michigan 10-31-92

157 Brian Grimes Nevada 10-1-94

157 William Andrews Western Michigan 9-25-99

157 Justin Anderson Central Michigan 9-29-07


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Yds. Player Opponent Date

104. 156 Chad Spann Miami (Ohio) 10-24-09

156 Charles Talley SW Louisiana 11-9-96

156 Michael Turner Alabama 9-20-03

107. 155 Adam Dach SW Louisiana 11-17-90

108. 154 William Andrews Eastern Michigan 11-20-99

109. 153 Pete Roth Ball State 10-2-82

153 Garrett Wolfe Eastern Michigan 10-15-05

111. 152 LeShon Johnson SW Louisiana 11-7-92

152 Thomas Hammock Sam Houston State 9-22-01

113. 151 Charles Talley Utah State 10-14-95

114. 150 Me’co Brown Purdue 9-19-09

115. 149 Mark Kellar Toledo 11-4-72

149 Darryl Richardson Central Michigan 11-23-85

149 Chandler Harnish Toledo 11-9-10

118. 148 Mark Kellar Xavier 10-7-72

148 Allen Ross Western Michigan 9-16-78

148 Thomas Hammock Western Michigan 10-21-00

148 Garrett Wolfe Michigan 9-3-05

122. 147 Tim Tyrrell Bowling Green 10-22-83

147 Thomas Hammock Buffalo 10-28-00

124. 146 Mark Kellar Kent State 10-28-72

146 Marshall Taylor Ohio 11-16-85

146 Charles Talley Florida 11-4-95

146 Charles Talley Arkansas State 9-21-96

146 Chad Spann Western Michigan 10-30-10

129. 145 John LaLonde Xavier 9-26-70

145 Mark Kellar Marshall 9-30-72

145 Stacey Robinson Kansas State 9-22-90

132. 143 Allen Ross Toledo 11-10-79

143 Scott Florence UNLV 10-7-95

143 Thomas Hammock Central Florida 10-7-00

135. 142 Adam Dach Western Illinois 11-5-88

142 Garrett Wolfe Central Florida 10-9-04

142 Jordan Lynch Eastern Michigan 11-26-10

138. 141 Mark Kellar Xavier 11-20-71

141 Mark Kellar Bowling Green 11-17-73

141 Pete Roth Eastern Michigan 10-23-82

141 Charles Talley Eastern Illinois 9-24-94

142. 140 Ed Johnson Ball State 11-9-74

140 Allen Ross Southern Illinois 10-22-77

140 Michael Turner Akron 10-14-00

140 Thomas Hammock Illinois State 9-9-00

140 Justin Anderson Navy 11-17-07

140 Chad Spann North Dakota 9-11-10

148. 139 Pete Roth Miami (OH) 11-13-82

139 Thomas Hammock Western Michigan 10-20-01

139 A.J. Harris Southern Illinois 9-11-04

151. 138 Rodney Taylor Eastern Michigan 11-8-86

138 Stacey Robinson SW Louisiana 11-4-89

138 Ivory Bryant North Carolina State 9-20-97

154. 136 Marshall Taylor Bowling Green 11-1-86

155. 135 Mark Kellar Western Michigan 9-22-73

135 Cleveland West Illinois State 10-11-80

135 Adam Dach Illinois State 11-16-91

158. 134 Michael Turner Tennessee Tech 9-6-03

134 Michael Turner Iowa State 9-27-03

160. 133 John LaLonde San Diego State 9-12-70

133 Ed Johnson Idaho 11-22-75

133 Charles Talley Louisville 9-9-95

163. 132 Chad Spann Western Michigan 10-3-09

132 John LaLonde Buffalo 11-21-70

132 Mark Kellar Western Michigan 9-23-72

132 Carl Fisher Toledo 11-5-77

132 Stacey Robinson Toledo 11-11-89

132 Justin Anderson Western Michigan 10-13-07

169. 131 Allen Ross Long Beach State 9-5-80

170. 130 Michael Turner Ball State 10-5-02

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Yds. Opponent Date

1. 733 Fresno State 10-6-90

2. 539 Cincinnati 11-18-89

3. 499 Kent State 10-28-72

4. 471 Ball State 10-20-73

5. 459 UNLV 11-28-87

6. 456 UNLV 10-7-95

7. 447 Ohio 11-16-85

8. 432 Western Michigan 9-19-87

9. 426 Murray State 10-20-90

426 Arkansas State 11-11-95

11. 418 Illinois State 10-27-73

418 Eastern Michigan 11-5-09

13. 416 Southern Illinois 10-7-89

14. 408 Eastern Michigan 11-20-04

15. 407 Western Illinois 9-30-89

16. 403 Kansas State 9-22-90

Yds. Player Opponent Date

171. 129 Byron Florence Marshall 10-9-71

129 LeShon Johnson Indiana 9-11-93

129 William Andrews Kent State 10-23-99

174. 128 Pete Roth Toledo 9-4-82

128 Adam Dach Kansas State 9-22-90

176. 127 Rick Bridges Ohio 11-24-79

127 Pete Roth Long Beach State 9-12-81

127 Charles Talley San Jose State 9-16-95

179. 126 Antonio Davis Ohio 11-15-86

126 William Andrews Western Illinois 9-2-99

126 Michael Turner Ball State 11-1-03

182. 125 Chad Spann Akron 10-31-09

125 Rodney Taylor Toledo 10-8-88

125 LeShon Johnson Illinois State 9-12-92

185. 123 Me’co Brown Miami 10-11-08

123 Mike Paull Illinois State 10-16-76

123 A.J. Harris Tennessee Tech 9-17-05

188. 121 Allen Ross NE Louisiana 9-23-78

121 Pete Roth Ball State 9-29-84

121 Brian Grimes Eastern Illinois 9-24-94

191. 120 Allen Ross Ohio 11-24-79

120 A.J. Harris Troy 12-30-04

193. 119 Geary Pryor Miami (OH) 11-15-97

119 Ivory Bryant Miami (OH) 11-7-98

195. 118 Jerry Latin Toledo 11-4-72

118 Mark Kellar Western Illinois 11-3-73

118 Vince Smith Idaho 11-22-75

118 Eugene Edmond Akron 9-3-88

199. 117 Chandler Harnish Illinois 9-18-10

117 Me’co Brown Western Illinois 9-12-09

117 Chandler Harnish Kent State 11-18-08

117 Mark Kellar West Texas State 9-29-73

117 William Andrews Ball State 10-9-99

204. 116 Joe Law Eastern Michigan 10-24-81

116 Justin Anderson Toledo 10-27-07

206. 115 Pete Genatempo Lamar 9-12-87

115 Corey Ray Arkansas State 10-13-90

208. 114 Mark Kellar Illinois State 9-9-72

209. 113 Chandler Harnish Bowling Green 10-25-08

113 Mark Carlson Long Beach State 11-17-72

113 William Andrews Buffalo 10-2-99

212. 112 Ed Johnson Illinois State 10-26-74

112 Alex Armato Kent State 11-4-78

112 Marshall Taylor Bowling Green 11-2-85

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Yds. Player Opponent Date

215. 111 Chad Spann Buffalo 10-16-10

111 Me’co Brown Eastern Michigan 9-27-08

111 Thomas Hammock Illinois 9-8-01

218. 110 Garrett Wolfe Akron 10-2-04

110 David Bryant Kent State 11-10-07

220. 109 DeMarcus Grady Akron 10-31-09

109 John LaLonde Ball State 10-25-69

109 Jerry Latin Idaho 10-14-72

109 Ed Johnson Southern Illinois 10-19-74

109 Allen Ross Southern Illinois 10-28-78

109 Stacey Robinson East Carolina 11-10-90

226. 108 Ken Moore Long Beach State 9-25-76

108 Charles Talley Arkansas State 11-5-94

108 Brian Grimes Louisiana Tech 10-22-94

229. 107 Marshall Taylor Toledo 10-18-86

107 Adam Dach Western Michigan 11-12-88

107 Adam Dach Western Illinois 9-30-89

107 LeShon Johnson Wisconsin 9-26-92

233. 106 Jerry Latin McNeese State 9-7-74

106 Allen Ross Toledo 11-7-80

106 Kent Iwema Western Illinois 11-7-87

106 Ivory Bryant Eastern Michigan 10-24-98

106 A.J. Harris Ball State 11-1-03

238. 105 Cleveland West Southern Illinois 10-4-80

105 Joe Law Miami (OH) 11-14-81

105 LeShon Johnson Louisiana Tech 10-30-93

241. 104 Jasmin Hopkins Eastern Michigan 11-26-10

104 DeMarcus Grady Eastern Michigan 11-5-09

104 Ed Johnson Northwestern 9-20-75

104 Geary Pryor Eastern Michigan 11-8-97

104 Adrian Davis Akron 10-2-04

246. 103 Mark Kellar Toledo 11-6-71

103 Mark Kellar Marshall 10-9-71

103 Carl Fisher Ball State 11-18-78

103 Darryl Richardson Western Michigan 10-6-84

103 Stacey Robinson Toledo 9-15-90

103 LeShon Johnson Iowa State 9-2-93

103 William Andrews Toledo 11-13-99

253. 102 Marshall Taylor Toledo 10-10-87

102 Marshall Taylor SW Missouri State 10-1-88

255. 101 John LaLonde Western Kentucky 10-21-69

101 Ivory Bryant Bowling Green 11-21-98

101 Chad Spann Central Michigan 10-23-10

258. 100 Jerry Latin Fresno State 10-6-73

100 Allen Ross Central Michigan 10-8-77

100 Tim Tyrrell Ohio 11-6-82

100 Charles Talley Cincinnati 10-28-95

100 Chad Spann Temple 10-9-10

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Hammock

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Year-by-year leaders

Year Player Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1948 Bob Brigham 138 786 5.7 7

1949 Ernie Wickstrom 63 452 7.2 X

1950 Hugh Helms 94 506 5.4 X

1951 Bill Graham 64 395 6.2 X

1952 Jack Pheanis 69 339 4.9 X

1953 Wes Luedeking 97 330 3.4 X

1954 Bill Graham 91 236 2.6 X

1955 Bob Snider 66 242 3.7 X

1956 Tom Skubich 89 404 4.5 X

1957 Ron Hansen 41 211 5.1 X

1958 Joe Plaskas 136 511 3.8 X

1959 Joe Plaskas 140 698 5.0 8

1960 Bob Soltis 77 559 7.3 X

1961 Mickey Stevens 50 225 4.5 2

1962 Jack Dean 100 504 5.0 X

1963 Jack Dean 78 516 6.6 X

1964 Jack Dean * 160 733 4.6 X

1965 Leigh Gilbert 97 473 4.9 X

1966 Jim Wendler 78 358 4.6 3

1967 Bruce Bray 76 344 4.5 1

1968 John LaLonde 177 866 4.9 2

1969 John LaLonde 187 813 4.4 6

1970 John LaLonde 145 548 3.8 6

1971 Mark Kellar 168 710 4.2 7

1972 Mark Kellar 285 1,316 4.6 9

1973 Mark Kellar 291 1,719 5.9 16

1974 Vince Smith 131 720 5.5 4

1975 Ed Johnson 179 814 4.5 5

1976 Vince Smith 105 448 4.3 2

1977 Allen Ross 273 1,043 3.8 8

1978 Allen Ross 259 1,033 4.0 10

1979 Allen Ross 194 751 3.9 8

1980 Allen Ross 141 673 4.8 4

1981 Joe Law 143 596 4.2 2

1982 Pete Roth 220 1,008 4.6 4

1983 Darryl Richardson 235 1,204 5.1 10

1984 Pete Roth 137 557 4.1 4

1985 Darryl Richardson 121 585 4.8 3

1986 Antonio Davis 141 648 4.6 4

1987 Marshall Taylor # 157 826 5.3 7

1988 Adam Dach 192 906 4.7 3

1989 Stacey Robinson # 223 1,443 6.5 19

1990 Stacey Robinson # 193 1,238 6.4 19

1991 Adam Dach 165 847 5.1 5

1992 LeShon Johnson 265 1,338 5.0 6

1993 LeShon Johnson 327 1,976 6.0 12

1994 Brian Grimes 169 876 5.2 8

1995 Charles Talley 285 1,540 5.4 7

1996 Charles Talley 241 1,008 4.2 11

1997 Ivory Bryant 224 828 3.7 4

1998 Ivory Bryant 187 655 3.5 4

1999 William Andrews 240 1,127 4.7 9

2000 Thomas Hammock 215 1,083 5.0 16

2001 Thomas Hammock 268 1,096 4.1 7

2002 Michael Turner 338 1,915 5.7 19

2003 Michael Turner 310 1,648 5.3 14

2004 Garrett Wolfe 256 1,656 6.5 18

2005 Garrett Wolfe 242 1,580 6.5 16

2006 Garrett Wolfe 309 1,928 6.2 18

2007 Justin Anderson 274 1,245 4.5 8

2008 Chandler Harnish# 118 539 4.6 4

2009 Chad Spann 179 1,038 5.8 19

2010 Chad Spann 258 1,388 5.4 22

KEY: X--Statistic unavailable #--Played Quarterback


Most Attempts

Game: 68 vs. Central Michigan (11-9-63)*

Season: 406 (1963)*

Most Completions

Game: 43 vs. Illinois State (10-19-63)*

43 vs. Central Michigan (11-9-63)*

Season: 255 (1963)*

Highest Completion Percentage

Game (min. 10 att.): .929 (13-of-14) vs. Ball State

(11-12-09)

Season (min. 75 att.): .680 (229-for-337), 2005

Most Yards Gained

Game: 492 vs. Illinois State (10-19-63)*

Season: 3,144 (1963)*

Highest Yards Per Game Average

Season: 349.3 (1963)*

Highest Avg. Yards Per Completion

Season: 21.7 (1957)*

Highest Average Yards Per Attempt

Season: 8.5 (2005)

Most First Downs Passing

Game: 24 vs. Illinois State (10-19-63)*

Season: 132 (2010)

Most Touchdown Passes

Game: 7 vs. UW-Whitewater (9-14-63);*

7 vs. Illinois State (11-6-65)*

Season: 32 (1963)*

Most Interceptions Thrown

Game: 8 vs. West Texas State (11-4-67) *

Season: 23 (1967) *

Fewest Interceptions Thrown

Season: 4 (1989)

Lowest Percentage Intercepted

Season: 2.43 - 8 INTs, 329 attempts - (2010)

* Indicates College Division

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

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TEAM RECORDS TEAM SEASON HIGHS

Passing Yards

Yards Att. Year

1. 3,144 406 1963

2. 2,849 337 2005

3. 2,655 329 2010

4. 2,627 350 2003

5. 2,580 386 2006

6. 2,570 363 1962

7. 2,429 378 2007

8. 2,407 305 2004

9. 2,251 345 1965

10. 2,208 372 1967

Yards Per Game

YPG Att. Year

1. 349.3 406 1963

2. 285.6 363 1962

3. 250.1 345 1965

4. 237.4 337 2005

5. 220.8 372 1967

6. 218.9 350 2003

7. 211.6 323 1966

8. 207.6 252 1951

9. 202.4 378 2007

10. 200.6 305 2004

Pass Attempts

Att. Yards Year

1. 406 3,144 1963

2. 386 2,580 2006

3. 378 2,429 2007

4. 372 2,208 1967

5. 363 2,570 1962

6. 350 2,627 2003

7. 345 2,251 1965

8. 342 2,157 2001

9. 337 2,849 2005

10. 329 2,655 2010

Pass Completions

Comp. Att. Year

1. 255 406 1963

2. 237 363 1962

3. 229 337 2005

4. 220 378 2007

5. 217 386 2006

6. 208 329 2010

7. 207 350 2003

8. 184 345 1965

9. 176 312 2008

10. 171 342 2001

Stacey Robinson was a dual threat quarterback for

the Huskies in 1989 and 1990.

80

Completion Percentage

Comp. Pct. Comp. Att. Year

1. .680 229 337 2005

2. .653 237 363 1962

3. .632 208 329 2010

4. .628 255 406 1963

5. .613 168 274 2009

6. .591 207 350 2003

7. .582 220 378 2007

8. .576 125 217 1980

9. .564 176 312 2008

10. .562 217 386 2006

Passing Touchdowns

TD’s Yards Year

1. 32 3,144 1963

2. 26 2,251 1965

3. 25 2,627 2003

4. 24 2,849 2005

5. 23 2,570 1962

23 2,655 2010

7. 22 2,407 2004

8. 20 2,116 1966

9. 18 1,439 1959

18 1,868 1951

18 1,476 1964

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

Highest Completion Percentage

Game (min. 20 comp.): .806 (25-for-31), George Bork vs. Winona State (9-21-63)*

Season (min. 100 comp.): .706 (168-for-238), Phil Horvath (2005)

Career (min. 300 comp.): .640 (577-for-902), George Bork (1960-63)*

Most Completions

Game: 43, George Bork vs. Central Michigan (11-9-63)*

Season: 244, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 577, George Bork (1960-63)*

Most Attempts

Game: 68, George Bork vs. Central Michigan (11-9-63)*

Season: 374, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 910, Chris Finlen (1997, 1999-2001)

Most Passing Yards

Game: 486, Phil Horvath vs. Akron (9-24-05)

Season: 3,077, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 6,782, George Bork (1960-63)*

Most Touchdowns Thrown

Game: 7, George Bork vs. UW-Whitewater (9-14-63)*

Season: 32, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 60, George Bork (1960-63)

Yards Per Completion

Season: 16.6, Bob Heimerdinger (1951)*

Career: 16.3, Bob Heimerdinger (1948-51)*

Yards Per Attempt

Season: 8.75, Dan Nicholson (2005)

Career: 7.89, Chandler Harnish (2008- )

Most Interceptions Thrown

Game: 7, Bob Carpenter vs. West Texas State (11-4-67)*

Season: 18, Bob Heimerdinger (1950, 1951)*

Career: 46, Bob Heimerdinger (1948-51)*

Most 400-Yard Games

Season: 2, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 3, George Bork (1960-63)*

Most 300-Yard Games

Season: 3, George Bork (1963)*

Career: 4, George Bork (1960-63)*

Highest Effi ciency Rating

Game: 261.3, George Bork vs. UW-Whitewater (9-14-63)*

Season: 159.45, Phil Horvath (2005)

Career: 141.9, George Bork (1960-63)*

* Indicates College Division

Individual records

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Phil Horvath (2004-06) passed for a school-record 486 yards against

Akron on September 24, 2005.

Career Leaders

Passing Yards

Player Years Att. Comp. Pct. Yards

1. George Bork 1960-63 * 902 577 63.4 6,782

2. Chris Finlen 1997, 99-2001 910 502 55.2 6,551

3. Josh Haldi 2001-04 776 427 55.0 6,015

4. Chandler Harnish 2008- 726 450 62.0 5,728

5. Phil Horvath 2004-06 630 397 62.5 4,887

6. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 582 300 51.5 4,167

7. Bob Heimerdinger 1948-51 * 552 251 45.5 4,076

8. Dan Nicholson 2005-08 527 312 59.2 3,559

9. Pete Kraker 1976-78 618 284 46.0 3,290

10. Lew Flinn 1957-59 * 197 414 47.6 3,233

Passing Yards Per Game (minimum 100 yards/game)

Player Years Yards Games Yds./Gm.

1. Phil Horvath 2004-06 4,887 27 181.0

2. Chandler Harnish 2008- 5,728 33 173.6

3. Josh Haldi 2001-04 6,015 36 167.1

4. Chris Finlen 1997, 99-2001 6,551 41 159.8

5. Dan Nicholson 2005-08 3,559 27 131.8

6. Aaron Gilbert 1994-95 2,494 19 131.3

7. Scott Crabtree 1992-93 1,698 16 106.1

8. Pete Kraker 1976-78 3,290 32 102.8

Pass Attempts

Player Years Comp. Yards Att.

1. Chris Finlen 1997, 99-2001 502 6,551 910

2. George Bork 1960-63 * 577 6,782 902

3. Josh Haldi 2001-04 427 6,015 776

4. Chandler Harnish 2008- 450 5,728 726

5. Phil Horvath 2004-06 397 4,887 630

6. Pete Kraker 1976-78 284 3,290 618

7. Marshall Taylor 1985-88 300 4,167 582

8. Bob Heimerdinger 1948-51 * 251 4,081 552

9. Dan Nicholson 2005-08 312 3,559 527

10. Bob Carpenter 1967-69 * 233 2,757 505


NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECORDS

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Passing Attempts Per Game (minimum 15 attempts)

Player Years Att. Games Att./Gm

1. Phil Horvath 2004-06 630 27 23.3

2. Chris Finlen 1997, 99-2001 910 41 22.2

3. Chandler Harnish 2008- 726 33 22.0

4. Josh Haldi 2001-04 776 36 21.6

5. Dan Nicholson 2005-08 527 27 19.5