Northern Illinois University Faculty Athletics Representative Matt Streb was honored Thursday by the National Football Foundation as part of the organization's 2012 Faculty Salute Initiative.
 
Streb was one of 15 FARs from across the country that was recognized for his efforts. The honor was given to the FARs at each of the schools who had an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. In 2011, former NIU FAR Jan Rintala was recognized alongside NIU QB Chandler Harnish.
 
Below is a list of the FARs who were honored:
 
·         Baylor University, Mike Rogers (Nick Florence, QB, 3.79 GPA)
·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (Sean Renfree, QB, 3.40 GPA)
·         Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hank Smith (Ethan Peterson, OL, 3.83 GPA)
·         Northern Illinois University, Matt Streb (Nabal Jefferson, DT, 3.78 GPA)
·         Northwestern University,  Robert Gundlach (Patrick Ward, OT, 3.94 GPA)
·         Robert Morris University, Scott Branvold (Nolan Nearhoof, DE, 3.73 GPA)
·         Saint Xavier University (Ill.), Barbara Becker (Shane Zackery, WR, 3.71 GPA)
·         Syracuse University, Mike Wasylenko (Ryan Nassib, QB, 3.57 GPA)
·         Texas Tech University, Brian Shannon (Cody Davis, S, 3.70 GPA)
·         University of Alabama, Kevin Whitaker (Barrett Jones, C, 4.00 GPA)
·         University of Mount Union (Ohio), Scott Mason (Nick Driskill, S, 3.77 GPA)
·         University of Nebraska, Josephine Potuto (Rex Burkhead, RB, 3.43 GPA)
·         University of Notre Dame, Patricia Bellia (Manti Te'o, LB, 3.32 GPA)
·         University of Southern California, Clare Pastore (Matt Barkley, QB, 3.21 GPA)
·         West Texas A&M University, David Rausch (Aaron Mullane, OL, 3.84 GPA)
 
Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the initiative is an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football's elite student-athletes. Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the initiative as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the initiative, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school ($75,000 total) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

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Men's Basketball: NIU nearly pulled off a big upset Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena, but ultimately fell to DePaul, 69-64. Adbel Nader scored a game-high 20 points in the game that saw the Huskies get within one with 16 seconds to play.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies started their Christmas break with a 68-46 loss at DePaul Saturday night. Amanda Corral led the team with 15 points, but the Blue Demons' 49.1 shooting percentage for the game was too much to overcome.

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Men's Basketball: NIU split their two non-conference contests over the past week. The Huskies defeated SIU Edwardsville, 65-54, Wednesday behind double figure scoring from Aksel Bolin, Sam Mader and Travon Baker. However, Northern dropped a tight 80-73 overtime decision at Milwaukee Friday night despite Akeem Springs' 21 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies lost to a Missouri Valley Conference opponent for the second-straight week, this time falling to Indiana State, 58-52. Amanda Corral led NIU with 19 points.

Wrestling: The Huskies fell to Michigan State Saturday, 25-9, in the annual Showcase Meet. Nick Smith, Tyler Argue and Matt Mougin posted wins for NIU in the loss.

Track & Field: Northern Illinois began their indoor season strong with one event title and six top five finishes at the Cyclone Holiday Preview. Freshman Ida Burbulla took the high jump title with a mark of 5-03.75 (1.62m).

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Football: Northern Illinois won their second consecutive Mid-American Conference title Friday with a 44-37 double overtime win over then No. 17 Kent State at Detroit's Ford Field. Jordan Lynch combined for 372 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense held KSU's vaunted rushing attack in check before Demetrius Stone's fourth down interception in the endzone sealed the win. The victory solidified a spot for the Huskies in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl against ACC champion Florida State.

Men's Basketball: NIU lost two non-conference games during the week. On Tuesday, the Huskies lost 58-46 to in-state rival UIC despite Sam Mader's 15 points. On Saturday, Northern dropped a 60-43 decision to the Dayton Flyers with Travon Baker leading NIU with 17 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies split two non-conference contests to close out November. NIU lost a tight one on the road Wednesday night with a 67-58 defeat at the hands of the Bradley Braves in Peoria, Ill. They would rebound Friday night, though, with a 67-63 victory over the Loyola Ramblers for the team's first home win in 2012-13.

Wrestling: The Huskies posted 14 placewinners and one champion Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open. Rob Jillard led the way for the team with a first place finish at 149 pounds. Meanwhile, Andrew Morse took second at 157 pounds and Jared Torrence took third at heavyweight.

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Football: Northern Illinois wrapped up its regular season Friday with a convincing 49-7 win over Eastern Michigan. Akeem Daniels rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries, while Jordan Lynch combined for 275 yards of total offense in the win. The victory was NIU's 11th in a row and marks the first time that the program has reached the 11-win plateau during the regular season.

Men's Basketball: NIU dropped a close 53-46 decision against in-state rival Loyola Saturday at the Convocation Center. Akeem Springs paced the Huskie offense with 15 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies lost a close one at home to South Dakota State Wednesday, 59-58. Jada Buggs led NIU with 16 points, while Satavia Taylor added 10 in the loss.

Volleyball: The Huskies closed out their season Saturday evening with a 3-1 loss at Marquette. Despite dropping the first two sets, NIU made it interesting with a convincing third set win. However, the Golden Eagles' dominant fourth set closed the door on Northern and their season.

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Football: Northern Illinois clinched its third consecutive MAC West title Wednesday night with a 31-24 win over the Toledo Rockets at Huskie Stadium. Jordan Lynch led the Huskies back from a 14-7 halftime deficit with 295 yards passing in the third quarter alone as part of NIU's 21-point explosion. Lynch also became the first QB in NCAA history to pass for 400 yards and rush for 150 in the same game.

Men's Basketball: NIU went 1-1 during the week after a pair of games. On Tuesday, the Huskies took part in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon with a 7 a.m. tilt against Valparaiso. However, the Crusaders' hot shooting was too much in a 69-46 defeat. Northern rebounded from that loss Sunday with a convincing 72-54 win over Judson.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went 2-0 in the consolation rounds of the WNIT. On Saturday night, NIU knocked off SoCon favorite Davidson in a 64-61 win for Northern's first win of the year. Yet, the squad would top that performance the next night with a 74-46 win over Morehead State.

Volleyball: The Huskies advanced to their third-straight MAC Tournament title match over the weekend, but found a similar result in the final. NIU opened the weekend with a 3-1 win over Akron, as the Huskies won three sets in a row after dropping the first set. They followed that up with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over top-seeded Ohio in which the Huskies dropped the first two sets. However, the run came to an end Sunday afternoon when NIU fell to Bowling Green, 3-2, in the championship match, despite leading two sets to none.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois went 2-1 in their three matches of the NIU Duals. After winning a forfeit-filled opener against Calumet College of St. Joseph, 57-0, the Huskies shut out the Loras Duhawks, 41-0, to set up a final showdown against No. 23 Purdue. However, the Boilermakers handed the Huskies a 37-0 defeat for NIU's first loss of the season.

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped their season opener Friday with a 77-64 defeat at Nebraska Omaha. Aksel Bolin paced NIU with 11 points, while freshman Daveon Balls added 10 for the Huskies.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies started their year off Monday with a tight 45-42 exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan, as  Amanda Corral led NIU with 12 points and sank to critical free throws late. The squad kicked off their regular season Friday night in Iowa City, Iowa, when they dropped a 63-40 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to a close over the weekend, but not without a run to the MAC Championship match. On Friday, the Huskies held West Virginia scoreless for the second time in 2012 en route to a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers in the semi-finals. However, No. 1 Akron ended NIU's run Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory in the title match to clinch the conference crown.

Volleyball: The Huskies wrapped up their regular season with a split against two of the MAC's leaders. NIU dropped a 3-1 decision at Western Michigan Thursday night, despite having two of the four sets go beyond 25 points. However, Northern rebounded on Senior Night Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois kicked off their home schedule in impressive fashion Saturday, grabbing the program's 500th win and knocking off Big Ten foe Indiana en route to a 3-0 performance at the Huskie Duals. The day began with a 36-3 win over Tiffin in which the Huskies won each of the first three matches. They followed that up with a strong 26-12 win over South Dakota State for the 500th win in program history. The day was not complete, though, until NIU got a 19-13 win over Indiana - the team's first over a Big Ten opponent since 2009.

Cross Country: The Huskies ended their 2012 season with a 27th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Springfield, Mo. Courtney Oldenburg capped off her career by finishing with a 23:17.367 clip despite battling a stomach bug all week.

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Football: The Huskies moved to 9-1 on the year with a 63-0 shutout victory over the UMass Minutemen. QB Jordan Lynch combined for over 300 yards of total offense, while the NIU defense forced four turnovers. The shutout was the first by NIU since Sept. 27, 2008, when they blanked Eastern Michigan, 37-0.

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois opened their season with a commanding 89-56 win against Aurora in an exhibition contest . Six Huskies scored in double figures, including 12 each from Kevin Gray and Mike Davis.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament for the second consecutive season during the week, but not without some added drama. The week began with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan, putting NIU in a "win or go home" situation Friday at Buffalo. However, Northern punched their ticket to Akron with a tight 1-0 win against the Bulls.

Volleyball: The Huskies improved their MAC Tournament hopes over the weekend with a pair of key road wins. On Friday, NIU fought off Toledo for a 3-1 win. They followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of Ball State in which they dominated most every statistical category.

Wrestling: NIU opened their season Saturday at the EMU Open by putting 13 wrestlers on the podium. Matt Mougin led the way with a third place finish at 174 pounds. Meanwhile, Jared Torrence placed fourth at heavyweight and Rob Jillard took fifth at 149, in addition to Derek Elmore (125), Ethan Davis (141), Caleb Busson (174) Shane Rosenberry (184) and Arber Bebo (197) each taking sixth in their respective brackets. On the fresh/soph side, Shawn Scott (1st - 197), Andrew Morse (3rd - 157), Gabe Morse (4th - 141), Braun Marquez (5th - 125) and Bryan Loughlin (5th - 184) all placed for Northern.

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Players and coaches enjoy the beautiful football locker room which provides the team with not only 120 lockers, but an informal gathering space and a comfortable area to relax and prepare before and after practice. After home games, the luxurious locker room is transformed into a celebration area where coaches and players gather to celebrate a victory by singing the Huskie Fight Song led by University President John Peters.

Take a tour of the Northern Illinois football locker room with Freshman Defensive Lineman, Michael Ippolito.


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Monty.jpgWith just four days until the Huskies host Aurora University in an exhibition contest, Ross Jacobson of the Daily Chronicle writes about the increased comfort level for Mark Montgomery and the Huskies heading into the season. As Jacobson notes, expect the Huskies to play with a higher tempo and more pressure defense in year two.