Donna Turner: October 2013 Archives

Ward Featured on Mid-Season All-America Team

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NIU senior Jimmie Ward has been named to SI.com's Mid-Season All-America team.  The Huskies' strong safety from Mobile, Ala. leads the nation with five interceptions, and leads the Huskies in tackles with 50.  He has 35 solo stops, two pass break-ups, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

Ward has intercepted a pass in each of NIU's last four games but his biggest pickoff of the year may have been the first one versus Iowa.  With 1:24 to play and the game tied at 27-all, Ward jumped an out route, made a one-handed interception (due to the cast on his left hand) and returned the ball 20 yards to the Iowa 30.  His play set up a game-winning field goal by the Huskies' Mathew Sims.

Against Purdue, Ward returned an interception on a similar play 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.  While covering All-America candidate Dri Archer during most of the Kent State game, Ward had an interception in the end zone and recovered a fumble.


NATIONAL NOTICE

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The Huskies are 4-0 and ranked 23rd in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and with that record comes some great national publicity for the NIU program and its players, especially Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch.  In case you've missed any of the national mentions this week, here's a recap to some of them with links. 

ESPN.com
Ivan Maisel podcast (talks NIU as BCS Buster at 18 minute mark)
Gene Wojciehowski column (brief mentions for NIU, Lynch under Tailgating and First Quarter headers)
 
Yahoo.com
Pat Forde column (lists NIU-Iowa as most under-rated game of September)
 
SI.com
Campus Union (under "Three Up" props for Jimmie Ward as one of top defenders in the country)
 
FoxSports.com
Charles Davis' Heisman Watch Video (Jordan Lynch)

NFL.com
5-Up

In addition, Lynch and the Huskies have been the subject of some national radio chatter.  Following the Purdue win, Jordan was interviewed live by Yahoo!Sports Radio and CBS Radio, and during the past week, the Huskies have come up on the Dan Patrick Show, Sirius XM College Sports (Monday and Tuesday nights) and ESPN Radio.  Lynch was on the air with Chris Childers of Sirius XM and Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio this week.


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