Academics
- NIU Huskie Football was awarded the 2011 Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for having a 4-year APR of .987 (Top 3 in the United States). Only 14 college football teams in the nation received this award

- Among all Division I teams, the Huskies are Top 10 in the country for graduation success rate

- Five Huskie players were named 2012 All-MAC Academic First Team:

  • Chandler Harnish
  • Nabal Jefferson
  • Ryan Neir
  • Keith Otis
  • Joe Pawlak

- Four Huskie players were named 2012 All-MAC Academic Honorable Mention:

  • Alan Baxter
  • Matt Krempel
  • Adam Keil
  • Pat McAvoy
- Nabal Jefferson was named First Team Capital One Academic All-District for the 2011-2012 season

- Chandler Harnish was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete for the 2011-2012 season