It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.
2015 Leader of the NIU offensive line. With linemate Aidan Conlon, leads the nation with 54 consecutive career starts, tying the NIU career record with his start vs. Ohio. Named NIU’s Offensive Player of the Week three times (Murray State, Miami, EMU). Huskies have six games with 500-plus yards of total offense and two over 600. Gained 6.7 yards per rush vs. WMU and did not allow a sack for second time. NIU averaged seven yards per play vs. Ball State; scored on nine straight possessions. Huskies gained 300-plus rushing yards three times, lead the MAC with 213 rushing yards/game. On the preseason watch lists for the Rimington Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
2014 • Started all 14 games at center for the third consecutive season, extending his streak to 42 games. • Selected to the All-MAC First Team. • Awarded NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week after the victory at Eastern Michigan (10-25), where the Huskies rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns as a team. • Helped organize an offensive line that conceded just 14 quarterback sacks the entire season. • Blocked for a rushing attack that amassed 3,488 yards on the ground with 36 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. • Led the way for second team All-MAC rusher Cameron Stingily, who finished the season with 971 rushing yards and 14 scores. • Also opened holes for 600-yard rushers Drew Hare and Joel Bouagnon. • Started in his third consecutive MAC Championship Game, helping the Huskies defeat Bowling Green (12-5) by a 51-17 margin. • Helped NIU score 56 touchdowns and average 31.5 points per game. • Guided the Huskies to nine 200-yard rushing games, with five 300-yard contests and two 400-yard performances on the ground.
2013 • Started all 14 games at center for the second consecutive year. • Named NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week against Eastern Illinois (9-21) as the Huskie offense gained 602 yards. • Earned NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week honors again at Toledo (11-20) where the Huskies ran for 364 yards. • Led a pass protection unit that allowed only 0.79 sacks per game to rank fifth in the nation. • Centered an NIU offense that ranked fifth in the country with 519.8 yards of total offense per game. • Paved the way for Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch to become the nation's second leading rusher with 1,920 yards. • Blocked for a rushing offense that totaled 3,161 yards, best in NIU history and seventh in the country. • Led the way for the NIU's most prolific scoring offense (39.6 ppg). • Part of an NIU offense that topped 550 yards of total offense in seven games.
2012 • Started all 14 games at center for the Huskies. • Named Co-Lineman of the Week in a win over Akron (10-20). • Helped NIU average 469.6 yards of total offense per game which ranked 20th in the country and led the MAC. • NIU gained 400 or more yards in 12 of 14 games in 2012. • NIU led the MAC and ranked 12th in the nation in rushing offense with 238.2 yards per game. • The Huskies scored 38.8 points per game to rank 13th nationally. • Centered a pass protection unit that allowed only 1.2 sacks per game. • Paved the way for NIU's season-high 622 yards of total offense against Central Michigan (9-29).
2011 • Redshirted. • Earned the Defensive Work Team Player of the Week award against Kansas (9-10) and Ball State (11-15).
High School • First-team all-state choice by the MFCA and Missouri Sportswriters Association. • All-area choice by Missouri High School SportsNet and a second team selection by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. • Earned first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons and was an honorable mention choice as a sophomore. • Began his senior season as the center on Catholic High Schools' Preseason All-America team. • Served as team captain as a senior.
Personal • Born May 25, 1993 in Lake St. Louis, Mo. • Son of David and Barbara Ness. • Mother was a four-year starter for Central Missouri's women's basketball team. • Father won three letters as an offensive guard for Western State. • Pursuing a master's degree in sport management major. • From the same hometown as NIU quarterback Drew Hare.