Players Won 41 Games in Four Years for the Huskies
Daniels, Evans, Krempel, Rainey and Ward
Ashford, Lynch, Melvin and Progar discuss the upcoming 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
Notes from NIU's 31-24 win over Toledo
21-point third quarter leads NIU to 31-24 victory over Rockets
Highlights from the Huskies historic game
Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
Behind the scenes look at the new uniforms
Lots of sand, lots of food and jet skis.
The Huskies arrive in Miami
In 48 games over four seasons, caught 110 passes for 1,192 yards for the Huskies. Adding his return and rushing yardage, totaled 1,685 all-purpose yards with 410 on returns and 83 rushing). Made many of NIU's most spectacular catches during his career.
2011: Second team All-MAC selection by league coaches. Tied for the team lead in receptions with 47 and ranked third on the squad in receiving yards with 530. Made some of the most spectacular catches of the season. Gained 85 yards rushing on 10 carries on the year with a long run of 26 yards in the Cal Poly (9-24) game. Returned five punts for 31 yards and seven kickoffs for 122 yards. Ranked fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 768. Played in all 14 games and started seven. Scored NIU's first points of the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State (1-8) on a nine-yard reception. Shared the team lead with eight catches in NIU's bowl win. Also attempted a pass against the Red Wolves. Hauled in three passes for 45 yards against Ohio (12-2), including a leaping sideline 27-yard catch to set up NIU's game-winning field goal. Snagged three passes for 26 yards against Ball State (11-15). Recorded two receptions, including the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left, for 11 yards at Toledo (11-1). Caught three passes for 45 yards at Buffalo (10-22), including a 39-yarder that led to NIU's third touchdown of the game. Returned a punt for a season-high 33 yards against Western Michigan (10-15), setting up a third-quarter field goal. Led NIU in receptions for the third consecutive game with eight for 87 yards against Central Michigan (10-1) to earn NIU's Offensive Skill Position co-Player of the Week Award. Paced the Huskie passing attack with four catches for 47 yards and one touchdown against Cal Poly (9-24). Led the Huskies in receiving against Wisconsin (9-17) with six receptions for 77 yards, including a 39-yard catch that led to a Huskie touchdown. Also led the team with 153 all-purpose yards against the Badgers. Caught five passes for 67 yards at Kansas (9-10).
2010: As a sophomore, ranked fifth 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 first career touchdown on a 44-yard punt return at Miami (Ohio). Recorded a season-best four receptions for 30 yards against Akron (10-31) to lead NIU in receiving yards in the contest.
High School: Earned first 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 deflections as a defensive back that year. Named first team all-conference in each of his three years as a starter, and earned first 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 field 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.
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