The Huskies had their final practice of the season Sunday afternoon. Former players and coaches met at FontaineBleau as well.
Finished his Huskie career with 142 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks over 52 games. Ranks tied for seventh all-time in sacks.
2012: Garnered first team All-MAC honors after leading the team in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (11.5) as a senior. Started every game at defensive end. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 32nd in the country in sacks. Made a career high 60 tackles to rank fifth on the team. Had at least one tackle in every game and a sack in nine games. Posted four tackles, including an assisted sack, in the MAC Championship game against Kent State (11-30). Added a season best five hurries. Recorded four tackles, and 1.5 sacks in NIU's win over Toledo (11/14). Totaled a career-high eight tackles at Western Michigan (10-27) and knocked down a pass. Made seven tackles versus Army (9-15) with a sack. Tallied three six-tackle games. Two of his sacks came versus Kansas (9-22). Had four quarterback hurries and a pass break up in addition to his six stops at Ball State (10-6). Became first Huskie football player since 2001, and just the second all-time, to be named a first team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. First team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was named Academic All-MAC.
2011: Started 10 games at right defensive end for the Huskies. Tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. His 12.5 TFLs tied for eighth-most in the MAC. Recorded a tackle in 12 of the 13 games he played during the season. Credited with one or more tackles for loss in nine games. Tied his career-high with seven tackles and added two drive-stopping sacks in the GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Arkansas State (1-8). Recorded five tackles in the MAC Championships game versus Ohio (12-2), along with two quarterback hurries. Made two tackles against Eastern Michigan (11-25) with a 15-yard sack that ended the Eagles' comeback. Led all Huskie defensive linemen and set a career-high with seven tackles, including one for a loss, at Toledo (11-1). Recorded three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, against Western Michigan (10-15). Posted 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks - both career highs - at Kansas (9-10). Registered a season-best seven total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble against Army (9-3) to win the NIU Defensive Lineman of the Week award.
2010: Appeared in 12 of the Huskies' 14 games as a back-up at defensive end. Ranked fourth among NIU defensive ends with 12 tackles and tied for eighth on the team in tackles for loss with 4.5. Did not play versus Akron (10-2) or Central Michigan (10-23). Had at least one tackle in eight of 12 contests. Tied his career-high with three tackles, including one for a two-yard loss, in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Tallied two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, versus Buffalo (10-16). Made two tackles, including a four-yard tackle for loss, at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Credited with a tackle and a half sack against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Had a solo stop at Illinois (9-18) and assisted tackles at North Dakota (9-11), Minnesota (9-25) and Western Michigan (10-30).
2009: Saw action in all 13 games as a defensive end. Ranked fourth among Huskie defensive ends with 22 tackles, including nine solo stops and three for loss. Compiled two tackles, including a sack for a loss of one yard, against Miami (10-24). In his first collegiate game, tallied two unassisted tackles against Wisconsin (9-5). Recorded one tackle for a loss of four yards against Ball State (11-12). Made two tackles against Central Michigan (11-27), including tackle for loss. Made a season-high three tackles in games against Purdue and Idaho. Tallied at least one tackle in 11 games as a true freshman.
High School: Named to the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area team and received IHSA All-State honorable mention honors as a senior. Selected to play in the IHSA Coaches' All-Star game. Team captain and MVP earned all-conference and all-area honors during his junior and senior seasons. Named the Daily Herald's Mid-Suburban East Co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks during his senior season. Was a three-year starter for the Bison, playing on the defensive line, offensive line, at fullback and as a tight end. Also competed in track and field.
Personal: Born March 28, 1991. Son of Aretha and Alan Baxter. Finance major with a GPA of 3.61 to qualify for Victory Scholar honors. Aspires to be an entrepreneur. Admires Michael Jordan and Dwight Freeney. Spent the summer of 2012 doing an internship with BP in the Chicago Metro area.