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.
Huskies football versus the Miami of Ohio Redhawks on October, 18, 2014
2015 • 2015 First Team All-MAC selection started every game for NIU at middle linebacker. • Led NIU with career-high 114 tackles, 73 solo, and was named the Huskies’ Defensive and Team MVP. • Three-year starter registered a career high 16 tackles in the MAC Championship Game vs. Bowling Green. • Had nine tackles, seven solo, with a pass break-up vs. Ohio. • Made 15 tackles, 12 solo, to lead NIU vs. Western Michigan. • Led a goal-line stand with a jarring tackle, broke up two passes and was in on a sack to earn MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time. • Named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after making a team-leading 10 tackles and sealing the Huskies’ win over Toledo with an interception in the final minute. • Led NIU with nine tackles, seven solo, at CMU with 1.5 for loss. • Credited with nine tackles and a forced fumble at Ohio State. • Registered 13 tackles, 10 solo, vs. UNLV. • Played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl postseason game. • Named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. 2014 • Appeared in all 14 games with 13 starts. • Enjoyed another stellar season at middle linebacker, making 75 tackles to rank fifth on the Huskies’ roster. • Earned a second team All-MAC nod. • Tied for second on NIU with nine tackles for a loss of 14 yards. • Started the season with 7.5 tackles for loss in the first six contests. • Recorded a career-high three TFLs in the win over Kent State (10-4). • Also finished the season strong with 46 stops in the final seven games. • Tallied a season-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble at Ohio (11-18). • Displayed consistency, making at least one tackle in every game, with 13 multi-tackle contests and eight games with at least five stops. 2013 • Started all 14 contests at middle linebacker. • Third on the team in tackles with 82 with 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. • Intercepted a pass in the endzone and led NIU with a career-high 11 stops at Toledo (11-20). • Forced a fumble and made five tackles at Idaho (9-14). • Blocked a kick and made five stops in a win over Akron (10-12). • Recorded seven tackles and a sack at Central Michigan (10-19). • Tied a career high with two TFLs versus Eastern Michigan (10-26).
2012 • Saw action in 13 games and started four at middle linebacker. • Finished with 31 tackles, five for loss. • Notched 14 tackles in a three-game span from Sept. 15 to Sept. 29. • Tallied a season high seven stops, and had two tackles for loss, in his first career start at Army (9-15). • Accounted for four tackles in back-to-back games at Western Michigan (10-27) and against UMass (11-3).
2011 • Redshirted.
High School • Named the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Defensive MVP as a senior after making 13 tackles in the game. • First team All-State selection at linebacker as a senior. • Named to all-area and all-conference teams following his junior and senior years, when he served as team captain. • Finished as the school's career leader in tackles with 404. • Accumulated 110 tackles, caused four fumbles, recovered two and had a sack during the 2010 campaign. • Garnered all-state honorable mention as a junior. • Set school record for tackles in a season with 160 as a junior. • Totaled 46 tackles and an interception in just five games as a sophomore after suffering a broken wrist, but still earned all-area honors as a long snapper.
Personal • Born July 14, 1993 in Clinton, Mo. • Son of Byron and Rita Mays. • Father was a defensive tackle at Kansas and Central Missouri. • Originally signed primarily to be the Huskies' long snapper. • Organizational and corporate communications major.
MAYS' SINGLE GAME HIGHS Tackles: 16, vs. Bowling Green, 12-4-15 TFL: 3, vs Kent State, 10-4-14 Sacks: 1.0, twice; last at Central Michigan, 10-19-13 PBU's: 2, vs. Western Michigan, 11-18-15 Fumbles Forced: 1, at Ohio State, 9-19-15 Interceptions: 1, twice, last vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-24-15