Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
2013: Appeared in all 11 games, starting five...Third on the team in receptions and receiving yards with 23 receptions for 388 yards this season...Third on the team in yards per reception at 16.9...Tied for second on the team in touchdown receptions with three...Led the Huskies with a career-highs in catches (8) and receiving yards (121) at Toledo (11-20)...Hauled in a career-high 66 yard touchdown pass at UMass (11-2)...Caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in a win over Eastern Michigan (10-26)...Made four receptions for 50 yards in a win at Central Michigan (10-19)...Caught three passes for 51 yards against Akron (10-12)...Tallied one catch for nine yards at Kent State (10-5)...Had his most productive game of the year at Purdue (9-28) tallying four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, including a 41-yard grab in the second quarter...Had one catch for 10 yards in the season opener at Iowa (8-31).
2012: Appeared in nine games for the Huskies, catching 11 passes for 223 yards. Averaged 20.3 yards per catch to rank third on the team. Recorded four receptions of 25 yards or more, including a career-high 44-yard grab against UMass (11-3). Set career highs in receptions and yards against the Minutemen with four catches for 82 yards, including one from fellow wide receiver Jamison Wells. Made a pair of 30-plus yard catches at Akron (10-20) to set up two NIU field goals. Made his first career grab for a 12-yard gain against Buffalo (10-13). Recorded two catches for 24 yards versus the Bulls. Hauled in a 38-yard pass at Western Michigan (10-27) to set up NIU's sixth touchdown. Made two catches for 12 yards at Eastern Michigan (11-23).
2011: Redshirted. Named the Defensive Work Team Player of the Week following the Toledo (11-1) game.
High School: Two-time varsity letterwinner in both football and basketball. Honored as team captain and MVP in football and basketball his senior year. Named to all-area and all-state teams following his senior campaign. Holds school record for most touchdown catches in a game with three. Also holds season records for receiving yards (697), receptions (44), and touchdown catches (12). Broke three school career records in just two seasons including: receiving yards (1,314), catches (70), and touchdown catches (19). Earned a place on the 2011 Grange North All-Star team after his senior season.
Personal: Born Jan. 10, 1993 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Son of Justin and Diana Brescacin. Journalism major.
BRESCACIN'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Catches: 8, at Toledo, 11-20-13 Receiving Yards: 121, at Toledo, 11-20-13 Long Reception: 66, at UMass, 11-2-13