Graduates Represent 15 Northern Illinois Teams and 25 Different Majors
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Ashford, Lynch, Melvin and Progar discuss the upcoming 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
Five Northern Illinois Players Named First Team All-MAC
Notes from NIU's 31-24 win over Toledo
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
The Huskies had their final practice of the season Sunday afternoon. Former players and coaches met at FontaineBleau as well.
Completed his Huskie career with 178 tackles, 16.5 for loss, with 13 passes defended and 4.5 quarterback sacks.
2012: Second team All-MAC selection saw action in all 14 games and started 13 at weak side linebacker for the Huskies in 2012. Finished as NIU's second-leading tackler with a career-best 86 stops. His 51 solo tackles also ranked second on the team. Led the Huskie linebacking corps and was fourth on the team with 10 tackles for loss. Recorded a career-high 17 tackles at Army (9-15). Named NIU Defensive Player of the Week with 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break up in the season opener vs. Iowa (9-1). Credited with five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against Kent State (11-30) in the MAC Championship game. Had four stops versus Florida State in the Orange Bowl (1/1). Made three tackles and intercepted a pass at the goal line in NIU's victory over Toledo (11-14). His career-high six pass break ups ranked third on the team. Bagged his only sack of the season against Eastern Michigan (11-23), in addition to making three tackles and breaking up two passes. Recorded 11 stops and a quarterback hurry at Ball State (10-6). Notched six stops at Western Michigan (10-27). Forced a fumble and made six tackles versus UMass (11-3). Credited with five tackles, all solo, including three for loss at Akron (10-20).
2011: Sat out the season. Garnered Defensive Work Team Player of the Year recognition from the NIU coaching staff. Continued to contribute as a member of the work team, where he was named the Offensive Work Team Player of the Week following the Army (9-3), Kansas (9-10), Cal Poly (9-24), Kent State (10-8) and Bowling Green (11-8) games.
2010: Started all 14 games at weak-side linebacker. Led NIU and tied for eighth in the MAC in interceptions with four which he returned for 49 yards and one touchdown. Ranked third on the team in tackles with 78, including 37 solo. Named NIU's Linebacker of the Year and Defensive MVP. Led the team in tackles three times and had at least two stops in every game. Picked off his first career pass and returned it 30 yards in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Added a six-yard tackle for loss. Totaled eight tackles with half a sack against North Dakota (9-11). Credited with six tackles at Minnesota (9-25). Named NIU's Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording six solo tackles against Temple (10-9). Led the team in tackles with seven, six solo, against Buffalo (10-16). Earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors and NIU Defensive Back of the Week award after intercepting two passes against Central Michigan (10-23). Made nine stops at Western Michigan (10-30) to tie for team-high honors. Named NIU's Defensive Lineman of the Week after intercepting a pass and returning it 16 yards for a touchdown, and recording two solo stops at Ball State (11-20). Registered four tackles with a seven-yard quarterback sack versus Miami in the 2010 MAC Championships game. Led NIU with a career-best 12 tackles and contributed 1.5 for loss against Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).
2009: Played in eight games and made his first career start in the International Bowl against South Florida (1-2). Totaled 14 tackles, five solo, with two tackles for loss and two sacks. Added a fumble recovery and one pass breakup. Tallied three tackles, including a sack for a loss of three yards, in his collegiate debut against Western Illinois (9-12). Made a season-high four stops against South Florida. Sacked the USF quarterback for a loss of 20 yards. Collected two tackles each in games against Western Michigan (10-3), Miami (10-24), and Central Michigan (11-27). Also recorded a pass break up against Central Michigan. Forced a fumble on an Ohio (11/21) punt return, leading to an NIU touchdown in the ensuing drive. Recovered a fumble in the Huskies victory at Purdue (9-19).
High School: Named to the Missouri High School Class 6A Defensive All-State Team. Earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and senior. Played safety and running back and helped lead his team to the state championship game and a 10-3 record his junior year. Team captain and MVP recorded 62 tackles, 49 solo, one sack, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a senior. As a tailback that year, rushed the ball 151 times for 789 yards and eight touchdowns. During his junior year, totaled 61 tackles with three sacks and two interceptions. Ran the ball 104 times for 744 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 218 yards and five scores. Tallied 42 tackles, 30 solo, and two interceptions as a sophomore
Personal: Born Dec. 13, 1990. Son of Gloria Black and Tommie Clark. Family and child studies major. Admires his high school football coach Gary Heyole. Enjoys going to the movies and spending time with his family.
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