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.
On August 16, the NIU Football team got its first look at their new home uniforms.
2014 Earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors after making eight tackles with his ninth career interception and a fumble recovery at WMU. Picked off two passes and had five tackles in the MAC Championship Game vs. Bowling Green. Has career-high 78 tackles to rank third on the team. Came up with six stops at Ohio. Led NIU with eight tackles, all solo, vs. Toledo. Made eight stops in four games this year, including at Arkansas. Recorded an INT at Eastern Michigan. Has a pair of pass break ups. Registered seven stops vs. Northwestern, six solo, and Central Michigan. Had a half tackle for loss and broke up a pass in NIU's win at UNLV when he was named the Defensive Skill Player of the Week. One of two current Huskies with more than 200 career tackles (229).
2013 Third team all-MAC honoree. Ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55, including 31 solo stops. Second on the team with three interceptions. Picked off a pair of passes at Purdue (9-28), returning one for 50 yards, for his first-career two-interception game. Earned NIU Defensive Skill Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Boilermakers. Returned an interception 22 yards to go along with eight tackles at Iowa (8-31) to earn Co-Defensive Skill Player of the Week honors. Led NIU with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, at Idaho (9-14). 2012 Made 38 stops, 22 solo, in nine games. Forced a team-high three fumbles. Made an acrobatic interception along the sidelines in the second quarter of the MAC Championship game against Kent State (11-30) to set up a Huskie touchdown. Recorded a career-high 10 tackles and two forced fumbles versus Iowa (9-1). Tallied five tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble against Central Michigan (9-29). Missed five games during the regular season due to injury. 2011 Named to the Rivals.com MAC All-Freshman Team. Played in every game and started the last nine at strong safety. Ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 57, 34 solo. Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three; his 47 interception return yards led NIU. Broke up four passes and had four tackles for loss. Sealed NIU's GoDaddy.com Bowl victory with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown against Arkansas State (1-8). Recorded an interception against Ohio (12-2) in the MAC Championship game and added four stops. Picked off his first career pass and made nine tackles with one for loss at Buffalo (10-22) to win the Defensive Skill Player of the Week Award. Blocked a punt, broke up a pass and made three stops in his first career start versus Kent State (10-8). 2010 Redshirted
High School All-area selection by the Charlotte Observer and Daily Herald (North Carolina) in 2009. First team I-Meck All-Conference choice as a senior. Two-time Defensive MVP of his high school team. Made 59 tackles, 34 solo, forced two fumbles and intercepted four with one returned for a score as a senior. Caught 32 passes for 582 yards and seven touchdowns at wide receiver and returned 13 punts for 217 yards. Recorded 42 tackles, 27 solo, and intercepted four while catching 22 passes for 490 yards and five scores as a junior. Also returned eight kickoffs for 180 yards. Totaled 128 tackles and 11 interceptions on defense in three varsity seasons. Caught 66 career passes for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns in his high school career. Personal Born Jan. 11, 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. Son of Kimberly Tabor and Darren Durante. General studies major. His name is pronounced Duh-SHAWN Derr-RANT
DURANTE'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Tackles: 10, twice, last at Idaho, 9-14-13 Forced Fumbles: 2, vs. Iowa, 9-1-12 Tackles for Loss: 1.5, vs. UT Martin, 9-8-12 Interceptions:2, at Purdue, 9-28-13 PBU's: 1, twice, last at Arkansas, 9-20-14