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 13 games, starting two...Has six receptions for 76 yards on the season...Made a 27 yard catch at Toledo (11-20)...Hauled in a career-long 33 yard reception against Eastern Michigan (10-26)...Caught a career-high four passes for 16 yards in the opener at Iowa (8-31).
2012: Appeared in eight games for the Huskies as a true freshman. Made two catches and carried the ball three times for 31 yards in 2012. Scored on an 11-yard run in NIU's 49-7 victory at Eastern Michigan (11-23). Played a key role on several special teams units for the Huskies. Recorded a tackle versus UMass on the kickoff team (11-3)
High School: Set the Lake Zurich High School record with 3,509 career rushing yards. Earned all-conference, all-area and all-state recognition following his junior and senior seasons. Posted a single season record in rushing yards (1,703) as a senior, helping the Bears advance to the state title game. Rushed for a record 280 yards on 14 carries against Libertyville. Scored 14 touchdowns during the 2011 season. Scored a school-record 26 touchdowns as a junior, in addition to rushing for 1,683 yards for Lake Zurich. Helped the Bears reach the state semi-finals in 2010.
Personal: Born June 13, 1993, in Joliet, Ill. Son of Jim and Jana Brinlee. Intends to major in mechanical engineering. Enjoys reading.
BRINLEE'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Catches: 4, at Iowa, 8-31-13 Receiving Yards: 33, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13