Joe Pawlak
Joe  Pawlak

Offensive Graduate Assistant - Offensive Line


NIU defeats Northwestern, 23-15

The Huskies played a dominant second-half of football in Evanston to defeat the Wildcats, 23-15.


SIGHTS & SOUNDS: NIU Football Releases New Uniforms

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.

Former NIU football player Joe Pawlak returns for his second season as a graduate assistant on the staff of the Northern Illinois University football team working with the offensive line, a unit he excelled with as a player with the Huskies.

A three-year starter at NIU, Pawlak started the final 41 games of his career and played in 52 total games. A member of the 2011 Mid-American Conference championship team, he was part of the offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks to rank 10th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed. In 2011, Pawlak and the NIU offense broke 12 single-season records, including passing yards (3,386), touchdowns (67), net yards gained (6,664) and yards per game (476). A success on the field and in the classroom, Pawlak was an Academic All-MAC honoree in 2011.

Now in his second year on the NIU coaching staff, Pawlak will begin his fourth as a graduate assistant at NIU. He spent the first two seasons working under Director of Sports Performance Brad Ohrt in the NIU Strength and Conditioning Center. In that role, Pawlak worked with several different Huskie sports teams.

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