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.
Highlights from the Huskies historic 55-24 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.
2015 Leading rusher and second-leading scorer in the MAC, averaging 101 yards and nine points per game. Ranks fourth in the country with 18 rushing TDs. Saw his streak of eight straight games with a TD end vs. Ohio. Has six multi-score games on the year with TDs in 10 of 12 games (all but Ohio and Ohio State). Ran for a career-high 156 yards on 28 carries with two TDs at Buffalo, including a career-long 58-yarder. At Toledo, scored game-winning TD on a two-yard carry with 1:59 to play. Posted his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game with 138 yards on 26 carries and a score vs EMU. Totaled 134 yards on 14 carries with three long TD runs, including a 53-yarder, at Miami. Totaled 149 yards and two TDs on 31 carries vs. Ball State. Ran for 104 yards on 26 carries at CMU with two TDs. Gained a career-high 152 yards on 21 carries vs. UNLV with three TDs. Top blocker among backs.
2014 • Played in all 14 games with seven starts. • Ranked third on the team in carries (113), rushing yards (655) and rushing touchdowns (5). • Led all NIU tailbacks with a 5.8 yards-per-carry average. • Scored five touchdowns on the season, including four in the season opener against Presbyterian (8-28). • Also tallied career highs on the ground in attempts (16) and rushing yards (97) versus Presbyterian (8-28). • Notched his other rushing touchdown at Eastern Michigan (10-25). • Scampered for a career-long 49-yard rush against Miami (10-18). • Had at least one carry in every game and toted the ball five or more times in 12 different games. • Rushed for 50 yards or more seven times. • Led all tailbacks with 13 receptions, which went for 70 yards in 2014. • Had five catches for 71 yards with a receiving score at Arkansas (9-20), with a career-long 45-yard reception against the Razorbacks. • Finished the season with 725 all-purpose yards.
2013 • Appeared in four games as a true freshman. • Carried the ball 22 times for 86 yards and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. • Carried the ball nine times for a career-high 39 yards at UMass (11-2). • Rushed for 35 yards on career-high 10 carries versus Eastern Michigan (10-26) and scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard reception.
High School • Two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference running back. • Ran 146 times for 1,475 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season at Aurora Christian. • Gained 215 yards and scored four touchdowns on 15 carries in the 2012 Illinois Class 3A quarterfinals against Winnebago, with six carries of 20 or more yards. • Ran for 95 yards on 10 carries in the 2012 Class 3A state championship victory, scoring on runs of 60 and 10 yards to earn the game MVP award. • Led the team with 119 tackles as a senior, including 11 in the state title game, and was named the team's defensive MVP. • Rushed for 1,446 yards in 10 games for Burlington Central HS as a junior where he was a three-time team MVP.
Personal • Born March 28, 1995, in Pomona, Calif. • Son of Desire and Valerie Bouagnon. • Leadership and management major. • Full name is Joel Alexandre Balu Bouagnon and is pronounced Jo-ELL Oll-EX-on Bwon-NYO.
BOUAGNON'S SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS
Carries: 31, vs. Ball State, 10-10-15 Rushing Yards: 152, vs. UNLV, 9-5-15 Long Rush: 53, vs. Miami (Ohio), 10-17-15 Touchdowns: 4, vs. Presbyterian, 8-28-14 Recieving Yards: 71, at Arkansas, 9-20-14 Receptions: 5, at Arkansas, 9-20-14