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 • First Team All-MAC running back. • Played in all 14 games, starting 12. • Led NIU in carries (283), rushing yards (1,285) and rushing touchdowns (18). • His 18 rushing TDs tied for 10th in the FBS. • Had six 100-yard rushing games. • Also scored multiple TDs in six contests. • Led MAC league with 108 points scored and finished second in rushing yards. • Rushed for a career-high 156 yards with two scores at Buffalo (11-11), earning MAC West Offensive Player of the Week selection. • Career-high 31 rushes for 149 yards and two TDs vs. Ball State (10-10). • Scored three touchdowns on the ground in the season opener against UNLV (9-5) and repeated the feat at Miami (10-17). • Had two TDs and 104 yards rushing at Central Michigan (10-3). • Tallied 137 yards rushing and a season-best 50 yards receiving on homecoming against Eastern Michigan (10-24). • Grounded out 87 yards and a score in a key victory at Toledo (11-3). • Rushed for 78 yards and over four yards-per-carry at Ohio State (9-19). • Was NIU’s leading rusher in all but two games during the season.
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 then-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 season-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. • 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.
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: 156, at Buffalo, 11-11-15 Long Rush: 58, at Buffalo, 11-11-15 Touchdowns: 4, vs. Presbyterian, 8-28-14 Receptions: 5, at Arkansas, 9-20-1 Recieving Yards: 71, at Arkansas, 9-20-14 Long Catch: 45, at Arkansas, 9-20-14