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.
NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.
2015 • Played in eight games with seven starts. • Started the first two games at right guard before missing time with injury. • Returned for the win at Toledo (11-3). • Started the remaining five games to help NIU clinch another MAC West title. • Blocked for First Team All-MAC rusher Joel Bouagnon, who tallied 1,285 yards and 18 touchdowns. • Interior blocking presence who helped the Huskies rush for more than 190 yards per game with 31 touchdowns on the ground.
2014 • Appeared in all 14 games as a member of the offensive line rotation. • Earned his first collegiate start at right guard in NIU’s appearance in the Boca Raton Bowl against Marshall (12-23). • Helped the Huskies rush for 200 yards and a touchdown versus Marshall (12-23). • Blocked for an offensive line that allowed just 14 sacks all season. • Played a role in NIU rushing for 3,488 yards and 36 touchdowns.
2013 • Appeared in 12 games in 2013. • Member of the field goal/PAT unit. • Also saw action in several games as a back-up at offensive tackle.
2012 • Redshirted.
High School • Two-time first team all-conference selection. • Finalist for the Joe Thomas Award, annually given to the top senior offensive lineman in Wisconsin. • Received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio, Texas, following the 2010 season. • Started 28 games for GHS in three seasons. • Also competed on GHS' track & field team.
Personal • Born Oct. 29, 1993, in Greenfield, Wis. • Son of Michael and Colleen Ruka. • Sociology major.