37   Alex Kube
Alex Kube

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Cary, IL

High School:
Cary-Grove

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 228

Position:
LB

Experience:
3L


Member of the Huskies' 2010 Leadership Council.

2010: Started all 14 games at strong side linebacker. Led the Huskie defense in tackles with 81 and was tied for fifth in tackles for loss with 5.5, while recording one sack and one forced fumble. Selected to the 2010 All-MAC Third Team defense and was a second team all-league choice by Phil Steele's Magazine. Credited with a season-high 10 stops versus Central Michigan (10-23). Made eight stops with one half tackle for loss at Western Michigan (10-30). Recorded a team-high nine stops, six of those solo, including a sack and a tackle for loss, against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Recorded nine tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for loss, in the home opener against North Dakota (9-11). Tallied six tackles, three solo, at Illinois (9-18), and seven a week later at Minnesota (9-25). Made seven tackles in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2), and performed the feat again against Temple (10-9). Tallied five tackles, four solo, at Akron (10-2). Finished season with four stops against Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).

2009: Played in 12 games with 12 starts. Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 60. Tied for fourth on the squad with six tackles for loss totaling 14 yards. Made four stops at Central Michigan (11-27). Named one of NIU's defensive players of the week after making nine tackles, including one-and-a-half for loss, against Ball State (11-12). Tallied eight tackles, one for loss, versus Toledo (10-17). Made a season- and game-high 11 tackles, his highest total since making 15 stops at Navy in 2007, and added 2.5 tackles for loss against Idaho (9-26). Led all linebackers with six tackles at Wisconsin (9-5). Made five tackles each at Western Michigan (10-3) and Ohio (11-21). Totaled four tackles versus Western Illinois (9-12) and three against Purdue (9-19). Registered at least one tackle in every game in which he played. Did not play in the bowl game due to injury.

2008: Ranked fourth on the team and second among linebackers with 59 tackles in his first season at the position. Totaled seven tackles for loss, fourth-most on the team. Recognized as MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles, one interception and a TFL against Toledo (10-18). Made a season-high eight stops against both Central Michigan (11-12) and Navy (11-25). Co-led the Huskies with four tackles against Bowling Green (10-25). Led all linebackers with five stops against Miami (OH) (10-11). Made five tackles, three solo, against Ball State (11-5). Tallied one TFL each in seven games: at Western Michigan (9-6), at Tennessee (10-4), vs. Miami, vs. Toledo, at Ball State, at Kent State (11-18) and vs. Louisiana Tech (12-28) in the Independence Bowl. Named the Huskies' defensive skill player of the week on both Oct. 18 (Toledo) and Nov. 5 (Ball State).

2007: Earned Freshman All-America accolades from The Sporting News, becoming the third consecutive Huskie first team selection. Ranked second in the nation in tackles among first-year players with 111. Became the first freshman to lead NIU in tackles in 31 years despite sitting out the season finale. A first team All-MAC choice by Phil Steele's Magazine. Ranked seventh in the MAC and 27th in the country with 10.09 tackles per game. Played in 11 games with nine starts at strong safety and racked up seven double-digit tackle efforts to go with three pass break ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 0.5 tackles for loss. Posted the highest single-game tackle performance by a Huskie player during the season with 15, nine solo, at Navy (11-17). Totaled seven tackles and a pass break up in season opener vs. Iowa (9-1). Registered 10 tackles and forced and recovered a fumble vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Collected 10 stops and was credited with half a tackle for loss vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Racked up 11 tackles, eight solo, at Idaho (9-22). Led team with 14 tackles at Temple (10-6). Made 12 stops, seven solo, with one pass break up vs. Western Michigan (10-13). Recorded eight tackles at Wisconsin (10-20). Totaled nine tackles and a pass break up at Toledo (10-27). Credited with 11 tackles against Kent State (11-10).

2006: Redshirted.

High School: Class 6A All-State selection and No. 29 state prospect by Rivals.com. Team captain and MVP, Larry Myer Defensive Player Award recipient, first team All-Fox Valley Conference, first team Northwest Herald All-Area and Player of the Year, first team Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area and team co-captain, first team Chicago Sun-Times All-Area, second team Chicago Tribune All-State, first team Champaign News-Gazette All-State, and first team IFCA All-State as a senior. Rushed for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns on 74 carries (9.4 avg.), had seven catches for 151 yards (21.6 avg.) and four TDs, converted 15-of-16 PAT kicks, and posted 64 tackles (38 solo) for 11-1 state quarterfinalist during his senior year. Entered final campaign on Chicago Sun-Times Top Five players and Area Top 100 player lists. First team All-FVC, special mention Daily Herald All-Area, and first team Northwest Herald All-Area with team-leading 111 tackles on 13-1 Class 7A state runner-up as a junior. Played safety, running back, wide receiver, punt returner, kickoff returner and place kicker during his prep career.

Personal: Born Oct. 31, 1987. General studies studies major. Parents are Tim and Lorna Kube. Lived in Germany for six years and played for Algonquin Copa FC that won Youth World Cup twice during 1998 and 1999 seasons. Fan of Reggie Bush and Ray Lewis.

KUBE'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2007 11/9 49 62 111 0.5-1 0-0 1/1 0/3
2008 13/5 29 30 59 5.5-25 1-13 0/0 0/0
2009 12/12 18 42 60 6.0-14 0-0 0/0 0/0
2010 14/14 35 46 81 5.5-7 1-2 1/0 0/0
Career 50/40 131 180 311 17.5-47 2-15 2/1 0/3

KUBE'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 15, at Navy, 11-17-07
TFL: 2.5, vs. Idaho, 9-26-09

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