Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
The Huskies opened the new year at Sun Life Stadium in the Orange Bowl versus Florida State, falling 31-10 to FSU.
2013: Second on the team in all-purpose yards, averaging 124.6 yards per contest...NIU's third leading rusher with 321 yards, averaging a team-high 13.4 yards per carry...Leads the Huskies and is second in the MAC in receptions with 74 for 623 yards and three touchdowns...Hauled in a career-high 12 recpetions for 71 yards against Ball State (11-13)...Added 34 rushing yards against the Cardinals ...Led the Huskies in receptions with four at UMass, going for 45 yards...Added one carry for 15 yards against the Minutemen...Threw his first touchdown pass on a 17-yard toss to Jordan Lynch against Eastern Michigan (10-26)...added 81 yards rushing on four carries and 107 yards receiving on eight receptions against the Eagles...Caught a career-high 10 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Central Michigam (10/19)...Led the Huskies in receptions for the fourth time this season recording six catches for 58 yards versus Akron (10/12)...Tallied a team-high eight receptions for 49 yards and 23 yards rushing on 3 attempts at Kent State (10-5)...Named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week after recorded 158 yards on four returns, including a 99 yard touchdown return to start off the second half at Purdue (9-28)...Added three receptions for 19 yards and one carry for four yards against the Boilermakers...Caught a team-leading 26 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns in four games played...Caught five balls for 82 yards and two touchdowns in NIU's season-opening win at Iowa (8-31)...Scored NIU's first touchdown of the season on a 40-yard reception in the first quarter at Iowa (8-31)...Named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after tallying his first career 100-yard rushing game with 104 yards on four carries and leading the Huskies with nine receptions for 56 yards at Idaho (9-14)...Tallied a team-high nine receptions for 82 yards against Eastern Illinois (9-21) and added a 12-yard rush...Had three kick returns for 34 yards versus the Panthers.
2012: Second on the team in receiving with 48 catches for 539 yards and five TDs and was second in all-purpose yards with 1,318. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 35th in the nation with 24.5 yards per kickoff return. Accounted for 111 yards on 19 rushes. Returned five punts for 79 yards and 24 kickoffs for 589 yards (24.5 avg.). Earned MAC West Specialist of the Week honors after scoring on a 93-yard kickoff return at Eastern Michigan (11-23) for his third career KOR touchdown. Paced the Huskies with five receptions for 61 yards against Florida State (1-1) in the Orange Bowl. Grabbed a 25-yard pass in the first quarter against the Seminoles. Caught six passes for a career-high 86 yards vs. Massachusetts (11-3). Accounted for a season-high 175 all-purpose yards at Western Michigan (10-27), tallying 44 yards receiving, four yards rushing, 52 punt return yards and 75 kickoff return yards. Caught a career-high two touchdown passes against the Broncos. Tied his career high with six catches for 65 yards versus Toledo (11-14). Recorded 42 yards receiving and one touchdown on three catches against Buffalo (10-13). Scored two TDs at Army (9-15), one rushing and one on a career-long 69-yard grab. Returned five kickoffs for 112 yards at Ball State (10-6).
2011: Saw action in the last 11 games of the season after making his collegiate debut versus Cal Poly (9-24). Earned the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award from the coaching staff. Led NIU with 30 kickoff returns for 755 yards - a 25.2-yard average - and two touchdowns. Tied the NIU record for most kickoff return touchdowns in a season and a career. Totaled 829 all-purpose yards to rank third on the team. Added 74 rushing yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Averaged 9.2 yards per rush. Finished the season with eight returns of 25 yards or longer. Ranked fourth in the conference and 34th in the country in kickoff returns. Finished the season as one of nine players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and one of three freshmen to return two or more kickoffs for a touchdown. The lone FBS player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game during the season. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns at Toledo (11-1), tying the record for longest touchdown play in NIU history to earn MAC West Specialist of the Week and NIU Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The 100-yard touchdown set the school mark for longest kickoff return. His 95-yard return on the next kickoff tied for ninth-longest play and fifth-longest kickoff return in NIU history. Became one of 13 players in FBS history and the first Huskie to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same game. Had three kickoff returns of 29 yards or longer against Ball State (11-15). Scored his first career touchdown against Cal Poly (9-24) on a nine-yard end-around. Rushed for a career-high 35 yards on two carries against Ball State (11-15). Had a 20-yard rush against Eastern Michigan to kickstart NIU's first scoring drive. Posted his third-longest kick return of the season against Central Michigan (10-1) with a 36-yard scamper.
High School: Finished his senior season as the area's fifth-leading receiver with 595 yards on 31 catches and seven touchdowns. Helped Dwyer to a 12-2 record and a spot in the 2010 Class 4A semifinals. Competed in the Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast All-Star Football Game. Also participated in the Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey and Fronrath Trail Attorneys High School Football All-Star Game. Made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays with a controversial late-game grab that was ruled incomplete against Glenville (Ohio) in the 2010 Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic. Transferred to Dwyer for his senior season after previously playing at Palm Beach Lakes High School, where he tallied 36 yards on five receptions in 2009.
Personal: Born Oct. 24, 1992 in West Palm Beach, Fla.. Son of Emma Garcia. Admires Dexter McCluster.
TOMMYLEE LEWIS' SINGLE GAME HIGHS
Receiving Yards: 107, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13 Receptions: 12, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Rushing Yards: 104, at Idaho, 9-14-13 Touchdowns: 2, three times, last at Iowa, 8-31-13 Long Rush: 54, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13 Long Kickoff Return: 100, at Toledo, 11-1-11 Kickoff Return TDs: 2, at Toledo, 11-1-11 Long Catch: 69, at Army, 9-15-12