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.
On August 16, the NIU Football team got its first look at their new home uniforms.
2013 The Huskies' starting tight end caught 12 passes for 113 yards with two touchdowns. Made a career-high three catches in the Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State (12-26) for 29 yards. Caught two passes for 24 yards with a touchdown against Eastern Illinois (9-21). Recorded his first touchdown of the season at Idaho (9-14) on a 13-yard pass. Started the season with at least one catch in the first five games. Excellent blocker was a key member of the Huskies' record-setting and nationally-ranked rushing attack. Frequently served as lead blocker for the top rushing quarterback in NCAA history in Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch. 2012 Caught eight passes for 268 yards in 13 appearances while starting 11 games. Each of his receptions went for at least 12 yards. Caught at least one pass in eight games. Averaged 33.5 yards per reception to lead the team. Had a season-long reception of 46 yards against Toledo (11-14). Caught a 45-yard pass against Buffalo (10-13) and ran 32 yards on a fake punt against the Bulls. Posted a 38-yard catch on NIU's first play from scrimmage at Army (9-15) to set up the Huskies' first touchdown.
2011 Played in all 14 games and made four starts at tight end. Finished the year with six receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Hauled in one pass for 13 yards at Bowling Green (11-8) and earned the Offensive Lineman of the Week Award with his blocking from the tight end spot. Made his first career start against Army (9-3) and scored his first career touchdown on a 13-yard grab.
2010 Redshirted as a true freshman. Named NIU's Work Team Player of the Week for the Iowa State (9-2) and Temple (10-9) games. High School Tight end, defensive end and linebacker who was a 14-time letterwinner in five sports. Earned letters in football (four), basketball (four), track and field (four), baseball (one) and wrestling (one). All-state in football as a senior and junior. Also a third-team all-state basketball player as a junior. Earned all-conference honors in football three times. Caught 14 passes for 312 yards and five touchdowns and carried the ball six times for a 14.3-yard average. Made 47 tackles with five pass break-ups, an interception and five quarterback sacks as a senior. Totaled 68 stops, forced two fumbles, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and tallied two sacks as a junior. Had a career high six sacks his sophomore year with 67 tackles. Career totals include 212 tackles.
Personal Born April 30, 1991 in Meade, Kan. Sociology major.
EAKES' CAREER GAME HIGHS
Receptions: 2, vs. Eastern Illinois, 9-21-13 Receiving Yards: 46, vs. Toledo, 11-14-12 Long Gain: 46, vs. Toledo, 11-13-12