2013: Played in all 13 games, starting 11...Fourth on the team in touchdown grabs with two...Has nine receptions this season for 84 yards...Made a nine yard reception against Ball State (11-13)...Made an 11 yard reception at Toledo (11-20)...Hauled in one catch for 11 yards at Kent State (10-5)...Caught a pass for 15 yards at Purdue (9-28)...Had a career-high two catches for 24 yards including a touchdown in the home opener against Eastern Illinois (9-21)...Made his first touchdown grab of the season at Idaho (9-14) on a 13-yard pass from Jordan Lynch.
2012: Caught eight passes for 268 yards in 13 appearances on the season, 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) to set up a third quarter score. Caught a 45-yard pass against Buffalo (10-13). Ran 32 yards on a fake punt against the Bulls. Hauled in a 43-yard reception versus Central Michigan (9-29). Posted a 38-yard catch on NIU's first play from scrimmage at Army (9-15) to set up the Huskies' first touchdown of the day. Caught a 34-yard pass at Ball State (10-6). Snagged his first reception of the season against UT-Martin (9-8) on a 32-yarder. Returned a squib kick 17 yards against the Skyhawks.
2011: Played in all 14 games and made four starts at tight end. Finished the year with six receptions for 49 yards and one 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. Caught one pass each in the Kent State (10-8), Toledo (11-1) and Ball State (11-15) games. 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 at St. Marys High School who was a 14-letterwinner in high school 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 and in basketball as a junior. Captained the football, basketball and track and field teams his senior year. At tight end, caught 14 passes for 312 yards and five touchdowns and carried the ball six times for a 14.3-yard average. On defense, made 47 tackles with five pass break-ups, an interception and five quarterback sacks as a senior. His junior season, totaled 68 stops, forced two fumbles, broke up four passes, blocked a kick and tallied two sacks. Had a career high six sacks his sophomore year with 67 tackles. Career totals include 212 tackles. St. Marys finished 2009 as the sub-state runner-up with an 11-2 record, and went 9-4 as the sub-state runners-up his junior season. In four years, he played in 47 games as his St. Marys teams went 38-14. Played on the St. Mary's team that won the state basketball title in 2009. Four-year member of the honor roll.
Personal: Born April 30, 1991 in Meade, Kan. Sociology major has a cumulative GPA of 3.12. Huskie Scholar.
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