41   Pat McAvoy
Pat McAvoy

RS Senior

Cary, IL

High School:
St. Viator

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 236




Nine Football Huskies Honored with Academic All-MAC Recognition

NIU Places Five on First Team Squad


Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes

Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes


Huskies Head South for Fourth-Straight Bowl Game

NIU faces Red Wolves in 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl


Northern Illinois Plays Ohio with MAC Championship on the Line

Huskies Look to Make History in Return Trip to Detroit


Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes November 22, 2011

Doeren, Harnish, Schiller and Wedige discuss the upcoming game against Eastern Michigan


Fans greet Huskies after bowl victory

NIU faithful greeted the Huskies at the team hotel following their bowl win.


NIU defeats Arkansas State, 38-20

Huskies defeat Arkansas State, 38-20, in 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl


Huskies comeback to beat Bobcats, 23-20

NIU defeats Ohio, 23-20, to win its first MAC title in 28 years.


NIU defeats Eastern Michigan

Huskies defeat Eagles to win MAC West


NIU retains Bronze Stalk trophy

NIU defeats Ball State, 41-38, in a thriller

2011: Played in all 14 games during the year as a fullback and on the kickoff return and PAT field goal units... Started at fullback at Buffalo (10-22) for his only career start... Caught a 12-yard pass to convert on a fourth-and-two at the Bulls' 32-yard line to set up NIU's first touchdown of the game... Hauled in a four-yard pass from Ryan Neir on a fake field goal against Arkansas State (1-8), leading to the Huskies' first touchdown of the game... Returned three short kickoffs for 10 yards at Toledo (11-1) after helping set up Tommylee Lewis' two kickoff return touchdowns on the first two returns of the game... Provided key blocks on those plays... Recovered a muffed punt at Bowling Green (11-8)... Took down dangerous Ohio punt returner LaVon Brazill for no gain in the MAC Championship game versus Ohio (12-2).

2010: Spent most of the season as NIU's third-team fullback. Got into the Central Michigan (10-23) and Toledo (11-9) games at Huskie Stadium.

2009: Saw action in four games at fullback. Used as a blocker against Western Illinois (9-12), Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan (10-3), and Eastern Michigan (11-5).

2008: Did not appear in any games.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Named first team all-state as a senior after earining all-area and all-conference honors. Achieved all-area and all-conference accolades as a junior. Recognized as the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald Player of the Week. As a tailback, totaled 3,309 yards in his varsity career. Gained 1,435 yards on 153 carries for a 9.4 average as a senior. Scored 17 touchdowns that year. Rushed for 1,327 yards on 149 tries (an 8.9 average) with 16 touchdowns during his junior season. As a strong safety, recorded 43 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a senior. During his junior year, recorded 34 stops with three forced fumbles and one interception. Helped the Lions to an 8-1 record and ESCC title as a senior. Team finished 8-1 to place second in the league during his sophomore year. Also played baseball and hockey. On the ice, earned all-conference honors after both his junior and senior years. As a catcher and centerfielder for the Lions' baseball team, was a two-time all-area and all-conference honoree, and earned the ESCC Most Valuable Player Award after his senior season.

Personal: Born May 1, 1989 in DeKalb. Son of Betsy and Patrick McAvoy. Father played linebacker for the Huskies from 1981-83 and in 1985. Mother played volleyball for NIU from 1986-89. Cousin Tim McAvoy played football at Michigan, and uncle Tim McAvoy played football at Illinois. Earned an undergraduate degree in marketing in Spring 2011 with a cumulative GPA of 3.17.

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