53   Tim McCarthy
Tim McCarthy

RS Senior

Neenah, WI

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 230



Ranks sixth on the NIU career top-10 in assisted tackles with 148 and finished his career with 289 stops and eight tackles for loss.

2008: Named third team All-MAC. Ended the season ranked third on the team in tackles with 61, 35 solo and had at least one tackle in every game. Tied for third on the squad with eight tackles for loss on the season and added a forced fumble, an interception and a pass break up. Tallied five tackles, two for loss, in the bowl game. Collected a season-best 12 tackles, seven solo, to lead NIU versus Navy. Led NIU in tackles at Minnesota with eight stops, six solo and picked up NIU's Defensive Lineman of the Week honor. Recorded two TFLs versus Minnesota and added three in the Indiana State game. Made six tackles in three straight games versus Indiana State, Eastern Michigan and Tennessee. Picked off an EMU pass and returned it 20 yards to the 11-yard line to set up a Huskie touchdown. Totaled three solo stops at Kent State as well as his first pass break up of the year. Responsible for four tackles versus Ball State. Also played on special teams. Forced a fumble versus Western Michigan. Served on Head Coach Jerry Kill's Leadership Council.

2007: Sat out the last 10 games of the year with a knee injury suffered vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Totaled 16 tackles in the season's first two games as the starting middle linebacker. Recorded seven stops vs. Iowa (9-1). Made nine tackles, one for loss in the SIU game. Elected a team captain by Huskie teammates.

2006: Honorable Mention All-MAC selection. Started all 12 games played and missed one because of injury. Ranked second on team with 111 tackles, seven for loss, with one sack and one fumble recovery. Intercepted two passes to lead the team and had five pass break ups. Placed third in MAC and 20th nationally with 9.25 tackles per game. Had nine or more stops in eight games and totaled four double-digit tackle contests. Led team's linebacking corps in tackles for loss and ranked second on team in pass break ups. Recovered fumble and totaled nine tackles at Ohio State (9-2). Racked up 12 tackles, one for loss, vs. Ohio (9-9). Totaled 11 stops against Buffalo (9-16). Earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after registering 14 tackles, one for loss, and was unofficially credited with 22 stops according to coaches' film review at Ball State (9-30). Had a sack and a tackle for loss in five-tackle effort at Miami (10-8). Intercepted first career pass and returned it 44 yards and was credited with pass break up and seven tackles at Western Michigan (10-14). Credited with three pass break ups and five stops vs. Temple (10-21). Intercepted pass in nine-tackle performance at Iowa (10-28). Amassed team-high 16 tackles, one for loss, with pass break up vs. Toledo (11-7). Recorded seven stops, including two for loss, vs. Central Michigan (11-17). Credited with nine tackles, one for loss, at Eastern Michigan (11-24). Totaled seven tackles vs. TCU in Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).

2005: First Team Scripps Freshman All-American by Football Writers Association of America. Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Played in 11 games and started final six contests. Ranked second on team with 101 tackles, 64 solo, and had three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one sack. Made collegiate debut and racked up 12 tackles in reserve role at Michigan (9-3). Credited with eight stops against Tennessee Tech (9-17). Registered seven tackles, including one for loss, against Miami (10-5). Earned first career start and totaled nine tackles and fumble recovery at Kent State (10-22). Amassed team-high 17 tackles with sack, forced fumble, and quarterback hurry vs. Ball State (10-29). Accumulated 13 tackles, including 10 solo, at Central Michigan (11-5). Posted 13-tackle effort with one pass deflection at Toledo (11-16). Had seven tackles, one for loss, with pass deflection against Western Michigan (11-25). Made eight stops vs. Akron in MAC Championship Game (12-1).

2004: Redshirted.

High School: Named team captain and MVP, team Defensive Player of the Year and Big Hit Award recipient, first team Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-State, second team Associated Press All-State, first team All-Fox Valley Association, league Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year, first team Appleton Post-Crescent All-Area, and honorable mention WFCA All-Region during senior season. Led team with 93 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss as linebacker, rushed for 317 yards and three TDs on 59 carries as fullback and punted 51 times for 36.2 average on playoff qualifier as a senior. Totaled 1,002 career rushing yards and 241 tackles and played in Shrine Game at completion of prep career. Tabbed team captain and MVP, team Defensive Player of the Year and Big Hit Award recipient, and first team All-FVC as a junior. Earned four letters in football and four in wrestling. Four-season team MVP, league, Regional, and Sectional wrestling champion. Three-time all-state wrestling selection and state finalist as wrestler. Advanced to state finals with unbeaten record as a junior and senior. Finished 42-0 and won WIAA Division I 215-pound title as a senior. Went 40-1 and was third in state at 215 pounds as junior after placing second at 189 as sophomore. Named USA Wrestling Cadet Greco All-America during summer of 2002. Honor Roll student.

Personal: Born April 23, 1986 in Sheboygan, Wisc. Health Education major. Parents are David and Sue McCarthy. Older brother, Patrick McCarthy, lettered as linebacker at Minnesota and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree from 2003-05. Admires Walter Payton and brother, Patrick. Huskie Scholar earned a 3.25 spring semester GPA.


Year G/GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yds. Sk.-Yds. FF/FR Int/PBU
2005 12/6 64 37 101 3-13 1-10 1/2 0/2
2006 12/12 38 73 111 7-21 1-11 0/1 2/5
2007 3/2 4 12 16 1-4 0-0 0/0 0/0
2008 13/12 35 26 61 8-12 0-0 1/0 1/1
Career 40/32 141 148 289 19-50 2-21 2/3 3/8

Tackles: 17, vs. Ball State, 10-29-05
TFLs: 3, vs. Indiana State, 9-20-08
Interceptions: 1, three times; last at Eastern Michigan, 9-27-08
Sacks: 1, twice, last at Miami (Ohio), 10-8-06

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