Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
2012: Started all 14 games at center for the Huskies in 2012. Named Co-Linemen of the Week in a win over Akron (10-20). Helped NIU average 469.6 yards of total offense per game to rank 20th in the country and first in the MAC. The NIU offense gained 400 or more yards in 12 of 14 games during the 2012 season. Responsible for the majority of the snaps to Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch. NIU led the MAC and ranked 12th in the nation in rushing offense with 238.2 yards per game. The Huskies scored 38.8 points per game to rank 13th nationally in scoring offense with a staggering 38.8 points per game. Centered a pass protection unit that allowed only 1.2 sacks per game. Paved the way for Northern's season-high 622 yards of total offense against Central Michigan (9-29). Allowed NIU's offense to pile up 73 plays of 25 yards or longer.
2011: Redshirted. Earned the Defensive Work Team Player of the Week award against Kansas (9-10) and Ball State (11-15).
High School: First-team all-state choice by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters Association. Was also an all-area choice by Missouri High School SportsNet and a second team selection by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Earned first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons and was an honorable mention choice as a sophomore. Began the season as the center on Catholic High Schools' Preseason All-America team. Helped Christian Brothers to a 10-2 record, and the Class 6A Metro Catholic Conference Championship. The Cadets also won the district title his junior and senior years. Three-time varsity letterwinner served as team captain as a senior.
Personal: Born May 25, 1993 in Lake St. Louis, Mo. Son of David and Barbara Ness. Mother, Barbara, was a four-year starter for Central Missouri State's women's basketball team. Father, David, won three letters as an offensive guard for Western State. Plans to be a business major. Admires Clay Matthews.