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.
2013: Started all 14 games at center for the second consecutive year. Named NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week against Eastern Illinois (9-21) as the Huskie offense gained 602 yards. Earned NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week honors again at Toledo (11-20) where the Huskies ran for 364 yards. Led a pass protection unit that allowed only 0.79 sacks per game to rank fifth in the nation. Centered an NIU offense that ranked fifth in the country with 519.8 yards of total offense per game. Paved the way for Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch to become the nation's second leading rusher with 1,920 yards. Blocked for a rushing offense that totaled 3,161 yards, best in NIU history and seventh in the country. Led the way for the NIU's most prolific scoring offense (39.6 ppg). Part of an NIU offense that topped 550 yards of total offense in seven games.
2012: Started all 14 games at center for the Huskies. Named Co-Lineman of the Week in a win over Akron (10-20). Helped NIU average 469.6 yards of total offense per game which ranked 20th in the country and led the MAC. NIU gained 400 or more yards in 12 of 14 games in 2012. 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. Centered a pass protection unit that allowed only 1.2 sacks per game. Paved the way for NIU's season-high 622 yards of total offense against Central Michigan (9-29).
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 MFCA and Missouri Sportswriters Association. 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 his senior season as the center on Catholic High Schools' Preseason All-America team. Served as team captain as a senior.
Personal: Born May 25, 1993 in Lake St. Louis, Mo. Son of David and Barbara Ness. Mother was a four-year starter for Central Missouri's women's basketball team. Father won three letters as an offensive guard for Western State. Business major.