65 Jason Onyebuagu
Member of Coach Kill's Leadership Council.
2008: Team's offensive lineman of the year was recognized as an All-MAC second team selection by Phil Steele's Magazine, and earned third team recognition from the conference. Played in 38 games and started 25 over the last three seasons. Named team offensive lineman of the week three times (Tennessee, Miami, Kent State). Was the Huskies' top offensive lineman on the year, according to line coach Matt Limegrover. Led the offensive line with 22 bonus blocks and 19 knockdowns on the season and his effort grade topped 96 percent in every game. The line did not allow a sack in seven of the Huskies' 13 games as NIU averaged 335.1 yards of total offense per game. Gave his second-best performance with an 89 percent mark at Kent State (11-18) and graded out above 80 percent in each of the last six regular season games. Played well versus Ball State (11-5) with an 88 percent mark and versus Eastern Michigan (9-27), with 90 percent effort and efficiency marks. Gave 100 percent effort with two bonus blocks and had 99 percent efficiency at Tennessee. Graded out a season high 90 percent with three bonus blocks in the Toledo game. Huskies did not give up a sack in the Kent State game, while line led the way to 224 rushing yards and three TDs. Limited in preseason after undergoing knee surgery and saw limited action until returning to the starting line-up versus Eastern Michigan. Huskies did not give up a sack for the seventh time, and put up 339 yards of total offense against Louisiana Tech (12-28) in the Independence Bowl.
2007: Started all 12 games at right guard and served as the team's back-up center. On the field for all but 17 offensive snaps during the season. Ranked first or second in the offensive line grades in eight games. Key part of the offensive line that led the way for Justin Anderson to record the ninth-straight 1,000-yard rushing season by a Huskie tailback. Graded out at 80 percent or higher in eight contests. Totaled six knockdown blocks vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Credited with a five-yard pass reception in the game after a Dan Nicholson throw bounced off an EMU defender into his hands. The catch kept NIU's final drive alive and helped set-up a potential game-winning field goal. Credited with six knockdowns vs. Central Michigan (9-29). Led all offensive linemen with an 84 percent grade, the top mark of any NIU player for the year, at Wisconsin (10-20). Notched a team season best nine knockdown blocks in the win over Kent State (11-10).
2006: Played in all 13 games with five starts, four at right guard and one at center. Graded at 86 percent and totaled 21 knockdown blocks. Made collegiate debut in reserve role at Ohio State (9-2). Had season-best seven knockdown blocks from right guard position in his first collegiate start at Ball State (9-30). Started at right guard at Miami (10-8). Anchored line as starting center at Iowa (10-28). Starting right guard for final two regular season contests vs. Central Michigan (11-17) and Eastern Michigan (11-24). Saw time vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19). Entered season ranked No. 56 nationally among incoming offensive lineman by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
High School: Named team captain, first team Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, first team Indianapolis Star Super Team and 2005 Mr. Football Position Award (O-line), and first team Associated Press Class 5A All-State on 14-1 league and state champions as a senior. Graded 95 percent on blocking assignments and helped pave the way for state's Mr. Football (QB Dexter Taylor) on an offense that averaged nearly 500 yards per game his final year. Named to Max Emfinger High School All-American Bowl Game after senior campaign. Entered final prep season ranked fifth in preseason Midwest "Power 50", and listed among "Next 100 Players to Watch" by The Sporting News and Rivals.com Midwest Top 150. First team All-MIC and first team All-State honoree on 13-2 state championship team as a junior. Played center, guard and defensive tackle during his high school career. Four-year Honor Roll student. Recruited by Indiana, Marshall, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
Personal: Born Dec. 22, 1987. Communication studies major. Son of Emmanuel and Sehila Onyebuagu. Fan of LeBron James.