NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
Started 28 games at right tackle for the Huskies between 2010 and 2011. During his two seasons as a starter, NIU won 22 of 28 games overall and 15 of 16 MAC regular season contests.
2011: Started all 14 games at right tackle for the Huskies... Academic All-MAC honoree with a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student in sport management... One of four senior starters on the Huskie offensive line in 2011... Helped NIU gain 400 yards or more of total offense in 10 games, including a season-high 710 yards versus Ball State (11-15) that ranks as the second-highest single game mark in NIU history... Part of the offensive line that powered NIU to 476 yards of total offense per game, second in the MAC and 11th in the nation... The Huskies ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing offense (11th), total offense (11th), scoring offense (12th), passing efficiency (17th) and sacks allowed (10th)... Part of the O-line that only gave up 12 sacks in 14 games to rank 10th in the country for fewest sacks allowed... Offense ranked in the top five of the conference in eight different statistical categories... Led the way for Chandler Harnish's 1,379 rushing yards and Jasmin Hopkins' 956 yards on the ground... The NIU offense broke 12 single-season records, including passing yards (3,386), touchdowns (67), net yards gained (6,664) and yards per game (476).
2010: Started all 14 games at right tackle. Made his first career start for NIU at right tackle against Iowa State (9-2). Named NIU's Offensive Lineman of the Week after helping open holes for Chad Spann's career-high 223 yards rushing at Minnesota (9-25). The Northern Illinois offensive line paved the way for the Huskies' record-setting, MAC-leading 2010 offense as the Huskies broke eight school single season records in 2010, including points scored (532), points per game (38.0), total offensive yards (6,300), yards per game (450.0), first downs (303) and touchdowns (65). NIU set the MAC all-time record for rushing yards in a season and ranked seventh in the country in rushing offense with 260.4 yards per game. Led the way for Spann to become the school's 11th 1,000-yard rusher in the past 12 years. NIU front five allowed the fewest sacks in the league with 13 in 14 games. The offense tallied 646 yards, tied for the fourth-most in history, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) with 544 rushing yards, the second-highest total all-time. Part of the offensive line that gained 520 offensive yards against Akron (10-2), 281 rushing yards and 441 yards of total offense against Buffalo (10-16), 584 yards of total offense against Toledo (11-9), and 442 at Ball State (11-20).
2009: Appeared in eight games while playing on the field goal/PAT unit. Also saw limited action at offensive guard. Saw time against Wisconsin (9-5), Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan (10-3), Toledo (10-17), Akron, (10-31), and Eastern Michigan (11-5). The Huskie offense ranked tied for seventh in the nation in red zone offense, scoring on 44-of-47 trips inside its opponents' 20-yard line with 27 touchdowns and 17 field goals. NIU offense led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with 195.15 yards per game, including a season-best 418 versus Eastern Michigan (11-5). Huskies allowed only 15 sacks on the year, the fewest in the league.
2008: Did not see action in any games.
High School: Earned All-State honorable mention honors from the Chicago Tribune in 2006. Named to the all-city team by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune in 2006. A three-time first team all-conference selection. Garnered honorable mention all-area recognition as a senior. Member of the Sun-Times' Area Top 100 list. Participated in the East versus West All-American game in Orlando. Credited with 182 pancake blocks in his career, including 87 as a senior. Team claimed the city championship and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2006 and was 31-11 in his three years. Named to Chicago Tribune High School Scholar-Athlete Team. Honored as the Academic Scholar of the Class of 2007. Also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Born April 14, 1989. Son of Coletta Jones and James Otis. Earned his bachelor's degree in coprporate communications last spring. Huskie Scholar finished undergraduate work with a 3.16 GPA. Enjoys creative writing and poetry.