72   Joe Pawlak
Joe Pawlak

RS Senior

Grayslake, IL

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 300




Matt Krempel Named to National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society

Huskie offensive lineman recognized for excellence in the classroom


Signing Day Press Conference Quotes - February 1, 2012

NIU head coach Dave Doeren discusses 2012 class


Nine Football Huskies Honored with Academic All-MAC Recognition

NIU Places Five on First Team Squad


Huskies Head South for Fourth-Straight Bowl Game

NIU faces Red Wolves in 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl


Northern Illinois Plays Ohio with MAC Championship on the Line

Huskies Look to Make History in Return Trip to Detroit


Fans greet Huskies after bowl victory

NIU faithful greeted the Huskies at the team hotel following their bowl win.


NIU defeats Arkansas State, 38-20

Huskies defeat Arkansas State, 38-20, in 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl


Huskies comeback to beat Bobcats, 23-20

NIU defeats Ohio, 23-20, to win its first MAC title in 28 years.


NIU defeats Eastern Michigan

Huskies defeat Eagles to win MAC West


NIU retains Bronze Stalk trophy

NIU defeats Ball State, 41-38, in a thriller

Started every game for three seasons (2009-11) for the Huskies. Finished his career with 41 career starts and 52 games played.

2011: Started all 14 games at right guard for the Huskies... Named to the All-Mid-American Conference teams by Rivals.com and Phil Steele... Academic All-MAC honoree with a 3.36 GPA... Named the NIU Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Kent State (10-8) and Western Michigan (10-15) games... One of four senior starters on the Huskie offensive line in 2011... 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... Part of the O-line that gave up just 12 sacks in 14 games to rank 10th in the country for fewest sacks allowed... Helped NIU gain 400 yards or more of total offense in 10 games, including a season-high 710 yards versus Ball State (11-15)... 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)... Offense ranked in the top five of the conference in eight statistical categories... Helped lead 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: In his second season as a starter, started all 14 games for the Huskies at right guard and was selected to the 2010 All-MAC second team. Named NIU's Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second consecutive game after helping lead the Huskies to a game-high 422 rushing yards and 584 yards of total offense against Toledo (11-9). Also picked up the honor the previous week at Western Michigan (Oct. 30) after Chad Spann totaled 146 rushing yards on 22 carries as part of NIU's 424 yards of total offense. 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 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. Opened holes for Spann during his career-high 223 yards day at Minnesota (9-25). 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) and 442 at Ball State (11-20). An Academic All-MAC selection by league faculty representatives.

2009:Started all 13 games at left guard for NIU. Named the Huskies' offensive lineman of the week for his performance versus Toledo (10-17). Member of the Huskie offense that 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:Appeared in 11 games as a reserve offensive lineman and also lined up at tight end in several contests. Played in each of the first eight games of the season. The line did not allow a sack in seven of the Huskies' 13 games as the Huskies averaged 335.1 yards of total offense per game. NIU had 22 rushing touchdowns and 13 passing TDs and did not allow a sack in six of 13 games. Huskies put up 339 yards of total offense against Louisiana Tech (12-28) in the Independence Bowl. The offense held the ball for an average of 31:58 per game.


High School: Three-year letterwinner earned Daily HeraldAll-State honorable mention honors, and earned first team all-area and all-conference accolades as a senior. Holds school records for the bench, squat and power clean.

Personal: Born Nov. 28, 1988. Huskie Scholar holds a 3.283 GPA. Son of Nancey and Jeff Pawlak. Sociology/criminology major.

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