Players Won 41 Games in Four Years for the Huskies
Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10
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Football leads with three graduates
Ashford, Lynch, Melvin and Progar discuss the upcoming 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
Highlights from the Huskies historic game
Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
Behind the scenes look at the new uniforms
Lots of sand, lots of food and jet skis.
The Huskies arrive in Miami
The Huskies had their final practice of the season Sunday afternoon. Former players and coaches met at FontaineBleau as well.
Second all-time at NIU in passes broken up with 35 after knocking down 17 in 2012. Intercepted six passes and made 172 tackles, 117 solo, in 41 games during his NIU career. Added 3.5 tackles for loss totaling 12 yards.
2012: Set the NIU single season record with 17 pass break ups in 2012. Started all 12 games he played at cornerback. Finished the year tied for seventh on the team in tackles with 55 stops. His 39 solo tackles ranked fifth on the team. Made at least two tackles in every game he played. Named a first team All-MAC player by CollegeFootballNews.com. Played one of his best games of the season versus Florida State in the Orange Bowl, tying his career high with 10 tackles, six solo, and adding one-and-a-half tackles for loss. Also forced a fumble in the first quarter, which NIU recovered. Picked off Toledo QB Terrance Owens for his lone interception of the season, keeping the Rockets out of the endzone. Also had two solo stops and a pass break up against UT. His pass break-ups came in seven games, including a season-high four at Eastern Michigan (11/23), where he also made three tackles. Registered seven tackles at Ball State (10/6). Broke up two passes and made six tackles versus Tennessee Martin (9/8). Recorded a season-high three pass break ups vs. Central Michigan (9/29) and at Akron (10/20). Knocked down two passes and had four stops in the season opener versus Iowa (9/1). Made five tackles, all solo, versus Kansas (9/22). Credited with four tackles and broke up a pair of passes versus Kent State (11/30) in the MAC Championship game. Missed the Western Michigan (10/27) and UMass (11/3) games due to injury.
2011: Started all 13 games he played at cornerback. Did not play in the Kansas (9-10) game due to injury. Ranked fourth on the team and second among NIU defensive backs with 78 tackles. Led the Huskies with nine pass breakups. Tied for the team lead and was ninth in the MAC with three interceptions. Recorded five or more tackles in nine of the 13 games he played. Paced the Huskie defense with eight tackles - all solo stops - against Arkansas State (1-8), in addition to intercepting a pass to set up NIU's fourth touchdown. Tied a career-high with 10 tackles and made a key interception at Buffalo (10-22) to take Defensive Skill Player of the Week honors. Broke up a season-high two passes versus Ohio (12-2) in the MAC Championship game. Also named the Defensive Skill Player of the Week after tallying nine stops versus Eastern Michigan (11-25). Grabbed a critical interception late in the first quarter against Army (9-3) that led to an NIU touchdown. Set a new career-best with 10 tackles against Wisconsin (9-17). Had eight tackles, including one for a loss, and broke up two passes versus Western Michigan (10-15). Recorded one pass breakup in the Cal Poly (9-24), Bowling Green (11-8) and Ball State (11-15) games.
2010: Played in all 14 games at cornerback and started the Illinois (9-18) and Western Michigan (10-30) contests. Tied for eighth on the team in tackles with 39 with 24 solo stops and 15 assists. Tallied one tackle for loss, collected the first two interceptions of his career and broke up four passes. Ranked third on the team in INTs and fourth in pass break-ups. Earned NIU defensive back of the week honors with a career-high seven solo tackles against Illinois (9-18). Named NIU Special Teams Player of the Week after posting five tackles, several on special teams, and breaking up a pass against North Dakota (9-11). Picked off his first career pass at Western Michigan (10-30) with a grab at the sideline, and added four tackles and a pass break-up. Credited with three tackles, including one for a loss, at Akron (10-2). Tallied five tackles, three solo, against Buffalo (10-16). Recorded an interception and two solo tackles against Toledo (11-9). Made five stops with three solo at Eastern Michigan (11-26). In on three tackles and made two solo stops against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Tallied two tackles versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).
2009: Saw action in two games at cornerback. Registered time in games against Western Illinois (9-12) and Eastern Michigan (11-5). After coming to NIU as a walk-on, was awarded a scholarship during spring 2010.
Personal: Born Oct. 2, 1989 in Waukegan, Ill. Son of James Melvin and Angela Webb. Majoring in sociology with hopes of becoming a homicide detective. Admires Muhammad Ali and Deion Sanders.
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