34 Kyle Skarb
2010: Played in all 14 games and made nine starts at fullback for the Huskies as a senior. Caught six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns to average 10 yards per catch. Excellent blocker helped pave the way for record-setting rusher Chad Spann. Scored on a 22-yard touchdown catch to notch the fifth touchdown reception of his career versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Recorded a 16-yard reception at Minnesota (9-25). Caught a four-yard touchdown pass at Ball State (11-20) and also fielded a kickoff in that game. Tallied two catches for 10 yards versus Temple (10-9) and snagged an eight-yard pass versus Central Michigan (10-23). Recorded three tackles on special teams, including two solo stops.
2009: Saw action in all 13 games, and started in eight. Huskies' top fullback caught 11 passes for 189 yards to lead all NIU backs and tight ends in receiving. Ranked fifth on the team in catches and tied for fourth in receiving yards. Led NIU in receiving at Wisconsin (9-5) with three catches for 42 yards. Recorded his career-long, and game-high, 41-yard reception in the Huskies' win over Purdue (9-19). Set a career-high with 57 receiving yards, on three catches, at Ohio (11-21), including a 23-yard touchdown catch and run and an outstanding sideline grab. Made a 33-yard reception versus Western Michigan (10-3). Caught passes in six games and shared NIU blocker of the week honors at Ohio.
2008: Played in 11 games with five starts at fullback. Made starts in five of the first six games of the season, including the first three. Caught eight passes for 72 yards with two touchdowns to rank ninth in catches and tied for eighth in receiving yards. Scored the Huskies' only touchdown of the Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (12-28) on an eight-yard reception. Caught a four-yard touchdown pass at Eastern Michigan (9-27). Totaled two receptions for 18 yards against Miami (OH) (10-11). Made two catches for 13 yards at Minnesota (8-30). Tallied at least one catch in six games. Had one catch for a season-long 24 yards against Western Michigan (9-6). Made one grab for five yards versus Toledo (10-18). Six of his eight catches were for first downs or touchdowns.
2007: Appeared in eight games on the punt and kickoff coverage units and as a reserve linbacker. Totaled four tackles and forced one fumble. Missed two games after suffering an ankle injury at Wisconsin (10-20). Made his collegiate debut vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). Recorded two tackles in that game and made one stop at Idaho (9-22). Had one tackle at Temple (10-6). Forced a fumble in that game.
High School: A second team all-state selection in 2006. Earned first team all-conference honors as a senior and second team acclaim his junior year. Selected to the Daily Herald's first team all-area squad in 2006. Credited with 109 career tackles, 11 sacks, four fumbles caused, four fumbles recovered, and two pass deflections with a season-high 63 stops and six sacks as a junior. As a running back, gained 1,322 career yards on 175 carries, scored 24 rushing touchdowns, and added two receiving TDs on four catches in 2006. His senior season, rushed for 810 yards on 102 carries with 14 scores. Set Lake Zurich records for career punt return and kickoff return averages at 22.4 and 35.5, respectively. Led Lake Zurich to a 12-2 record and the State Championship game in 2006 when he served as team captain and was named team MVP. Three-year letterwinner in football who also lettered in basketball and track.
Personal: Born Feb. 10, 1989 in Chicago. Son of Lori and Jim Skarb. Majoring in business management. Enjoys reading and working on cars. Admires Adrian Peterson and Brian Urlacher.
SKARB'S CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
SKARB'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Catches: 3, twice, last at Ohio, 11-21-09
Yards: 57, at Ohio, 11-21-09
Touchdowns: 1,five times, last vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10
Long Gain: 24, at Western Michigan, 9-6-08