It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
The Huskies opened the new year at Sun Life Stadium in the Orange Bowl versus Florida State, falling 31-10 to FSU.
2013: Garnered honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com as an all-purpose player after accounting for 1,405 all-purpose yards on 133 touches. Saw action as a receiver, rusher, punt and kickoff returner and passer (1-of-1). First team All Mid-American Conference selection ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards, averaging 117.1 yards per contest. Led the Huskies and ranked second in the MAC in receptions with 86 for 715 yards and three touchdowns. NIU's third-leading rusher with 359 yards, averaging a team-high 11.9 yards per carry. Returned 11 kicks for 312 yards and scored his school-record fourth career kickoff return touchdown vs. Purdue (9-28). Threw his first career touchdown pass with a 17-yard toss to Jordan Lynch against Eastern Michigan (10-26); added 81 yards rushing on four carries and 107 yards receiving on eight receptions. Hauled in 12 receptions for 71 yards against Ball State (11-13). Earned MAC Player of the Week honors vs. Purdue (Specialist) and Idaho (Offensive) with nine catches for 86 yards and a career-high 104 rushing yards on just four carries.
2012: Second on the team in receiving with 48 catches for 539 yards and five TDs and second in all-purpose yards with 1,318. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 35th in the nation with 24.5 yards per kickoff return. Accounted for 111 yards on 19 rushes. Returned five punts for 79 yards and 24 KOs for 589 yards (24.5 avg.). Earned MAC West Specialist of the Week honors after scoring on a 93-yard kickoff return at Eastern Michigan (11-23) for his third career KOR touchdown. Paced the Huskies with five receptions for 61 yards against Florida State (1-1) in the Orange Bowl. Caught six passes for a season-high 86 yards vs. UMass (11-3). Accounted for a season-best 175 all-purpose yards at Western Michigan (10-27), with 44 receiving, four rushing, 52 punt return and 75 kickoff return yards.
2011: Saw action in the last 11 games of the season. Led NIU with 30 kickoff returns for 755 yards - a 25.2-yard average - and two touchdowns. Tied the NIU record for most kickoff return touchdowns in a season with two. Totaled 829 all-purpose yards to rank third on the team. Added 74 rushing yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Finished the season with eight returns of 25 yards or longer. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 34th in the country in kickoff returns. One of nine players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and one of three freshmen to return two or more kickoffs for a touchdown. The lone FBS player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game during the season. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns at Toledo (11-1), tying the record for longest touchdown play in NIU history to earn MAC West Specialist of the Week honors. Became one of 13 players in FBS history to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same game.
High School: Finished his senior season as the area's fifth-leading receiver with 595 yards on 31 catches and seven touchdowns. Competed in the Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast All-Star Football Game. Also participated in the Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey and Fronrath Trail Attorneys High School Football All-Star Game. Made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays with a controversial late-game grab that was ruled incomplete against Glenville (Ohio) in the 2010 Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic. Transferred to Dwyer for his senior season after previously playing at Palm Beach Lakes High School, where he tallied 36 yards on five receptions in 2009.
Personal: Born Oct. 24, 1992 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Son of Emma Garcia.
TOMMYLEE LEWIS' SINGLE GAME HIGHS
Receiving Yards: 107, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13 Receptions: 12, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Rushing Yards: 104, at Idaho, 9-14-13 Touchdowns: 2, three times, last at Iowa, 8-31-13 Long Rush: 54, vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-26-13 Long Kickoff Return: 100, at Toledo, 11-1-11 Kickoff Return TDs: 2, at Toledo, 11-1-11 Long Catch: 69, at Army, 9-15-12