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.
The word consistency gets thrown around quite a bit in football. On both offense and defense, the coaching staff stresses the importance of consistent play. Yet, for Northern Illinois' specialists, the term takes on a slightly different meaning. For them, consistency also means having three highly-experienced individuals handling three underappreciated jobs.
2013: Ranked sixth in the MAC with a 40.8-yard punting average. Posted a 59.8-yard average on kickoffs to rank fifth in the conference. Thirty-two of 101 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Punted for at least a 42-yard average in nine games. Placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced 26 fair catches. Had only one punt result in a touchback. Took over placekicking duties versus Akron and Central Michigan and converted three-of-five field goals with a long of 42 and all eight of his PAT tries. Recorded a career-long 56-yard punt at Kent State (10-5).
2012: Averaged 59.0 yards per kickoff attempt. Surpassed a 60.0 per kick average in eight of NIU's 14 games. Ranked third in the MAC with 32 touchbacks. Converted his only two PAT attempts in a victory against Central Michigan (9-29). Averaged a season-best 65.0 yards per kickoff in the Orange Bowl against Florida State (1-1).
2011: One of only four true freshmen to letter in 2011. Averaged 60.7 yards on 86 kickoffs with six touchbacks. Averaged 60 yards or more per kickoff in eight games and exceeded 65 yards or more four times. Had a career-best 67.8-yard average on eight kickoffs with two touchbacks against Kent State (10-8). Successfully executed two onside kicks at Central Michigan (10-1). Named NIU's co-Special Teams Player of the Week following the Eastern Michigan (11-25) game.
High School: Earned all-state recognition as a punter as a senior. Finished his senior campaign with 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air, 1,089 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and kicked 40-of-44 PATs and three-of-five field goals. Booted a 54-yard field goal in the playoffs that ranks as the seventh-longest all-time in Wisconsin. Named first-team all-conference as a kicker, punter, and defensive back in the last two years and at quarterback his senior year. Named the Wisconsin State Journal's 2010 Area Player of the Year.
Personal: Born Dec. 6, 1992 in Madison, Wis. Son of Jim and Barb Wedel. Majoring in finance.
WEDEL'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Punts: 8, twice, last vs. Akron, 10-12-13 Punt Average:44.0, twice, last at Massachusetts, 11-2-13 Long Punt:56, at Kent State, 10-5-13