Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
Played in 50 games and started 29 at offensive guard. Two-year starter on some of the most prolific offenses in school and MAC history.
2013: Started all 14 games at left guard for the record-setting Huskie offense. Second-team All Mid-American Conference selection by league coaches and by Phil Steele's Magazine. Named NIU Offensive Lineman of the week for his performance against Eastern Michigan (10-26) where he helped the Huskies gain 658 yards. Led the blocking attack that allowed Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch to amass 4,812 yards of total offense, fifth-best in the nation. Anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (11). Paved the way for the first pair of NIU players to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season in Jordan Lynch (1,920) and Cameron Stingily (1,119). Blocked for the MAC's top scoring offense at 39.2 points per game. Played a key role in the Huskie rushing attack topping 350 yards in seven different games. NIU broke nine school and five MAC offensive records in 2013. Helped NIU allow the second fewest tackles for loss in the NCAA (3.50 per game). Key member of a Huskie offense that ran for a season-high 454 yards at Kent State (10-5).
2012: Started 12 of 13 games he played at left guard for the Huskies in 2012. Missed the Iowa (9-1) game while recovering from injury. Came into the season with more experience than any other NIU offensive lineman. Named Co-Linemen of the Week in a win over Akron (10-20) after helping the Huskie offense rack up 528 yards of total offense. NIU averaged 469.6 yards of total offense per game. Northern Illinois ranked 20th in the country and first in the MAC. The Huskies led the MAC and ranked 12th in the nation in rushing offense with 238.2 yards per game. Part of a potent NIU attack that led the conference and ranked 13th nationally in scoring offense with a staggering 38.8 points per game. NIU' soffensive line allowed only 1.2 sacks per game, which ranked fourth in the MAC and 21st in the nation. Helped lead the way for QB Jordan Lynch's NCAA record-setting season. Paved the way for Northern's season-high 622 yards of total offense against Central Michigan (9-29).
2011: Played in nine games as a reserve guard. Started the Ball State (11-15) and Eastern Michigan (11-25) contests at left guard. Also played extensively at Bowling Green (11-8). Helped the Huskie offense rack up a season-high 43 first downs and 710 yards against Ball State (11-15). The offensive line did not allow a sack against Eastern Michigan (11-25). Saw action in each of the last five games of the season. Played with the first unit versus Ohio (12-2) and Arkansas State (1-8).
2010: Played in all 14 games as a member of the Huskies' PAT/FG unit and also saw playing time as NIU's back-up center. Played most of the second half at Eastern Michigan (11-26) where the Huskies' totaled the second-highest single game rushing yards in school history with 544. Huskies compiled 646 yards of total offense, NIU's fourth-most ever, at EMU. The Huskie offensive line gave up just 13 quarterback sacks in 329 pass attempts in 14 games to lead the MAC and rank 14th in the country in sacks allowed. Contributed to a Northern Illinois offense that set eight school single season records, including most points per game (38.0), yards of total offense per game (450.0), first downs (303), passing first downs (132) and rushing touchdowns (42). 2009: Redshirted
High School: Three-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle. Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region and first team All-State squad following his senior season. Team captain also garnered first team all-state honors from the Associated Press and was named to Wisconsin Preps All-State second team as a defensive tackle. All-conference offensive tackle as a junior and senior. Number 74 offensive tackle on the ESPN Top 150 offensive line list. Ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 8 offensive lineman by Rivals. Rated the ninth-best recruit in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Preps. Helped lead the Warhawks to a Class 1A State Championship and three conference championships. Earned all-conference honors in the discus and shot put during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Member of the school honor roll and principal's advisory committee.
Personal: Born March 4, 1991 in Milwaukee, Wis. Son of Kim and David Volk. Father David played football at Concordia University, and sister, Jessica, played soccer at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Enjoys snow mobiling, golf and woodworking. Admires Joe Thomas and Nick Hayden. Earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and is pursing an MBA.