Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
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.