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.
2012: Sophomore kicker handled kickoff responsibilities in all 14 of the Huskies' games. 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. The Huskies finished fourth in conference in kickoff coverage at 41.3 net yards per kickoff. Recorded two tackles during the season on kickoff coverage, making one solo stop each against Army (9-15) and Toledo (11-14). 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: Handled all kickoff duties for NIU as a true freshman. One of only four true freshmen to letter in 2011. Averaged 60.7 yards on 86 kickoffs with six touchbacks. In on six tackles, three solo. 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). Posted a 64.0-yard gross average against Ohio (12-2) and Arkansas State (1-8). Kicked off six times for a 65.7-yard average and one touchback at Central Michigan (10-1). Successfully converted on two onside kick attempts against the Chippewas. Posted a 65.0-yard average on seven kickoffs at Kansas (9-10). Averaged 62.0 yards per kickoff and made three tackles at Bowling Green (11-8). Named NIU's co-Special Teams Player of the Week following the Eastern Michigan (11-25) game.
High School: Played quarterback, defensive back, kicker, punter, punt returner, and kick returner both his junior and senior seasons at McFarland HS. Earned all-state recognition as a punter. 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. Kicked 35 of his 64 kickoffs into the end zone and averaged 40.6 yards per punt. Recorded seven punts of 50 yards or longer with a long of 59. Named first-team all-conference as a kicker, punter, and defensive back in the last two years and at quarterback his senior year. Honored as the Wisconsin State Journal's 2010 All-Area Player of the Year. McFarland advanced to the playoffs each of his last three years. Selected to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches' Association North-South All-Star game as a defensive back. The Spartans earned a share of the Northern Rock Valley Conference title each of those seasons and finished 10-2 in 2010.
Personal: Born Dec. 6, 1992 in Madison, Wis. Son of Tim and Barb Wedel. Majoring in finance. Enjoys reading, playing video games, boating and snowmobiling.