49 Josh Wilber
2010: Appeared in every game except the Humanitarian Bowl versus Fresno State (12-18), when NIU did not punt. Ranked seventh in the Mid-American Conference in punting average with a 39.8 yards per punt mark. Dropped 12 of his 38 punts inside the 20-yard line on the year and 15 were fair caught to set career highs in both categories. Had six touchbacks and only nine of his punts were returned. Punted 38 times for 1,512 yards. NIU's net punting average was 33.7 yards. His single game punting average topped 40 yards in six games on the season. Named the MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week after tallying five punts for 245 yards for a 49-yard average, including a season-long 56-yard punt, against Illinois (9-18). Booted three of his four 50-plus yard punts on the year at Illinois. Averaged 39.8 yards on four punts, including a long of 52 yards and two inside the 20 against Minnesota (9-25). Tallied 203 yards off five punts, averaging 40.6 yards per punt, at Western Michigan (10-30). Versus Buffalo (10-16), dropped both of his punts inside the 20. Punted a career-high six times for 271 yards against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Forced three fair catches in the Iowa State (9-2), Illinois and Miami games.
2009: Ranked second in the MAC with an average of 40.5 yards on 28 punts. Only two of his punts went for touchbacks. Punted inside the 20-yard line four time throughout the season. Opponents held a 10.5 punt return average, while returning 19 punt returns. Punted five times for 214 yards, with two inside the 20-yard line and one kick over 50 yards, while averaging 42.8 yards at Toledo (10-17). Averaged a season-high 49.5 yards, including a career-best 57-yard kick, against Idaho (9-26). Tallied three punts for an average of 42.3 yards, with a long of 56 yards and one punt that landed inside the 20-yard line. Had five punts each against both Wisconsin (9-5) and Purdue (9-19), averaging 37.8 and 35.6 yards per game, respectively. Bolted his fourth 50-plus yard kick of the season against Miami (10-24), where he averaged 44.0 yards. Punted two times against Western Illinois (9-12), Akron (10-31), and South Florida (1-3), with longs of 45-yards against both the Leathernecks and Zips. Also landed a punt inside the 20-yard line against WIU.
Junior College: Ranked as the fourth-best punter in the nation according to ChrisSailerKicking.com. Booted 45 punts for an average of 43.6 yards, landing 25 inside the 20-yard line. Longest punt was 70 yards. Third team Junior College All-American and was nominated as an Academic All-American. Second team JC Gridwire All-American and two-time WSFL All-Conference nominee. Team advanced to the Valley of the Sun Bowl with a 7-3 mark his sophomore season. Served in the United States Marine Corps prior to going to Phoenix College. Earned his AA degree in December and participated in 2009 spring drills at NIU. Was an all-region selection at linebacker in high school.
Personal: Born July 1, 1985 in Phoenix, Ariz. Son of Louise and James Wilber. Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school. Brothers Jeff and Jimmy also played football. Jeff was a kicker and wide receiver at Glandale Community College and Jimmy was an AZFL semi-professional kicker. Enjoys dirtbikes, music and snowboarding. Admires Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Jordan. Communication major with a business minor.
WILBER'S CAREER STATISTICS
JOSH WILBER'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Punts: 6, vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10
Long: 57, vs. Idaho, 9-26-09
Inside 20: 3, at Illinois, 9-18-10