Jan. 14, 2013
CLEVELAND - Northern Illinois’ Ryan Neir was named the Mid-American Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the league office announced Monday.
This marks the sixth time that a Huskie has won the honor this year, as MacKenzie Roddy (Oct. 4), Mike Mascitti (Nov. 15), Nabal Jefferson (Dec. 6) and Amanda Corral (Dec. 6 and Dec. 18) have all earned the award in 2012-13.
Neir capped off his career at Northern Illinois in grand style at the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. The redshirt senior punted six times for a 40.5 yard average and placed three of those punts inside Florida State's 20 yard line. In addition, the Roscoe, Ill., native boomed two 50+ yard punts during the game with a long of 51 yards in the second quarter.
Neir maintains a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master’s degree in finance. The award is the first this year for the Roscoe, Ill., native and the second in his career, with the first coming Nov. 30, 2011.