July 8, 2011
DEKALB, Ill.- Northern Illinois University football player Trevor Olson (Richfield, Minn./Richfield) is one of 65 interior linemen named to the Outland Trophy Watch List. Awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, the Outland Trophy is named after John Outland, an All-American lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century.
Olson, a senior, is NIU's most experienced offensive lineman starting 40 straight games at left tackle for the Huskies. The anchor on the offensive line that led the league and ranked 14th in the country in sacks allowed, Olson is a key member of the Mid-American Conference's top offense. Northern Illinois led the MAC in scoring offense last season, averaging 38 points per game, and in total offense, averaging 450 yards a game. The Huskies' 260.4 yards rushing a game also led the league and was seventh in the nation.
One of 49 offensive linemen on the Watch List, Olson was a first team All-MAC selection last season and is a preseason first team All-MAC selection by five publications this summer including The Sporting News and Phil Steele. Named the Huskies' offensive lineman of the week four times in 2010, Olson helped clear the way to a season-high 544 yards rushing against Eastern Michigan which ranks second all time in school history.
Olson is the only representative on the Outland Trophy Watch List from the Mid-American Conference and the third Huskie named to a Watch List this summer. Center Scott Wedige (Elkhorn, Wis./Elkhorn Area) was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List in May and earlier this week, Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell) was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Northern Illinois football season. Individual game tickets are $24 a game to the general public, while season tickets, the best value in the region, are just $99 for all six Huskie Stadium home games. The Huskies open the 2011 season Sept. 3 when Army visits DeKalb for the first time.
Tickets can be ordered online through Northern Illinois' official athletics website at NIUHuskies.com (click the "Buy Tickets" link at the top of the page), huskiefootball2011.com, by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or by stopping by the ticket office, located in the NIU Convocation Center, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Fans can still purchase tickets to Soldier Field Showdown II to catch the Huskies take on Wisconsin at Chicago's Soldier Field Sept. 17 online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling the Ticketmaster toll-free number at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at a Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown II are priced at $60 (upper levels), $75 (lower level and midfield) and $90 (club seats).