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Jimmie Ward heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/30 -- Jimmie Ward, S, 5-11, 193, Northern Illinois...Ward is an impact defensive back that will come in and play the nickel position right away while learning to play safety behind veteran Antoine Bethea. The 49ers signed Bethea to immediately replace Donte Whitner, but Bethea will turn 30 prior to training camp. Ward is the long-term option at safety that is versatile enough to make an impact his rookie season. - The Sports Xchange
Larry English heading into rSr season: 2008: English earned All-Mid American Conference first-team honors, as he was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media, in addition to being selected by The Sporting News…Captured the Vern Smith Leadership Award for the second-straight year, just the fourth player and first defender to win that honor twice in a career…Member of the Bronko Nagurski Award, Ted Hendricks Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Watch Lists…Named MAC Player of the Week vs. Tennessee and Kent State…Had an injury-plagued year, as he first underwent knee surgery in January to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, missing most of spring drills with a torn pectoral muscle and then played most of the season with pins in his thumb after undergoing surgery for a broken bone in his hand…English was limited to a career-low 37 tackles (26 solos), but he led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with eight sacks for minus 57 yards…Led the Huskies and finished third in the MAC with 16.0 stops for losses totaling 73 yards…Added two quarterback pressures with three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass deflection while starting all thirteen games at right defensive end…Opponents managed just three yards on 34 running plays to his side of the field (0.09 ypc) and completed only 2-of-7 passes thrown into his area (28.57%) for 11 yards (5.5 yards per completion/1.57 yards per attempt)…Made twelve third-down tackles, including nine vs. the run, adding another stop on fourth-down…Allowed just five first downs, all coming on rushing plays, as he stopped ball carriers for no gain twice…
Helped the team lead the MAC and rank 17th in the nation in total defense (298.46 ypg) and placed 14th nationally in scoring defense (18.0 ppg)...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 29 Sol-67 TT, 17 TFL, 10.5 SK, 2 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Was on the field for 98 percent (894 of 916) of the team's defensive plays during the year. Earned the MAC's Vern Smith Leadership Award (league MVP), becoming the second consecutive Huskie to do so, and was a consensus choice first team All-MAC. First defensive player to win the award since the first year of the award in 1982. Named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch list. Named the team's defensive MVP. Registered a team-best 17 tackles for loss, the third-highest total in NIU history, with 1.42 tackles for loss per game, ranked 18th in the country. His 10.5 sacks led the MAC and ranked tied for 11th nationally as he averaged 0.88 sacks per game. Had a TFL in 10 of 12 games played. Also broke up a pair of passes.
Scott Wedige heading into rSr season: 2010: All-MAC First Team Offense. NIU's 264.8 rushing yards also topped the MAC, also first in the league in sacks allowed with only 13. Offensive Lineman of the Week against Temple (10-9) and Iowa State (9-2). 2009: Saw action in 11 games, primarily as a backup center and on special teams. Had one kick return for six yards against Ohio (11-21). 2008: Played in four games as a reserve offensive lineman, mainly on the FG/PAT team. 2007: Redshirted.
Chandler Harnish heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: 7/253 - Chandler Harnish, QB, 6-2, 219, Northern Illinois...Indiana native who was the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Good athlete who could play special teams if needed. - The Sports Xchange
Andy Dittbenner heading into Sr season: 2007: P 59-2564-43.5, 7 TB, 12 FC, 16 in 20, 1 blocked; Set the NIU record for season punting average with 43.5 yards per attempt and totaled the ninth-highest single-season yardage total with 2,564. His punting average ranked fifth in the MAC and 16th national...2006: P 55-2085-37.9, 2 TB, 9 FC, 14 in 20, 0 blocked; Played in 10 of 13 games (team did not punt in three contests) and averaged 37.9 yards on 55 attempts with a long of 58 yards. Dropped 14 punts inside the 20-yard line. Punted six times for 37.8-yard averag...2005: P 54-2083-38.6, 7 TB, 11 FC, 16 in 20, 0 blocked; Played in all 12 games, averaging 38.6 yards on 54 punts. Booted four over 50 yards, including a long of 56, and dropped 16 inside the 20-yard line. Credited with four tackles, three solo.
Ken Bishop heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/251 -- Ken Bishop, DT, 6-0, 301, Northern Illinois...The Cowboys see him as a potential plugger at nose tackle. He was named to the 2013 first team All-MAC after totaling 70 tackles, including seven tackles for a loss as a senior. He is not a pass rusher but he is expected to be solid against the run. Hard to move. - The Sports Xchange
Jon Brost heading into rSr season: 2007: Earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V and was an Academic All-MAC selection for the second straight season. Named third team All-MAC as voted on by the league's coaches. Started all 12 games at right tackle and leads the team with 35 career starts. Played every offensive snap and was considered by coaching staff as the team's top lineman as a junior. Did not allow a sack until the seventh game of the season. Helped lead the way for Justin Anderson's 1,000- yard season and protected the passer on 378 attempts... 2006: Academic All-MAC selection. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts, seven at right tackle and four at right guard. Also saw time as extra blocker from tight end position. Earned 84 percent blocking grade for season and was second on team with 52 knockdown blocks while adding three flatbacks. Had at least six knockdowns in five games... 2005: Third team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News. Started all 12 games at right tackle. Graded 85 percent on blocking assignments for the season. Totaled 38 knockdowns blocks and six flatbacks during first collegiate campaign...2004: Redshirted.
Melvin Rice heading into Sr season: 2007: 8 GP; 8 GS; 31 Sol-61 TT, 3.5 TFL, 6 PBU; Started at cornerback in all eight games in which he played. Tied for the team lead in pass break-ups with six. Ranked sixth on the team with a career-best 61 tackles and contributed 3.5 tackles for loss...2006: 12 GP; 7 GS; 29 Sol-47 TT, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU; Played in all 13 games and made seven starts at cornerback, including the Poinsettia Bowl. Totaled 47 tackles with two tackles for loss. Tied for team-high honors with two interceptions...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 7 Sol-15 TT, 3 PBU; Appeared in 12 games on defense and special teams. Recorded 15 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Da'Ron Brown heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' nine picks: Round 7/233 - Da'Ron Brown, WR, 6-0, 196, Northern Illinois...Although he's not blessed with great speed, Brown made big contributions to the NIU offense with his sure-handed catching ability that produced 68 catches for 1,065 yards in the 2014 season. His big hands (101/4 inches) and ability to catch the ball away from his body gives him a chance to compete for a roster spot. - The Sports Xchange
Matt Simon heading into rSr season: 2007: Recorded the sixth-highest single-season yardage total in NIU history with 969 receiving yards, narrowly missing the 1,000-yard threshold...Ranked sixth in the conference and 32nd nationally with 80.75 receiving yards per game. Led NIU in receptions (52) and receiving yards (969) and ranked second in all-purpose yards per game (92.7)...2006: Saw action in all 13 games, making four starts, including the bowl game. Team's third-leading receiver among wideouts with 20 catches for 314 yards and one touchdown. Averaged 15.7 yards per catch, best among regulars. Returned two punts for 41 yards, including a 40-yarder...2005: Missed season due to injury and redshirted...2004: Played in eight games and saw time on both offense and defense.
Britt Davis heading into rSr season: 2007: 9 GP; 9 GS; Rec: 33-391-11.8-2; Among the teams leaders in career starts (31). His 132 career catches rank ninth on the NIU all-time charts. Started nine games at wide receiver as a hamstring injury limited him during his junior season. Missed a three-game stretch vs. Temple (10-6), Western Michigan (10-13), and Wisconsin (10-20). Still ranked second on the team with 391 receiving yards and third on the squad with 33 catches. His 11.8 yards per catch average was second on the squad, as were his 43.4 receiving yards per game...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 7-17-2.4-0; Rec: 57-731-12.8-3; KR: 18-321-17.8-0; Earned Honorable Mention All-MAC accolades after leading team with school sophomore record 57 receptions for 731 yards and three touchdowns. Amassed 1,069 all-pupose yards, second-best on the team, and recorded each of the team's three 100-yard receiving games...2005: 12 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 12-49-4.1-1; Rec: 42-441-10.5-3; Caught at least one pass in all 12 games, totaling a NIU freshman record 42 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns. Carried eight times for 49 yards and one TD and completed two-of-three passes for 17 yards on the year...2004: Redshirted... Younger brother of NIU TE Brandon Davis.
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