Northern Illinois University defensive end Jake Coffman (German Valley, Ill./Forreston) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week Monday after recording four tackles and an interception in NIU’s 28-21 victory over MAC foe Western Michigan.
A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award — cast a vote for Jake — Coffman intercepted an Alex Carder pass on Western Michigan’s final drive of the game to seal the victory for the Huskies. His interception came on the Northern Illinois 12-yard line with the Broncos driving for the game-tying score.
The Huskies’ team leader in tackles for loss, Coffman added one-and-a-half tackles for loss against the Broncos and now has seven. He also combined with Mike Krause on a sack of Carder in the third quarter and continues to lead the Huskies in that category with two-and-a-half.
Coffman is the second Huskie defender to garner MAC West defensive player of the week honors this season and the second in as many weeks. Coffman’s selection marks the seventh straight week a Huskie has earned MAC player of the week honors this season.
Linebacker Tyrone Clark earned the honor last week after his performance against Central Michigan, while freshman Jimmie Ward has been named MAC West specialist of the week twice this season. Ward earned his honors after blocking punts against Buffalo and at Minnesota. Another two-time MAC POTW honoree, quarterback Chandler Harnish was named offensive player of the week for his performances against Temple and Akron.
Tailback Chad Spann was named the MAC West offensive player of the week following the Minnesota game, and punter Josh Wilber began the streak when he earned special teams player of the week recognition after his performance at Illinois.
Northern Illinois returns to the field at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, when the Huskies welcome MAC West rival Toledo to Huskie Stadium. The Huskies’ contest with the Rockets has been designated at this year’s “Black Out Game.” Fans are encouraged to wear their black to the game.