Ryan Neir named MAC Scholar-Athlete of Week

Punter is fifth Huskie to claim conference-wide honor in 2012-13

Ryan Neir

Ryan Neir

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 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-plus 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.

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