Punter Josh Wilber earns MAC West honors

Josh Wilber
Josh Wilber

Huskies punter Josh Wilber was named the MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week after turning in one of the best performances of his career in NIU’s 28-22 loss at Illinois.

Wilber, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 49.0 yards on a career-high five punts. He had three punts over 50 yards with punts of 51, 56 and 55, with all three of the those kicks pinning the Illini inside their own 12-yard line. Illinois returned only one punt on the day and that was for minus one yard as three of Wilber’s five punts resulted in fair catches and one was downed.

Averaging 41.3 yards a punt this season, the Huskie senior is fourth in the league in punting. Wilber has 12 punts on the season for 496 yards, including three punts over 50 yards. Three of his punts have been placed inside the 20-yard line, while another three have resulted in a fair catch.

Northern Illinois continues its three-game road trip when the Huskies travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to face Big Ten foe Minnesota Saturday night. Fans can watch all the action live on the Big Ten Network with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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