The award is voted on by a select group of faculty athletic representatives from the conference’s member institutions.
Jefferson played a huge role on defense last week in NIU’s 23-20 Marathon MAC Championship win over the Ohio Bobcats.
The junior’s six tackles tied a career-high, while his tackle for loss in the first quarter stopped Ohio’s drive inside the Huskie 15-yard line and limited the Bobcats to a field goal. Jefferson has a career-high 41 tackles so far in 2011.
This was the first time Jefferson, who boasts a 3.91 GPA, received the honor in his career.
The Huskies (10-3) wrap up their 2011 season Sunday, Jan. 8, when they play the Red Wolves of Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN.