Northern Illinois University defensive end Sean Progar earned Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in leading the Huskies’ defense in an 18-17 loss to Iowa, the league announced today.
Progar led a fantastic defensive effort versus the Hawkeyes as Northern Illinois held Iowa out of the end zone for 58 minutes and limited them to 268 yards of total offense.
By comparison, Northern Illinois held just one team to 268 yards or fewer a season ago.
Progar made four tackles and had a 12-yard sack as the Huskie defensive line harassed Iowa starting quarterback James Vandenberg all game, collecting six total sacks.
This is technically the second-straight player of the week honor for the senior from Glenview, Ill. Progar was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week following the Huskies’ division clinching win over Eastern Michigan at the end of the 2011 season.
Progar and the Huskies will look to extend their winning streak at Huskie Stadium to 16 games when they return home Saturday, Sept. 8, to face the Skyhawks of The University of Tennessee at Martin. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and fans can watch the game live on their computers via ESPN3.