Northern Illinois University freshman kicker Christian Hagan (Omaha, Neb./Westside HS) has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Special Team Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Hagan won the honor in just his second game of collegiate action after a perfect outing versus Toledo in NIU’s 27-24 victory last Tuesday. The true freshman booted the first two field goals of his collegiate career and made all three of his extra point tries on a bitterly cold and windy night at Huskie Stadium.
Hagan scored the first points of the game versus Toledo with a 37-yard field goal with 7:46 to play in the first quarter, then hit a 19-yard three-pointer with 1:26 to play in the first half.
His kicks were critical in NIU’s eventual three-point win over the Rockets that put the Huskies into a tie for first place in the MAC West. Hagan was also true on all three of his PAT kicks in the game and is now eight-of-eight on PATs on the season.
Hagan is the fifth Huskie to earn a Player of the Week award from the MAC this season and is the second NIU specialist to be honored. Senior Tyler Wedel was the MAC West Specialist of the Week following the Huskies’ win over UNLV earlier this season. Hagan is the first NIU true freshman to win a MAC Player of the Week honor since Oct. 13, 2012, when Marlon Moore picked up the defensive honor in a win over Buffalo.