After making 13 tackles to lead the Northern Illinois University defense in his first career start last Saturday, sophomore outside linebacker Bobby Jones IV has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Jones’ total of 13 stops ties for the most by a Huskie defender in any game this season, and he added two tackles for loss for minus 11 yards and the first solo quarterback sack of his career. He dropped Miami quarterback Billy Bahl for six yards in the third quarter and also was credited with a quarterback hurry in the game as the NIU defense allowed the RedHawk offense to put up just 10 points in the 45-12 NIU victory.
The 12 total points scored by the RedHawks were the fewest by an FBS team against the Huskies in their last 34 games, since the last game of the 2012 regular season versus Eastern Michigan.
Jones, a Miami Gardens, Fla. native out of Monsignor Pace High School, is the second NIU defensive player, and the fifth different Huskie overall, to pick up a MAC West Player of the Week honor. He joins wide receiver Kenny Golladay (UNLV), cornerback Shawun Lurry (Ohio State), kickoff returner Aregeros Turner (Boston College) and quarterback Drew Hare (Ball State) as Huskies to win the weekly award this season. Everyone except Hare is a first-time honoree in 2015.
Jones and the Huskies (4-3, 2-1 MAC) play host to Eastern Michigan this Saturday at Huskie Stadium in the 109th Homecoming game in NIU history. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and the game can be seen on ESPN3 online and on the WatchESPN app.