Three NIU football standouts—fullback Adam Dach, inside linebacker Steve Henriksen and wide receiver Larry Wynn—were named to the 1991 Football News “Almost” All-America squad in the weekly newspaper’s Dec. 10 edition.
Dach (Rockford/Byron) hung up his Huskie jersey with 3,438 career rushing yards on 665 attempts, ten career 100-yard games and 44 consecutive starts. After being injured as a freshman and gaining a medical red-shirt year, the six-foot, 216-pounder bulldozed for 906, 714, 906 and 847 yards, respectively, in 1987-91.
A candidate for the Doak Walker National Runningback Award the last two seasons and the NCAA “Today’s Top Six Award” this year, Dach finished No. 3 in career rushing and career carries at NIU. The Huskie senior tri-captain ran for a career-high 195 yards versus Arkansas State this fall and went a career-long 66 yards on one run versus Toledo last month.
Henriksen (Bensenville/Elmhurst Immaculate Conception) established the school’s single-season tackle record and will probably finish No. 2 nationally with 191 tackles (104 solos, 87 assists) this fall. The 6-2, 230-pound senior tied a career high with 25 hits versus Illinois State in November.
Better known as “Terminator 3,” Henriksen collected 344 tackles during the last two seasons for a 15.6 hit-per-game average. His 346 career stops rate sixth on the all-time NIU tackle list. As a junior, Henriksen wound up 11th in the country with 153 tackles.
Wynn (Centreville/Cahokia) topped coach Charlie Sadler’s Huskies this season in receiving (21 catches for 415 yards), punt returns (nine for 32 yards) and kickoff returns (15 for 328 yards) despite missing one game with an ankle injury. His 21.9-yard kick-off return average ranks 39th in the NCAA this year.
The fleet 6-0, 180-pound junior finished second to Dach in team all-purpose yardage (784) in 1991. His 21 catches marked the most by a NIU receiver since Virgil Gerin (28 in 1987) and the best catch yardage since Reggie Sims (475 yards in 1984).