NIU football: Trio of Huskies honored by National Football Foundation

By Northern Star staff

Seniors Luke Eakes, Jason Meehan and Rob Sterling gained membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for 2015, the National Football Foundation announced Wednesday.

The NFF recognizes college football seniors across all divisions for their excellence on the field and in the classroom. Inductees into the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must maintain a 3.2 GPA and be starters or significant reserve players.

The Huskies have had at least one player named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society for six years in a row after the trio’s induction this season.

Eakes, a tight end, caught 36 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns in 56 career games. He graduated in December with a 3.26 GPA in sociology.

Meehan, a defensive end, recorded seven sacks in 2014 to end his career with 14 sacks as he made the All-MAC First Team. With a 3.25 GPA, he earned Academic All-MAC honors and will graduate in May with a marketing degree.

Sterling, one of the Huskies’ premier blockers at fullback, hauled in six passes for 35 yards in his career. With a 3.63 GPA, he is a two-time Academic All-MAC selection and will graduate in May with an accountancy degree.