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.