On Monday, the Mid-American Conference named Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily its West Division Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Huskies’ 38-24 win at Kent State on Saturday.
Stingily rushed 37 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns against the Golden Flashes’ defense.
“I thought my teammates were lying,” Stingily said after the game. “It’s my birthday, so I wanted to celebrate with a win and play as best as I could. I wasn’t expecting to touch the ball that much, and I couldn’t imagine gaining over 260 yards.”
In five games this season, Stingily has rushed 98 times for 576 yards and five scores.
“He’s a good running back,” Kent State coach Paul Haynes said after the game. “He’s a big guy. The thing that makes them so effective running the ball is that you’ve got to account for the quarterback, and when you compensate for one guy and you’ve got great wide receivers on the outside, that’s why they’ve got a good offense. They’ve got so many playmakers to get it done.”
No. 23 Northern Illinois (5-0, 1-0 MAC) hosts Akron for its homecoming game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium. ESPN3 will broadcast the game.