NIU’s Shawun Lurry Earns Walter Camp All-American Honors


Northern Illinois University sophomore cornerback Shawun Lurry (West Palm Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer HS) has been named a second team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.  The teams, which are voted on by Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches and athletics communications contacts, were announced Thursday night during the ESPN College Football Awards Show.

Lurry, who leads the nation with nine interceptions in 2015, is just the second player in NIU history to be named an All-American by Walter Camp voters. The only previous Huskie to earn the award was LeShon Johnson, who was a first-team selection in 1993.

“He deserves it,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. “We’re really happy for Shawun.  He had a very good year. Anytime you have the numbers and the picks he does, you’re going to be recognized and you should be. He’s also the first one to tell you he couldn’t do it without his teammates.”

Lurry set the NIU modern day (FBS) school record for interceptions in a season, and broke both the NIU and single season records for interception return yards with 273. He averaged 30.3 yards per interception return, another school record, scored on a 64-yard interception return in the MAC Championship game versus Bowling Green and ran his interception versus Boston College back 79 yards to set up a Huskie score.

The West Palm Beach, Fla. product had a break-out game in the Huskies’ 20-13 loss at No. 1 Ohio State with two interceptions and two pass break-ups. On the season, Lurry broke up 14 passes to lead NIU. He ranks second nationally in passes defended (1.8/game) and first in both total interceptions (9) and interceptions per game (0.7).  

Lurry made 41 tackles on the season, including 34 solo stops.  He had a season-high eight stops versus Buffalo and added six tackles, all solo, in the MAC Championship game. 

The cornerback is the first NIU player to be earn All-America honors since 2013, when quarterback Jordan Lynch and safety Jimmie Ward were both named first team All-Americans.

NIU (8-5) will take on Boise State (8-4) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in the first-ever meeting between two of the winningest FBS teams in the country over the last five seasons.

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