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Top MAC Football Players Of 2014: No. 31 Cameron Stingily

Stingily broke out last year when the Huskies needed him the most.

Cam Stingily looks to have another solid season in the Huskie backfield
Cam Stingily looks to have another solid season in the Huskie backfield
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"How is NIU going to replace Jordan Lynch?"

That is a question that many people have been asking themselves lately with the graduation of the Huskies' best quarterback in their history. One big reason Huskie fans should not be too worried about offensive production following Lynch's departure is player number 31 on our Top 50 countdown, Cameron Stingily. This bruising running back complemented Lynch perfectly last year and will also be a great weapon for a rookie quarterback this year.

A great asset that can help out a new quarterback is a solid running game and Cameron Stingily will provide just that for whoever is under center when Week 1 rolls around. While Akeem Daniels missed all of last season with a foot injury, Stingily received an opportunity for significant playing time. Stingily seized this opportunity and ran with it, rushing for over 1,000 yards last year.

Stingily could easily be labeled the breakout player on last year's team as he had never scored a touchdown in a Huskie uniform before last season.

This bruising 235 pound running back broke out against Kent State last year, rushing for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. That rushing total was the most by a NIU running back since 2006 and also earned him MAC Offensive Player of the Week.

This year look for Stingily to build on last year and become the featured rushing option with Jordan Lynch gone. Although Akeem Daniels is returning Stingily seems poised to put up even more impressive rushing numbers compared to last year. Stingily and Daniels look to form a two-headed monster.

NIU's offense averaged 39.6 point per game last year. Although it will be tough for them to match that number this year, Stingily will be a huge part in keeping NIU's offense one of the best in the MAC.