Quigley earns Scanlan Award; Kuechly captures William J. Flynn Award as Team MVP
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LIFKA'S CAREER HIGHS: Tackles: 4 at New Mexico State, Nov. 9, 2013 (1-3) Tackles for loss: 0.5 at New Mexico State, Nov. 9, 2013
2014 (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games on defense, making starts against Colorado State (Sept. 27) and at Florida State (Nov. 22) … also a key member of special teams, playing 105 downs the special-teams unit …had six tackles on the year … had two take-downs (one solo) against Southern California (Sept. 13) … tallied one tackle in each game at Wake Forest (Oct. 25), at Florida State (Nov. 22), against Syracuse (Nov. 29) and versus Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 26).
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in eight games on the defensive line ... registered six tackles, including two solo tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss ... made his season debut in the team's 48-27 home win over Army (Oct. 5).
2012 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in four games ... totaled 28 snaps in 2012, including a season-high 12 snaps at Northwestern (Sept. 15).
2011: Redshirted ... earned the Boston College Scout Team Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior linebacker at Naperville North ... was twice named DuPage Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... was a three-time all-conference first-team selection ... also captured all-county and all-area honors in 2009 and 2010 ... gained ESPNChicago.com Illinois Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2010 ... recorded 168 tackles (113 solo), 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions as a senior ... made 116 stops (67 solo), including 15 tackles for loss in 2009; completed his three-year varsity career with 373 tackles ... was a two-year team captain ... ... played for head coach Sean Drendel ... selected to play in USA Football's Team USA vs. Team World game (Feb. 2011 in Austin, Texas) ... also starred on the Huskies lacrosse team.
PERSONAL: Nicholas John Lifka, born January 7, 1993 ... graduated with a marketing degree from the Carroll School of Management ... the recipient of The Chambers Family Scholarship for Football … Nick is the middle of Jeanine and Wells Lifka’s three children.