Kennedale native Brett Bostad, the 6-foot, 241-pound freshman fullback for the Northern Illinois Huskies, is poised to carry on the success he saw in high school.

At Kennedale High School, the 2018 graduate played center and guard positions, and earned an honorable mention nod as a lineman for the Texas APSE Class 4A All-State Football Team.

In joining the Huskies, Bostad had the good fortune to come under the tutelage of Orange Bowl-winning Head Coach Rod Carey for his freshman year. Carey has since left for a head coaching position at Temple University.

“The Huskies won their first five conference games by a total of 23 points, smoked Toledo to clinch the division, then threw it into cruise control and lost tight games against Miami (Ohio) and WMU,” according to “They ended up a game ahead of EMU, Toledo, and WMU.”

Despite an uneven record, the team closed Bostad’s freshman year with a No. 1 ranking in the West League, with an 8-6 record overall. The incoming football coach for next year, Thomas Hammock, a former player for the Huskies, comes to the university from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was running backs coach.