JordanCarlson, the 2012 GPAC defensive player of the year and 2012 BSN preseason All-American, led the Red Raider defense with 63.5 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 18 for a loss of 73 yards. A repeat first-team all-GPAC selection, Carlson led the GPAC with nine sacks, ranking eighth in the NAIA, and forced five fumbles to go with 14 quarterback hurries. He finished his two-year career at Northwestern with 115 tackles, 32.5 for a loss, 12.5 sacks and seven force fumbles. Carlson also earned BSN All-American honors in 2011.
Northwestern finished the season ranked 12th in the final NAIA coaches' poll with a 9-3 record, losing to #5 Marian (Ind.) in the first round of the NAIA football championship series.