MARQUETTE, Mich.—Each semester of the 2018-19 academic year, Northern Michigan University Athletics will highlight nine different student-athletes or stories for their significance on and off the playing surface. The features are due to be released approximately every two weeks in accordance with the corresponding athletic seasons. Each feature will touch on student-athletes and their interesting and unique journeys at Northern Michigan University.
In the first edition of the series, NMU Athletics highlights brothers Jake and Troy Mayon of the NMU Football team.
Having played together for much of their lives, the Mayon brothers were recently named team captains for the Wildcat Football team as they enter their third season together in an NMU jersey. Senior running back Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Illinois) has been a dominant force on the offensive side of the ball, while junior safety Troy Mayon (Plainfield, Illinois) has been a staple in the secondary for the past two seasons.
In 31 games over the past four seasons, Jake is closing in on the school rushing record with 2,888 yards on 471 carries. He also has 25 rushing touchdowns over the span with his best season coming in 2017 with rushing 1,377 yards eight touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2016 he rushed for a career-high 13 touchdowns.
Troy played in nine games as a freshman and 10 as a sophomore in 2017. He was third on the team in tackles a season ago with 79, while he also added a pair of forced fumbles and three fumble recovers. In his freshman season, he recorded his lone career interception in a victory over Walsh University.
"It was our dream growing up to be on the same team," Troy said of the opportunity to play with his older brother. "He's just a positive role model so why not follow my big brother."
The brothers competed together in high school for three season and chose to continue to wear the same jersey at NMU after Jake's commitment. No one was more thrilled to Jake and Troy playing on the same team in college than the Mayon Family.
"They love it," Jake said of his family getting to see the brothers in a Wildcats jersey. "They love coming up here and being super fans of one team."
Over the past two-plus seasons, the brothers have enjoyed time together on and off the field highlighted by a number of accomplishments. During the interview, both were asked about their favorite moment together since both arrived in Marquette three seasons ago.
"When he first got here, we had to do some one-on-one drills" described Jake of his favorite NMU moment with his brother. "We had to do a blocking drill where we just went at it the whole time. It really showed our competitive nature and how we just want to make each other better."
"Last season, he had this one super long run," Troy said of his favorite moment. "I was the first one running down the sideline and cheering him on."
The impact Jake and Troy have had on the Wildcats over the past few seasons has been immeasurable. Both would agree they made the right decision in choosing to wear the green and gold. There is one thing they disagree on, though. NMU Athletics would not suggest asking which brother would win should they ever line up across the line of scrimmage from the other.