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Northern Illinois has had the top defense in the Mid-American Conference in both 2008 and 2009. After a slow start, the Huskie defense is climbing to the top of the leaderboard looking to maintain their spot at the top. What's made the Huskie defenders' accomplishments so impressive is they've done it with little or no recognition and these past few weeks they have been without their top player, safety Tracy Wilson.

Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News breaks down the Huskie defense and puts some names with this no-name defense in his article today.