VERN SMITH AWARD WINNER

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As you may have already heard, NIU tailback Chad Spann earned the Mid-American Conference's Vern Smith Leadership Award today. A former walk-on, who earned a scholarship two weeks into his freshman year, Spann joins former teammate Larry English and fellow Huskie tailback Garrett Wolfe. Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com had a post on his blog today, as did Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com in her blog. Adelson went a step further naming the All-MAC Teams and specialty awards in her post.