August 2012 Archives

DOEREN UNDERSTANDS, RESPECTS IOWA

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NIU-Iowa.jpgNIU head coach Dave Doeren, who played his college ball at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years is very familiar with Iowa football. Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald writes how much respect Doeren has for Iowa and their coach Kirk Ferentz in his preview story in today's paper.

IOWA PREVIEW FROM CSN CHICAGO

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In case you missed it, the Chicago Sun-Times posted Comcast SportsNet Chicago's report on the upcoming Iowa game Saturday at Soldier Field on its website. 


2012 NIU FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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To get you better prepared for Saturday's game versus Iowa and the upcoming season, the Daily Chronicle posted its 2012 NIU Football Preview today. Inside, you'll find stories on Jordan Lynch, Mathew Sims, the NIU defense and the Huskies by position.


IOWA PREVIEW STORIES

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There are several stories to check out previewing Northern Illinois' upcoming game with Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field. Doeren, who played at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years, is very familiar with the Hawkeyes writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle. Chad Thornburg of the Daily Herald breaks down the Huskies' 2012 schedule in his story today.

DAVE DOEREN NAMED A BREAKOUT COACH OF 2012

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Doeren 7.jpgComing off of an 11-3 record in his inaugural season, Northern Illinois football head coach Dave Doeren was listed as one of CBSSports.com's Breakout Coaches of 2012 for his second season.

The list of 11 coaches features fellow head coaches Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Mario Cristobal (Florida International), Dave Christensen (Wyoming) and Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State), along with coordinators Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Kirby Smart (Alabama), Chad Morris (Clemson), Manny Diaz (Texas) and Todd Grantham (Georgia).

Here's what Bruce Feldman had to say about Doeren:

"Bret Bielema's former assistant produced an 11-win season in his first year as a head coach and comes into the season with the longest win streak in FBS at nine games. If the Huskies -- breaking in a new QB -- can knock off Iowa (a 10-point favorite) in Chicago in the opener, Doeren's stock will soar and they could be in line to make a Top 25 run."
The NFL preseason capped off its third week this weekend with several former Huskies making good impressions before Friday's final roster cutdown.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
Harnish played the entire second half Saturday afternoon in the Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 loss against the Washington Redskins, finishing the day 12-of-19 passing for 147 yards. Among the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award recipient's highlights were a 59-yard completion to Jeremy Ross that set up one touchdown, along with directing a second scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Through three games, Harnish is 18-of-31 passing for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English recorded his best game yet of the 2012 preseason, posting two sacks along with two additional tackles in the San Diego Chargers' 12-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings. With Minnesota driving inside Charger territory late in the first quarter, English got into the backfield and sacked Christian Ponder for a 10-yard loss to knock the Vikings out of field goal territory. His next sack of Ponder came with less than two minutes left in the first half and Minnesota with a first and goal at the 10-yard line. The six-yard loss eventually resulted in the Vikings settling for a field goal.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner played a big part in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins Friday, posting 10 carries for 35 yards and three catches for 36 yards. His two biggest plays came on receptions, as a 20-yard reception helped set up Atlanta's first points of the game, while a 11-yard catch in the second quarter resulted in another field goal that proved to be the deciding points of the game.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys in their 20-19 win against the St. Louis Rams. The former NIU lineman helped pave the way for a resurgent Cowboy offense, as all 20 of the team's points came in the first half.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got playing time on defense and special teams in Tennessee's 32-27 win against Arizona, recording two tackles in the fourth quarter.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer got on the field in the San Francisco 49ers' 29-24 win against the Denver Broncos. Yet, he did not record any stats.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got in on special teams during the Cardinals' 32-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, he did not record any stats on the evening.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got on the field for a handful of plays in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins. The former Huskie, though, did not record any stats.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time on offense and on special teams in Tampa Bay's 30-28 win against the New England Patriots Friday, but did not get any passes thrown his way.

NOTE: Fullback Cameron Bell was released Monday by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of roster reductions. Teams were required to have a 75-man active roster by Monday at 3 p.m. CT

The final week of the preseason will feature one nationally-televised game with an NIU alum, as Scott Wedige looks to secure a roster spot Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 10 p.m. on NFL Network.

For the full Week Four schedule, click here.

LYNCH FEATURE IN THE TRIBUNE

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In case you missed Sunday's Chicago Tribune sports section, Fred Mitchell filed this story on starting quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch takes over the reins of the Northern Illinois offense as the Huskies look to defend their 2011 MAC title.


Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Famer and long-time college basketball Tom O'Neill was honored by the Atlanta Tip-off Club Wednesday as the 2012 Naismith Men's College Official of the Year.

O'Neill, who played baseball at NIU from 1966-68, has officiated for over 30 years - including over 20 years in the Missouri Valley (30 years), Big 12 (28), Horizon (26) and Big Ten (24). Over his career, the 1968 graduate has officiated games in 13 different Division I conferences and worked 100 games each of the last seven seasons, bringing his career total to over 2,600 games.

He has also officiated in four different Final Fours, working the 1991 and 2007 national semi-finals games and the 1997 and 2009 national championship games. In his entire career, O'Neill has worked 76 games over 26 different NCAA Tournaments. In addition, he has worked milestone victory games for Homer Drew (700th), Denny Crum (600th), Jim Boeheim (500th) and Bob Knight (500th).

On Nov. 30, 2001, O'Neill and two of his sons - Tom,. Jr. and Rick - became the first family to work an NCAA basketball game when they officiated a contest between Marquette and Houston Baptist in Milwaukee, Wis.

O'Neill has also been inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and hosts the longest-running basketball officiating camp, "The Tom O'Neill Officiating Camp," which is in its 30th year.

He currently resides in Tinley Park, Ill. with his wife of 43 years, Vicki.

On August 10th former Northern Illinois shortstop Bobby Stevens was called up to the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta's AA affiliate from the Advanced A Lynchburg Hillcats. Since his call up, Stevens has made nine appearances between the outfield and first base for the M-Braves, carrying a .182 batting average with four RBI and a double. He is errorless in his appearances in the field

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In an extra innings thriller at Trustmark Park, the former Huskie got  the signal in the bottom of the 13th with the score tied, 1-1. Stevens made the most of his opportunity and with a runner on, he belted his first home run with the ball club to lead the Braves to a 3-1 victory, their fifth straight. It was the team's first walk-off since August 30, 2008 and the first pinch-hit walk-off since August 4, 2008.


To read more on the game, click here



HERALD PREVIEW OF THE HUSKIES

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Moore-Martel-2011-013.jpgThe Daily Herald posted this preview story of the 2012 Northern Illinois football season in today's paper. Mike McGraw discusses the strength of the Huskies, and how the offense will have a different look with Jordan Lynch at the helm.
The NFL preseason continued this weekend with week two. Now that we are halfway through the four-week preseason, here is a breakdown of how all the former Huskies have fared through two weeks.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
After an impressive first week, Harnish fell back to Earth Sunday night in Pittsburgh, going 3-for-9 for 45 yards and an interception in the Indianapolis Colts' 26-24 loss against the Steelers. The former Huskie led a long Colt drive in the fourth quarter, hitting tight end Griff Whalen for completions of 27 and 22 yards to get to the Pittsburgh 31 before an interception ended the drive.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer saw extended playing time in the San Francisco 49ers' 20-9 loss at the Houston Texans, but did not record any receptions. He was targeted twice by quarterback Scott Tolzien in the fourth quarter, but was unable to haul either in.

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English posted two solo tackles Saturday night in the San Diego Chargers' 28-20 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. The first came late in the third quarter, while the second happened on Dallas' opening drive in the fourth quarter.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner was limited on the ground, netting -3 yards on three carries. However, the former NFL rushing champ caught three passes for 14 yards in the Falcons' 24-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Turner's longest gain was eight yards on a screen pass from Matt Ryan in the first quarter.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys for the second consecutive game Saturday night, as Dallas dropped a 28-20 decision against the San Diego Chargers. Free helped the Cowboys get a first quarter field goal before exiting the game.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got more playing time at center Friday night in the Arizona Cardinals' 31-27 win against the Oakland Raiders. The former NIU All-American has played in all three games for Arizona as he pushes for a roster spot in the desert.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got a long look at linebacker Thursday in Atlanta's 24-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but did not record any stats in the game. However, last year's starting middle linebacker at NIU had a hand in several big stops.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time in Tampa Bay's 30-7 loss against the Tennessee Titans Friday. However, he did not record any stats.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got on the field for the Titans in their 30-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but did not post any statistics.

FB Cameron Bell- San Francisco 49ers
Bell did not play in San Francisco's 20-9 loss at the Houston Texans.

NOTE: Wide receiver Britt Davis was released by the New England Patriots Tuesday after injuring his shoulder late in the week one win over the New Orleans Saints. Per NFL injury settlement rules, Davis can return to New England after week six if he is not signed by any other team.

Three games in week three will feature former Huskies. It begins Thursday night on ESPN when the Arizona Cardinals (Scott Wedige) take on the Tennessee Titans (Tracy Wilson) in Nashville at 7 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, Chandler Harnish and the Indianapolis Colts battle the Washington Redskins Saturday at 3 p.m. on NFL Network. Lastly, Nathan Palmer and Cameron Bell both continue their push from undrafted to final 53 Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox when they travel to face the Denver Broncos.

For the full Week Three schedule, click here.

HUSKIES WALK THROUGH AT SOLDIER FIELD

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The NIU football team, which received votes in the Preseason Associated Press Poll, was at Soldier Field yesterday for a walk through in preparation for the Huskies' showdown with Iowa September 1. Several Chicago television outlets were on hand, including Fox Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


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The inaugural Northern Illinois women's soccer team in 1993 pictured above (NIU Media Services)


NOTE: All facts and stats are referenced from the NIU Media Relations archives and media guides. I have not been affiliated with the university long enough to know the ins and outs of the program as such. If there are any discrepancies or if you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to email at mscheerer@niu.edu.


On September 5, 1993, Northern Illinois took the pitch for the first time as a women's soccer program at Valparaiso. It was the first time the Huskies had ever fielded an NCAA program on the women's side of the sport, as men's soccer had already been established for 30 seasons in DeKalb.


This season, the Huskies will turn 20 on the pitch and are the oldest such program in the Mid-American Conference. To put that into context, 12 members of the 2012 squad were not even born when NIU began fielding the team. I was still playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at that point in time and one year removed from my first and only season of youth soccer (I scored one goal and accrued at least 25-30 offsides flags as a player if I recollect correctly).


That day NIU headed to Valparaiso, which was also the Crusaders first-ever women's soccer match. Michelle Anger scored Northern Illinois' first goal in program history from the penalty spot in the 18th minute of action, the only score of the first half. The Huskies pounced on Valpo like an injured fawn in the second period, putting six goals in net to defeat the Crusaders, 7-0.


The Huskies would go on to finish its first season 7-10-0, highlighted by a program-record 14-0 victory over Teikyo-Marycrest and four goal performance by Andrea Swing, also a program-record that still stands today.


Fast forward to 1997 and Northern Illinois returns to the Mid-American Conference after a 12-year absence from the conference. It was however, the first time in MAC history that the conference sponsored women's soccer as a sport.


With four seasons already under their belt, the Huskies were the most-established program in the newly formed women's soccer league. MAC partners, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, began sponsoring women's soccer in 1995 and Western Michigan followed suit in 1996, two and three years after Northern Illinois founded its program, respectively. Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio all added programs in 1997.


Led by senior Allison Wade and junior Anne Mucci who combined for 30 goals and 25 assists, the Huskies took the MAC by storm, finishing conference play 6-1-0 en route to the first-ever MAC Regular Season Championship. NIU would claim wins over Ohio and Eastern Michigan in the MAC Tournament to finish the season 12-8-1. 


Wade's 19 goals in a single season are still the gold standard in the Northern Illinois women's soccer annals.


Northern Illinois followed up in 1998, going 14-7 with tournament and regular season championships and Mucci became just the 23rd player (at the time) in NCAA Division I women's soccer to score 40 goals and 40 assists or more in a career. She still owns the school record for goals, assists and points (43/43/129) in a career and is still only one of 41 players (U.S. Women's National team legends Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly and Heather O'Reilly amongst the company) to score 40 goals and assists in a career.


Since winning the first two tournaments and regular season championships, Northern Illinois women's soccer has had its highs and lows since then. The team has advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament five times and reached the championship game in 2006 but fell to Toledo, 2-1.


First year Head Coach John Ross, the fourth gaffer (International soccer term for coach) in program history, is looking to restore some of that tradition at NIU. Ross, a native of Elmhurst, Ill., spent the last nine seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at North Dakota State, helping lead the Bison to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. NDSU tied Texas A&M, 1-1, in the contest before falling in penalty kicks, 4-3.


Ironically enough, the start of the 2012 season (though it was a preseason exhibition mind you) began in Valparaiso August 8, where the Huskies defeated the Crusaders, 1-0, on a goal off of a loose ball in the goalkeepers box by Frances Boukidis in the 52nd minute. Last Sunday, NIU recorded a 0-0 draw with IPFW to close the preseason and begin preparations for its regular season opener at Drake August  17.


The Huskies did not surrender a goal in 180 minutes of preseason play, 135 of which were played by sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Libricz. The Algonquin, Ill. native played brilliantly in the full 90-minutes versus IPFW, stopping two shots and thwarting several attacks, stepping up to collect or clear any through ball passes from the midfield.


Based solely on watching both preseason matches, I like what I've seen from the women. There's a new energy in the team and it can be seen on the pitch in the players attitudes and playing style. 


I think the 20th season could be a fun one.




FOOTBALL TICKET UPDATE

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Attention Huskie football season ticket holders. Keep an eye out in the next few days as season tickets were mailed out last week. Some of you have already received them and have given rave reviews of the new ticket sheets we are distributing this year (see photo above).


The deadline for season ticket holders interested in participating in the MAC Ticket Swap program is Aug. 24. Please call the NIU Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or send back your order form. NIU has not received any MAC road game tickets as of yet, but once they are received, it is the ticket office's policy to mail them out.


Also, single game tickets have been processed. They will be printed and mailed out this week. 

The first full week of the NFL preseason is in the books, so here is a quick recap of how the former Huskies did over the weekend.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
Harnish went 3-for-3 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown, while playing the entire fourth quarter under center in the Colts' 38-3 win over the St. Louis Rams. With a first and 10 at the St. Louis 33-yard line, the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award winner lofted a pass down the left sideline to Jeremy Ross to help put Indianapolis up 35-3. To watch the video of that touchdown pass, click here.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer continued his impressive training camp in San Francisco with three receptions for 21 yards as the 49ers topped the Minnesota Vikings, 17-6. His first catch of the night - a five-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick - helped set up a San Francisco field goal early in the third quarter. Later on, Palmer's receptions of 13 and three yards helped get the 49ers inside the redzone before a turnover ended the drive.

WR Britt Davis - New England Patriots
Davis caught a three-yard touchdown pass Thursday in what proved to be the winning points in New England's 7-6 win against the New Orleans Saints. On a first and goal, Davis found an opening in the Saints' defense and hauled in a strike from Brian Hoyer for the score. To see the highlight, click here

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English had a great performance Thursday night, as he recorded a sack and a QB hurry in San Diego's 21-13 win against the Green Bay Packers. The former Huskie defensive end came around the corner late in the second quarter and sacked Graham Harrell for a four-yard loss. However, a penalty on San Diego during the play erased the yardage lost.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner ran the ball five times for 17 yards in limited action during Atlanta's 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The former Huskies gained nine yards on three carries in the Falcons' opening drive, which ended on a touchdown. Turner recorded two more carries of two and six yards, respectively, before giving way to the second-team offense.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys Monday night in their hard-fought 3-0 victory against the Oakland Raiders.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige has seen extensive playing time in both of the Cardinals preseason games this year at center. Arizona has dropped both of their games so far, losing to the New Orleans
Saints, 17-10, in the Hall of Fame Game and on Friday to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller recorded two solo tackles Thursday in Atlanta's 31-17 loss against the Baltimore Ravens. His first stop came early in the third quarter when he stuffed Ben Rainey for a three-yard pickup, while his second tackle stopped Damien Berry for two yards late in the third quarter.

FB Cameron Bell- San Francisco 49ers
Bell saw action in San Francisco's 17-6 win against the Minnesota Vikings, but did not record any stats.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time in Tampa Bay's 20-7 win against the Miami Dolphins Friday. However, he did not record any receptions.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
After being released by the New York Jets earlier in the week, Wilson signed Wednesday with the Titans and did not see any action in Tennessee's 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Six former Huskies will be featured on national TV this week. Michael Turner and Pat Schiller play Thursday on Fox when the Atlanta Falcons host the Cincinnati Bengals at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, you can catch Chandler Harnish on NBC's Sunday Night Football when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7 p.m.. Additionally, the Dallas Cowboys (Doug Free) and San Diego Chargers (Larry English) face off Saturday at 8 p.m., while Britt Davis takes the field Monday night for the New England Patriots' ESPN contest with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

For the full Week Two schedule, click here.

ATHLETICS WELCOMES TWO NEWEST MEMBERS TO THE NIU FAMILY

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The Huskies welcomed two new members to the family this weekend.

IMG College Account Executive Mike Donohoo and his wife, Yesica, welcomed Sophia Donohoo into the world last night. She weighed in at 5 lbs., 9 oz.

Meanwhile, Strength and Conditioning Head Coach Brad Ohrt and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of Carson William Ohrt. Carson weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz.

NIU congratulates the Donohoos and Ohrts on their new additions.

PALMER PUSHING TO MAKE ROSTER

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While the NIU football team has just started its preseason camp, several former Huskies are well into their second week of NFL training camp. One Huskie, Nathan Palmer, has distinguished himself in the early going. Palmer, who signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, has impressed coaches and has a good chance to make the 53-man roster writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.


STORIES FROM YESTERDAY'S MEDIA/PHOTO DAY

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The Northern Illinois University football held its annual Photo/Media Day yesterday at Huskie Stadium. Several members of the Chicago, DeKalb and Rockford media made it out to the event. Below is a collection of some of the stories generated from the day.


NIU hopes clutch ways continue

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Tight end Schepler practicing patience

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Northern Illinois University QB Jordan Lynch ready for his turn

Rockford Register Star


Tuesday's media day/practice notes

Daily Chronicle


Fremont Ross running back eyeing more playing time at Northern Illinois

The News-Messenger


2012 FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE

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The defending Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois University football team begins practice today at 3:15 p.m. at Huskie Stadium. NIU is coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-straight bowl wins and open the 2012 season at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies take on Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1. Below are a few articles to prep you for Soldier Field Showdown III, the upcoming season and the conference outlook.

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune

TOP DRAWER SOCCER PREVIEWS THE MAC

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On the eve of reporting day for the NIU men's soccer program, Travis Clark at Top Drawer Soccer has a preview of the Mid-American Conference. The big news for the league this season is the addition West Virginia who, along with NIU and Akron, gives the league three teams that made the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Both the Mountaineers (Oct. 27) and the Zips (Oct. 13) come to DeKalb this season.


DOZEN FORMER HUSKIES TAKING PART IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

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Wedige_Cardinals.JPGNFL training camps are now in full gear, which means that football season is just around the corner. This year, 12 former Huskies are in training camps, including five from last season's MAC Championship squad.

QB Chandler Harnish (Indianapolis), WR Nathan Palmer (San Francisco), C Scott Wedige (Arizona), LB Pat Schiller (Atlanta) and FB Cameron Bell (San Francisco) will try to join RB Michael Turner (Atlanta), WR Britt Davis (New England), LB Larry English (San Diego), OT Doug Free (Dallas), CB Chris Smith (St. Louis) and CB Tracy Wilson (New York Jets) as Huskies in the NFL. Meanwhile, WR Landon Cox will also get an opportunity to catch on in the league, as he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.

Huskie fans will also get to see a familiar face on the field in the first preseason game of the year Sunday night, as Wedige and the Arizona Cardinals take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network. Fans can also follow the action live on NFL.com. The contest will also feature 2012 Hall of Fame inductees Jack Butler, Dermotti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf, all of whom will be formally inducted the night before.

For the full NFL preseason schedule to see when the other NIU alums are in action, click here.

HERMSEN CHALKS UP FIRST MINOR LEAGUE WIN

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Nearly two months after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, former Northern Illinois hurler Jake Hermsen earned his first career minor league victory for the Ogden Raptors in his five-inning, four strikeout, shutout performance. The Raptors went on to defeat the Idaho Falls Chukars, 4-1, for the team's second-straight win, following a three-game losing streak.


Do not let the losing streak fool you however, as Ogden won the Pioneer League's South Division Championship July 28. The win earned the Raptors home field advantage during the course of the league's playoffs.


Hermsen, a native of New London, Wis., finished the first half of the season seventh in the league in earned run average with an impressive 3.97 clip and boosted himself to sixth after last night's performance (3.46).



HUSKIES RECEIVE VOTES IN PRESEASON POLL

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Jordan Lynch.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team received two points in the preseason 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll announced yesterday. The Huskies, who are coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-staight bowl victories, are the only Mid-American Conference team to receive votes.


The Huskies ranked 46th on the poll, on spot ahead of Texas Tech and just behind Florida International, Missouri and Tennessee which tied for 43rd with three points each.


Northern Illinois kicks off the 2012 season Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies put the nation's longest winning streak on the line against Iowa. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.


CONNIE ELLETT WINS 33RD ILLINOIS JUNIOR GOLF TITLE

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Incoming freshman golfer Connie Ellett took first place in the 33rd Illinois Junior Golf Championship after shooting a two-under par 74 at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy earlier this week.


Ellett, who will join her sister Taylor on the Northern Illinois University women's golf team latter this month, is a second-generation Huskie. Taylor and Connie's mother, Sue, was a member of former head coach Pam Tyska's first women's golf team in 1986.


Connie was a four-year letterwinner at Hampshire High School and was named team most valuable player all four years. A three-time 2A state qualifier, she placed 25th as a sophomore, 23rd as a junior and runner-up as a senior.She is a two-time Big Northern Conference Champion and a Fox Valley Conference Co-Champion.


HUSKIES IN THE WINDY CITY FOR MEDIA DAY

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Soldier-Field-2011-003.jpgNorthern Illinois University held its annual Chicago Media Day yesterday at historic Soldier Field. NIU head coach Dave Doeren and a group of Huskie players were on hand to discuss the upcoming 2012 season and Northern Illinois' season opener versus Iowa Sept. 1, 2012 at the lakefront venue. 

Several members of the Chicago media were on hand including the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, as well as Chicago SportsNet, WGN-TV, WLS-TV. The Daily Chronicle also made the trek to the big city too. Below are a collection of stories from yesterday's event. 

Chicago Tribune Video

Daily Herald

Sun-Times/Beacon-News

Daily Chronicle

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