Donna Turner: July 2011 Archives


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Thumbnail image for HPIM1073.JPG2011 Football 101 Photo Gallery

Northern Illinois held its annual "Football 101" Women's Clinic at Huskie Stadium Wednesday and once again the event turned out to be one of the highlights of the summer.  More than 100 ladies participated in this year's women's clinic, the first at NIU for head coach Dave Doeren.  

The evening began with a reception in the atrium of the Yordon Center as the women gathered and visited, took pictures with the Huskie players who would be their "coaches" for the evening and filled up on appetizers and beverages.  

Doeren spent the first 30 minutes reviewing the "Playbook" handed out to every attendee, which included the descriptions of each position and where they line up on the field, a guide to the referee's signals and some information on formations.  If you've ever wondered what a "Cover 2" is on defense, the Women's Clinic was the place to find out.

The room was then divided into two groups.  While one group stayed in the McCareins Auditorium to take part in a "Q&A" with a handful of Huskie players, the other ladies had a tour of the Yordon Center, including the football locker room and sports performance center.  There, the players demonstrated some of the weight lifting techniques used to get stronger during the summer.  After 30 minutes, the groups swapped.  

Despite the heat, everyone then took to the field at Huskie Stadium where the ladies got hands on demonstrations on some of the basics of football from NIU players and coaches at a series of six stations set up on the field.  Groups moved from station to station where they learned things such as the proper way to take a hand off, how to catch a football, the offensive and defensive linemen stances and how a linebacker reads a play.  

The evening concluded with a "team photo."  Check out all the highlights of the 2011 Football 101 Women's Clinic by clicking the link above to see the entire photo gallery and make plans to attend - or send your favorite lady - to the 2012 event! 


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With the release of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List on Monday, the National Collegiate Football Awards Association July calendar of announcements is complete and the Huskies were all over the lists this year.   See all the lists

In all, four NIU players earned eight Watch List mentions.  After a stellar junior season in which he led Northern Illinois to a record-setting offensive campaign while breaking the NIU marks for single season and career total offense, senior quarterback Chandler Harnish was recognized on the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp lists.  Those mentions put him in elite company as they are not a single position or position group award Harnish the only MAC player on the Maxwell listing and one of just 40 total players named to the Walter Camp group.  Harnish also was selected to the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Watch List.

Center Scott Wedige and offensive tackle Trevor Olson were two-list honorees this preseason.  Wedige made the Rimington Trophy Watch List as an elite center, while senior left tackle Olson was named on the Outland Trophy roll.  Both of them, along with defensive end Sean Progar, are on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.

A few awards will not release a summer Watch List while others wait for the start of the season, so there's still a chance for more recognition to come the Huskies' way.  

For a listing of all the preseason awards and their watch lists, go to


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Northern Illinois' football game at Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 10 will kick off at 6 p.m. (CDT) at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, KU announced last week.  The late start means NIU will open the season with back-to-back night games.

The Huskies were successful in their only other trip to Lawrence as NIU defeated the Jayhawks 37-34 in the 1983 season opener.  That was the beginning of a historic MAC Championship season for Northern Illinois.  

Northern Illinois' trip to Lawrence will be a homecoming for new Huskies' head coach Dave Doeren, who grew up outside of Kansas City and spent the 2002-05 seasons on the Jayhawks' staff as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

NIU is finalizing one more game time as the start time for the Huskies' homecoming game versus Western Michigan on Oct. 15 has not been announced.  The game will have an afternoon kickoff with final details on a television broadcast of the contest currently being set.

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