Joe Summins: October 2010 Archives

NIU-WMU FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun-Times posted his take on the Huskies upcoming contest with Western Michigan in today's paper. He recaps what has been working for Northern Illinois and what the Huskies need to do to keep "winning and advancing," as NIU head coach Jerry Kill puts it.

NIU MEN'S HOOPS PREVIEW

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The Mid-American Conference released its preseason poll and preseason All-MAC team yesterday and Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune wrote this preview story on the upcoming 2010-11 season in today's paper.

Silas gives NIU hope

Preseason All-MAC selection averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season

Darion Anderson, Xavier Silas

Northern Illinois' Darion Anderson talks to Xavier Silas. (Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press / November 13, 2009)


His team was under .500 last season and is decidely below the radar for the upcoming season, but Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton is as optimistic as most coaches this time of year.

"I think we have just as good a chance as anyone at this point," Patton said Thursday.

Chief among the reasons for Patton's positive outlook is 6-foot-5 senior guard Xavier Silas, who returns after averaging 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Silas was selected as a member of the preseason All-Mid-American Conference team.

HUSKIES STREAKING

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ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson has been reading up on the Northern Illinois University football program and she's sharing it with everyone in this morning's post on ESPN.com's College Football Blog. The Huskies put their five-game winning streak on the line tomorrow when the Huskies travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face Western Michigan (11 a.m., ESPN Regional click here for channels in your area).

POWER RANKINGS

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The Northern Illinois University football team climbed up one spot in Andrea Adelson's Non-AQ Power Rankings on ESPN.com. The Huskies, which were ranked seventh last week gained a spot after beating Central Michigan, 33-7, Saturday at Huskie Stadium. NIU ranks sixth in her latest rankings.

BREAKING DOWN SATURDAY'S WIN

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Now that the dust has settled on the Huskies' 33-7 victory over Central Michigan Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium, it's time to take a look back at all the coverage.

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune posted this story and video of the post-game press conference in his recap, while Rick Armstrong discussed the dominance NIU has had over their opponents in the second half in his story in the Chicago Sun-Times. Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle went a little more in-depth on second-half success the Huskies have enjoyed in his story.

POLL POSITION

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2010 Football Team.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll after defeating defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan, 33-7, Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium. With the victory, NIU improves to 6-2 on the season and 4-0 in MAC play. The last time the Huskies received a vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll was in the preseason poll released earlier this year. NIU has faced five coaches that currently vote in the coaches poll already this season, Dan Enos, C. Michigan; Al Golden, Temple; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Paul Rhodes, Iowa State and Ron Zook, Illinois. The Huskies play one more voter, Tim Beckman of Toledo, Nov. 9.

The Huskies will carry their five-game winning streak into Kalamazoo, Mich. when NIU faces the Broncos of Western Michigan. The game will be televised as part of the MAC Game of the Week package and can be seen on WTVO in Rockford and WPWR TV in the Chicagoland area. (Check your local listings for the channel in your area.


HARNISH PLAYING AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME

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It's no secret to Huskie fans that quarterback Chandler Harnish has been playing the best football of his career during the last five games. Steve Warden of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette chronicled the junior's season up to this point in today's paper.

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Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish has 1,087 passing yards this year.
ON CAMPUS

Norwell grad blossoms as quarterback

- A little past the halfway mark of his third season as the quarterback at Northern Illinois, Chandler Harnish admits, "It's the best time of my life."

The same could be said for the Huskies' program.

PUTTING NAMES TO NO-NAME DEFENSE

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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.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Former men's hoops standout and NIU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee T.J. Lux was featured in today's Northwest Indiana Times. Mike Nieto caught up with the former Huskie standout to reminisce about his time in DeKalb and find out what he's doing now in this feature.

DRINKING THE KOOL-AID

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The Huskies are off to a 5-2 start and have won their first three Mid-American Conference games. The NIU players give most of that credit to NIU head coach Jerry Kill and what he and his coaching staff have been preaching to them the last three years. Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star filed this story today on the Huskies' head man.

COFFMAN HAS CLASS

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In case you missed it, NIU defensive end Jake Coffman was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Coffman, one of 10 finalists for the award, was selected from a list of 30 candidates announced in August. Fans can vote online at seniorCLASSaward.com to help determine a winner. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches' votes and Lowe's will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner on January 10 prior to the Tostitos BCS National Championship game. Voting ends Dec. 6, so get online and vote today.

EYE OPENING PERFORMANCE

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Fans got a glimpse of him against Temple two weeks ago, but NIU redshirt freshman Jordan Lynch opened some eyes with his spectacular 90-yard touchdown run against Buffalo last Saturday. As Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle writes, the Huskie coaching staff knew what they had in Lynch from the start in this story.

EARLY PREDICTION FOR SATURDAY

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With Central Michigan having won three straight over the Huskies, ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson feels this is the year Northern Illinois posts its first victory over the Chippewas. You can read her prediction and analysis of the Saturday's MAC match-up in her blog post today.

OUTSIDER'S VIEW OF THE HUSKIES

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For a guy that hasn't written about the NIU football program in roughly four years, Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News has the pulse of the this year's squad. The Buffalo beat writer posted this outstanding piece on the state of the Huskie football after last week's 31-17 win over Temple and where the program could go this year and beyond.

QUARTERBACK OF THE DEFENSE

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Barnas-Garrett.jpgWith strong safety Tracy Wilson out of the line up the last few weeks, several members of the NIU secondary have had to step up and fill the void of arguably NIU's best defensive player. Tommy Daivs, Mike Sobol and Garrett Barnas have stepped in and performed very well. Barnas in particular has been solid as the "quarterback" of the defense writes Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle in today's paper.


MIDTERM GRADE

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The Huskies' impressive 31-17 victory over Temple Saturday opened the eyes of many in the Mid-American Conference and in the national media. Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com gave her assessment of Northern Illinois in her blog post today.

HARNISH FEATURES

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NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish is off to a solid start after working his way back from a knee injury and back into the starting job. Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun-Times and Reggie Hayes of the News-Sentinel each posted a pair of features on the Huskies' signal caller. Bank's feature focuses on Harnish's confidence level, while Hayes' story talks about his road back to the starting job. 

RUNNING DOWN A DREAM

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With the two best running backs in the Mid-American Conference squaring off Saturday, the focus of the Temple-NIU football game will be on running game. Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com, who spoke with Chad Spann Tuesday, filed this post on ESPN's blog yesterday.

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Saturday's football game between Northern Illinois and Temple is being billed as a Mid-American Conference championship game preview by many in the media. Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star breaks down the MAC heading into the Huskies' second conference game in this story.