Joe Summins: May 2011 Archives

PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM

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Progar-Sean-2010-003.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team had 10 players named to the 2011 preseason All-MAC Team, including five first-team members, and two second teamers.

The NIU offense boasts seven of the 10 Huskies named to the team, with quarterback Chandler Harnish, and offensive linemen Scott Wedige, Joe Pawlak and Trevor Olson garnering first-team honors. Running back Jas Hopkins earned second-team accolades, while wide receiver Willie Clark and offensive lineman Logan Pegram were third-team selections.

Sean Progar headlines the defensive side of the ball. The Huskie defensive end was NIU's lone first-team honoree. Safety Tommy Davis was a second-team choice, while linebacker Pat Schiller rounds out the Huskie selections as a fourth-team pick.

Phil Steele's 2011 College Football Preview hits newsstands June 7.

18 HOLES WITH DAVE DOEREN

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Northern Illinois University head football coach Dave Doeren hit the links with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune for Greenstein's 18 Holes of Golf With Dave Doeren. The pair, joined by NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher, played at Rich Harvest Farms, the home to Huskie Golf and owned by proud NIU alumn Jerry Rich.

During the trio's round, Greenstein interviewed the first-year head coach about a number of topics including Doeren's drive down to DeKalb in the middle of a snow storm, and how he won his golf clubs.

HUSKIE CARAVAN IN ROCKFORD TODAY!

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NIU fans in the Rockford area!  The Huskie Spring Coaches' Caravans are at the Rockford Country Club in Rockford today participating in the Rockford Executive Club's annual golf outing. NIU head football coach Dave Doeren, who is playing at the event, will be speaking at the dinner after golf. New NIU head men's basketball coach Mark Montgomery will be speaking at the event as well. Many of the local TV stations are going to be out there interviewing the two new Huskie head coaches. Be sure to check your local sports broadcasts tonight.

SAYING GOOD-BYE TO COACH GRANT

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Dave Grant-1.jpgThe Northern Illinois University Athletics Department wants to encourage all fans, staff and members of the community to join us at a farewell reception for former NIU head wrestling coach Dave Grant Friday, May 20 in the main lobby of the NIU Convocation Center. The Open House will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with light refreshments available. Admission and parking are free.

Grant is leaving NIU after serving as head wrestling coach for the past 15 seasons. He sent 33 Huskie wrestlers to 40 NCAA Championships appearances, sending two this past season.
Brad Dieckhaus took home the 2011 MAC Championship at 184.

HUSKIES GOING MOBILE

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Too early for bowl predictions? We think so too, but that's not stopping us from posting CollegeFootballNews.com's Way-Early Bowl Picks. CFN.com has the Huskies facing Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. We think this predeiction will change at least 10 times before the season opener against Army Sept. 3.

VOTE TODAY!

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Harnish-Chandler-throwing.jpgNIU quarterback Chandler Harnish needs your vote! ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson is conducting a poll to find out the 2011 Non-AQ Offensive Player of the Year and the Huskie signal caller is one of the five players fans can vote for. Adelson identified Harnish as one of the Non-AQ Players to Watch in her blog post Wednesday. So, show your support for Chandler and vote today!

HARNISH GARNERING NATIONAL ATTENTION

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Harnish-Chandler-passing.jpgChandler Harnish had an amazing season in 2010, becoming the first NIU quarterback to earn first team all-conference honors and the first Huskie signal-caller to make an all-MAC team since 1983 Vern Smith Award winner Tim Tyrell garnered second-team honors in 1983. Harnish completed 65 percent of his passes (189-of-292) for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2010 and ranks second on the Huskie team in rushing with 836 yards and seven scores. He brokethe Huskies' single season total offense record with 3,366 yards. He was listed as one of the Non-AQ Players to Watch this season by ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson in her latest blog post today.

NON-AQ POWER RANKINGS

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ESPN.com blogger Andrea Adelson released her post-spring Non-AQ Power Rankings late yesterday. The Northern Illinois University Huskies cracked the top 10 in large part to the return of Chandler Harnish. The only Mid-American Conference school on the list, NIU bumped Miami (OH) out of the list due to the uncertainty at the quarterback position.

NIU FOOTBALL SPRING RECAP

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Chandler Harnish.jpgESPN.com's Andrea Adelson posted her spring review of the NIU football team in her Non-AQ Blog today. The offenseive side of the ball dominates much of the post, highlighting the Huskie wide receiving corps, running back battle and Chandler Harnish's performance this spring. Dave Doeren's first year as a head coach , the running back rotation and the defensive side of the ball, specifically defensive line and middle linebacker, provide the questions heading into fall.

Adelson will be conducting a live chat at 1 p.m. CT today. Be sure to send in your questions about the Huskies.

HUSKIES EARN No. 3 SEED AT MAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

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NIU Softball Team.jpgThe Northern Illinois University softball team earned the No. 3 seed in the 2011 Mid-American Conference Softball Tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. The Huskies (26-25, 13-7), who finished second in the MAC West, open the tournament against Central Michigan Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. You can follow all the action live on the MAC's Tournament Central page. Look for a complete preview of the 2011 MAC Softball Tournament tomorrow on NIUHuskies.com.

2011 NIU FOOTBALL WALLPAPER

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2011 NIU Football Wallpaper.jpgThe 2011 edition of the Northern Illinois University football team's wallpaper is up on NIUHuskies.com and available for fans to download to their computer. Simply follow the instructions on the page and select the size that best fits your computer screen.

Show your Huskie pride! Download it today.


COFFMAN ON THE END OF BIN LADEN

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Coffman-Jake 2.jpgLike all Americans, former NIU football player and Marine Corps veteran Jake Coffman was happy and excited about the demise of Osama bin Laden. Coffman, who joined the Marines out of high school because of the 9/11 attacks. He shared his thoughts and emotions with Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle when hearing the news the world's most wanted man was finally brought to justice.

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