Joe Summins: September 2011 Archives


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Harnish-Chandler-CMU.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team opens Mid-American Conference play Saturday in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. when the Huskies take on Central Michigan. At Tuesday's weekly press conference, NIU head coach Dave Doeren spoke about the respect NIU has for Central Michigan and what they've accomplished, winning the MAC title in three of the last five years, and how the Huskies would like to enjoy the same success.

As Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes, Doeren has sought out the guidance of some of his current assistant coaches and reached out to former Huskie head man Joe Novak. You will also find the game recap from Saturday's win over Cal Poly in the related topics box within that story.

Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle delves a little deeper into Doeren's education on Central Michigan and the MAC as running backs coach Eddie Faulkner reminisces about some of his trips to Central Michigan during his eight years at Ball State in this story.


At Tuesday's weekly press conference, NIU head coach Dave Doeren and a few Huskie players met the media at the weekly press conference. Doeren looked back at the Wisconsin game, but quickly turned his attention to the task at hand - Cal Poly. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald talked about NIU moving on from the loss.

Willhite pointed out in his story the Huskies 1-2 record is the same mark they had after three games last year. He also talks about the growing pains the NIU defense, which returns just two starters, is going through right now.

Mitchell talked about NIU's seniors taking control of the team as soon as they arrived back on campus in his piece. He also includes a video interview with Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher regarding the $3 million gift the department received to build its indoor practice facility.

In his press conference wrap up, Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle talked about the uniqueness of facing a triple-option offense this often in this day and age of college football and how facing Army in the season opener may give the Huskies a bit of an edge.


Wedige-Scott-UW.jpgWisconsin native Scott Wedige has flourished the last two seasons since taking over as the starting center for the Huskies at the beginning of the last season. After serving as a back up his first two years at NIU, Wedige has become a leader on the NIU offense. As Scott Powers writes in this feature story posted late Friday, Wedige is also a solid NFL prospect.


Doeren 4.jpgRyan Wood of the Daily Chronicle offers his take on NIU head coach Dave Doeren facing his old team. He talks about Doeren's relationships with many of the Badger coaches that go beyond their time together at Wisconsin.


The Daily Herald has a pair of articles in today's paper you might want to check out today. Mike McGraw filed this story on Northern Illinois' up-tempo offense, while Lindsey Willhite talks about Dave Doeren's standing summer vacation plans with his old boss, Bret Bielema. Willhite also has some news and notes about tomorrow's game with the Badgers at the end of that same piece.


Doeren 7.jpgChicago Tribune columnist David Haugh took a trip out to DeKalb yesterday to sit down with NIU head football coach Dave Doeren. The two spoke of Doeren's adjustment to being a head coach, his desire to broaden the NIU fan base and facing his old team at Soldier Field tomorrow. It's a must read for any Huskie fan.


Wedige-Scott.jpgJay Taft of the Rockford Register Star posted this story on how NIU has to overcome its disappointing loss to Kansas to face Wisconsin of Saturday at Soldier Field. Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News talks about the many NIU-Wisconsin story lines including center and Wisconsin-native Scott Wedige in his preview story.


While many fans are still fighting off the sting of losing in the final seconds to Kansas, the members of the NIU football team have moved on.

"I know for us, it's a 24-hour rule after a loss," Wedige said. "Even after a win, 24 hours. You can't get too high, you can't get too low. You've got to move on because if you hold onto that loss or that win, it's going to effect you the next week. You can't have a hangover from the past weeks."
As Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle writes, NIU head coach Dave Doeren told his players to forget about the Kansas game and start thinking about Wisconsin. That's just what the Huskies did getting into the film room and hitting the practice field Sunday.


Doeren 5.jpgNIU head coach Dave Doeren returned to one of his old stomping grounds this past weekend when the Huskies traveled to Kansas to face the Jayhawks. This week, he will look across the sidelines and see a lot of familiar faces when Northern Illinois plays host to Wisconsin at Soldier Field Saturday.

Doeren spent five seasons at Wisconsin, serving as defensive coordinator for Bret Bielema. Adam Rittenberg of delves further into Doeren's time in Madison in his blog post yesterday, while Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune posted this story on Doeren's familiarity with Wisconsin and how the team has responded after the disappointing setback to Kansas.


KU-Line of Scrimmage.jpgThe Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Daily Chronicle all sent reporters to Lawrence, Kan. for the Huskies' first road game of the season. Fred Mitchell was on site for the Trib and filed this game story, while the Sun-Times Lacy Banks offered his take on Saturday's outcome. Ryan Wood of the Chronicle posted this story after the game.


Alan Baxter sacks the QB.jpgOne of the biggest plays of Saturday's win over Army that was lost in the seven touchdown barrage the Huskies delivered on the Black Knights came at the end of the season quarter. With Army poised to score on a fourth and goal, defensive end Alan Baxter stuffed quarterback Trent Steelman, stripped the ball and recovered the ball, securing NIU's 35-6 halftime advantage. Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle wrote this feature on the Huskie junior.


While we mainly post stories from the local and national media on this site, we thought you'd like to see what the Lawrence media is saying about tomorrow's game. Here's a breakdown and prediction of tomorrow's game from the Kansas City Star.


Scott Powers of posted his previews and predictions for Saturday's games with area schools.

Northern Illinois (1-0) at Kansas (1-0)

When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.
TV: Fox College Sports
Radio: WIND-560 AM
What you need to know: Northern Illinois had the most impressive showing of the in-state teams last week. The Huskies burst out of the gate against Army and built a 35-6 lead at halftime on the way to a 49-26 victory. Quarterback Chandler Harnish had his usual type of performance, completing 12-of-19 passes for 195 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Jasmin Hopkins also rushed for 138 yards. Kansas should present more of a fight. Kansas had a rocky first season under coach Turner Gil and went 3-9. The Jayhawks looked improved in their season-opening 42-24 win over McNeese State. Kansas did most of its damage by ground, rushing for 301 yards. Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren was a former assistant at Kansas.
Powers' prediction: Northern Illinois 38, Kansas 24


Pegram-Logan-2010-002.jpgWhile Saturday's game is a homecoming for several members of the Northern Illinois University football team, Rick Armstrong of the Sun-Times writes the contest versus Big 12 foe Kansas is also important to NIU in terms of gaining credibility with a win over an AQ conference opponent.


Harnish 1.jpgChandler Harnish made the winners section of Yahoo! Sports Winners and Losers list. He's one of six quarterbacks highlighted for their performances Saturday.

Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish: One of the nation's most underrated quarterbacks opened the season in style by throwing five touchdown passes and rushing for a sixth score in Northern Illinois' 49-26 victory over Army.
Harnish also earned accolades from Andrea Adelson He earned a helmet sticker from the ESPN blogger for his five touchdown performance. He was also named MAC West offensive player of the week.


Line of Scrimmage.jpgThe Huskies opened the 2011 season with a dominating performance over Army Saturday night at Huskies Stadium. For the most complete coverage of the game fans can turn to for game story, postgame notes, stats and photo gallery as well as a highlight video from the game.

The Chicagoland media was out in force Saturday with Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune providing a recap of the game as well as clips from the postgame press conference in his story. Lacy Banks of the Sun-Times offered his take on the game.

Rockford Register Star's Matt Trowbridge and Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News were on hand as well. Trowbridge talked of quarterback Chandler Harnish's play in his recap, while Armstrong summed up NIU's performance in one word - dazzling - in his story.

Locally, the Daily Chronicle had several stories on NIU's victory over Army including this game recap by Ryan Wood.


Hopkins-Jasmin-2010-003.jpgNames like Hammock, Turner, Wolfe and Spann are part of NIU's long-standing tradition of producing successful running backs. Senior Jas Hopkins is looking to add his name to that list.  A native of Stanley, N.C., Hopkins came to Northern Illinois via Fort Scott Community College where he was the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. Rick Armstrong posted this story in the Aurora Beacon News on the 5-9, 180 lb tailback.

Also, if you're going to the game tomorrow, be sure to pick up a copy of the game program. Matt Scheerer of NIU Media Relations wrote an excellent feature story on Hopkins and his career at Fort Scott.


Melvin-Rashaan-2010-013.jpgRashaan Melvin has risen from a walk-on, to scholarship player to starter at Northern Illinois University, The first in his family to go to college, the Waukegan native is making the most of his opportunity - on and off the field. Scott Powers of sat down with the redshirt junior to talk about his time at NIU in this feature story.

There is also a preview of tomorrow's game with Army (6 p.m., on the site as well.

Army (0-0) at Northern Illinois (0-0)

When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
TV: None
Radio: WSCR-AM 670
What you need to know: Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren makes his debut on the sidelines. Even with a new coach, expectations haven't changed in DeKalb. The Huskies are coming off an 11-3 season and a bowl win, and they return starting quarterback Chandler Harnish and their entire offensive line. It's unknown who will emerge to replace Chad Spann in the backfield, but Northern Illinois believes it has a couple of capable backs. Northern Illinois' defense is less experienced, but luckily that's Doeren specialty. He was Wisconsin's defensive coordinator before arriving to Northern Illinois. Army had its first winning season last year since 1996 and won its first bowl game since 1985. Jared Hassin ran for 1,000-plus yards last season and is back for the Black Knights.
Powers' prediction: Northern Illinois 38, Army 17 

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