Football: June 2011 Archives
A yearly staple of Yahoo Sports!/Rivals.com's college football coverage, the 13th annual Preseason Top 120 Countdown is well under way. With this week's release of teams ranked No. 56-60, the Huskies check in at No. 57, which is tops among all 13 Mid-American Conference teams and is ahead of 23 BCS teams. To read Tom Dienhart's preview for the 2011 NIU football squad, click here.
Former Northern Illinois University football players Erek Benz and Dan Nicholson took home the top prize at the Stateline FastPitch Competition in Rockford Tuesday night. The duo won $5,000 to apply to their product line - Position Tech. The former Huskies invented a cleat that can be added to shoes and customized for athletes.
ROCKFORD -- Two Northern Illinois University graduates and former football players took home the top prize tonight for their customizable athletic cleat system at the Stateline FastPitch Competition.
Dale Berman, who played tackle for NIU from 1958-59, will be inducted into the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday in Canton, Ohio. Well-known for being the mayor of North Aurora, the 77-year-old Berman was named to NIU's All-Century team in 1999 and was a two-time all-conference selection for the Huskies.
Berman enters the famed Hall for his contributions to the Tri-State Professional League's Aurora Clippers and Elmhurst Travelers, where he was an all-star selection. To find out more about Berman's story, click here to read Denise Crosby's article in The Beacon-News that ran yesterday.
Graham Watson posted this story Friday on Yahoo! Sports' College Football Blog regarding NIUHuskies.com's weekly webisode series, "Doeren Discovers." In addition to the opportunity to win the Huskie Football Experience of a Lifetime, "Doeren Discovers" is a great way for Huskie fans to get to know their new head man off the field. Check it out today and enter for your chance to win!
Mike Huguenin of Rivals.com highlights the best offensive duos at running back, wide receiver at tackle and in the interior of the line. A pair of Huskies made the list. Center Scott Wedige and guard Joe Pawlak were tabbed as the best interior linemen in the Mid-American Conference. Wedige, who is currently on the Rimington Award Watch List, started all 14 games for the Huskies in 2010, his first as a starter, while Pawlak will be starting at guard for the third-straight season for NIU this year.
The duo was part of the top offensive line in the MAC. The Huskie front five allowed 13 sacks last season, the fewest in the MAC and paved the way for the league's No. 1 rushing attack and scoring offense. They also cleared the way for 2010 Vern Smith Leadership Award winner, running back Chad Spann.
Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com listed seven must-win games for Non-AQ schools and NIU's Sept. 17 tilt with Wisconsin made the list. Aside from the obvious storyline of new NIU head coach Dave Doeren competing against his former boss, the Huskies have defeated a Big Ten team in each of the last two years.
If you want to be at Soldier Field for all the excitement, log on to NIUHuskies.com and buy your tickets today!
Want to get to know new NIU head football coach Dave Doeren and score yourself a sweet deal to Soldier Field Showdown II in the process? Doeren Discovers, a weekly webisode series featuring the coach Doeren, debuted yesterday. Simply watch each episode and answer the multiple question below to enter for a chance to win the Soldier Field Showdown II prize pack which includes two club seats to Soldier Field Showdown II, a parking pass, two pregame on-field passes and the opportunity to run out with the team at Soldier Field decked out in free Huskie gear.
Only one entry per person per week will be accepted and only submissions with the correct answer will be entered in the grand prize drawing. The contest runs through the week of July 18 and the winner will be announced August 1.
While it's summertime here on campus, it doesn't mean there aren't a lot of lessons being taught. The Northern Illinois University football team will be conducting a series of camps here on campus this summer. Today, the Huskies are hosting a camp for high school seniors and tomorrow, more than 600 kids representing 31 teams are signed up for a 7-on-7 camp.
Football is not alone. Thousands of kids from grade school through high school will be attending a myriad of different camps here on campus. For a complete list of camps being offered here this summer check the camps page on NIUHuskies.com.
Congratulations to Huskie supporter Jeff Yordon as he rang the bell at the NASDAQ yesterday. Yordon, the Chief Executive Officer of Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc, donated $2.5 million to the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center and is a fixture on the sidelines at NIU football games.
The NFL Network is doing a 10-part series revealing The Top 100 Players of 2011 as determined by the players themselves. Former Northern Illinois running back Michael Turner made the list at No. 42. Former Chicago Bear and current Texans defensive end Adewale Ogunleye explains why Turner is one of the best players in the game today in this video.
CollegeFootballNews.com posted its 2011 Preview of the Northern Illinois University football season today. CFN.com goes in depth, breaking down the Huskies on both sides of the ball. On offense, the obvious storylines are who will replace 2010 Vern Smith winner Chad Spann and how will the unit pick up offensive coordinator Matt Canada's system.
The defensive side of the ball has similar issues. Underrated for the last two years, the Huskie defense has its share of starters to replace, namely defensive end Jake Coffman and linebacker Alex Kube.
Despite some of the question marks, there are plenty of positives to point out. The offense returns all but two starters including quarterback Chandler Harnish and the entire offensive line. Jas Hopkins and the running back corps are more than capable of picking up for the loss Spann. The receiving group is deep and talented.
Defensive end Sean Progar and safety Tommy Davis provide leadership and experience to a young unit. NIU head coach Dave Doeren is a defensive expert and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann has already begun to put his stamp on the defense.
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