By Joe Summins on February 23, 2012 2:51 PM
Former NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish is in Indianapolis for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. He is doing a daily diary for his hometown paper, the News Sentinel.
Judging by the first entry in his diary, Harnish had an eventful first day for the NFL hopeful. Day Two brought more testing, and interviews with teams and media alike. Comcast SportsNet Chicago was down in Indy covering the Combine and caught up with Chandler.
Former (tear) NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish is still
representing Northern Illinois, most recently on Monday at Halas Hall when he
accepted the Mental Toughness Award from the Chicago Chapter of the National
Football Foundation.Harnish and
Northwestern QB Dan Persa - who roomed together at the East-West Shrine Game in
January - earned the award for the perseverance and excellence displayed
throughout their college careers.
Harnish was introduced by NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren at the
standing room only awards ceremony which was attended by a "who's who" of
Chicago football, including fellow head coaches Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern
and Tim Beckman of Illinois (formerly of the NIU vanquished Toledo Rockets),
Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey and members of the McCaskey family,
including matriarch Virginia Halas McCaskey, and Big Ten Conference
Commissioner Jim Delaney. The NFF Chicago Chapter also presented awards to six
deserving high school football student-athletes and recognized the NAIA
Championship won by St. Xavier in 2011.Harnish's
parents Ron and LeeAnn were in attendance to support the NFL hopeful.
Harnish's awards acceptance speech was the centerpiece of Fred
Mitchell's recap of the event for the Chicago Tribune, where you can also see his
Following the ceremony, the NIU contingent, representatives
of other schools and special guests attended a dinner with the NFF Chicago Board
members at Del Rio Restaurant in Highwood.
Harnish traveled to Indiana on Tuesday and reports to
Indianapolis for the NFL Combine on Wednesday. Return to "Huskie Happenings" on
Thursday for more on Harnish's combine plans.
By Joe Summins on February 16, 2012 9:41 AM
With spring practice set to start in a little over a month and half, Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com put together previews for several non-AQ schools and Northern Illinois was one of them. Adelson, talks about some key need areas for the Huskies, mostly on the offensive side of the ball, and the look of the Huskie defense in 2012.
By Joe Summins on February 9, 2012 10:09 AM
NIU head coach Dave Doeren announced the hiring of Mike Dunbar as the Huskies' new offensive coordinator yesterday. A 35-year coaching veteran, Dunbar brings a wealth of experience with him to NIU. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune posted this story on Dunbar in today's paper, while Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com had this post on the hire on his blog. Paul Myerberg of presnapread.com broke down the hire in greater detail in his blog post today.
By Joe Summins on February 9, 2012 9:26 AM
While his Huskie career maybe over, things haven't slowed down for Chandler Harnish. The 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award winner is preparing for the biggest job interview of his life as he is set to participate in the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-28. The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell caught up with Harnish and discussed his pro potential in this story.
Before heading to Indianapolis, Harnish will be collecting some more hardware. This weekend, Harnish will travel to Columbus, Ohio to accept the 2011 Male Athlete of the Year Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus. The second Huskie to win that award, Harnish was the TCC's 2010 MAC Player of the Year. He will then be at Halas Hall, Feb. 20 to receive the Mental Toughness Award from the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter.
By Joe Summins on February 6, 2012 2:21 PM
Many around the Mid-American Conference know the rich quarterback history in the league. This past season, Huskie fans were fortunate to watch the top QB in the MAC week in and week out in Chandler Harnish, the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award winner.
Next season, 12 of the league's 14 signal callers from 2011 will be under center in 2012. One of those "new guys" will be Jordan Lynch. Like Harnish, Lynch is a dual threat quarterback equally dangerous with his arm or legs. Paul Myerberg of presnapread.com posted this story handicapping the quarterback race in 2012.