By Joe Summins on August 30, 2012 10:10 AM
NIU head coach Dave Doeren, who played his college ball at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years is very familiar with Iowa football. Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald writes how much respect Doeren has for Iowa and their coach Kirk Ferentz in his preview story in today's paper.
By Joe Summins on August 30, 2012 9:43 AM
To get you better prepared for Saturday's game versus Iowa and the upcoming season, the Daily Chronicle posted its 2012 NIU Football Preview today. Inside, you'll find stories on Jordan Lynch, Mathew Sims, the NIU defense and the Huskies by position.
By Joe Summins on August 29, 2012 12:17 PM
There are several stories to check out previewing Northern Illinois' upcoming game with Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field. Doeren, who played at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years, is very familiar with the Hawkeyes writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle. Chad Thornburg of the Daily Herald breaks down the Huskies' 2012 schedule in his story today.
The list of 11 coaches features fellow head coaches Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Mario Cristobal (Florida International), Dave Christensen (Wyoming) and Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State), along with coordinators Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Kirby Smart (Alabama), Chad Morris (Clemson), Manny Diaz (Texas) and Todd Grantham (Georgia).
Here's what Bruce Feldman had to say about Doeren:
"Bret Bielema's former assistant produced an 11-win season in his first year as a head coach and comes into the season with the longest win streak in FBS at nine games. If the Huskies -- breaking in a new QB -- can knock off Iowa (a 10-point favorite) in Chicago in the opener, Doeren's stock will soar and they could be in line to make a Top 25 run."
The NFL preseason capped off its third week this weekend with several former Huskies making good impressions before Friday's final roster cutdown.
QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
Harnish played the entire second half Saturday afternoon in the Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 loss against the Washington Redskins, finishing the day 12-of-19 passing for 147 yards. Among the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award recipient's highlights were a 59-yard completion to Jeremy Ross that set up one touchdown, along with directing a second scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Through three games, Harnish is 18-of-31 passing for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English recorded his best game yet of the 2012 preseason, posting two sacks along with two additional tackles in the San Diego Chargers' 12-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings. With Minnesota driving inside Charger territory late in the first quarter, English got into the backfield and sacked Christian Ponder for a 10-yard loss to knock the Vikings out of field goal territory. His next sack of Ponder came with less than two minutes left in the first half and Minnesota with a first and goal at the 10-yard line. The six-yard loss eventually resulted in the Vikings settling for a field goal.
RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner played a big part in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins Friday, posting 10 carries for 35 yards and three catches for 36 yards. His two biggest plays came on receptions, as a 20-yard reception helped set up Atlanta's first points of the game, while a 11-yard catch in the second quarter resulted in another field goal that proved to be the deciding points of the game.
OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys in their 20-19 win against the St. Louis Rams. The former NIU lineman helped pave the way for a resurgent Cowboy offense, as all 20 of the team's points came in the first half.
DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got playing time on defense and special teams in Tennessee's 32-27 win against Arizona, recording two tackles in the fourth quarter.
WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer got on the field in the San Francisco 49ers' 29-24 win against the Denver Broncos. Yet, he did not record any stats.
C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got in on special teams during the Cardinals' 32-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, he did not record any stats on the evening.
LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got on the field for a handful of plays in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins. The former Huskie, though, did not record any stats.
WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time on offense and on special teams in Tampa Bay's 30-28 win against the New England Patriots Friday, but did not get any passes thrown his way.
NOTE: Fullback Cameron Bell was released Monday by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of roster reductions. Teams were required to have a 75-man active roster by Monday at 3 p.m. CT
The final week of the preseason will feature one nationally-televised game with an NIU alum, as Scott Wedige looks to secure a roster spot Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 10 p.m. on NFL Network.
By Joe Summins on August 27, 2012 9:34 AM
In case you missed Sunday's Chicago Tribune sports section, Fred Mitchell filed this story on starting quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch takes over the reins of the Northern Illinois offense as the Huskies look to defend their 2011 MAC title.
By Joe Summins on August 23, 2012 10:47 AM
The Daily Herald posted this preview story of the 2012 Northern Illinois football season in today's paper. Mike McGraw discusses the strength of the Huskies, and how the offense will have a different look with Jordan Lynch at the helm.
By Joe Summins on August 13, 2012 11:52 AM
Attention Huskie football season ticket holders. Keep an eye out in the next few days as season tickets were mailed out last week. Some of you have already received them and have given rave reviews of the new ticket sheets we are distributing this year (see photo above).
The deadline for season ticket holders interested in participating in the MAC Ticket Swap program is Aug. 24. Please call the NIU Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or send back your order form. NIU has not received any MAC road game tickets as of yet, but once they are received, it is the ticket office's policy to mail them out.
Also, single game tickets have been processed. They will be printed and mailed out this week.
By Joe Summins on August 8, 2012 11:30 AM
While the NIU football team has just started its preseason camp, several former Huskies are well into their second week of NFL training camp. One Huskie, Nathan Palmer, has distinguished himself in the early going. Palmer, who signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, has impressed coaches and has a good chance to make the 53-man roster writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.
By Joe Summins on August 8, 2012 11:12 AM
The Northern Illinois University football held its annual Photo/Media Day yesterday at Huskie Stadium. Several members of the Chicago, DeKalb and Rockford media made it out to the event. Below is a collection of some of the stories generated from the day.
By Joe Summins on August 6, 2012 9:59 AM
The defending Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois University football team begins practice today at 3:15 p.m. at Huskie Stadium. NIU is coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-straight bowl wins and open the 2012 season at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies take on Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1. Below are a few articles to prep you for Soldier Field Showdown III, the upcoming season and the conference outlook.
NFL training camps are now in full gear, which means that football season is just around the corner. This year, 12 former Huskies are in training camps, including five from last season's MAC Championship squad.
QB Chandler Harnish (Indianapolis), WR Nathan Palmer (San Francisco), C Scott Wedige (Arizona), LB Pat Schiller (Atlanta) and FB Cameron Bell (San Francisco) will try to join RB Michael Turner (Atlanta), WR Britt Davis (New England), LB Larry English (San Diego), OT Doug Free (Dallas), CB Chris Smith (St. Louis) and CB Tracy Wilson (New York Jets) as Huskies in the NFL. Meanwhile, WR Landon Cox will also get an opportunity to catch on in the league, as he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.
Huskie fans will also get to see a familiar face on the field in the first preseason game of the year Sunday night, as Wedige and the Arizona Cardinals take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network. Fans can also follow the action live on NFL.com. The contest will also feature 2012 Hall of Fame inductees Jack Butler, Dermotti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf, all of whom will be formally inducted the night before.
For the full NFL preseason schedule to see when the other NIU alums are in action, click here.
By Joe Summins on August 3, 2012 10:15 AM
The Northern Illinois University football team received two points in the preseason 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll announced yesterday. The Huskies, who are coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-staight bowl victories, are the only Mid-American Conference team to receive votes.
The Huskies ranked 46th on the poll, on spot ahead of Texas Tech and just behind Florida International, Missouri and Tennessee which tied for 43rd with three points each.
Northern Illinois kicks off the 2012 season Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies put the nation's longest winning streak on the line against Iowa. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
By Joe Summins on August 1, 2012 10:36 AM
Northern Illinois University held its annual Chicago Media Day yesterday at historic Soldier Field. NIU head coach Dave Doeren and a group of Huskie players were on hand to discuss the upcoming 2012 season and Northern Illinois' season opener versus Iowa Sept. 1, 2012 at the lakefront venue.
Several members of the Chicago media were on hand including the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, as well as Chicago SportsNet, WGN-TV, WLS-TV. The Daily Chronicle also made the trek to the big city too. Below are a collection of stories from yesterday's event.