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Storify: A Recap of NIU Football Game Week 1

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HUSKIES IN THE NFL - PRESEASON WEEK 1 RECAP

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Week One of the 2013 NFL Preseason is in the books and all 14 former Huskies saw their field for their respective teams. Here is a breakdown of how each individual did for their team.

LB Pat Schiller & WR Martel Moore, Atlanta Falcons
Schiller was one of Atlanta's standouts on defense Thursday in a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Geneva, Ill., native tallied five tackles for the Falcons to rank second on the team. Additionally, he played on 45% of the team's defensive snaps and 20% of the special teams plays. Meanwhile, Moore did not record any stats, but was in on 10 offensive plays at the end of the game.

CB Rashaan Melvin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of Tampa Bay's training camp surprises so far, Melvin got his first live game action Thursday night in the Buccaneers' 44-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Though he only notched one tackle, the former Huskie was in on 41% of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps and 54% of the special teams plays.

WR Perez Ashford, Seattle Seahawks
After bouncing around between several teams during the offseason, Ashford landed in Seattle just over a week ago and has already made strides in training camp. Thursday night in a 31-10 Seahawk win at San Diego, the former Huskie wide receiver got some time at punt returner and made the most of his opportunity. After returning his first kick two yards, Ashford broke his second return for 27 yards to get the Seahawks inside Charger territory late in the fourth quarter.

DB Tracy Wilson, Tennessee Titans
The veteran Wilson is off to a good start in his third preseason in the NFL. The former Huskie recorded three tackles in Tennessee's 22-21 loss to Washington and played 35% of the team's defensive snaps and 33% of the special teams plays.

LB Sean Progar & RB Chad Spann, New York Jets
Former Huskie teammates reunited in the NFL, both Progar and Spann made sound contributions in the Jets' 26-17 loss at Detroit Friday night. On offense, Spann gained two yards on three carries, but it was his 23-yard catch and run in the third quarter that helped set up a New York field goal. For Progar, he made one tackle in his NFL debut.

QB Chandler Harnish & WR Nathan Palmer, Indianapolis Colts
In Indianapolis' 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, both Harnish and Palmer saw extended playing time. The former NIU QB and MAC MVP Harnish finished the day 14-of-33 passing for 109 yards and an interception. Meanwhile, Palmer caught one pass from Harnish for no gain.

LB Alan Baxter, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baxter saw the field late in Pittsburgh's 18-13 loss to the New York Giants and made one tackle. Additionally, he played 26% of the defensive plays and 42% of the special teams snaps.

OL Doug Free, Dallas Cowboys
Free got plenty of action Friday night in the Cowboys' 19-17 loss at Oakland, playing 42% of the offensive snaps and helped Dallas to 10 first half points.

OL Scott Wedige, Arizona Cardinals
Returning to his home state, Wedige saw action for most of the fourth quarter in Arizona's 17-0 win at Green Bay. In total, he was in on 18 snaps on offense and 28% of the team's total offensive plays.

LB Larry English, San Diego Chargers
Looking to find a spot in San Diego's starting lineup at outside linebacker, English was limited in his amount of snaps (11 for 20%) and recorded no stats.

FB Jason Schepler, San Francisco 49ers
Schepler saw playing time late in San Francisco's 10-6 loss versus the Denver Broncos, but did not record any stats.

Nine of the 14 former Huskies will be featured in live, nationally-televised games in Week Two. On Thursday, English and the Chargers head to Chicago to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The next night on Fox, fans can catch a glimpse of Melvin as the Buccaneers play at New England. Saturday on NFL Network, Arizona hosts Dallas at 4:30 p.m. in a game that features Free and Wedige. Meanwhile, NFLN will join the Jaguars-Jets game in progress as Progar and Spann both look to get more playing time. Harnish, Palmer and the Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants Sunday night on Fox, while Baxter's Pittsburgh Steelers face the Washington Redskins Monday night on ESPN.

NIU Fall Media Day

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Check out this visual media day recap via Storify


MEDIA DAY WRAP

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Northern Illinois held its annual media and photo day in DeKalb yesterday, offering another opportunity for the media to check-in on the 2013 Huskies. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune noted that the Huskie offense has the potential to be even more explosive in 2013. At the Daily Herald, Mike McGraw talks about the Huskies continuing to take the next step while Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star says Jordan Lynch may remain the primary ball carrier for the Huskies this season. On the television side, Scott Leber of WTVO in Rockford has this preview from yesterday's events. Meanwhile from Iowa, the Des Moines Register checked in on the Huskies as they continue to work toward the season opener with the Hawkeyes.
 
Off the field, the media was able to take part in a tour of the Chessick Center yesterday and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz provides an update on the facility.

WTVO - NIU Football Preview 

Chicago Tribune - Huskies Still Dangerous on Offense

Daily Chronicle - Chessick Center Progressing, Scheduled to be Completed in October

Daily Herald - Northern Illinois Looks to Take That Next Step

Rockford Register-Star - NIU Plans to Keep Jordan Lynch on the Run

Des Moines Register - Northern Illinois Looks Forward to Another Opportunity Against Iowa

To check out a photo gallery of some of the photos that were taken during the photo day portion of the day, click here.

Wrapping Up Chicago Media Day

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Chicago Media Day.jpgAnother week, another media day for the Northern Illinois University football team. The Huskies were in Chicago yesterday to discuss the upcoming 2013 season. NIU President Dr. Doug Baker, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier, Head Football Coach Rod Carey and several players were at Ditka's Restaurant meeting with the Chicago media.

Jordan Lynch in particular had a busy day, which started with a 6:10 a.m. departure from DeKalb for an appearance on the WGN Morning News at 8:15 a.m. The car then headed to Ditka's for the Huskies' 11:45 luncheon and press conference. After two hours at Da' Coach's hangout, Lynch made his way to Harpo Studios to shoot a segment for campusinsiders.com before concluding his marathon day at Comcast SportsNet to be on SportsTalk Live and shoot a piece for Comcast SportsNet's AT&T U-Verse Lounge.

You can read all about the Huskies' day in Chi-town and watch Jordan's clips below.

Comparing this season to last like apples and oranges for NIU
Chicago Tribune

Jimmie Ward head of NIU's strongest unit
Daily Chronicle

Huskies disappointed by rankings snub
Daily Chronicle

Huskies ratchet up Heisman hype for Jordan Lynch
Chicago Sun-Times

Harris: NIU Looks To Turn The Page After Orange Bowl Run
670 AM The Score

VIDEO
Northern Illinois Holds Annual Media Day in Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Kaplan Goes One-on-One With NIU's Jordan Lynch
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jordan Lynch Drops by the AT&T U-Verse Lounge
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch previews college football season
WGN-TV