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The winners of the NIU 2009 Football Season Ticket Design Contest were announced at Saturday's Spring Preview. There were three categories, based on age group: Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Drumroll please...

Brooke Myroth, 2nd Grade

Bryce Bilyeu, 5th Grade

Kylie Ocker, 7th Grade

We had tons of entrants, and thank everyone for submitting them and voting! We're looking forward to having more contests for Huskie fans to participate in!



In case you're living under one of these, or in one of these, you've heard that former NIU defensive end Larry English was selected 16th in the NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. The coverage has been through the roof for this, so here's a small sampling of what's out there about Larry heading to San Diego.

Local Coverage
Daily Chronicle - "English selected No. 16 by Chargers"
Daily Chronicle - "English bolting to San Diego" (very clever)
Northern Star - "Draft pick works out well for English"
Northern Star - "Larry English leaves behind impressive legacy at NIU"
Northern Star - "Larry English surprises fans with No. 16 for San Diego Chargers"
Chicago Tribune - Northern Illinois' Larry English goes No. 16 in NFL Draft

National Coverage
Sign on San Diego - "If English can apply pressure, Chargers will feel less of it"
Sign on San Diego - "A Saturday surprise: Smith selects English to 'bring the heat'" - Video of Larry's selection - "Top brass on Larry English" - Larry English Press Conference (video)


NIU wide receiver Britt Davis (Broadview, Ill.-Riverside-Brookfield) was picked up by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the NFL Draft Sunday night. Davis hauled in 146 receptions, for a total of 1,675 yards, in his four-year career with the Huskies. In 2006, Davis started all 13 games, and recorded a career-high 731 receiving yards.


In all the hullabaloo surrounding Larry's selection, there was also the Northern Illinois Spring Football Preview. A large gathering of fans got together early in the day to enjoy some food at the 2009 Tailgate Showdown (see the video below). Huskie quarterbacks completed their first six passes in whipping winds, and you can check out a complete blog from the day here, and read the wrap-up here. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle wrote some thoughts in his blog, as well as this complete wrap. The practice was cut short for safety reasons after a vicious bolt of lightning that struck somewhere north of the stadium.





The NIU men's basketball team held its annual "Senior Dinner" Sunday night at the Convocation Center. Players, coaches, staff and families all gathered to celebrate and remember the 2008-09 season. Senior Sean Smith was presented the "Huskie Award" for his two years of service to NIU; he is the first senior recruited by head coach Ricardo Patton. Patton also announced that Smith will return to the team next season in a student assistant coaching capacity.

Darion "Jake" Anderson (All-MAC Second-Team) and Mike DiNunno (MAC All-Freshman Team) were both recognized for receiving postseason honors from the Mid-American Conference. All 13 letterwinners were presented with their first-or second-year awards, and a highlight video followed (which can be seen on Huskie All-Access in the coming days).

Northern Illinois' 10 wins last season were a four-victory improvement from the 2007-08 campaign, and its five MAC wins were a two-victory improvement. The Huskies return 13 letterwinners from the 2008-09 squad next season, including 88 percent of their scoring, and 79 percent of their rebounding totals.

NIU also welcomes at least two newcomers to the mix, including Colorado transfer Xavier Silas, who averaged 12.0 points per game for the Buffaloes as a freshman (2006-07), and 9.7 points per contest as a sophomore (2007-08). Freshman Keith Smith, who redshirted last season, will also join the Huskies' backcourt.


Freshman Jurica Grubisic, playing No. 2 singles, recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win over Knot Likitkumchorn from Toledo in the Huskies' 4-2 setback versus second-seeded Toledo in the MAC Championship semifinals. For his efforts, Grubisic was named to the All-Tournament team. The All-MAC teams and specialty awards will be announced Tuesday by the league office -- we'll keep you posted on the NIU representation.

Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 24 vs Miami (Ohio)
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 24 at Buffalo
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Jan 25 at Cleveland State
Sunday, Jan 25 at Missouri
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Jan 25 vs IUPUI
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Jan 27 at Bowling Green
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Jan 28 vs Bowling Green
Women's Track
Friday, Jan 30 vs Jack Johnson Invitational
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Toledo
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Jan 31 at Ball State
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Bradley
Women's Track
Saturday, Jan 31 vs Jack Johnson Invitational
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Feb 1 at Western Michigan
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Feb 1 at Indiana
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