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NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics.

 

TICKET DESIGN WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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!

 

STAY CLASSY

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'"
Chargers.com - Video of Larry's selection
Chargers.com - "Top brass on Larry English"
Chargers.com - Larry English Press Conference (video)

Britt Davis JOINS JETS AS UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT

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 OTHER NEWS... THE SPRING PREVIEW

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 NIUHuskies.com 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.

TAILGATE SHOWDOWN 2009

 

 

HOOPS RECOGNIZES SMITH, ANDERSON, DINUNNO AT SENIOR DINNER

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.

GRUBISIC NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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
Women's Soccer
Thursday, Sept 18 vs Green Bay
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 19 at Cal Poly
Women's Tennis
Friday, Sept 19 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Friday, Sept 19 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Football
Saturday, Sept 20 at Arkansas
Softball
Saturday, Sept 20 at UIC
Softball
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Kirkwood CC
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Marquette
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Santa Clara
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 20 at UC Santa Barbara
Men's Golf
Saturday, Sept 20 at Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Sept 20 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Sept 20 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Men's Golf
Sunday, Sept 21 at Wolf Run Intercollegiate
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Sept 21 at Gopher Invite
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Sept 21 vs Roger Knapp Invite
Women's Golf
Monday, Sept 22 at Cardinal Classic
Men's Soccer
Tuesday, Sept 23 at Milwaukee
Women's Golf
Tuesday, Sept 23 at Cardinal Classic
Women's Soccer
Friday, Sept 26 at Central Michigan
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 26 vs Toledo
Softball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Heartland CC
Softball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Rock Valley College
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 27 vs Ball State
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