The final chapter of the 2014 Huskies by Position previews on the NIU Quarterback position. Sophomores Drew Hare (O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West) and Anthony Maddie (Plainfield, Ill./Aurora Christian) and junior Matt McIntosh (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) are in the race for the starting position.
It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
Huskies football versus the Miami of Ohio Redhawks on October, 18, 2014
2015 • Started the first nine games for NIU. • Suffered a season-ending Achilles tear at Toledo (11-3) in the second quarter. • Was one of the most efficient QBs in the MAC prior to his injury, completing 63.8 percent of his pass attempts with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. • Tallied 1,962 passing yards for an average of 218.0 yards per game. • Still finished as NIU’s third-leading rusher with 252 toal yards. • Started the season on fire, passing for 360 yards and two scores against UNLV (9-5) and 358 yards with four TDs versus Murray State (9-12) while completing 50-of-64 pass attempts. • First NIU quarterback with consecutive 300-yard passing games since 1969. • Tied his career high with four passing touchdowns against Eastern Michigan (10-24), finishing with 267 yards on 24-of-38 passing. • Posted career highs in completions (29), passing yards (363) and passing completion percentage (90.6) against Ball State (10-10), earning weekly nods from the Manning and O’Brien Awards. • His 29-of-32 game passing against the Cardinals also gave Hare the best single-game completion percentage (90.6) in NIU football history for a game with a minimum of 20 completions. • Also scored his only rushing TD of the year versus Ball State (10-10). • Named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week following the Ball State and Eastern Michigan games and selected MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week for his performance against UNLV. • Tossed a season-long 67-yard completion to Tommylee Lewis at Toledo (11-3) before his injury for NIU’s first touchdown of the game. • Rushed for a season-high 65 yards at Central Michigan (10-3) on a career-high 27 attempts. • NIU went 6-0 in games which Hare completed greater than 50 percent of his pass attempts. • Academic All-MAC selection for the second time while also earning MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition. 2014 • Solidified the NIU starting quarterback role, starting the final 12 games. • Appeared in all 14 games, finishing with 2,322 passing yards for 18 touchdowns. • Led NIU to a fifth-straight 11-win season. • Completed 59.4 percent of his passes. • Earned the role as starting QB role after entering the Northwestern (9-6) contest in the second half and leading the Huskies to three touchdown drives in a 23-15 win. • Led the Huskies to a MAC Championship win against Bowling Green (12-5), setting career highs in completions (29) and attempts (49) while throwing for two scores in the 51-17 triumph. • Threw just two interceptions in 326 attempts and took just 12 sacks. • Also a threat with his legs, rushing for 900 yards and eight scores. • Rushed for a career-high 180 yards and two scores vs. Miami (10-18). • Broke a career-long 78-yard run and had another 100-yard rushing game the following week at Eastern Michigan (10-25). • Ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter at Western Michigan (11-28), helping NIU clinch the MAC West for the fifth consecutive time. • Accounted for at least one touchdown in 13 different games. • Selected as MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week after his performance at Northwestern and also following the MAC Championship Game win over Bowling Green. • Named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after setting passing career highs with 285 yards and three three touchdowns in the victory at UNLV (9-13). • Phil Steele third team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC Team choice. 2013 • Appeared in three games as the Huskies' third-string quarterback. • Finished the year five-of-nine passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns. • Rushed five times for 68 yards and a touchdown. • Completed his first touchdown pass versus Eastern Michigan (10-26) to Ricky Connors from 11 yards out. • Went three-for-five for 55 yards and a touchdown in the game. • Played in his first career game versus Purdue (9-28). • Completed two-of-four passes for 98 yards at Massachusetts (11-2) • Threw the team's longest touchdown pass of the season with an 81-yard completion to Chad Beebe at UMass. 2012 •Redshirted.
High School • Named to the Missouri Sports Writers Association All-State and St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro teams after accounting for 3,317 yards of total offense (2,677 passing, 640 rushing) and scoring 31 touchdowns in 2011. • Earned Gateway Athletic Conference South Division Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors as a senior. • Completed 72.3 percent of his passes (198-of-274) in 2011 with 26 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. • Named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Super 30 list of 2012 recruits as the No. 13 prospect. • Named second team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2010. • Completed 65 percent of his passes (274-of-421) for 3,201 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and rushed for 1,071 yards and 12 scores as a junior. • One of 10 2011 Super Juniors by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. • Holds the Missouri state record for career completion percentage (68 percent). Personal • Born Aug. 1, 1993, in Chapel Hill, N.C. • Son of Andy and Kim Hare. • Father played football at Minnesota. • Majoring in business administration.
HARE'S SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS
Pass Attempts: 49, vs. Bowling Green, MAC Championship Game, 12-5-14 Completions: 29, three times, last vs. Ball State, 10-10-15 Passing Yards: 363, vs. Ball State, 10-10-15 Passing Touchdowns: 4, twice, last vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-24-15 Long Completion: 81, at Massachusetts, 11-2-13 Rush Attempts: 27, at Central Michigan, 10-3-15 Rushing Yards: 180, vs. Miami, 10-18-14 Rushing Touchdowns 2, twice, last vs. Western Michigan, 11-28-14 Long Rush: 78, at Eastern Michigan, 10-25-14