Job Interview Continues for NIU Football Hopefuls
Busy February for NIU's Record-Setting Quarterback
NIU Places Five on First Team Squad
Harnish, Wedige, Olson and Schiller to Play in Senior All-Star Games
MAC and GoDaddy.com Bowl Champs
NIU faithful greeted the Huskies at the team hotel following their bowl win.
Huskies defeat Arkansas State, 38-20, in 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl
The Huskies reflect on their time in Mobile
A few of the Huskies share what they want for Christmas and spread some cheer.
Staying at the Waldorf Astoria for the National Football Foundation for the Campbell Trophy presentation, NIU Quarterback Chandler Harnish sees the sites of New York City.
NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
Career: Set 30 Northern Illinois passing, rushing and total offense records in four years as the Huskies' starting quarterback (see list). Three-time Academic All-MAC selection and was a first team All-MAC choice in each of his last two seasons. Led NIU to a 22-5 record in his final two seasons as a starter. Played in 47 games and started 45 over the past four years. First quarterback to lead NIU to four straight bowl games. Threw for 8,944 career yards on 687-of-1,110 passing for a 61.9 completion percentage with 26 interceptions and 68 touchdown passes. Rushed for 2,983 yards on 538 carries with 24 touchdowns and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Compiled 11,927 yards of total offense to rank third all-time in the MAC behind only Marshall's Byron Leftwich and Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan, and was responsible for 92 touchdowns (24 rushing, 68 passing).
2010: Put together one of the best seasons in school history by a quarterback while leading Northern Illinois to a prolific offensive season, an undefeated MAC regular season and a school record 11 wins. Started the last 13 games of the season for NIU at quarterback after coming back from an offseason knee injury, Originally projected to need surgery, knee responded to rehab and surgery was avoided. Became the first Northern Illinois quarterback to be named first team All Mid-American Conference. Led the MAC in passing efficiency and ranked 11th in the nation with a 157.8 mark. His 258.9 yards of total offense per game ranked third in the league, while his 64.3 yards rushing per game ranked eighth. Named NIU's 2010 Co-Offensive MVP and overall MVP by Huskie coaches and teammates. Broke the Huskies' 47-year-old school record for yards of total offense in a season with 3,366 on 836 rushing and 2,530 passing yards. Was responsible for 28 touchdowns on the year. Completed 189-of-292 passes for a 64.7 percent completion percentage with 21 touchdown passes and just five INTs. Averaged 194.6 passing yards per game. His 2,530 passing yards rank third on the NIU single season charts as do his yards per game total. Tallied three 100-yard rushing games and seven 200-yard passing games on the year. Compiled 21 completions of 25 yards or longer and had eight 25-plus yard rushes on the year. Threw at least one touchdown pass in 11 of 13 games. Capped a spectacular junior season by throwing for a season-high 300 yards and one touchdown while completing 17-of-26 passes, and rushing for 72 yards and two scores on 10 carries versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Totaled a season-best 372 yards of total offense in the game. Named MVP of the contest and also earned the bowl's Humanitarian Award during the week for his community service efforts. In the MAC Championship game versus Miami (Ohio) (12-3), completed 15-of-28 passes for 281 yards with three touchdown passes, including one to Martel Moore for a season-long 69 yards. Became the first NIU quarterback to earn MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors three times in one season after picking up that award, as well as Rivals.com MAC Player of the Week and NIU Offensive Back of the Week, against Toledo (11-9). Threw for 162 yards and one touchdown on 11-of-16 passing while rushing for 149 yards on 13 carries and a score. Posted a career-long 69-yard rush versus the Rockets. Named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 281 yards and tying his career-high in touchdown passes with three at Akron (10-2). Earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and was named Rivals.com MAC Player of the Week after completing a season-best 20-of-25 passes for 211 yard and two touchdowns, and rushing for 71 yards against Temple (10-9). In his first start of the season, scored on a 47-yard touchdown run on his way to 178 rushing yards, the most by an NIU quarterback since Oct. 6, 1990, to earn NIU Offensive Back of the Week honors against North Dakota (9-11). Also threw for 146 yards on 14-of-25 passing and a touchdown in that contest. The next week, completed 19-of-25 passes for 208 yards and rushed for a team-high 117 yards and a touchdown at Illinois (9-18). Totaled three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, while throwing for 160 yards on 13-of-26 passing against Buffalo (10-16). Threw for 138 yards on 12-of-19 passing and ran for 69 yards on 11 carries versus Central Michigan (10-23). Completed 18-of-30 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns, and rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries with one score at Western Michigan (10-30). Led the Huskies to a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes of the game and hit Willie Clark on a 21-yard pass to provide the winning margin. Completed 15-of-22 passes for 247 yards, two for touchdowns, and rushed for 21 yards at Ball State (11-20).
2009: Ranked second in the MAC in passing efficiency with a career-best 137.9 rating with 11 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Led NIU in total offense, averaging 189.9 yards a game total offense to rank eighth in the MAC. Rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries, averaging 22.9 yards a game. Ranked third on the team with two rushing touchdowns. Compiled 1,670 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to average 167 yards through the air a game, a mark that places him seventh on the NIU single season leader list for passing yardage per game. Started in games against Wisconsin (9-5), Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan (10-3), and Toledo (9-17), before sitting out in games against Miami (10-24), Akron (10-31), and Eastern Michigan (11-5) due to injury. Returned to the field against Ball State (11-12), before starting in games against Ohio (11-21), Central Michigan (11-27) and South Florida in the International Bowl (1-3). In two-and-a-half games back since missing three with knee injury, completed 50-of-72 passes for 573 and five TDs. Rushed for 128 yards on 43 carries and threw for 675 yards and five touchdowns on 57-of-87 passing through the first four games of the season. Compiled a career-high 337 yards of total offense versus Ohio, throwing for a season-high 307 yards on 24-of-35 passing and rushing for 30. Threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing at Central Michigan. Passed for 174 yards in each of NIU's 2009 Big Ten games versus Wisconsin and Purdue with 15 completions in each game, and had 184 passing yards and two TDs versus Idaho. Completed 10-of-14 passes for 143 yards in the Huskies' home opener against Western Illinois. Threw two touchdown passes against the leathernecks, including a 20-yard pass to Chad Spann and a four-yard pass to Jason Schepler. Passed for 135 yards and one touchdown toss on 9-of-15 passing versus Western Michigan. Rushed for 42 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 157 yards on 15-of-24 passing against Toledo. Threw for 130 yards against South Florida in the International Bowl.
2008: Started nine games and appeared in 10 at quarterback. Garnered Academic All-MAC notice. Led NIU in total offense with an average of 206.7 yards per game and set the NIU record for total offense by a freshman with 2,067 yards. Led the Huskies and ranked 10th in the MAC in rushing yards with 539 on 118 attempts (4.6 yards per carry). Ranked second on the team with four rushing touchdowns. Completed 118-of-211 passes with eight touchdowns for an efficiency rating of 120.7. Averaged 152.8 yards per game through the air, and did not throw an interception in his first four games. Twice named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week, after the Minnesota (8-30) and Kent State (11-18) games. Earned MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors after the Minnesota game. Given the Shea Fitzgerald Memorial Award, honoring the team offensive MVP. Also garnered team award for Offensive Back of the Year. Against the Gophers, completed 17-of-29 attempts for a career-high 326 yards. In that game, threw for two touchdowns, including a 91-yard bomb to Nate Palmer that was the longest play of the year and stands as the fifth-longest play in NIU history. In snowy conditions at Kent State (11-18), accounted for a career-high four touchdowns, two through the air and two on the ground. Threw touchdown passes of 17 and two yards, and ran for scores of 31 and three yards. Totaled a career-high 117 rushing yards on 20 carries, and completed 12-of-19 passes for 173 yards against the Golden Flashes. Went 18-of-36 passing for 288 yards versus Central Michigan (11-12). With NIU trailing 30-6 against the Chippewas, started a comeback with a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Led the team to three more scores in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns versus Toledo (10-18). Had a season-long rush of 32 yards to set up a Mike Salerno field goal in that game. Completed 20-of-40 passes for 186 yards in the Independence Bowl, including an eight-yard touchdown to Kyle Skarb. Went 14-for-22 through the air and ran for 59 yards and one touchdown against Ball State (11-5). Had a pair of 25-yard rushes in that game, the second of which resulted in a score. Ran 19 times for 113 yards, the second-highest total of the season, against Bowling Green (10-25).
High School: An all-state honoree as a senior after earning honorable mention notice his junior year. One of the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette's Gamenight Fantastic 50 as a junior and senior. Twice selected to the first team all-conference and all-area squads. Earned the Northeast Hoosier Conference Player of the Year award in 2005. Named the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel Athlete of the Year as a senior. Participated in the Indiana North/South All-Star game. Career prep totals include 4,760 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes while completing 300-of-565 passes to go with 2,343 rushing yards on 354 carries with 35 touchdowns on the ground. Also played safety where he tallied 129 tackles, seven fumble recoveries, five interceptions, and 13 pass deflections in his career. Holds Norwell High records for career passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions and attempts, as well as all-purpose yards (7,103). Led Norwell to a 14-1 record and the runner-up spot in the Indiana state championship as a senior. Named team MVP as a junior and senior. Four-year letterwinner in football who also started all four years in basketball. Earned first team all-conference honors on the basketball court as a junior. Placed sixth in the discus at the Indiana state championships as a junior. Conference, sectional and regional discus champion who finished sixth in the State finals as a junior.
Personal: Born July 28, 1988 in Bluffton, Ind. Son of LeeAnn and Ron Harnish. Earned his degree in business management and is pursuing a master's degree in business. Owns a 3.65 GPA as a Victory Scholar.
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