The word consistency gets thrown around quite a bit in football. On both offense and defense, the coaching staff stresses the importance of consistent play. Yet, for Northern Illinois' specialists, the term takes on a slightly different meaning. For them, consistency also means having three highly-experienced individuals handling three underappreciated jobs.
A video preview of the Northern Illinois linebacking corp heading into the 2013 campaign. The Huskies will return four players who combined for 55 appearances last season.
Kevin Kane returns for his third season on the Northern Illinois coaching staff and his second season coaching the linebacker corps.
A standout linebacker at the University of Kansas, Kane returned to the defensive side of the ball to coach the Huskie linebackers in 2012 after working with the Huskies' tight ends and fullbacks in 2011. NIU backers intercepted three passes and tallied 244 tackles in 2012. Kane mentored Tyrone Clark to a second team All-MAC selection.
In his first season at NIU, Kane worked with a group of young tight ends and a veteran corps of fullbacks who were part of an explosive offensive attack for the Huskies in 2011. NIU averaged 476 yards of total offense and 38.3 points a game en route to its first Mid-American Conference championship in 28 years.
Kane came to NIU after working on the football staff at the University of Wisconsin from 2008-10 where he was a graduate assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before serving as the Quality Control Assistant for the UW defense in 2010. He earned a masters degree in education from Wisconsin in 2010.
Prior to going to Wisconsin, the Kansas City, Mo. native was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons; he was part of the KU coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl Championship. Kane earned a bachelor of general studies in communication studies from KU in 2006.
As a KU linebacker tutored by current Huskies' head coach Dave Doeren, Kane earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press following both his junior and senior seasons and was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He won KU's Nolan Cromwell Award for Leadership following his junior year and served as a team captain as a senior. He also won a state championship as a high school junior at Rockhurst High School in Missouri.