March 25, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. - After working out under the lights of Huskie Stadium Friday night, it was back inside as the Northern Illinois University football team as the Huskies opened the second week of spring practice in the Chessick Center.
The Chessick Center was built for days like these. Temperatures were well below freezing and there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. this morning. However, NIU head coach Rod Carey and his staff didn't have to cancel practice, or move it to another day and time. The Huskies simply walked across the Barsema Hall of Champions into the Chessick Center and turned in a solid two-hour workout in the $9.5 million facility.
One Huskie in particular had an outstanding day of practice. Wide receiver Juwan Brescacin was all over the field making plays.
"I challenged him yesterday," said NIU wide receivers coach Thad Ward. "The last three practices hadn't been what we wanted to be. He knew it after watching the tape. He's a guy we have to continue to push.
"He's a very coachable kid. He's going to bring the effort, we just need him to continue to progress to where he needs to be."
At 6-4 226, Brescacin was using his size and strength to make incredible catches, however, it was his route running that was equally impressive. During one-on-ones with the DBs, he came off the line with power, drove the Huskie cornerback off before stopping for a hitch route. During one of the team periods, the junior form Mississauga, Ontario was on the receiving end of a 35-yard pass from quarterback Matt McIntosh, with a defensive back draped on him.
"I thought the effort was better," said Ward. "I thought the release was better. I thought he came out here focused on the task at hand."
The Huskies return to the practice field Thursday morning at 7:05 a.m.