March 30, 2013
● A cool, cloudy day greeted the Huskies on Saturday for their third practice of the spring. Saturday’s workout marked the first time the Huskies could be in full pads after working the first two practices of the spring in shorts and helmets.
● “First day of pads, and it was good to see them compete,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey. “There was a lot of back-and-forth, the offense was a little rusty today, which usually happens (early in the spring), defense played with good emotion. We have a lot of things to clean up but with the way they went about their business, I was proud of the team today.”
● In a running game drill that marked the first offense vs. defense contact of the day, Joe Windsor set a good tone for the defense with a fumble recovery early in the period. Windsor was around the ball again later in 11-on-11, causing a turnover for the first-team defense against the first-team offense.
● Marlon Moore made his impact felt early and often during seven-on-seven drills. Moore had a pair of pass breakups on the first two plays, followed by an interception on the third play of the period.
● Referees were also a part of today’s practice for the Huskies. Coach Carey said they are important to help the players with new rule changes each year. “They are changing the rules every year on us, so you have to stay on top of it. If you don’t you will be wrong, so we are going to have them out as much as we can.”
● Among the visitors at practice on Saturday was the Huskie mascot, Diesel, who looked very comfortable in the cool conditions on the Huskie Stadium sidelines.
● Spring practice will continue on Monday, April 1, practice is scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m. CT.