NIU Huskies 2013 - Spring Practice Notes



April 1, 2013

- The Northern Illinois University football team completed its fourth practice of the spring under partly sunny skies at Huskie Stadium Monday afternoon. It was a much colder day than what the Huskies experienced on Saturday. While the thermometer read 37 degrees, the wind chill made it feel like 27.

- NIU head coach Rod Carey ended Wednesday's practice with a little competition. Starting at the 10-yard line going into the endzone, Carey called out an offensive player and a defensive player for a little one-on-one. The defense got the better of the day, winning seven of the nine battles. Offensive coordinator Bob Cole felt the margin should've been a little closer, throwing his knit hat in the air after the match up of tight end Tim Semisch against linebacker Mike Cotton to flag the play. Tight end Luke Eakes gave the offense its first touchdown winning the battle over Dominique Ware. Center Michael Gegner ended the drill in style, beating out defensive end Matthew Baltimore on sweet post route. The move was topped only by his ability to catch the pass. He was mobbed by the offense.

- It was the second day of pads for the Huskies, but there wasn't much hitting. Coaches stressed to the players, mainly on the defensive side of the ball, to keep the guys off the ground. Spring practice is no time for injuries.

- The most contact of the practice came during the inside team drills. While there was hard blocking up front, defense mainly wrapped up when it greeted the ball carrier. It was a pretty even match up between both sides with neither group dominating the drill.



- Wide receivers Da'Ron Brown and Tommylee Lewis looked good in two periods of pass skelly and another two five-minute periods of team run/pass. On one play Lewis got beyond the Huskie secondary and caught a 40-yard pass from Jordan Lynch. He was equally impressive in traffic. Brown snagged a couple tough catches.

- The Huskies return to the practice field Wednesday, April 3. Practice is scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m.


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