April 3, 2010
DeKALB, Ill. -- On the sixth of 15 spring football practices, the Northern Illinois Huskies spent nearly the entire two-hour workout scrimmaging in full pads at Huskie Stadium Saturday.
Practice began in rainy conditions, then the wind picked up, before the sun began peeking through the clouds at the conclusion of the workout. Despite the unpredictable weather, NIU Head Coach Jerry Kill continues to be pleased with what he is seeing out of his Huskie team this spring.
"I am very pleased at this point," Kill said. "We have done a lot of good things in six practices and I see a lot of people getting better. We're in our third spring now [under Kill] and the kids are really responding. They are coming out ready to work with a great attitude."
Quarterback DeMarcus Grady continues to impress. The redshirt junior, the most experienced quarterback on the field this spring, was enthusiastic about the way practice has gone so far this spring.
"This has been a great spring so far," Grady said. "We are having fun, coming out with energy and everyone wants to be here. You can see the excitement and we're feeding off of it."
Despite the weather conditions on Saturday, Grady said from his perspective, it was a good day.
"I think the team did good today, both sides of the ball came out and played well," he said. "There are always things you are looking at and trying to improve, but I feel good."
Northern Illinois' veteran receivers - Willie Clark, Landon Cox and Nathan Palmer - have shown consistency as well as a connection with Grady. With redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Lynch sidelined with an injury on his throwing hand and returning starter Chandler Harnish out with a knee injury, Grady and redshirt freshman A.J. Hill took nearly all of the 120-plus snaps at Saturday's scrimmage.
Under Grady, the offense appeared to move the ball well Saturday while the defense also had moments as some of the young defensive linemen continue to progress.
The Huskies return to the practice field Tuesday and will work out Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week at Huskie Stadium.
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