April 3, 2014
- The Northern Illinois University football team reached the halfway point of spring practice Thursday with its eighth practice. After taking advantage of the nicest day this spring with an unscheduled practice Monday after, the Huskies were forced back inside the Chessick Center by rain and thunderstorms in the area. NIU has not lost any practice time this spring thanks to the Chessick Center.
- NIU head coach Rod Carey has been very pleased with the performance of the Huskie defense and how the new guys are adapting to their roles through the midpoint of spring ball. He feels the offense has been, "sleep-walking" through the first half of spring, but he felt the unit really turned it on today and wants to see more of that the rest of spring.
- The Huskies were scheduled to practice for 21 periods, but ended just over four minutes early due to the pace of practice. NIU turned in a spirited practice in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets.
- It was Throwback Thursday at practice today as assistant director of football operations Dan Wolfe was playing the classics for the guys. Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" got a smile out of many of the support staff, as did Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." However, coach Carey immediately quashed Fergie's "Fergalicious" just as it came on the speakers. Other notable tracks played included "Ice, Ice Baby," by Vanilla Ice and the Beatles' "Twist and Shout."
- It was a bit of a role reversal for two plays during today's practice. The offense became the defense and the defense became the offense. Both sides won a snap. Defensive end Perez Ford took the first snap under center and pitched it to Austin Smaha for a 20-yard gain. Wide receiver Chad Beebe picked off Marlon Moore, who took the second snap at QB, in the end zone.
- Coach Carey also announced to the team and members of the media on hand the coaches for April 19's Huskie Bowl. Offensive line coach Joe Tripodi, who led the Black team to victory in last year's inaugural game will be allowed to defend his title, while Kelvin Sigler will coach the Cardinal squad.
- NIU returns to the practice field Friday at 7:50 p.m.