April 5, 2013
- Northern Illinois conducted its shortest practice of spring drills to date with a 16-period (one hour, 20 minute) workout at Huskie Stadium Friday afternoon in "shells" (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) and the intensity seemed to be turned down a notch as players gear up for Saturday's scrimmage.
- Despite the lighter gear, the practice - No. 6 of the spring - featured approximately 20 minutes of "team" competition that ended with Paris Logan breaking up a pass intended for Juwan Brescacin in the corner of the end zone. The team periods were broken up by 10 minutes of special teams drills, including punt and punt block.
- As has frequently been the case this spring, the workout ended with one-on-one competition as offensive and defensive players faced off to "reach the cone." When offensive lineman Jared Volk juked defensive end Matt Baltimore on his way to the cone, he was mobbed by teammates.
- One thing that has not changed this spring is that the last group to leave the field each day is the Huskie wide receivers. The receivers spend at least 10 minutes on the field after practice doing various ball drills. Friday, they were nearly outlasted by the tight ends and fullbacks, as Coach Tim Polasek had his guys running a series of pass routes as he threw to them post-practice.
- In addition to coverage from Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle, look for coverage of the Huskies on CBS Ch. 23 (WIFR) and ABC Ch. 17 (WTVO) in Rockford tonight. Peter Fleischer of WTVO and Zach James of WIFR both covered Friday's workout.
- NIU Head Coach Rod Carey told the media that he likes what he has seen out of the Huskie receivers so far this spring. "I like what they're doing right now. They are coming out with the right attitude and the right work ethic. They are setting themselves up for success."
- Carey also said that the 2013 Huskie team is just that - a brand new team, no matter how many players are returning from last year's Orange Bowl squad. "The interesting thing about college football is that every year you have a new team. Competition is what drives these guys. They are competing really well."
- Northern Illinois returns to the Huskie Stadium field Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for practice No. 7 with a controlled, situational scrimmage scheduled for most of the workout. Officials will be present.
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