April 8, 2013
- The Huskies came out for spring football practice No. 8 with a business-like mindset determined to take mistakes they saw from Saturday's scrimmage off the film. NIU practiced in full pads for a little less than two hours in beautiful spring weather, concluding the session with approximately 20 minutes of "team" full contact work. By the time practice started, the harsh morning winds had calmed leaving a gentle breeze.
- NIU Head Coach Rod Carey said after reviewing footage of the scrimmage, he saw a lot to like from both the offense and the defense.
"As coaches you always look with a critical eye, but I liked the way our defense got some key stops," Carey said. "We gave up a big play, like the 90-yard [pass] to Brescacin, but they brought him down and then held the offense to a field goal."
"I was happy with the physicality of the offense. There are always little things to clean up. You've got to do better on the first step, the second step, finish the tackle, things like that. And we want to keep coming with good effort every day."
- The defensive backs were especially active during the team session. Although unable to come up with an interception, Sean Evans, Dominique Ware and Jimmie Ward each recorded pass break-ups. Evans led the way with three PBUs and one near interception. Receiver Angelo Sebastiano did break away for one big catch from redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Hare, setting up an offensive touchdown near the end of practice.
- NIU has passed the halfway point of spring ball and Carey said the highlight for him has been the level of competition, and it especially stands out at a position like linebacker, where four freshmen are getting extensive reps right now due to some minor injuries to older players.
"I am probably most pleased with the competition that is going on - the way we are competing to get better every day. I'm seeing the seniors start to be seniors and stepping up.
"There is a ton of competition among the young linebackers - Sean Folliard, Austin Smaha, Cody Hazelett, Mike Cotton - those guys are getting after it. They are fighting to get on the field. For them, the future is now. They are doing a good job of competing and getting reps, and it bodes well for the future."
- Northern Illinois returns to the practice field Wednesday at 3:25 p.m. for practice No. 9.
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