NIU Huskies 2013 - Spring Practice Notes Practice #10
Defensive Coordinator Jay Niemann and the Huskies prepped for their Spring Game Friday
April 12, 2013
The Huskies took part in their final practice before the annual Spring Game Friday under cloudy and blustery conditions. The team donned only shoulder pads, helmets and shorts, though the majority of the team opted for the much warmer sweat pants. A select few, tough, roughed it with shorts.
With the Spring Game only a day away, much of the 16-period practice was dedicated to team drills. Additionally, the team spent multiple periods at the end of practice on kick returns.
In his limited action, QB Jordan Lynch seemed very precise on his throws despite the high winds inside Huskie Stadium. In the 7-on-7 drills, Lynch found WR Da'Ron Brown streaking up the seam for what would have been a long gain - if not a touchdown - in game action. Sandwiched around that highlight were three short completions to WR Tommylee Lewis.
Not to be outdone, QB Matt McIntosh had arguably the best throw of Friday's practice in the 7-on-7 redzone drills. With a third and goal at the six-yard line, McIntosh rifled a pass between two defenders to WR Jacob Brinlee in the back of the endzone.
In the team drills, LB Rasheen Lemon grabbed a deflected McIntosh pass and scampered for a would-be touchdown, setting off a raucous celebration from the defense's sideline.
RB Cameron Stingily notched two big plays on two separate occasions in the team session. On the first play, Stingily got around the corner and rumbled up the right sideline for a big gain. Two plays later, the Romeoville, Ill., native caught a screen pass and shifted his way into the defensive backfield courtesy of some key blocks from his offensive linemen.
FB Rob Sterling, one of those aforementioned few who ignored the cold in shorts, found himself on the receiving end of a McIntosh pass toward the end of the team session. Coming out of the backfield, Sterling raced up the left seam uncovered and hauled in a nice pass in stride with plenty of room to run.
As the players returned into the Yordon Center, several were greeted by former NIU WR Nathan Palmer, who was on hand for X's and O's With The Pros.
NIU continues with their spring schedule Saturday with the Spring Game at 2:30 p.m.