Carey Welcomes Huskies to 2013 Preseason Camp

GO HUSKIES <i>Rod Carey begins his first full season as the Huskies' head coach in 2013.</i>
Rod Carey begins his first full season as the Huskies' head coach in 2013.

Aug. 5, 2013

2013 NIU Football Preseason Practice Schedule

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois Head Coach Rod Carey welcomed 105 Huskies, including 28 newcomers, to the start of 2013 preseason football camp Sunday at the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center. Northern Illinois will hold the first of its 24 preseason practices Monday at 3:35 p.m. at Huskie Stadium in helmets and shorts.

The Huskies' preseason camp will run through Saturday, August 24. NIU will practice Monday through Saturday with the first day of practice in pads on Friday, Aug. 9 and the first two-a-day session on Saturday, Aug. 10. All practices are open; the schedule is subject to change. Click here to see the practice schedule for preseason camp.

Carey enters his first full season as NIU head coach with five starters back on defense and eight starters returning on offense, led by 2013 Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch and the entire offensive line. The Huskie secondary features three players who started at least six games a year ago in cornerback Marlon Moore (Mobile, Ala./C.F. Vigor HS) and safeties Dechane Durante (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) and 2012 leading tackler Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./Davidson HS). Lynch, Ward and offensive tackle Tyler Loos(Sterling, Ill./Sterling HS) all earned All Mid-American Conference honors in 2012.

Northern Illinois has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch at, with a Twitter account (@Lynchfor6), Facebook page Jordan Lynchfor 6), web series ("Lunch with Lynch") and more. The Chicago native (Mt. Carmel HS) finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting a year ago, and earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press after breaking the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,815 yards and becoming the first quarterback in NCAA history to gain 3,000-plus yards passing and more than 1,500 yards rushing.

Lynch has been named to the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell (college player of the year), Davey O'Brien National Quarterback (top quarterback), and Manning (top quarterback) awards, as well as the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player). He is one of four Huskie players named to seven national watch lists so far this preseason. NIU wide receiver/returner Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer HS) joined Lynch on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, while Ward earned a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) preseason list and Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal HS) is on the Lou Groza Award (best kicker) radar.

Season and single game tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule, which begins Sept. 21st when the Huskies take on Eastern Illinois in Huskie Stadium, are on sale now. The new Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to all five home games (sections A and G) and $50 in Doggie Dollars good for parking and/or concessions, is just $50. All remaining season ticket locations for the 2013 Huskie Stadium home slate are just $100 while NIU Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62+), youth (3-13), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) members and faculty and staff can see every game for just $88. Season tickets are available by calling NIU Athletics at 815-753-PACK, or go online to for complete information and order forms.

Single game tickets are priced at just $15 for seating in the upper rows of sections A and G in Huskie Stadium, while seats in sections B, F and lower A and G are $24 for the general public and $18 for senior citizens (ages 62 and over) and youth (ages 3-13). Seats in section C, D and E, as well as seats on the East Side, are just $30 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth. Single game tickets for the five-game home schedule can be purchased through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, online via Ticketmaster and and on the phone by calling 815-753-PACK (7225).

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