Aug. 6, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University football team wrapped up its second day of practice with a two-hour workout under ideal conditions at Huskie Stadium Friday afternoon.
Practicing in helmets and shorts, the Huskies' second workout of 2010 was much like the first, fast paced. From individual drills scattered all over the field to team sessions, and from 7-on-7 to an early run at the two-minute drill, there is a lot of activity going on at an NIU practice.
"We're trying to work as many things as we can," NIU head coach Jerry Kill said. "We've got a lot of things going on at practice at one time. We just don't have a lot of people standing around. It's a pretty busy practice."
All that activity isn't reserved for veterans.
While school doesn't officially start at NIU for a couple of weeks, the young group of Huskies are getting their first lessons in DeKalb on the field at Huskie Stadium during the early days NIU's 2010 preseason football camp. Kill has been pleased with the way his 36 freshmen and newcomers are adjusting to camp and his style of coaching.
"It was probably tougher for the young guys because we added a lot of stuff at them," Kill said. "We're not slowing down for anybody. We're moving on and coaching those kids as hard as we can. It's a little bit unfair to them but I think they're doing a great job. I'm proud of them."
"We're repping everybody in uniform right now in some way shape or form. I'm proud of the young kids at the way they're trying to learn. The older kids should know what to do and they should practice hard. The younger ones, it's neat to see them get better every day. They worked hard."
Northern Illinois returns to the practice field Saturday afternoon for the third practice session in of the season. The Huskies open the 2010 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 2 with a 7 p.m. contest at Iowa State. The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net, and can be seen in the Chicagoland area on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
NIU opens its five-game home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 11 versus North Dakota at Huskie Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (Central).
Individual game tickets for the North Dakota game as well as home contests versus MAC foes Temple (Oct. 9), Central Michigan (Oct. 23) and Toledo (Nov. 9) are $20 each for the general public, while tickets for the Oct. 16 Homecoming game versus Buffalo are $25. Senior citizens (62 and older), youth (8th grade and under) and student guest tickets for Homecoming are $20 each and are priced at $15 each for the remaining five home contests.
Season tickets for Northern Illinois' 2010 home games are one of the region's best values at just $85 for all five games. NIU faculty and staff, Varsity Club (former letterwinners), NIU Alumni Association members and senior citizens can purchase season tickets for only $74. The three-game mini-plan allows fans to choose any three 2010 games, including Homecoming, and get the same reserved seat for all three games for just $50.
Tickets can be ordered online at www.NIUHuskies.com (click the "Tickets" link on the top of the page), on the phone at 815-752-6800 or in person at the NIU Convocation Center Ticket Office in DeKalb.