Consistency is Key as Fall Camp Continues

GO HUSKIES Jared Volk and Matthew Baltimore
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Jared Volk and Matthew Baltimore
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Aug. 6, 2013

DEKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois football team was back on the field Tuesday for day two of fall camp on a warm, muggy afternoon at Huskie Stadium. With the excitement of day one in the rearview mirror, and full pads still a few days away, now is the time when the coaching staff values consistency above all else.  

While it never hurts to make a good first impression, for a freshman looking to make a mark or a veteran looking to move up the depth chart, in training camp that isn’t always the most important thing.

“It’s one of those old sayings, ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ but sometimes in football that can lie,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey. “Freshmen are freshmen and sometimes that first impression isn’t what they turn out to be.

“Both ways, whether they had a good day or a bad day, we are looking for consistency.”  

With fall camp settling into a routine in the coming days, it is that search for consistency that becomes the most important thing for the team as it works towards the season opener at Iowa.

As for today’s practice, an over-the-shoulder catch by Da’Ron Brown, leaping above Sean Evans to make the grab, was among the highlights of the session. Late in practice, a pick six by Anthony Brooks ignited the defense and their reaction, all running into the end zone to celebrate with Brooks, also sparked the offense to pick up the intensity for the final moments of the session.

The Huskies return to the practice field on Wednesday for an 11 a.m., workout at Huskie Stadium. Wednesday is also media day and Huskie fans can watch live as NIUHuskies.com broadcasts a one-hour preview show live on Huskie All-Access at 3 p.m. NIUHuskies.com is your source for everything NIU Football throughout preseason camp with position previews and videos beginning soon.

The Huskies open the 2013 season at Iowa Aug. 31st while the home opener against Eastern Illinois is set for Sept. 21st. Season and single game tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule 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 (7225), or go online to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets 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 NIUHuskies.com and on the phone by calling 815-753-PACK.