Cole Tucker added to CFL draft


Northern Star File Photo

Then-redshirt senior wide receiver Cole Tucker runs on the field during the second half of NIU’s 115th homecoming game against the University of Toledo Rockets on Oct. 8 at Huskie Stadium. Tucker played his final game at NIU on Nov. 26, becoming the eighth player in NIU history to reach 2,000 receiving yards on his career. (Northern Star File Photo)

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter

DeKALB – Former NIU wide receiver Cole Tucker has been added to the Canadian Football League Draft class for 2023 after his NIU football career conclusion.

Tucker spent five seasons in DeKalb wearing the Huskie football uniform. Throughout his time at NIU, Tucker amassed 155 receptions, 2,030 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. 

Tucker is only the eighth player in NIU football program history to achieve 2,000 receiving yards in their career. Some notable NIU alumni ranked ahead of Tucker include New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay and former NFL wide receiver Justin McCareins.  

This past season was Tucker’s best at NIU, totaling career-high 45 receptions. Tucker also had career highs in receiving yards with 632, and touchdowns, with four. 

Tucker will participate in NIU’s pro day on March 23 and will make his way to the CFL Combine as well. Tucker will not participate in any drills at the combine due to the proximity to his pro day but instead will be traveling to interview with teams. 

The 2023 CFL Draft will take place at 8 p.m. on May 2 EDT.