Leatherneck QB goes for records Sat.

By Dave Tuley

The WIU Leathernecks bring their aerial circus to the Huskie Stadium bigtop for a 1 p.m. show Saturday for Parents’ Day.

Quarterback Paul Singer has thrown 331 passes to the tune of 189 completions (57.1 percent) for 1,889 yards with 19 touchdowns this year.

Singer threw for five touchdowns against Indiana State Sept. 19 and followed that up with a 32-for-42 performance against Southwest Missouri State in a 20-19 victory. His string of 12 consecutive games with a touchdown pass was snapped last week by Liberty University.

The record-setting quarterback’s leading pass-catcher is fullback Brett Grimshaw, who has grabbed 38 Singer tosses for 351 yards.

Singer would be coming to DeKalb for his second engagement but he missed the Leathernecks’ 10-0 victory last season with a bruised shoulder.

The junior signal-caller is closing in on several school career records. He has already set WIU standards with 395 completions and 720 attempts and needs only 146 yards passing and 191 yards in total offense Saturday to set Leatherneck career marks in both those areas.

The NIU defense trying to slow Singer down has been giving up an average of 176 yards per game through the air. However, the Huskies have picked off 18 passes in eight games, tying them for first in the nation with Big Ten front-runner Michigan State. Singer has thrown nine interceptions this season.

WIU head coach Bruce Craddock said he could foresee Singer’s accomplishments two years ago.

“I’m not really surprised by his success,” Craddock said. “He was the No. 1 freshman quarterback in the nation his first year with us.”

That year he connected on 115 of 208 passes (55.3 percent) for 1601 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.