Football hosts Senior Night

By Scott Nicol

DeKALB | Tuesday marks senior night for the Huskies football team as they are set to take on Bowling Green State University.

“It’s the best, worst night as a coach,” Head Coach Rod Carey said at Thursday’s press conference. “It’s awesome because you get to honor [the players]. It’s the worst because in three games they won’t be here.”

The Huskies will be honoring 21 seniors, which include 10 starters.

Both teams are having down seasons as this is a matchup of the last three Mid-American Conference Championship games.

The Huskies will face James Morgan, a talented redshirt freshman quarterback for Bowling Green.

“You start with the arm talent,” Carey said. “You start with the athletic ability.”

Morgan has thrown 11 touchdown passes in just four games as a starter, seventh among freshman quarterbacks in the NCAA.

Morgan also ranks in the top 10 in completeions, attempts, completion percentage and yards-per-attempt.

Morgan has shown his youth with having 11 interceptions to go along with his 11 touchdown passes.

“Certainly there’s some youthfulness that factor into [Morgan’s] interceptions,” Carey said. “I see those [interceptions] he has made from a standpoint where there are late-game scenarios where [Bowling Green] have been behind and they have to take chances that don’t work out.”

Kenny Golladay, redshirt senior wide receiver, continues to rank among the top 15 players in college football in receiving yards (821) and catches per game.

He is also 15th in the country with 102.6 receiving yards per game. 

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Maddie has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of his four starts, including a four rushing touchdown game Oct. 22 against University at Buffalo. Maddie has led the team to a 2-2 record since taking over as starting quarterback and said when he first took over the game was very fast and difficult to keep under control, but the game is slowing down for him now.

“You start to anticipate things a lot better,” Maddie said. “You kind of see what is going to happen before it happens.”

Tuesday’s game will broadcast on ESPNU and WLBK-AM 1360/FM 98.9, Sports Fan 1330 for Rockford and AM 560 The Answer for Chicago frequencies.