NIU football: Spring return expected for Chad Beebe

By Frank Gogola

Football head coach Rod Carey said Wednesday that Chad Beebe, sophomore wide receiver and punt returner, is on track to return for spring practice.

Beebe broke his left arm on a first-quarter punt return in the MAC Championship game Dec. 5 at Ford Field in Detroit. He was carted off the field with an air cast on his arm.

The Huskies open spring camp March 3. The Huskie Bowl is scheduled for April 11 at Huskie Stadium. In terms of what degree Beebe will be able to participate during the spring, Carey said he’s not exactly sure at this point.

“We’ll see whether it’s going to be limited or full, but I think it’s going to be close to full,” Carey said.

Carey said he hasn’t had a chance to talk with the doctors yet since he’s been on the road recruiting the last few weeks.

“I know he’s back running, and he is back lifting — limited in both those things,” Carey said. “His arm isn’t completely healed yet, but he’s on track.”

Playing in 12 games in 2014, Beebe caught 21 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown. He returned a team-high 18 punts for 148 yards. He ran the ball once for five yards.

Beebe took on a larger role offensively when senior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis was ruled out for the 2014 season with a lower body injury Sept. 24.