Huskies football team strives for more ‘BST’

By Wes Swietek

What is BST?

At the NIU football media luncheon yesterday, head coach Charlie Sadler revealed his goal for the Huskies’ 1992 season.

It boils down to those three letters.

“We want to become BST: bigger, stronger, tougher. Through recruiting and work in the weight room, we’ve become a bigger and stronger football team. At this point in time, we’re going through the process on the football field of becoming that tougher team,” Sadler said.

The experience that NIU’s young Huskies received in last year’s 2-9 season, along with the familiarity with the new coaching staff, has also helped.

“Some of the things that happened to us last year were because of our inexperience,” Sadler said.

“There’s been a total turnaround from last spring. It’s great to be able to go out on the football field, call some plays and have them go out and execute it.”

Sadler also reiterated his plans to throw the ball 30 times a game.

“We want to throw the ball that much because we feel we have a quarterback who can get the ball to our receivers, and we have receivers who are good athletes and can catch the football and do something with it,” Sadler said.

One player who definitely knows what to do with a pass is last year’s leading receiver, Larry Wynn.

“If they throw it to me, I’ll catch it 30 times. I’d like to catch the ball 50 times (this season),” said Wynn, who wants to have a memorable senior season.

“I want to bring back those 9-2 and California Bowl seasons. I have high expectations,” Wynn said. “It’s my last season and I plan to go all out.”

Defensively, Sadler said his squad has to concentrate on the “T” part of BST.

“We weren’t a tough enough team defensively last year. We had execution errors and there were some talent problems at a few positions,” Sadler said.

“To be a good defensive team, you have to play hard every play.”

Spring practice culminates with the April 25 Red-White game at Huskie Stadium.