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Football team prepares to host yearly Huskie Bowl

Huskies defense shows life in spring showcase

Waleed Alamleh, Reporter April 15, 2021

DeKALB — The football team hosted its first open practice of the offseason Saturday. The Huskies played a scrimmage against each other in its annual Cardinal vs. White game, showcasing the young up-and-coming talent that the team has for the 2021 season.  Nearly...

View of the East side of Huskie Stadium Sept. 24, 2019 in DeKalb.

NIU football releases 12-game schedule for 2021

James Krause, Senior Reporter February 26, 2021

DeKALB — The 2021 NIU Football schedule was released Friday with the Huskies hosting six home games and two mid-week conference matchups. Coming off an 0-6 season, NIU will get a full 12-game slate to try and rebound. The Huskies open the season...

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Rocky Lombardi, Clint Ratkovich join NIU football as transfers

James Krause, Senior Reporter January 16, 2021

DeKALB — Two new football players have joined NIU via the transfer portal, just in time for the start of offseason workouts. Junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi and junior running back Clint Ratkovich both enrolled at NIU for the spring semester and...

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Red Black Football Podcast (12/18) 2020 Season Wrap-Up

James Krause and Mike Knapp December 19, 2020

The Huskies brought the fight to Eastern Michigan, but did not take home the win in a 41-33 battle to close their season. James Krause and Mike Knapp talk about what's next for the program after a winless COVID-19 shortened season. The two discuss returning...

Huskie Stadium Aug. 12,  from the East entrance.

Hammock excited about NIU Football’s incoming recruiting class

James Krause, Senior Reporter December 19, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU football team had 22 high school players sign letters of intent to join the program on National Signing Day Wednesday.  Just days following a loss that ended NIU’s shortened season at 0-6, Head Coach Thomas Hammock said he felt...

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NIU faces first winless football season since 1997

James Krause, Senior Reporter December 12, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies football team fought to the final play but couldn’t fend off the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, losing 41-33 Saturday in Ypsilanti.  The loss means NIU finishes their season with an 0-6 record — their first winless...

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Red Black Football Podcast (Eastern Michigan)

James Krause and Mike Knapp December 11, 2020

The Huskies found themselves with a chance to snatch their first win of the season entering the fourth quarter last week, but 17-unanswered points gave the Toledo Rockets the 41-24 win. NIU tries to pick up the pieces and avoid a winless season when they...

NIU redshirt senior quarterback Ross Bowers looks for an open receiver Nov. 11 during NIU's 40-10 loss to Central Michigan University at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Football team looks ahead to final game of season Saturday

James Krause, Senior Reporter December 11, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies football team have left the field the past five games with a bad taste in their mouth, but victory will taste sweet if they end their season with a win Saturday over the Eastern Michigan University Eagles in Ypsilanti, Michigan. NIU,...

Head Coach Thomas Hammock was welcomed back to NIU during his Jan. 18, 2019 introductory news conference.

A lot to look forward to with Thomas Hammock era

Mike Knapp, Columnist December 10, 2020

NIU is two football seasons into the Thomas Hammock Era, and on paper it looks like an unmitigated disaster. Under Hammock’s watch, NIU had played to a 5-12 record, including an 0-5 record this season as the Huskies head to Eastern Michigan University...

NIU's offense waits at the line of scrimmage for action to resume Nov. 4 during NIU's 49-30 loss to the University at Buffalo Bulls at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Huskies fumble the second half, Rockets recovers

James Krause, Senior Reporter December 5, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies football team collapsed in the fourth quarter against the University of Toledo Rockets, losing 41-24 Saturday in a game that was tied after three quarters. NIU scored a season-high 24 points in the first half, only to be shutout...

View of the East side of Huskie Stadium Sept. 24, 2019 in DeKalb.

Huskies and Rockets tied at halftime

James Krause, Senior Reporter December 5, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies football team finds themselves tied with the University of Toledo Rockets at halftime Saturday in a 24-24 barnburner. First-year quarterback Dustin Fletcher fumbled on a late drive and gave the ball up to the Rockets. Toledo...

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