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Three Huskie football starters to enter transfer portal

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

James Krause, Senior Reporter

May 12, 2020

DeKALB — Three redshirt senior football players, all starters last season, left the NIU program Monday in favor of entering the transfer portal. Tight end Mitchell Brinkman and defensive tackle Jack Heflin declared their entering of the transfer portal via statements on Twitter. Offensive lineman ...

Jordan Steckler signs with Saints as undrafted free agent

Jordan Steckler signs with Saints as undrafted free agent

Kyle Mathas, Reporter

April 26, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s very own Jordan Steckler signed a deal with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints Saturday as an undrafted rookie free agent, according to NIU Football’s Twitter account. Steckler is a 6-foot-5, 305 pound offensive lineman from Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He will be graduating from NIU this sp...

NIU’s 2020 football season schedule has been released

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

James Krause, Senior Reporter

February 27, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference announced the 2020 Football season schedule Wednesday, finalizing dates for NIU’s upcoming games. NIU will start the year with a pair of non-conference games, hosting the Rhode Island University Rams in the season opener on Sep. 5 Among NIU home games this se...

Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

James Krause

February 12, 2020

DeKALB — Director of Athletics Sean Fraizer announced the return of the Chi-Town Showdown, with the football team hosting Brigham Young University on Oct. 24 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.The announcement came Wednesday in a news release, with Fraizer saying he hopes to fill the 20,000 seat venue w...

NIU football added 14 new members to the roster, including a former Navy SEAL

James Krause

February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The football team added 14 new members to their roster as part of Signing Day on Wednesday, including a former U.S. Navy SEAL with championship experience.Redshirt senior safety Greg DeLuca will be a walk-on for NIU after spending the last six years as a member of the U.S. Navy.Previously, the...

Sports staff predicts Super Bowl LIV

Northern Star Sports Staff

January 29, 2020

DeKALB — The sports staff give their predictions for Super Bowl LIV ahead of kickoff Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The game can be watched on FOX.Jarrett Huff | Sports Editor: Chiefs win 28-24With the New England Patriots finally giving up the throne to the AFC, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and ...

Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers defensive back, first NIU graduate to make it to Super Bowl since 2009

James Krause

January 27, 2020

DeKALB — San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward will represent NIU when the team faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV Sunday in Miami.Ward is the first NIU alum to reach and start in the Super Bowl since Ryan Diem did so as an offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts. Diem was p...

Kenny Golladay becomes first Huskie to reach Pro Bowl since 2011

In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Kenny Golladay, redshirt senior wide receiver, dives to catch the ball and score a touchdown for the Huskies during a game against the University of Buffalo in Huskie Stadium.

James Krause

January 22, 2020

DeKALB — Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay was named to the NFL Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday, becoming the first NIU alumus to reach the Pro Bowl since 2011.Golladay, added to the roster to replace an injured Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led the NFL with a career high of 11 touch...

Top 10 tweets from football head coach Thomas Hammock to make your day

Mike Knapp

January 21, 2020

College coaches all over the country use Twitter as both a recruiting tool and a way to communicate with athletes and alumni.Some are better than others, and some even delegate their tweeting to staffers or assistants. Many of the Huskie football coaches are very Twitter-friendly, but Head Coach Thomas H...

Former NIU football player uses his skills in the kitchen to support himself while attending graduate school

James Krause

December 16, 2019

DeKALB – Before the sun even rises on a Friday morning in DeKalb, a single light shines from a floor lamp in the kitchen of the Common Grounds Cafe.There may not be enough space in the kitchen for a team of chefs, but right now it’s more than enough room for one. All alone is Dale Brown, a graduat...

Huskies in the NFL: week 13 performance recap

Kyle Mathas

December 5, 2019

DeKALB – Week 13 of the NFL season featured multiple former Huskie football players who represented NIU in big ways.Guard Max Scharping once again played every offensive snap when on Sunday night the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots on primetime Sunday Night Football. After the win, the T...

Six Huskie football players named to All-MAC teams

James Krause

December 4, 2019

Six NIU football players were named to the year end Mid-American Conference All-MAC teams, including senior offensive lineman Jordan Steckler being named to the first team offense.Redshirt senior safety Mykelti Williams and redshirt junior defensive tackle Jack Heflin were named to the second team, with He...