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NIU redshirt sophomore defensive tackle James Ester and sophomore linebacker Daveren Rayner bring down Vanderbilt University freshman quarterback A.J. Swann for a sack in the third quarter of a game on Sept. 17 at Huskie Stadium. The Vanderbilt Commodores completed a comeback to beat NIU 38-28. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Defense is key against No. 8 Kentucky

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 23, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies will visit the University of Kentucky Wildcats this weekend as NIU’s defense will look to shut down the No. 8 team in the nation. NIU’s defense has had struggles this season, giving up 38 points in each of their last two...

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ethan Hampton (left) fakes a pass after a handoff to sophomore running back Harrison Waylee during the second quarter of Thursdays game against the Vanderbilt University Commodores. The play resulted in no gain. Waylee had the most rushing attempts in the game, carrying the ball 17 times for 60 yards.

Vanderbilt Commodores beat Huskies on NIU Family Day

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 17, 2022

DeKALB — A third quarter resurgence by the Vanderbilt University Commodores (3-1, 0-0 SEC) saw NIU's (1-2, 0-0 MAC) 28-14 lead turn into a 38-28 loss on Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Starting passer goes down Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (center) stands on the sideline during Saturdays game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Lombardi accounted for four touchdowns in NIUs 35-33 loss.

Northern Star Athlete of the Week: Rocky Lombardi

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 12, 2022

DeKALB — NIU redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi has been named the Northern Star Player of the Week after a big performance against the University of Tulsa Saturday night. Lombardi went 18-for-31 in passing and threw for 259 yards in the...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi evades Tulsa graduate linebacker Grant Sawyer duing a pass attempt in the first half of Thursdays matchup. Lombardi led the Huskie scoring with three touchdowns through the air.

Huskies’ second-half rally falls short in Tulsa

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 10, 2022

DeKALB — The Huskies rallied in the second half behind quarterback Rocky Lombardi’s big night, but came up short in a 38-35 loss to University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday. After a slow start, the Huskies’ offense came out firing in...

(Left to right) Francesca Bertucci, Nikolette Nedic, Ella Mihacevich, Sammi Lockwood and Emily Dykes celebrate a point scored in the second set against SDSU at Victor E. Court on Friday night. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

This weekend in Huskie sports: Sept. 9-11

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 8, 2022

DeKALB — NIU’s fall sports seasons continue this weekend with action everyday. Volleyball looks to improve on their .500 record with wins at the KC Roos Classic starting Friday. Football kicks off their first road game of the year with a matchup against...

Sophomore cornerback Eric Rogers intercepts a pass from EIU redshirt sophomore quarterback Jonah O’Brien in the second quarter of NIU’s season-opening game against the EIU Panthers Thursday (Ivan Meza | Northern Star).

NIU cornerback earns MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 7, 2022

DeKALB— NIU sophomore cornerback Eric Rogers was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after key performance in the Huskies season opener.  Rogers returned to the field for the Huskies on Thursday after missing most...

The Huskies beat the Panthers Sept. 1 (Ivan Meza | Northern Star).

Barstool Sports to come to NIU

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Reporter | September 7, 2022

DeKALB — Barstool Sports President David Portnoy announced Friday on Twitter that the Barstool College Football Show will be coming to NIU for the Huskies’ home football game vs. Miami University on Nov. 16. Renowned Barstool Sports reporters Kaycee...

Sophomore running back Antario Brown rushes down the left side of the field on a 35-yard touchdown run (Ivan Meza | Northern Star)

Huskies pounce Panthers in season opener

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 2, 2022

DeKALB — A hot start for NIU’s defense and rushing game led to the Huskies’ 34-27 win over the Eastern Illinois University Panthers in Thursday’s season-opener. Three members of NIU’s running back depth chart scored touchdowns during Thursday’s...

NIUs game days have multiple steps to enjoying a game.

Huskie Stadium game day guide

By Tyler Murray, Sports Reporter | August 31, 2022

Big things are coming to Huskie Stadium this year! Football is back, and so are changes to our home stadium, and the Northern Star is here to give you the run down on it all. In regards to parking and tickets, there will be free parking at the Convocation...

Then-junior wide receiver Kenny Golladay dives into the endzone for a touchdown on Saturday against Ball State. Golladay leads all Huskies in receiving, catching 34 passes for 529 yards and three touchdowns. (Northern Star File Photo)

Two former Huskies survive NFL roster cuts

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | August 30, 2022

DeKALB — NIU’s presence in the National Football League continues to dwindle after Tuesday’s wave of roster cuts left two former Huskies standing on NFL rosters. San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward and New York Giants wide receiver Kenny...

Then-COVID-freshman wide reciever Trayvon Rudolph rushes past defenders on his way to a 75-yard touchdown run in NIUs 33-27 victory over Buffalo on Nov. 17. Rudolph led all NIU receivers in 2021 with 51 receptions for 892 receiving yards.

NIU leading receiver Trayvon Rudolph out for 2022

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | August 14, 2022

DeKALB — NIU will be without its top receiving threat this season after sophomore wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph sustained a season-ending non-contact knee injury during preseason practices last week. News of Rudolph's injury was first reported Friday...

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been less likely to receive as much attention from NFL scouts compared to school in more well-known leagues.

Deion Sanders’ recruiting brings more NFL eyes to HBCUs

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 19, 2022

Jackson State University’s head coach Deion Sanders is looking to change the culture in Historically Black Colleges and Universities football by solving the issue of NFL teams not looking to scout players from HBCUs.  HBCU athletes have been overlooked...

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