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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...

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeffery Lomax scores on a run toward the left side from three yards out during NIU’s spring game Saturday morning. (Alex Pyevich/Northern Star)

Huskies showcased at spring football game

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 17, 2022

DeKALB — NIU football’s spring practice schedule came to end at Saturday’s spring showcase at Huskie Stadium. NIU held 7-on-7 and full team drills in front of a crowd of approximately 1,000 fans for their final practice before summer. New year,...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Standout Huskie Ratkovich should be drafted to NFL

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 7, 2022

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich has made a strong case to have his name called in this month’s NFL Draft after a lone season in NIU’s offensive backfield.  The “superback” out of Crete is widely considered to be a fullback despite...

Nick Benedetto is a co-defensive coordinator for the NIU football team.

New football coach hire looks to strengthen Huskie defense

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 1, 2022

Bend, don’t break. Defense wins championships. These mottos have been spoken for ages. Defense is an integral part of football, and having success coaching it can be difficult. This responsibility seems to have worked out well so far for newly hired...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich practices on Aug. 20 at Huskies Stadium.

NIU football players participate in Pro Day

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 31, 2022

DeKALB– The NIU football team held its Huskies’ 2022 Pro Day, Wednesday afternoon at the Northwestern Medicine Performance Center and the Chessick Practice Center. The Huskies had four players, running back Clint Ratkovich, linebacker Lance Deveaux,...

Head coach Thomas Hammock addresses the team during Spring football practice.

Football sets offseason goals for spring practice schedule

By Jordan Radloff and Michael Stoll | March 28, 2022

DeKALB— The NIU football team kicked off spring practice Wednesday. The Huskies have set high goals for the offseason after claiming the Mid-American Conference and will focus on certain areas of training in their roster prior to the Fall 2022 season. “I...

Junior quarterback Rocky  Lombardi winds up to throw a pass in NIUs 41-23 victory over Kent State in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 4 in Detroit. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Football releases 2022 schedule

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | February 25, 2022

DeKALB— The Huskies will look to defend the Mid-American Championship with a schedule that features two non-conference bouts with the Southeastern Conference and one with American Athletic Conference, as the 2022 football schedule was revealed Friday.  NIU...

Kayden Wacker-Gray (right) poses with his mother Lacey Wacker-Gray from the sidelines of the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida in December.

NIU football builds bond with Rockford teen

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | February 25, 2022
Kayden Wacker-Gray might not be old enough to suit-up for NIU football, but the 14-year-old has become a member of the Huskie pack regardless.
Freshman running back Jay Ducker carries the ball during the first half of NIUs 34-26 victory against the Bowling Green Falcons, Saturday in Dekalb.

Jay Ducker, Dillon Thomas to transfer from NIU

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 21, 2021

DeKALB — NIU football lost two more players to the NCAA transfer portal following its 2021 campaign that ended in a Mid-American Conference title. COVID-freshman running back Jay Ducker and redshirt junior defensive back Dillon Thomas have entered...

Northern Illinois running back Jay Ducker (8) runs the ball against Coastal Carolina during the Cure Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Clock hits zero on Huskies bowl win hopes

By James Krause | December 17, 2021

ORLANDO — This year’s Tailgreeter Cure Bowl proved football isn’t just a game of inches, it’s a game of seconds. After a first down conversion inside their opponents five-yard line, two seconds remaining was not enough time for the Huskies...

NIU snags Lynch from transfer portal

NIU snags Lynch from transfer portal

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 14, 2021

DeKALB — NIU football landed one of its first major additions of the 2022 offseason with the addition of freshman quarterback Justin Lynch via the transfer portal. Lynch comes in with a familiar last name, being the younger brother of former...

Freshman defensive tackle Cade Haberman and sophomore Nick Rattin wrap up Kent State graduate student Dustin Crum for a sack on Dec. 4 in Detroit.

NIU football excited about facing Coastal Carolina

By James Krause | December 13, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies can finish their turnaround season with double-digit wins if they can knock off the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers on Friday in Orlando for the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl. The past week has been “a blur” for head coach...

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