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Hammock prepares Huskies for high altitudes

Maddie Barrett

September 4, 2019

DeKALB — Head coach Thomas Hammock said his team is gearing for the high altitude in Utah this weekend which can affect player conditioning. Sitting at 4,637 feet above sea level, Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium might provide a tough atmosphere for the Huskies.“The big thing is pushing the hydrati...

This week in NIU Athletics (Week 9/3 – 9/8)

This week in NIU Athletics (Week 9/3 - 9/8)

Quintin Wilson

September 3, 2019

DeKALB — After a great opening week of Huskie athletics, here is what you have to look forward to this week:FootballAfter an impressive victory in their home opener against Illinois State, the Huskies look to keep their momentum Saturday at the University of UtahThe Utes are currently ranked 14 in the college ra...

Football victory headlines opening week matches in NIU Athletics

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers eyes the left side of the field for an open receiver Saturday against Illinois State University at Huskie Stadium.

Matt Boecker

September 3, 2019

DeKALB — NIU Athletic's opening week was highlighted by the football team’s victory over Illinois State University. The cross country team dominated on the road, and volleyball won two of three matches as hosts of the NIU Invitational.FootballThomas Hammock earned his first career win as a head coach in NIU’s ...

Men’s soccer scoreless in loss to Loyola

Marcel Carrasco

September 2, 2019

DeKALB — A second-half goal from Loyola University - Chicago was enough to put away the Huskies 1-0 Sunday in Chicago.Loyola senior midfielder Aidan Megally scored the lone goal for the Ramblers at the 75th minute. His goal was one of five shots by Loyola.NIU led the match with 14 total shots, putt...

Bowers throws two touchdowns in Huskies victory to open Hammock Era

James Krause

September 1, 2019

DeKALB — The era of NIU football under Head Coach Thomas Hammock started Saturday with a 24-10 victory over Illinois State University.Doused in a Gatorade bath by his players after the game, Hammock said he’s proud of his team’s performance through rain showers and the emotional pressure of the...

At the 50: Huskies anchored by experienced defense in win over ISU

Mike Knapp

September 1, 2019

DeKALB —The Huskies entered the 2019 season with a defense that has a chance to be very, very good.While there were some question marks on the offensive side of the football, the defense was back with a deep and experienced unit. The Huskies were ready to hit the ground running when it came time to t...

Powerhouse programs will dominate college football, NIU facing top-5 conference contenders

Powerhouse programs will dominate college football, NIU facing top-5 conference contenders

Mike Knapp

August 30, 2019

DeKALB — College football has one of the longest off-seasons in sports, so it’s no surprise that the start of the season brings plenty of excitement.It’s been 234 days since Clemson beat Alabama, 44-16, Jan. 7 to win its second championship in three years. While some teams got an early start last weekend, it...

Huskies ready for Illinois State visit for programs’ 57th meeting

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

James Krause

August 30, 2019

DeKALB — First-year students at NIU might not have been born when the football team last faced the Illinois State University Redbirds in 2000.The Huskies will meet the Football Championship Subdivision title-contending Redbirds on Saturday at Huskie Stadium for the 57th time, the most common opponen...

Huskie Spotlight: Q&A with NIU Athletes – Football Running back Tre Harbison

Redshirt junior running back Tre Harbison takes a breather during practice Wednesday at Huskie Stadium. Harbison rushed for a career-high 1,034 yards last season and is the first 1,000 yard rusher to return the following year since 2015.

James Krause

August 30, 2019

DeKALB — Redshirt junior running back Tre Harbison is coming off the best season of his career. The North Carolina native finished last season with 1,034 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a career best 169 yards rushing in a game against Akron. The Northern Star interviewed Harbison on hi...

Starting quarterback will remain unknown until Saturday’s season opener

Offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness addresses the quarterbacks during practice Wednesday at Huskie Stadium.

James Krause

August 29, 2019

DeKALB — Football Head Coach Thomas Hammock has decided not to name a starting quarterback, opening up competition among contenders.“I don’t think I’ll name a [starting] quarterback,” Hammock said in an NIU Athletics news release Thursday. “I think we’ll just continue to practice and get read...

Football will host Illinois State for the first time since 2000

Football will host Illinois State for the first time since 2000

Maddie Barrett

August 28, 2019

DeKALB — Head Coach Thomas Hammock’s era officially begins Saturday when the Huskies take on the Illinois State University Redbirds. The last time the teams faced-off was in 2000. Hammock said he is hoping the home field will give the Huskies an advantage and that fans will arrive to show support....

This week in NIU athletics

This week in NIU athletics

Northern Star Sports Staff

August 26, 2019

DeKALB — Women’s soccer kicked off the first week of athletics this season when the Huskies fell 1-3 to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday. Aug. 26, 2019 - Sept. 1, 2019FootballThis week is headlined by football’s season and home opener. Head Coach Thomas Hammock will be making his first appearanc...