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Northern Illinois University new head football coach Rod Carey answers questions at a press conference in the Yordon Center on Dec. 2.

Defensive line holes not a problem for football

By Brian Earle | August 28, 2013

While it may appear there are too many holes to fill on football’s defensive line, all is well for the Huskies on the home front.Last season, the defensive line was one of the nation’s best. The Huskies as a team were 17th in the nation in sacks by...

Football ready for action; Carey says losses on defense won’t hurt

By Brian Earle | August 8, 2013

Football was back in the air in DeKalb on Wednesday, when the Huskies took the field in pads for the first time this summer.The Huskies are coming off an historic season in which they repeated as MAC Champions, defeating Kent State in the MAC Championship,...

Young Huskies gain valuable experience

By Matt Hopkinson | December 30, 2012

While getting a BCS berth has certainly panned out to be one of the best ways to send out the winningest senior class in NIU history, it helps the returning players as well. “It sets a tone for them, it really does,” said coach Rod Carey. “It shows...

Florida State offense vs NIU defense will be key

By Matt Hopkinson | December 28, 2012

While the Orange Bowl match-up has been billed as David versus Goliath, as well as an explosive offensive versus a suffocating defense, there is more than meets the eye. The offense of NIU is not the only aspect that has allowed it to become the first...

Baxter breaks out

Baxter breaks out

By Matt Hopkinson | December 27, 2012

With 15 of his 16 career sacks coming in the last two seasons, senior defensive end Alan Baxter has come on strong the last two years of his career. Baxter’s efforts during the regular season schedule were good enough to lead the team in sacks and tackles...

Huskies look to keep Kent State from taking MAC title

By Matt Hopkinson | November 28, 2012

At this point in the season, the success of NIU football seems more storybook than reality. If it is indeed storybook, the next exciting chapter for the Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) will come Friday with a victory over Kent State (11-1, 8-0 MAC) in the MAC...

Baxter, Roddy names NIU Scholar-Athletes

By Northern Star Staff | November 19, 2012

This week’s recipients of the NIU Scholar-Athletes of the Week award are senior defensive end Alan Baxter and sophomore outside hitter MacKenzie Roddy. Baxter played a significant role in the Huskies’ MAC West clinching 31-24 victory over Toledo Wednesday...

Baxter, Jefferson, Schepler and Sterling selected to Academic All-District team for football

By Northern Star Staff | November 12, 2012

Senior defensive end Alan Baxter, senior defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson, senior tight end Jason Schepler and sophomore fullback Rob Sterling were all selected to the Academic All-District first team. With their selection to the All-District first team,...

Run defense a big part of Huskies victory

By Brian Thomas | October 21, 2012

While the offense gets the credit for NIU football’s success game after game, the team’s defense had just as much to do with its 37-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. One phase of the Huskies’ defense really stood out against the Zips: their run...

Run defense is key to Homecoming win

By Brian Thomas | October 9, 2012

In the upcoming football game with Buffalo, NIU will have to stop Buffalo’s ground game if it wants to have a shot at winning. The Bulls (1-4, 0-2 MAC) come into this matchup as a run-first offense, as they have totaled 1,127 yards on the ground in...

Biggest key for Huskie football

By Brian Thomas & Matt Hopkinson | October 8, 2012

Brian Thomas: The first half of NIU football’s season is officially in the books and the team sits at 5-1. Going into the season, people didn’t know what to expect from the Huskies, as there were a lot of questions surrounding them. Those questions...

Jordan Lynch counts on defense in tough situations

By Matt Hopkinson | September 25, 2012

The football team’s defense has a habit of coming up big. In the first two games of the season, the Huskies defense gave up only one red zone touchdown. Against Army, there was a lot to be desired, but there were several key incidents where the defense...