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Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....

Caleb Wright, redshirt first-year defensive tackle, rushes out of the tunnel Oct. 5 before kick off against Ball State University at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies intend to compete with a depleted roster, Jones-Davis, Walker done for season

By Maddie Barrett | October 23, 2019

DeKALB — Injuries and suspensions have dealt a blow to the football team, but Head Coach Thomas Hammock said his team needs to perform with the players available.“That’s what it is,” Hammock said. “Nobody cares. You think [University of Akron]...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, returns a kick Oct. 5 against Ball State University during an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium.

After early season plagued with injuries, penalties, Huskies look to get back on track

By James Krause | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock was able to take more from his grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, than just his middle name.After Hammock’s mother had the future Huskie at an early age, Hammock’s grandfather took on a large role...

More rain than shine in the third quarter for Huskies

By Mike Knapp | October 6, 2019

DeKALB — The start of conference play is always a great opportunity for struggling teams to clear the slate and begin again.Returning to Huskie Stadium for the first time since Aug. 31 and opening Mid-American Conference play against Ball State gave...

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers communicates with coaches Saturday during a match against Ball State University in an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Bronze Stalk en route to Muncie as Huskies fall to Ball State

By James Krause | October 5, 2019

DeKALB — Mistakes and heavy rainfall washed away a halftime lead for the NIU football team, surrendering the Bronze Stalk trophy to the Ball State University Cardinals in a 27-20 loss Saturday at Huskie Stadium. NIU held a 17-3 lead at halftime, but...

Huskies allow most points in a loss since 2016 in a 44-8 loss to Nebraska

By James Krause | September 15, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU football team committed a multitude of errors on its way to a blowout 44-8 loss Saturday against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.Head Coach Thomas Hammock took responsibility for the loss, saying his team didn’t play well enough...

Family ties stir up competitive drive

By Maddie Barrett | September 11, 2019

DeKALB — Redshirt senior linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis said he is looking forward to Saturday’s game because of a special connection. His cousin, Alex Davis, is one of the University of Nebraska’s senior linebackers.Northern Star reporter James...

Football players catch attention of college football awards committees

By James Krause | August 26, 2019

DeKALB — Several NIU football players have grabbed the attention of college football awards committees.Redshirt junior quarterback Marcus Childers was named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. The award is handed to the best fourth-year...

Fill in the Blank: Huskie football this season was…

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 28, 2018

Sam Malone | Managing Editor... accidentally impressive.The football season has been full of wins, and no one can deny that, but some of those victories weren’t as clean as they should have been. The defense played a strong game throughout the season,...

Huskie defense leads them towards MAC title game

By James Krause | November 25, 2018

Football Head Coach Rod Carey said he doesn’t always trust the numbers, but at the Huskies’ Chicago Media Day July 18, he said defense in 2017 changed his attitude.“I think sometimes the numbers lie, and you can manipulate them,” Carey said. “In...

Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers (15) makes a pass against BYU during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Evan Cobb/The Daily Herald via AP)

Stingy defense nets Huskies first non-conference win

By James Krause | October 28, 2018

The NIU football team won their first non-conference game of the season with a 7-6 victory in a old school slugfest against the BYU Cougars.Among the towering mountains of Provo, Utah, the NIU defense stood tall over the Cougars running game, allowing...

Huskies take Bronze Stalk for tenth straight year

Huskies take Bronze Stalk for tenth straight year

By Jayce Eustice | October 7, 2018

The Huskies traveled to Muncie, Indiana for the 11th annual Battle of the Bronze Stalk and left with a 24-16 victory. The game marked the 10th straight win for the Huskies over their conference rivals, bringing their MAC record to a solid 3-0 and leveling...

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