Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Northern Star File Photo NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish scrambles from Badger linebacker Ethan Armstrong.

Harnish shows skills at NFL Combine

By Jimmy Johnson | February 27, 2012

Standing on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium at the NFL Combine Sunday, Chandler Harnish quickly realized he wasn’t in DeKalb anymore. The former NIU quarterback wasn’t shoulder to shoulder with his teammates. Instead, he was running through various...

Associated Press- West quarterback Chandler Harnish, of Northern
Illinois University, runs three yards for a touchdown against the
East during the second quarter of the East-West Shrine Classic NCAA
college football game on Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Petersburg,

Five former Huskies showcase talents in post-season games

By Brian Belford | January 23, 2012

For five former NIU football players, the culmination of their college careers happened over the weekend in three different postseason college football games.Senior outside linebacker Jordan Delegal played for the North team in the Battle of Florida All...

Nine NIU football players recieve academic honors

Nine NIU football players recieve academic honors

By Tony Osborne | January 17, 2012

With MAC Championship and Bowl victories already under their belt, nine NIU football players added more to their resume by receiving All-MAC Academic honors. "Obviously to be the conference champs on the field and then to represent the MAC...

Huskie football senior class is ‘winningest’ in NIU history

By Brian Belford | January 16, 2012

Mobile, Ala.| Chandler Harnish walked into the Bowl game press conference barefoot. NIU's record breaking quarterback's feet had carried him to victory for one last time, and he was finally able to kick off his shoes. Harnish and the rest...

Huskies’ focus will determine bowl game fate

By Brian Belford & Eli Gehn | January 8, 2012

Eli Gehn: Alright, Brian, the lastgame for NIU football this season is finally upon us. The Huskieshad a huge comeback victory over Ohio in the MAC Championship lastmonth. It was an exciting year, wouldn't you agree?Brian Belford: I would say it hasbeen...

Northern Star file photo

Harnish named MAC MVP

By Jimmy Johnson | December 1, 2011

While he's received numerous awards, winning the MAC Vern Smith Award might be Chandler Harnish's most prestigious individual honor in his college career. Harnish was named MAC Player of the Year Tuesday, and the four-year starter is only the second quarterback...

NIUs wide-receiver Nathan Palmer 81 soars through the air
after catching a pass as Ball State linebacker Tony Martin 47
attempted to make a pick during the first half of the match up at
Huskie Stadium on Tuesday night. The Huskies would go on to defeat
Ball State 41-38 making it their sixth straight win.

Huskies kept the faith versus Cardinals

By Brian Belford | November 16, 2011

Exhausted and elated, Scott Wedige took hold of the rivalry trophy in both hands, lifted it above his head, and shouted triumphantly towards the night sky.Finally, it was over. After NIU scraped, clawed and chewed its way to a thrilling 41-38 victory...

Huskie center Scott Wedige holds up the Bronze Stalk Trophy,
which has been awarded to the winner of the NIU-Ball State game
since 2008. NIU defeated the Cardinals for the third straight
season, by a score of 41-38.

Huskies beat Cardinals in blackout game

By Eli Gehn | November 16, 2011

Adversity is something NIU football has been through numerous times this season. Adversity popped its head Tuesday night, but NIU persevered and defeated Ball State 4-38 on a 34 yard field goal by kicker Matt Sims with 11 seconds left in regulation. "I...

NIU key player: Chandler Harnish

By Eli Gehn | November 15, 2011

How many yards will Chandler Harnish put up this week?

Harnish continues to shred opposing defenses with his dual-threat capabilities, and it seems no one has an answer to stop him.

Harnish continues to put records on the board for NIU quarterback play, and if he throws one more touchdown pass tonight, he will hold the record for most passing touchdowns in Huskies history, surpassing George Bork.

The Bluffington, Ind. native has continued to put up big numbers on the ground, rushing for 1,022 yards, which ranks third in the MAC.

"With Chandler doing good, I'm really proud of him," said NIU running back Jasmin Hopkins. "I hope he keeps doing what he's been doing; he's a playmaker."

NIU's offense will continue to be successful if Harnish is able to keep opposing defenses on their heels.

Ball State is ranked last in total defense in the MAC, giving up over 490 yards per game.

And with Harnish playing as well as he has, it makes everyone else on the offensive side better, making the Huskies offense tough to contain.

Nathan Palmer(81) celebrates after one of his three touchdown receptions with teammates Scott Wedige (71) and Trevor Olson (62) in the game against Toldeo on Nov. 1.

Huskies take MAC West lead

By Tony Osborne | November 2, 2011

If you did not tune into the NIU-Toledo football game last night, you missed out what might have been the MAC game of the year. "I've been involved in a lot of good games, but that was as good as it gets," said NIU head coach Dave Doeren in a press release....

Key players for Tuesday NIU football game

By Tony Osborne | October 30, 2011

Toledo will look to ballhawk Chandler Harnish on Tuesday with its talented senior cornerback, Desmond Marrow.The 6'3'', 210-pound senior has been tough for opposing offenses to handle so far this season.Marrow was named MAC Defensive Player of the week...

Toledo defensive breakdown

By Brian Belford | October 30, 2011

Defensive Line Toledo has an experienced defensive line with starting defensive tackles Johnie Roberts, Johnathan Lamb and senior defensive end Malcolm Riley. The trio has helped the Rockets rank second in the MAC in rushing defense and fourth in the...