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NIU football: Former Huskies set for Pro Day

By Northern Star staff | March 5, 2015

Nine former football players will participate in NIU’s 2015 Pro Day on Friday.Eight 2014 seniors and one 2012 senior will be on hand to work out for NFL scouts 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chessick Practice Center. This event is not open to the general...

NIU football: Dechane Durante to compete in College Gridiron Showcase

By Northern Star Staff | January 15, 2015

Dechane Durante, redshirt senior free safety, will put his talents on display in the College Gridiron Showcase.The College Gridiron Showcase is an all-star football game for top college seniors from all division of college football. The game will take...

DaRon Brown (4), redshirt senior wide receiver, jumps to catch a pass during the Dec. 5 MAC Championship game against Bowling Green at Ford Field in Detroit. NIU won, 51-17.

MAC Championship Rapid Reaction: NIU football 51, Bowling Green Falcons 17

By Frank Gogola | December 5, 2014

What happened: In a role reversal of the 2013 MAC Championship game, the Huskies (11-2) blew out the Bowling Green Falcons (7-6), 51-17, to capture the 2014 MAC title Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.How it happened: Redshirt senior safety Dechane Durante...

Ford Field in Detroit before the start of the NIU-Bowling Green MAC Championship 2014 game.

MAC Championship at the half: NIU up 20-10 over Bowling Green

By Frank Gogola | December 5, 2014

The Huskies turned a pair of first-quarter interceptions into 10 points.They converted redshirt senior safety Dechane Durante’s interception on the game’s opening drive into a 5-yard touchdown run by redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare. An interception...

Dome away from home

By Frank Gogola | December 2, 2014

Football will experience its first taste of playing in a dome this season when it takes on the Bowling Green Falcons in the Marathon MAC Championship game.The Huskies will take on the Falcons at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, 6 p.m. Friday....

MAC title match not a revenge game

By Frank Gogola | December 2, 2014

Football has its sights set solely on the Bowling Green Falcons, but it’s not with an eye on revenge.The Huskies (10-2, 7-1 MAC) and the Falcons (7-5, 5-3 MAC) square off 6 p.m. Friday at Ford Field in Detroit in the Marathon MAC Championship game for...

Football better prepared for Babers 2nd time around

By Frank Gogola | December 2, 2014

Football’s struggles against last season’s Dino Babers-coached Eastern Illinois Panthers should help this year’s squad be better prepared for the fast-paced offense it’ll face against the Bowling Green Falcons in the Marathon MAC Championship...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare (12) carries the ball during his 78-yard touchdown run on the Huskies’ first series of the game. The Huskies ran for 332 yards while passing for only 54 yards Saturday at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich., against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

NIU football bowl eligible after difficult victory

By Danny Albers | October 26, 2014

Football relied heavily on its defense in Saturday’s win against the Eastern Michigan Eagles to bail out an offense that struggled through chunks of the game.The Huskies (6-2, 3-1 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan (2-6, 1-3 MAC), 28-17, at Rynearson Stadium...

Rapid Reaction: Football 28, Eastern Michigan 17

By Frank Gogola | October 25, 2014

What happened: The Huskies (6-2, 3-1, MAC) beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-6, 1-3 MAC), 28-17, Saturday at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich.How it happened: The Huskies scored the game’s final 14 points after going down 17-14 early in the fourth...

Ask an Athlete: Football

By Frank Gogola | October 20, 2014

What is your major?

Redshirt senior free safety Dechane Durante: General studies

Redshirt junior middle linebacker Boomer Mays: Corporate communication

Senior defensive end Jason Meehan: Business

Junior strong safety Marlon Moore: Sociology

What is your favorite movie?

Durante: “Kill Bill”

Mays: “The Warriors”

Meehan: “Casablanca”

Moore: “Friday”

Who is your favorite music artist/band?

Durante: Lil Wayne

Mays: Jay-Z

Meehan: Big K.R.I.T.

Moore: Too many to choose just one

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Durante: TGI Fridays

Mays: Red Lobster

Meehan: Tapa La Luna

Moore: Golden Corral

Durante, Moore make formidable duo

By Frank Gogola | September 30, 2014

Attempting to replace a playmaker like strong safety Jimmie Ward is a tall task, but the Huskies have redshirt senior free safety Dechane Durante and junior strong safety Marlon Moore to help fill the void.The Huskies lost Ward, who was selected 30th...

Senior Tommylee Lewis returns a kickoff against the Purdue Boilermakers Sept. 28 in West Lafayette, Ind. Lewis, who has returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in his three years at NIU, should play a vital role for the Huskies in the return game against Presbyterian.

Football faces Presbyterian’s aerial attack

By Frank Gogola | August 27, 2014

Football is branding itself as a new team in a new year wanting a different ending than last season’s pair of losses to close out the schedule.The Huskies will have the opportunity to get the bad taste of last season’s ending out of their mouths when...