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NIU redshirt sophomore defensive tackle James Ester and sophomore linebacker Daveren Rayner bring down Vanderbilt University freshman quarterback A.J. Swann for a sack in the third quarter of a game on Sept. 17 at Huskie Stadium. The Vanderbilt Commodores completed a comeback to beat NIU 38-28. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Defense is key against No. 8 Kentucky

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | September 23, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies will visit the University of Kentucky Wildcats this weekend as NIU’s defense will look to shut down the No. 8 team in the nation. NIU’s defense has had struggles this season, giving up 38 points in each of their last two...

NIU football looks to build defense on signing day

By Brian Earle | February 6, 2013

Since being handed the keys to NIU football, head coach Rod Carey has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on his first recruiting class. At signing day on Wednesday, Carey was excited to announce he and his staff had recruited 24 players for...

Freshman guard Daveon Balls (11) looks to pass the ball in the game against Kent State last Wednesday.

Men’s baskeball lacks offense

By Brian Earle | February 4, 2013

In order to be a successful team, you need to be able to play shutdown defense as well as have an electric offense to put points on the scoreboard. This season, men’s basketball has been one of the strongest defensive teams in the MAC, but has struggled...

Defense is what makes this year special for NIU

By Matt Hopkinson | November 25, 2012

While NIU’s offense put up a relatively high score, what was more impressive for the football team was the defensive effort turned in against Eastern Michigan. The 49 points in the game for NIU was the third-highest scored against the Eagles as well...

Lauren Eberts leaves her legacy with women’s soccer defense

By Ed Rietveld | October 23, 2012

Defense is one of the main reasons why NIU women’s soccer has had a more successful season in 2012. This season, the Huskies are giving up 0.94 goals a game compared to a season ago, when they gave up 1.79 goals a game. As one might suspect, the number...

Matt Pritchard is a ‘pest’ for other team

By Jacob Onak | October 2, 2012

Men’s soccer’s Matt Pritchard is a player that loves to be a pest for opposing teams. “I just try to be annoying to the defense, kind of a gnat,” Pritchard, a freshman, said. “Pressing as much as I can and just, you know, working as hard as...

Mastering the art of the header

By Ed Rietveld and Jacob Onak | October 1, 2012

Even though the sport of soccer is called football in all areas of the world except the U.S., players are allowed to use more than just their feet. Players are allowed to use is their heads for both offensive and defensive purposes. Junior defender/mid-fielder...

NIU follows yellow brick road to win over Kansas

By Matt Hopkinson | September 23, 2012

NIU football improved its home winning streak to 17 Saturday by defeating Kansas 30-23. NIU (3-1) found success through timely, stifling defense, as well as a balanced attack on offense that wore down the defense of Kansas (1-3). “To get back and play...

Questions raised about NIU football

By Matt Hopkinson | September 23, 2012

While the mention of Kansas always invokes the image of dust in the wind and the temptation to sing badly, music is not my topic. Following the 30-23 victory for NIU football over Kansas Saturday afternoon, I have a few question. The questions I’ve...

McCullough defense requests trial start pushed back

By Dave Gong | November 30, 2011

The defense attorney for the man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl has requested a further court date in order to file motions before trial.Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is charged with murder, kidnapping and the...

NIU defense gets fired up against Cal Poly

By Tony Osborne | September 25, 2011

The NIU football team (2-2) displayed its typical offensive prowess against Cal Poly (1-3), but it was the defense that was the topic of conversation on Saturday.Although the Huskies gave up 294 total rushing yards against the Mustangs, the true colors...

Aaron: How to get Americans back to work

By Aaron Brooks | September 7, 2011

Cut: DefenseTo get Americans back to work we need a strong economy, and one of the most corrosive elements to a strong economy is war. War has evolved. Nations no longer face an opposing military in an open battlefield for an extended period of time;...