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Redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Graham lines up against Western Illinois University Sept. 24, 2016. The Huskies begin their season against Boston College 8:30 p.m. Friday at Huskie Stadium. 

Tenure vs talent; starting quarterback position still available

By Ryan Ostry | August 28, 2017

The race of who will be calling plays as quarterback has come down to the week of the season opener, as head coach Rod Carey has yet to make the announcement. Though two strong candidates have been competing for the spot since last season, redshirt sophomore...

Top-5 football players to watch

By Eddie Garcia | July 31, 2017

It was a difficult season for NIU football as the team dealt with a multitude of injuries that derailed the season. Five quarterbacks appeared in the last 18 games played for the Huskies, with two season-ending injuries to Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie...

Football looks for starting quarterback

By Eddie Garcia | June 26, 2017

The football team began their summer training and conditioning sessions for the 2017 season and have already showed a high a level of competitiveness.Head Coach Rod Carey said the team seems to have picked things up quickly after the spring game Aril...

Football signs 22 players for upcoming season

By Tom Burton | February 2, 2017

DeKALB — The football program announced Wednesday it has brought in 22 recruits to join the 2017-18 roster. Head Coach Rod Carey recruited 20 of 22 players from the Midwest and 10 from Illinois schools.Wide receiver Cole Tucker, of DeKalb High School,...

Quarterback wins first career start

By Keelen Holcomb | October 3, 2016

DeKALB | Redshirt senior Anthony Maddie’s first career start for the Huskies showed promise, as he led the Huskies (1-4) to their first win of the season 31-24 against the Ball State Cardinals (3-2) Saturday at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana.Coming...

Hare heals; Graham leads

By Patrick Smith | September 15, 2016

DeKALB | The Huskies (0-2) will be without redshirt senior quarterback Drew Hare for their home opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against the San Diego State University Aztecs (2-0).Hare went down during the third quarter of Saturday’s contest in which the...

Redshirt quarterback Drew Hare rushes the ball downfield Oct. 18 against Miami.

NIU quarterback could have season-ending surgery

By Scott Nicol | September 13, 2016

Redshirt quarterback Drew Hare rushes the ball downfield Oct. 18 against Miami.

Football loses in blowout

By Patrick Smith | September 12, 2016

DeKALB | After a difficult triple overtime defeat (40-34) against Univeristy of Wyoming last week, the Huskies had a tough time getting anything started Saturday in Tampa, Florida by a score of 48-17 against the University of South Florida Bulls.This...

Football loses in exciting opener

By Scott Nicol | September 6, 2016

DeKalb | The Saturday opening of college football was capped off around 3:35 a.m. Sunday morning local time when NIU lost 40-34 in a thrilling, triple-overtime game versus the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.The game ended when Wyoming’s sophomore...

Q & A: inside the life of Drew Hare

By Patrick Smith | August 25, 2016

DeKALB | Football season is approaching with a showdown on the road on Sept. 3 against University of Wyoming. With the season so near, the Northern Star decided to ask senior quarterback Drew Hare some questions about the season and himself.Q: Is it difficult...

Football back after inconsistent 2015-16 season

By Tom Burton | August 22, 2016

Football is looking to rebound from an up and down 2015-16 season — the team went 8-6 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.The season ended in frustrating fashion for the Huskies when they lost their final three games. They dropped their final...