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A graphic shows redshirt junior quarterback Ethan Hampton, redshirt junior quarterback Jalen Macon and redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Holst. Sports Reporter Skyler Kisellus believes the three have emerged as the top contenders to succeed Rocky Lombardi as NIU’s starting quarterback. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Evaluating NIU’s top quarterback options

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 2, 2024

NIU football may have wrapped up spring practices last week, but its ongoing competition for the most important position in team sports remains unsettled. With three-year starter Rocky Lombardi graduated and now vying for a roster spot in the NFL,...

Quarterback Ethan Hampton looks for an open receiver to pass to during a play in the second quarter of the Huskies matchup against the Rockets on Sept. 30, 2022 at Huskie Stadium. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

Defensive emphasis headlines spring football showcase

By Joseph Segreti and Zack Rodriguez | April 22, 2023

DeKALB – Fans got an early look at NIU football during their annual spring football showcase, held at Huskie Stadium, that featured a live scrimmage and various drills.  Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ethan Hampton will be backing up redshirt senior...

Ball State University third-year outside linebacker Sidney Houston Jr. flips NIU freshman running back Jaiden Credle Saturday at Scheumann Stadium. Houston had seven total tackles during the game. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Daily News)

Huskies leave Bronze Stalk battle empty-handed

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 1, 2022
A 24-7 halftime lead wasn't enough to help the Huskies retain the Bronze Stalk Trophy as they fell to rival Ball State 44-38 in double overtime in Muncie.