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Then-redshirt junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi rushes to the right against Eastern Michigan University at Huskie Stadium on Oct. 2, 2021. Lombardi made his return from injury in Saturdays matchup against EMU.

COLUMN: Rocky Lombardi will save NIU’s season

By Tyler Murray, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2022

Editor's note: Tyler Murray is a sophomore communications major and serves as a sports reporter at the Northern Star. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Star. This is an opinion piece. Senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi made his comeback...

Fourth-year wide receiver Jayshon Jackson catches the football in a game against Northern Illinois Oct. 1 at Sheumann Stadium. Jackson had 10 receptions during the game. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Daily News)

Huskies dominate Eastern Michigan, running backs shine in 39-10 victory

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | October 16, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskie defense shut down Eastern Michigan University’s offense, as NIU earned its second win of the season.   The win ended the Huskies’ five game losing streak. It was also NIU’s first win against a Mid-American Conference opponent...

Junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a pass in practice on Aug. 20. Lombardi transfers in from Michigan State University, where he threw eight touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

NIU snaps five-game losing streak, Rocky Lombardi returns

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | October 15, 2022

YPSILANTI, Mi – NIU football ended its five-game skid against Eastern Michigan University in a 39-10 victory on Saturday.  Good news came for the Huskies on Saturday after redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi made his return under center....

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

This weekend in Huskie sports: Oct. 7-9

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 6, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s 115th Homecoming celebration features a weekend filled with Huskie home sporting events. Football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer all stay in DeKalb to defend home against various Mid-American Conference opponents....

Huskie of the Week: Tristan Tewes

Huskie of the Week: Tristan Tewes

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 26, 2022

DeKALB – Redshirt sophomore tight end Tristan Tewes has been named the Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week. Tewes was a key factor in the Huskies’ 31-23 loss in Saturday’s matchup against the University of Kentucky. He racked up 37 yards receiving...

Left: Sophomore linebacker Daveren Rayner assumes his defensive position pre-play during NIUs road game against the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Sept. 10 at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Right: Redshirt sophomore punter Tom Foley punting during the second quarter of NIUs season-opening game versus the Eastern Illinois University Panthers on Sept. 1 at Huskie Stadium.

Rayner and Foley secure MAC weekly honors

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 26, 2022

DeKALB – Two Huskies were included on the list of the Mid-American Conference's Week Four Football Players of the Week that was announced Monday. Sophomore linebacker Daveren Rayner had a great performance against the University of Kentucky Saturday,...

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, Senior 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...

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ethan Hampton (left) fakes a pass after a handoff to sophomore running back Harrison Waylee during the second quarter of Thursdays game against the Vanderbilt University Commodores. The play resulted in no gain. Waylee had the most rushing attempts in the game, carrying the ball 17 times for 60 yards.

Vanderbilt Commodores beat Huskies on NIU Family Day

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | September 17, 2022

DeKALB — A third quarter resurgence by the Vanderbilt University Commodores (3-1, 0-0 SEC) saw NIU's (1-2, 0-0 MAC) 28-14 lead turn into a 38-28 loss on Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Starting passer goes down Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Standout Huskie Ratkovich should be drafted to NFL

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | April 7, 2022

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich has made a strong case to have his name called in this month’s NFL Draft after a lone season in NIU’s offensive backfield.  The “superback” out of Crete is widely considered to be a fullback despite...

Nick Benedetto is a co-defensive coordinator for the NIU football team.

New football coach hire looks to strengthen Huskie defense

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 31, 2022

Bend, don’t break. Defense wins championships. These mottos have been spoken for ages. Defense is an integral part of football, and having success coaching it can be difficult. This responsibility seems to have worked out well so far for newly hired...

Head coach Thomas Hammock addresses the team during Spring football practice.

Football sets offseason goals for spring practice schedule

By Jordan Radloff and Michael Stoll | March 27, 2022

DeKALB— The NIU football team kicked off spring practice Wednesday. The Huskies have set high goals for the offseason after claiming the Mid-American Conference and will focus on certain areas of training in their roster prior to the Fall 2022 season. “I...