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Junior defensive end Matt Lorbeck awaits pre snap Saturday as the defense looks to its coaches for the next call during NIUs 49-0 win against Akron at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies prepare for inclement weather, defensive line sees tough matchup against CMU offense

By James Krause | October 31, 2019

DeKALB — Mother nature could play a role in the Huskies’ game Saturday with AccuWeather forecasting potential snow showers for that day. Hammock said the forecasts play a factor in gameplaning.Weather affected the Huskies’ gameplay Saturday against...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, returns a kick Oct. 5 against Ball State University during an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium.

After early season plagued with injuries, penalties, Huskies look to get back on track

By James Krause | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock was able to take more from his grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, than just his middle name.After Hammock’s mother had the future Huskie at an early age, Hammock’s grandfather took on a large role...

More rain than shine in the third quarter for Huskies

By Mike Knapp | October 6, 2019

DeKALB — The start of conference play is always a great opportunity for struggling teams to clear the slate and begin again.Returning to Huskie Stadium for the first time since Aug. 31 and opening Mid-American Conference play against Ball State gave...

Changes to Huskie Athletics will highlight a new year for fall sports

Changes to Huskie Athletics will highlight a new year for fall sports

By Marcel Carrasco | August 23, 2019

DeKALB —  It is no secret football’s Head Coach Thomas Hammock is headlining the changes to Huskie Athletics for the fall 2019 season, but there are plenty of other departures and arrivals coming to athletics this season.Football Although not a...

NIU faces off against ISU in Aug. 31 game.

Players praise Hammock for his player-friendly coaching philosophy

By Marcel Carrasco | August 23, 2019

DeKALB — As the 2019 football season approaches, Head Coach Thomas Hammock looks to lead the Huskies as a coach instead of as the star running back from his playing days at NIU.Before being named the 23rd head coach in NIU’s football program, Hammock...

History of the week: Football shuts out Arkansas State University

By Northern Star Staff | September 21, 2016

NIU football finally pulled it together to come up with a great team win on this day in 1992, according to a Sept. 21, 1992 Northern Star article.Coming off eight consecutive losses, both the offense and defense had an outstanding day blowing out the...

Huskie defeat leaves sour taste

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Football team’s loss was not a surpriseFrom Bowling Green’s opening drive of Friday’s MAC Championship game, I had a feeling that only confirmed itself as the game unfolded: NIU’s run was coming to a devastating end.There was an indefinable feeling...

Lynch deserves Heisman invite despite MAC loss

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Despite putting together an extremely humanlike and untimely performance in NIU’s MAC Championship loss, Jordan Lynch still deserved his invitation to New York for the Heisman Ceremony, where he will sit beside some of the other top players in college...

Buffalo shines at running back, linebacker positions

By Matt Hopkinson | October 9, 2012

Quarterback: The season so far has been unkind to junior quarterback Alex Zordich. Zordich has had two games this season where he threw for less than 100 yards. He has just eight touchdowns compared to three interceptions. Four of those touchdowns all...

Lynch takes home third MAC Offensive Player of the Week

By Northern Star Staff | October 8, 2012

After a career performance last week against Ball State, quarterback Jordan Lynch received a number of honors, including his third MAC West Offensive Player of the Week award. An NIU player has won this award every week this season. Defensive end Sean...

Biggest key for Huskie football

By Brian Thomas & Matt Hopkinson | October 8, 2012

Brian Thomas: The first half of NIU football’s season is officially in the books and the team sits at 5-1. Going into the season, people didn’t know what to expect from the Huskies, as there were a lot of questions surrounding them. Those questions...