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Football hopes to keep road streak alive against Akron

By Matt Hopkinson | October 17, 2012

As if NIU football didn’t have enough streaks active at once, it will put its modest five-game road winning streak on the line as is faces Akron Saturday. Winners of their last six consecutive games and their last 11 MAC games, the Huskies (6-1, 3-0...

Jacques shines as middle-linebacker

By Matt Hopkinson | October 16, 2012

In the NFL, the middle-linebacker is generally the focal point of a good linebacking core. While NIU has capable players at the linebacker position, the names that usually get more attention are the outside-linebackers, seniors Jamaal Bass and Tyrone...

Players to watch for as Huskies battle Akron

By Matt Hopkinson | October 16, 2012

Quarterback: Senior Dalton Williams has quietly been putting up numbers for a dead-last Akron Zips football program. The Stephen F. Austin University transfer has amassed over 2,000 yards through the air already this season, and has thrown for 19 touchdowns....

Huskies go big on fourth down

By Brian Thomas | October 14, 2012

NIU football’s aggressive style of play paid off in a big way in its 45-3 victory over Buffalo Saturday. On five occasions when the Huskies were not able to convert on third down, they decided to forgo a field goal or punt and go for it on fourth down....

Huskies dominate Buffalo at Homecoming

By Matt Hopkinson | October 14, 2012

On a rainy and foggy Saturday afternoon in front of a sparse Homecoming crowd, NIU football continued its dominance at home and in the MAC. NIU (6-1, 3-0 MAC) overpowered the Buffalo Bulls (1-5, 0-2 MAC), 45-3, posting their lowest opponent point total...

Huskies defense makes a stand, shows their depth

By Matt Hopkinson | October 14, 2012

While in my opinion NIU’s offense is the main contributing factor to its success, the defense made quite the showing against Buffalo. Not only the statistics and on field play, but what really stood out in this game was the depth possessed by the defensive...

Run defense is key to Homecoming win

By Brian Thomas | October 9, 2012

In the upcoming football game with Buffalo, NIU will have to stop Buffalo’s ground game if it wants to have a shot at winning. The Bulls (1-4, 0-2 MAC) come into this matchup as a run-first offense, as they have totaled 1,127 yards on the ground in...

Coach’s Corner with NIU assistant football coach Rod Carey

March 30, 2011

In his first year with the NIU football team, Rod Carey is currently busy with the football team's annual slate of spring practices. Carey took some time out recently after a practice to discuss the challenges and unique nature of the practices. Northern...

NIU running back Chad Spann evades Minnesota defenders in the Huskies 34-23 victory.

Running back combos set stage for MAC battle

By Chris Dertz | October 7, 2010

The Huskies know they have an important game this weekend. Starting quarterback Chandler Harnish said as much, calling Saturday's matchup against Temple a game between what he feels are the two best teams in the MAC. "I think it's huge to have that homefield...

Despite is size, JUCO transfer Jasmin Hopkins has made a career out of proving doubters wrong.

Hopkins measuring up

By Chris Dertz | October 5, 2010

Tell a man he can't do something, and he'll stop at nothing to prove you wrong. Tell a player he's too short or too skinny, and it only throws fuel on the fire. For Jasmin Hopkins, that's always been the story. Critics told the NIU tailback, who was 5-feet-7-inches...

Breaking down the Golden Gophers

By Jimmy Johnson | September 22, 2010

Offense Quarterback: Senior signal caller Adam Weber has played every snap in all of the Golden Gopher's three games, completing close to 60 percent of his passes with five scores through the air. The 6'3" quarterback had success in Minnesota's 31-27...

Linebacker Kube ready to help lead on defense

By Chris Dertz | August 23, 2010

With expectations for NIU football high this season, much of the anticipation is due to the strength of its defense. Redshirt senior linebacker Alex Kube figures to be one of the leaders for a unit that held opponents under 14 points on five occasions...