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Seniors take title of most winningest in NIU history

By Matt Hopkinson | October 22, 2012

With a 37-7 win over Akron Saturday, the 2012-2013 senior class surpassed last year’s seniors as the most winningest in NIU school history. Last year’s seniors featured such standout players as MVP quarterback Chandler Harnish, second leading receiver...

Football find number one tail back in Leighton Settle

By Brian Thomas | September 10, 2012

Going into this season, a shroud of questions surrounded the NIU football team. How would Jordan Lynch respond to being the starting quarterback? How effective could the inexperienced offensive line be? Those questions have quickly been answered and put...

NIUs wide-receiver Nathan Palmer 81 soars through the air
after catching a pass as Ball State linebacker Tony Martin 47
attempted to make a pick during the first half of the match up at
Huskie Stadium on Tuesday night. The Huskies would go on to defeat
Ball State 41-38 making it their sixth straight win.

Huskies kept the faith versus Cardinals

By Brian Belford | November 16, 2011

Exhausted and elated, Scott Wedige took hold of the rivalry trophy in both hands, lifted it above his head, and shouted triumphantly towards the night sky.Finally, it was over. After NIU scraped, clawed and chewed its way to a thrilling 41-38 victory...

NIU key player: Jasmin Hopkins

By Tony Osborne | October 19, 2011

With all of the hype surrounding the running game's recent performanc against Western Michigan, everyone knows NIU loves to run the football.

That said, the Huskies' running game will have all eyes on it against Buffalo Saturday.

NIU running back Jasmin Hopkins is comes off of a season-high three touchdown performance against the Broncos.

Through seven games, Hopkins ran for 540 yards and eight rushing touchdowns.

The Bulls' defense will have to hold the Huskes' multiple threats in the backfield. NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish has the capibilit to find the quick Hopkins to find holes and lanes to run through, and even take the ball himself and do damage.

In games that the Huskies' offense dominates their opponents, it's typically because they've established the run early and often.

The spark of the running game will need to come off a big start by Hopkins against Buffalo, scoring more in the first half.

A rapid start to the running game will hinge on the success of NIU's offensive line performance.

Although, with the strength of the line and Hopkins' speed and agility, it leaves you with the feeling that the senior back could have breakout performances in the next few games.

"[Our offensive line] takes pride in that," said NIU head coach Dave Doeren. "That's as good as it gets for an offensive lineman."

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Some Huskies have home advantage in Kansas away game

By Brian Belford | September 8, 2011

They're not in Kansas anymore. When the Huskies play the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence on Saturday night, it will be a reunion of sorts for many NIU players and coaches. It will be interesting to see how head coach Dave Doeren reacts once he hits the field....

Football Recap from sports editor Jimmy Johnson

By Jimmy Johnson | September 5, 2011

DeKALB | The no-huddle scheme was implemented to create a quick and aggressive plan of attack for NIU's offense. In their season opener against Army on Saturday night, the Huskies executed their fast offensive philosophy crisply and precisely as they...

NIU football running back coach looks for number one for position

March 23, 2011

Eddie Faulkner knows what it's like to play in the shadow of another great athlete. During his four years in the Wisconsin backfield, the Huskie running backs coach had to share time with a robust Badger legend. "I backed up Ron Dayne for all four years...

NIU needs to cancel classes, pack Huskie Stadium next Tuesday

By Editorial Board | November 2, 2010

NIU is always looking for a way to strengthen the campus community. The Northern Star Editorial Board has the perfect date in mind to achieve that goal: Nov. 9. Next Tuesday evening, NIU football hosts MAC-rival Toledo, in what is one of the biggest games...

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...

Jasmin Hopkins gives NIU a change of pace from other running backs, Chad Spann and Cameron Bell.

Hopkins gives NIU a change of pace

By Jimmy Johnson | September 28, 2010

Jasmin Hopkins caught the eye of the NIU football program after shredding the junior college circuit. Hopkins' 3,181 yards in two seasons at Fort Scott Community College paid off and was one Huskies top recruits from their 2010 class. Here's a look into...

Chad Spann will lead the NIU running backs into the 2010 season. Spann rushed for 1,038 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2009.

Running backs power NIU football

By Chris Dertz | August 23, 2010

DeKALB | There are few universal truths in this world. Taking a shower every day is probably a good idea. There will always be that one girl at the party crying. Jerry Kill likes to run the football. It's that hard-nosed approach that led to NIU's rushing...