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Football ready for diverse, up-tempo Bowling Green offense

By Frank Gogola | December 3, 2014

The Bowling Green Falcons’ offense has a different look and feel from last year’s team, which upset football in the MAC title game. But, they’re still capable of giving NIU’s defense fits.The Huskies (10-2, 7-1) duel with the Falcons (7-5, 5-3...

Eye on the Falcons

By Content compiled by Frank Gogola | December 2, 2014

Offensive coordinator Bob Cole breaks down how the Huskies’ offense matches up against the Bowling Green Falcons’ defense.NIU receivers vs. BG secondary“That’s going to be a good matchup in the game. There’ll be times where they might have the...

Football better prepared for Babers 2nd time around

By Frank Gogola | December 2, 2014

Football’s struggles against last season’s Dino Babers-coached Eastern Illinois Panthers should help this year’s squad be better prepared for the fast-paced offense it’ll face against the Bowling Green Falcons in the Marathon MAC Championship...

Football’s Marlon Moore suspended for first half of Saturday game

By Northern Star Staff | October 14, 2014

Junior strong safety Marlon Moore will be suspended from the first half of Saturday’s football game for violation of the MAC’s sportsmanship conduct policy, according to a MAC news release.Moore is one of three MAC players to be suspended for the...

Quarterback Matt McIntosh (9) plays during Thursday’s game against Presbyterian, which NIU won 55-3. Head coach Rod Carey named McIntosh the Huskies’ starting quarterback Tuesday after months of McIntosh vying for the spot with Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie.

Football’s McIntosh moved to safety

By Frank Gogola | October 14, 2014

Drew Hare’s stranglehold on the starting quarterback position just got quite a bit tighter.Redshirt junior Matt McIntosh, who had started the Huskies’ first two games at quarterback before suffering a lower body injury, has been converted to safety,...

Durante, Moore make formidable duo

By Frank Gogola | September 30, 2014

Attempting to replace a playmaker like strong safety Jimmie Ward is a tall task, but the Huskies have redshirt senior free safety Dechane Durante and junior strong safety Marlon Moore to help fill the void.The Huskies lost Ward, who was selected 30th...

Football Fall Camp Notebook: ‘Frustrating’ QB battle rages on, Stingily’s ‘weird’ injury and more

By Frank Gogola | August 11, 2014

With football’s fall camp in full swing, things are beginning to heat up on the practice field.While no quarterback has emerged in the race to replace Jordan Lynch, a number of players, including Tyler Loos, Rasheen Lemon and Jamaal Bass, are making...

No. 1 Story of the Year: Football goes 0-2 to end season

No. 1 Story of the Year: Football goes 0-2 to end season

By Frank Gogola | May 4, 2014

Football’s 2013 season went from a potentially historic one to one that ended in devastating fashion.After plowing through their first 12 games unscathed, the Huskies blew their chance to become the fourth non-AQ school to play in multiple BCS bowl...

No. 2 Athlete of the Year: Jimmie Ward

By Frank Gogola | April 30, 2014

Senior safety Jimmie Ward is Sports’ No. 2 Athlete of 2013-2014, having put together one of the best seasons among all defensive backs in the country.Ward finished as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s...

Former defensive tackle Ken Bishop tackles Akron Zips running back Jawon Chisholm Oct. 12 at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies lost their starting front four, and they have eight returning defensive linemen who saw playing time last season and six returning defensive linemen who didn’t play last season to fill the hole.

Defensive line undergoes revamp

By Frank Gogola | April 14, 2014

Football wants to build a defensive line so good it’s “bad.”The Huskies lost their entire starting front four — Ken Bishop, George Rainey, Joe Windsor and Anthony Wells. They also lost Stephen O’Neal, who played in 12 games and started one,...

Third quarter turns tide for NIU football

By Frank Gogola | October 23, 2013

Football (7-0, 3-0 MAC) has been known to get off to slow starts this season, but it has owned the remaining three quarters, especially the third.The Huskies trailed in the first half in six of their seven games this season, including a season-high 20-point...

Cast or no cast, Ward still shines

By Brian Earle | September 24, 2013

It would take more than a broken index finger to sideline senior safety Jimmie Ward for the first three football games this season.In order to play, NIU’s leading tackler from 2012 had to put his left hand in a hard cast. While the cast might have caused...