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Lynch faces stiffest odds to make an NFL roster

By Steve Shonder | July 20, 2014

With NFL training camps ready to get underway, four NIU alumni are hoping to make it through to the final 53-man roster in the NFL.Jordan Lynch, Jimmie Ward, Ken Bishop and Joe Windsor head into some tough position battles this week.Lynch faces the toughest...

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,...

Head coach Rod Carey talks about the Huskies beginning spring practice Tuesday at the Yordon Center. Carey said he is nowhere near ready to name a starting quarterback.

Football preps for fall

By Frank Gogola | March 18, 2014

Football’s preparing for life without quarterback Jordan Lynch, safety Jimmie Ward and a number of other seniors who graduated.Head coach Rod Carey, athletic director Sean Frazier, redshirt senior running back Cameron Stingily, redshirt junior offensive...

Huskies dogfight for victory over Ball State

By Brian Earle | November 14, 2013

In a game that may have decided the MAC West Champion, football bested Ball State, 48-27, in a dogfight until the end Wednesday night at Huskie Stadium.With the win, the Huskies took sole possession of first place in the MAC West and increased their winning...

Northern Illinois University new head football coach Rod Carey answers questions at a press conference in the Yordon Center on Dec. 2.

Defensive line holes not a problem for football

By Brian Earle | August 28, 2013

While it may appear there are too many holes to fill on football’s defensive line, all is well for the Huskies on the home front.Last season, the defensive line was one of the nation’s best. The Huskies as a team were 17th in the nation in sacks by...

Lynch is not the only key to success for football

By Matt Hopkinson | October 24, 2012

If you listen to any opposing coaches midweek press conference before they are slated to face NIU, you will hear junior quarterback Jordan Lynch’s name. While this is not without good reason, as Lynch is putting up numbers at an astonishing pace, other...

Run defense a big part of Huskies victory

By Brian Thomas | October 21, 2012

While the offense gets the credit for NIU football’s success game after game, the team’s defense had just as much to do with its 37-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. One phase of the Huskies’ defense really stood out against the Zips: their run...

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...

Huskies shine in fourth quarter

By Brian Thomas | October 2, 2012

Over the course of NIU football’s last three games, the fourth quarter has been its time to shine. As the games go on, the Huskies seem to be more physical on both sides of the football compared to their opponents, as they outlast them and pour it on...

Defense comes up big

By Matt Hopkinson | September 30, 2012

While the offensive statistics and display put forth by NIU against Central Michigan may seem more appealing, what the defense was able to do trumps that. It was able to do something twice in this game that it only managed to do once in the other four...

Nielsen plans to patch up D-Line

By Jimmy Johnson | April 14, 2011

There's no favoritism from NIU football defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. Regardless of who makes a play on the defense, regardless of the position of the player, he can't seem to hold back his emotion and rejoice for their success. "We'll get picks...