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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...

Jordan Lynch

Jordan Lynch

By Joshua Lazenby | March 16, 2014

Football focuses on defense with recruiting class

By Brian Earle | February 6, 2014

In football’s recruiting class, defense was the name of the game for the Huskies and head coach Rod Carey.NIU’s defense took a big hit losing safety Jimmie Ward along with three other defensive backs. The Huskies also lost defensive tackle Ken Bishop...

Huskies end season with loss at Poinsettia Bowl

By Frank Gogola | December 27, 2013

No. 23 football (12-2, 8-1 MAC) suffered its second loss of the season – and second loss in a row – as it fell, 21-14, to the Utah State Aggies (9-5, 7-2 MW) in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium...

Lynch takes third in Heisman voting

Lynch takes third in Heisman voting

By Steve Shonder | December 14, 2013

Jordan Lynch finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting Dec. 14 with 558 votes, including 40 first place votes. Lynch was the first NIU player to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy.Lynch is tied for the highest finish by a non-BCS player since 2007....

Quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) outflanks the Toledo defense and runs the ball downfield during Wednesday nights game. NIU won, 35-17.

Lynch determined to take victory away from Heisman in New York

By Steve Shonder | December 10, 2013

Quarterback Jordan Lynch’s nomination for the Heisman puts a cap on one of the best seasons  any college football player has had.He’s the MAC’s first Heisman finalist since Chad Pennington of Marshall University in 1999 and just the third overall....

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...

Don’t let the football hype die next season

By Jacob Onak | December 9, 2013

It’s been a great couple seasons to be a football fan at NIU.The MAC Championships, MAC West titles and even a BCS berth have seen the Huskie community come together, but it could all change.Come next season, the Jordan Lynch talk will have ended, the...

Season Standouts

By Brian Earle | December 9, 2013

It has been a season to remember for good and bad reasons. NIU had a perfect regular season record, but lost in the MAC Championship to Bowling Green, falling short of the team's goal. Sports writer Brian Earle breaks down the Huskies' key players this...

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...

Lynch headed to New York as Heisman finalist

By Jacob Onak | December 9, 2013

Jordan Lynch is officially headed to New York for the Heisman ceremony.The redshirt senior quarterback joins Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, Tre Mason and Andre Williams as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Award, which is given to the most...

NIU vs. BGSU, MAC Championship 2013

BCS hopes dashed in MAC Champion loss

By Frank Gogola | December 6, 2013

After perfection through its first 12 games, football stood 60 minutes away from a second straight BCS bowl, but Bowling Green shattered NIU’s dream of crashing the party Friday at the MAC Championship.The Huskies (12-1, 8-1 MAC) fell 47-27 to the Bowling...