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Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, returns a kick Oct. 5 against Ball State University during an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium.

After early season plagued with injuries, penalties, Huskies look to get back on track

By James Krause | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock was able to take more from his grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, than just his middle name.After Hammock’s mother had the future Huskie at an early age, Hammock’s grandfather took on a large role...

Huskie defense leads them towards MAC title game

By James Krause | November 25, 2018

Football Head Coach Rod Carey said he doesn’t always trust the numbers, but at the Huskies’ Chicago Media Day July 18, he said defense in 2017 changed his attitude.“I think sometimes the numbers lie, and you can manipulate them,” Carey said. “In...

Huskies end conference play with two straight losses

By James Krause | November 25, 2018

Turnovers and mistakes from the offense led to the football team’s second straight loss Tuesday, dropping their road game 28-21 against the Western Michigan Broncos.Sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers committed three turnovers, including a late interception,...

Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers (15) makes a pass against BYU during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Evan Cobb/The Daily Herald via AP)

Stingy defense nets Huskies first non-conference win

By James Krause | October 28, 2018

The NIU football team won their first non-conference game of the season with a 7-6 victory in a old school slugfest against the BYU Cougars.Among the towering mountains of Provo, Utah, the NIU defense stood tall over the Cougars running game, allowing...

Huskies start season against Iowa Hawkeyes

By James Krause | August 28, 2018

The days are winding down to the start of NIU’s football season as hit the road to play the Iowa Hawkeyes.Head Coach Rod Carey said his defense will face a challenge in the traditionally disciplined Iowa offense.“When you’re playing Iowa, you’re...

Football players react to anthem protests

By Tom Burton | September 28, 2017

Players in the NFL are taking their disagreements to the field as some players have not been supporting the national anthem before games, whether it’s choosing not to stand or avoiding being present all together for the honoring of our country.The controversy...