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NIU football: Trio of Huskies honored by National Football Foundation

By Northern Star staff | April 30, 2015

Seniors Luke Eakes, Jason Meehan and Rob Sterling gained membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for 2015, the National Football Foundation announced Wednesday.The NFF recognizes college football seniors across all divisions...

NIU football: Former Huskies set for Pro Day

By Northern Star staff | March 5, 2015

Nine former football players will participate in NIU’s 2015 Pro Day on Friday.Eight 2014 seniors and one 2012 senior will be on hand to work out for NFL scouts 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chessick Practice Center. This event is not open to the general...

NIU Huskies conquer Bowling Green Falcons in MAC Championship, 51-17

By Frank Gogola | December 8, 2014

Football put its best foot forward on the big stage Friday in the MAC Championship game after months of close victories.The Huskies (11-2) blew out the Bowling Green Falcons (7-6), 51-17, in the MAC title contest at Ford Field in Detroit. This is the...

DaRon Brown (4), redshirt senior wide receiver, jumps to catch a pass during the Dec. 5 MAC Championship game against Bowling Green at Ford Field in Detroit. NIU won, 51-17.

MAC Championship Rapid Reaction: NIU football 51, Bowling Green Falcons 17

By Frank Gogola | December 5, 2014

What happened: In a role reversal of the 2013 MAC Championship game, the Huskies (11-2) blew out the Bowling Green Falcons (7-6), 51-17, to capture the 2014 MAC title Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.How it happened: Redshirt senior safety Dechane Durante...

Ford Field in Detroit before the start of the NIU-Bowling Green MAC Championship 2014 game.

MAC Championship at the half: NIU up 20-10 over Bowling Green

By Frank Gogola | December 5, 2014

The Huskies turned a pair of first-quarter interceptions into 10 points.They converted redshirt senior safety Dechane Durante’s interception on the game’s opening drive into a 5-yard touchdown run by redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare. An interception...

Eakes doing dirty work for football

By Frank Gogola | November 3, 2014

If Luke Eakes, redshirt senior tight end, never caught a pass or scored a touchdown he’d be perfectly fine with that.Eakes isn’t worried about pretty stats; his focus is on doing what the team needs done in order to be successful. One of the Huskies’...

5 minutes with… Craig Harmon

By Frank Gogola | September 22, 2014

Craig Harmon, tight ends and fullbacks coach, is back with the Huskies after nearly a decade away from the programAs a walk-on at NIU in 1998, Harmon was tabbed as the Huskies’ starting quarterback as a true freshman in the fourth game of the season...

Five Huskies named to watch lists

By Frank Gogola | July 20, 2014

Five football upperclassmen made preseason watch lists over the past two weeks.A total of 15 watch lists are revealed during 10 days in July. The watch lists are whittled down throughout the season, and the winner of each award is announced in early December.Tommylee...

Redshirt junior Cameron Stingily makes a leaping play Saturday against Idaho.

Football answers to ‘adversity’ in game

By Frank Gogola | September 15, 2013

Going into Moscow, Idaho, as heavy favorites, NIU football (2-0) used a second-half rally to escape with a victory over the Idaho Vandals (0-3).After falling behind 28-14 with 9:35 to play in the second half, the Huskies outscored the Vandals 31-7 to...

Junior wide out TommyLee Lewis about to be tackled by a Hawkeye defender late August at Kinnick Stadium. NIU will face the Vandals in their second match of the season on Saturday.

Snatching Victory: Football defeats Big Ten’s Iowa in final seconds of Saturday game

By Brian Earle | September 3, 2013

Revenge may not have been on NIU football’s mind, but that’s exactly what the team got Saturday in Iowa City.In a rematch with the Hawkeyes (0-1), the Huskies (1-0) rolled into hostile Kinnick Stadium and rallied for a 30-27 victory in their season...

Romo, Eakes named NIU Scholar-Athletes of the week

By Northern Star Staff | November 27, 2012

This weeks recipients of the NIU Scholar-Athletes of the week are sophomore tight end Luke Eakes of football and senior outside hitter Meghan Romo of volleyball. Eakes played a big role on Friday in the Huskies 49-7 route of Eastern Michigan, despite...

Huskies go big on fourth down

By Brian Thomas | October 14, 2012

NIU football’s aggressive style of play paid off in a big way in its 45-3 victory over Buffalo Saturday. On five occasions when the Huskies were not able to convert on third down, they decided to forgo a field goal or punt and go for it on fourth down....