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Sophomore cornerback Shawun Lurry returns an interception in a game against Central Michigan on Oct. 3. Lurry was named to the 2015 Autonation Football Writers Association of America All-America First Team on Monday.

Shawun Lurry named to All-American first team by FWAA

By Northern Star staff | December 14, 2015

Sophomore Cornerback Shawun Lurry was named to the 2015 Autonation Football Writers Association of America All-America First Team on Monday.The First Team is a group of 26 individuals, of which Lurry is the only representative of NIU and the Mid-American...

Huskies to play Boise State in Poinsettia Bowl

By Northern Star staff | December 6, 2015

Football (8-5. 6-3 MAC) will face off against Boise State (8-4, 5-3 MWC) in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 after losing to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship on Friday.The Huskies have now made it to eight consecutive bowl games, a record for NIU and...

Orange Bowl bringing everyone together

By Matt Hopkinson | December 9, 2012

NIU has received a lot of unwarranted bashing from multiple sources for its Orange Bowl bid. The guru’s at ESPN believe it’s a joke, not a great story and that NIU doesn’t belong in the Orange Bowl. Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron...

MAC sends record number of teams to bowl games

By Northern Star Staff | December 4, 2012

While the MAC is not known as a conference that sends a lot of football teams to bowl games, this year seven teams earned a bid. The seven teams set a new MAC record for most teams to get bids to bowl games. The previous record had been five. NIU made...

Jefferson, Corral named NIU Scholar-Athletes

By Northern Star Staff | December 4, 2012

This week, senior defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson of football and sophomore guard Amanda Corral of women’s basketball were named the NIU Scholar-Athletes of the Week. Jefferson played a big role in helping the Huskies win their second consecutive MAC...

Huskies ignore critics, prepare for game day

By Brian Earle | December 4, 2012

While NIU has been ripped apart by sports analysts all over the TV and internet since it earned a bid to the Orange Bowl Sunday, it has not gotten involved in all the talk. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit leads the charge against the Huskies and called their...

FSU to be a tough opponent in the Orange Bowl

By Brian Earle | December 4, 2012

Since NIU got selected to play in the Orange Bowl against Florida State on New Year’s Day, the media has been interested in bashing the Huskies and the BCS system for allowing them to get in. No one has taken the time to focus on the game itself and...

Huskies look to keep Kent State from taking MAC title

By Matt Hopkinson | November 28, 2012

At this point in the season, the success of NIU football seems more storybook than reality. If it is indeed storybook, the next exciting chapter for the Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) will come Friday with a victory over Kent State (11-1, 8-0 MAC) in the MAC...

Key Matchups: MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | November 27, 2012

Dri Archer versus Sean Progar: Obviously the biggest and most important player for Kent State is Dri Archer, who has scored 21 total touchdowns on the season. Senior defensive end Sean Progar will need to be at his best by disrupting not only the quarterback...

NIU jumps to 21 in BCS Poll

By Brian Earle | November 25, 2012

After sitting just outside the BCS rankings the last couple of weeks, NIU football made the jump to No. 21 in a Sunday poll. This is the first time the Huskies (11-1) have entered the BCS rankings since 2003, when they were ranked as high as No. 10. The...

NIU tramples Eagles, stays perfect in MAC, breaks school record

By Matt Hopkinson | November 25, 2012

In what turned into a wintry affair in Ypsilanti, NIU football turned in a winning effort to set a regular season record for wins. The Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) produced a solid trouncing over the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-10, 1-7 MAC), led by Heisman...

Defense is what makes this year special for NIU

By Matt Hopkinson | November 25, 2012

While NIU’s offense put up a relatively high score, what was more impressive for the football team was the defensive effort turned in against Eastern Michigan. The 49 points in the game for NIU was the third-highest scored against the Eagles as well...