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Redshirt freshman wide receiver Clayton Glasper wraps up a pass football Sunday during the Huskies preseason practice.

Football sports new faces at wide receiver

By Brian Earle | August 27, 2013

The success of a team depends highly on its ability to rebuild and reload after losing players to graduation and other scenarios.NIU football has been able to do this very well, especially at the wide receiver position.The Huskies go into this season...

Football ready for action; Carey says losses on defense won’t hurt

By Brian Earle | August 8, 2013

Football was back in the air in DeKalb on Wednesday, when the Huskies took the field in pads for the first time this summer.The Huskies are coming off an historic season in which they repeated as MAC Champions, defeating Kent State in the MAC Championship,...

NIU and FSU players prepare to battle out another play during the 2013 Orange Bowl game. The Huskies lost, 31-10.

Football: Who to look out for

By Brian Earle | June 25, 2013

Stepping into a championship team can be intimidating, but with players moving on, football will need to look at different personnel to step up. Last season, former wide receivers Martel Moore and Perez Ashford were big parts of the Huskies’ offense...

Moore aims for the history books

By Brian Earle | December 29, 2012

Senior wide receiver Martel Moore has put together one of the best statistical seasons in wide receiver history at NIU. This season, Moore caught 71 passes, which is the fifth-most in a singles season, for 1,054 yards, which is fourth-most in a single...

Wide receivers lead way with blocking

By Brian Earle | December 27, 2012

It is no secret NIU football has thrived in the running game this season. While the offensive line and tight ends receive most of the credit for blocking in the run game, the wide receivers deserve recognition as well. The wide receiving core pride themselves...

Perez Ashford (7) takes a Wisconsin kickoff down the sidelines.

Ashford fought through injury to make comeback against Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 19, 2012

The Northern Star recently caught up with senior wide receiver Perez Ashford, who returned to action in a big way in the Toledo game. Ashford has been battling injuries the last couple of weeks but caught five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the...

Huskies used third quarter to power past Rockets

By Brian Earle | November 19, 2012

Going into halftime against Toledo with the score 14-7, NIU football trailed at the intermission for the first time this season. This didn’t phase the Huskies. In the third quarter, they went on to give one of their best offensive performances of the...

Quarterback Jordan Lynch runs through Toledos defensive. Lynch had 162 yards rushing in the game. leading the Huskies to a 31-24 win over the Rockets.

Three-peat: Lynch works magic, leads NIU to spot in MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | November 15, 2012

NIU football punched its ticket to its third straight MAC championship game appearance with a Wednesday night win over Toledo. The Huskies (10-1 7-0 MAC) defeated Toledo (9-2, 5-2 MAC) 31-24 behind a high offensive output from junior quarterback Jordan...

Huskies ability to adjust leads them to victory over Western Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | October 28, 2012

There are a plethora of reasons that NIU football was able to win its eighth straight game of the season with its victory over Western Michigan Saturday. One reason that could be cited is the play from junior quarterback Jordan Lynch. Another reason could...

Huskie football key positions

By Matt Hopkinson | September 12, 2012

Quarterback: At quarterback the focal point will be Jordan Lynch once again. What will be interesting to watch for is the situation Lynch will be placed in. In the last game against Tennessee-Martin, Lynch rushed far fewer times than against Iowa, and...

Breaking down the Black Knights’ defense

By Matt Hopkinson | September 12, 2012

Defensive Line Army has no standout stud players on the defensive line, so it will be interesting to see what happens with NIU’s offensive play calling. If there is not a lot of pressure put on Jordan Lynch, the Huskies could opt to go for more passing...

Football shows balanced attack

Football shows balanced attack

By Matt Hopkinson | September 11, 2012

Last week, I opined that NIU’s offensive playcalling and playmaking abilities were one-dimensional. This week, it seemed anything but. In the match-up with Iowa, NIU did all they could to nearly pull off a victory, despite only having 55 yards passing....