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NIU’s offense not one-dimensional

By Matt Hopkinson | September 9, 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....

Jordan Lynch runs with the ol pigskin at a spring practice for the NIU football team in Huskie Stadium Monday afternoon.

No more waiting for Lynch

By Jimmy Johnson | April 16, 2012

With wide receivers Perez Ashford, Martel Moore and left guard Logan Pegram returning, NIU football’s offense will feature plenty of new faces next season. However, there’s a face that should jog memories of a player who received modest playing time,...

NIUs wide-receiver Nathan Palmer 81 soars through the air
after catching a pass as Ball State linebacker Tony Martin 47
attempted to make a pick during the first half of the match up at
Huskie Stadium on Tuesday night. The Huskies would go on to defeat
Ball State 41-38 making it their sixth straight win.

Huskies kept the faith versus Cardinals

By Brian Belford | November 16, 2011

Exhausted and elated, Scott Wedige took hold of the rivalry trophy in both hands, lifted it above his head, and shouted triumphantly towards the night sky.Finally, it was over. After NIU scraped, clawed and chewed its way to a thrilling 41-38 victory...

Nathan Palmer(81) celebrates after one of his three touchdown receptions with teammates Scott Wedige (71) and Trevor Olson (62) in the game against Toldeo on Nov. 1.

Huskies take MAC West lead

By Tony Osborne | November 2, 2011

If you did not tune into the NIU-Toledo football game last night, you missed out what might have been the MAC game of the year. "I've been involved in a lot of good games, but that was as good as it gets," said NIU head coach Dave Doeren in a press release....

Landon Cox leads a young receiving group for the Huskies to look toward this year.

NIU offensive breakdown

By Chris Dertz | August 29, 2010


Phil Horvath is gone and so are the quarterback controversies of last year, as this is clearly Dan Nicholson's team.

The junior from Brother Rice high school has two years experience under his belt, including a 2005 season in which he took over for an injured Horvath and led the team to three straight victories.

Last year, Nicholson played in seven games and threw for 658 yards and five touchdowns but with six interceptions.

Grade: B-

He has experience but this is the year he needs to show what he's made of.


The running back position has always been a point of pride at NIU.Every few years, one star leaves and another emerges.

This year, Coach Novak will take a running back-by-committee approach to start off the season to see who can replace Garrett Wolfe.

Junior Montell Clanton has been named the starter for the opener against Iowa but

Justin Anderson will see significant time and true freshman Chad Spann figures to see some action.

Clanton is coming off an season-ending injury last year and will have to prove he can stay healthy. Anderson has the strength and speed but like the rest of the backs, but is unproven, having only 25 carries last season. Spann turned heads in camp but is probably a year or two away.

Grade: C-

The potential is there, it just needs to be displayed. Under Wolfe, the Huskies lost four fumbles, the second lowest total in D 1-A. This group also needs to prove they can hang onto the ball.


Doug Free is gone and the offensive line is a huge concern heading into this season.

However, three starters from last year return in center Eddie Adamski, right guard Jason Onyebuagu, and the lone senior of the unit, left tackle Chris Acevedo. Junior Jon Brost is expected to start at right tackle and has the most career starts of the group.

Tim Mayerbock is expected to get the start at left guard. The redshirt sophomore played in the last 10 games of 2006 but is the most inexperienced of the group.

Grade: C-

Very talented group but young. The lack of experience may contribute to them getting worn out too soon, setting up for quite an interesting fourth quarter.


This looks to be a strong point for NIU this season. Junior's Britt Davis and Marcus Perez both started and were the leading receivers from a year ago.

Everyone is still waiting for Davis to break-out and reach his full potential. Junior Matt Simon played in all 13 games last year and was the third-leading receiver.

Junior Greg Turner has impressed former Huskie and current wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck as more of a possession-type of receiver. Also, Freshman Landon Cox will also look to make an immediate impact.

Grade: B-

Talented and fast. Younger guys need to step up and help out Davis, Perez and Simon to solidify the corps.