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Quarterback Matt McIntosh (9) plays during Thursday’s game against Presbyterian, which NIU won 55-3. Head coach Rod Carey named McIntosh the Huskies’ starting quarterback Tuesday after months of McIntosh vying for the spot with Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie.

McIntosh named starting quarterback after months of wait

By Frank Gogola | September 3, 2014

Redshirt junior quarterback Matt McIntosh was less concerned with calling people to share the news of him being named NIU’s starting quarterback Tuesday and more concerned with perfecting his play calling on the field.McIntosh learned from head coach...

Quarterback Jordan Lynch scans and prepares to launch the ball downfield during Saturdays game against Central Michigan.

Race to Replace Lynch

By Frank Gogola | April 8, 2014

Football is searching for former quarterback Jordan Lynch’s successor, but it’s a search that likely won’t come to a close until the temperatures soar into the triple digits.Among the candidates to replace Lynch are redshirt junior Matt McIntosh...

Lynch is top dog of Huskie football

By Matt Hopkinson | October 7, 2012

The quarterback has become the single most important position in football. The NFL is predicated on the ability to pass the ball, and fantasy players clamor for the big name gun-slingers. NIU has found itself in prime position to repeat its success from...

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

By Jimmy Johnson | April 29, 2012

It was an unusual homecoming in Bluffton, Ind. for Chandler Harnish this weekend. The former NIU quarterback didn’t head home for a family party, or to see an old friend. It was the NFL Draft, and Harnish wanted to spend this important moment in his...

Quarterback Stephen O’Neal now chasing down his old position

By Jimmy Johnson | November 2, 2010

Stephen O’Neal has gone from making plays with his arm to chasing down the position he once played in high school. After playing quarterback at Rich East High School, O’Neal arrived at NIU and was brought on to develop into a pass rusher. After redshirting...

Huskie Sports Briefs

By Andrew Singer | October 12, 2010


NIU volleyball’s Lauren Wicinski’s Monday tradition continued this week as the MAC announced the outside hitter as the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. The freshman racked up 59 total points in two road wins over the weekend for the Huskies. Wicinski leads the MAC in aces, points and kills.

Football: For the second straight week, NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish garnered MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors. The redshirt junior piled up 282 total yards and two passing touchdowns against Temple. With the player of the week selection, Harnish becomes the first quarterback in NIU history to be honored in consecutive weeks.   

The NIU women’s golf record books took a hit at the 26th annual Huskie Classic. With the conclusion of Sunday’s first round, NIU set a new school record for lowest overall score in a single round with 296. NIU would wind up finishing second overall in the Huskie Classic, finishing behind Brown University.

Chandler Harnish has faced many injuries and health problems in his college career.

The roller coaster ride of Harnish’s health

By Chris Dertz | October 12, 2010

DeKALB | A roller coaster's path is an interesting thing. It can contain any number of unexpected turns and flips, mountains and valleys, and once it's begun, there's no straying from its path until you reach the end. The last eight months of Chandler...

5 minutes with Quarterback Chandler Harnish

By Northern Star Staff | September 24, 2010

When NIU travels to Minnesota this Saturday, it marks a return to the place where Huskie quarterback Chandler Harnish made his impressive debut. Harnish took some time to talk to the Northern Star about making the trip back up to Minneapolis, how the...

NIU’s quarterback situation

By Jerry Burnes | September 12, 2010

DeKALB | When the starting quarterback was announced Saturday night at Huskie Stadium, the NIU fans gave their seal of approval and Chandler Harnish did his best to warrant the ovation. In his first game of the 2010 season, Harnish was the offensive spark...

NIU’s Grady worries less about technique; more about timing

By Jerry Burnes | August 25, 2010

DeKALB | Fundamentally, the laces of a football are the quarterback's road map around the brown, leather pigskin. It is the simplest way to find grip and increase accuracy in the passing game. At least that's how things used to be. In an era of college...