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Huskies in the NFL: week 13 performance recap

By Kyle Mathas | December 5, 2019

DeKALB – Week 13 of the NFL season featured multiple former Huskie football players who represented NIU in big ways.Guard Max Scharping once again played every offensive snap when on Sunday night the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Juan Thornhill (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Update: Former Huskies performing in NFL, XFL potential destination for others

By James Krause | October 10, 2019

DeKALB — Four former NIU football players remain in the NFL, including one who is part of the only remaining undefeated team in the NFC.Defensive back Jimmie Ward of the San Francisco 49ers made his season debut Monday night against the Cleveland Browns,...

Safety Jimmie Ward was drafted No. 30 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft May 8, 2014, according to a May 9, 2014 Northern Star article.

Other NFL players from NIU

By Brooklynn Schmidgall | May 1, 2017

Tim Semisch was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, according to a May 16, 2016 Northern Star article.

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...

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

Huskies’ play leads to missed opportunities

By Brian Earle | January 2, 2013

While looking at the final score of the Orange Bowl between NIU and Florida State, one would assume the Seminoles proved the Huskies didn’t belong on one of the biggest stages in college football. However, the Huskies may have had more to do with that...

Huskies down 14-3 at halftime

Huskies down 14-3 at halftime

By Matt Hopkinson | January 1, 2013

The Florida State Seminoles won the opening coin toss in the Orange Bowl and chose to defer possession. The NIU Huskies went three and out on their opening possession, but got the ball back on a Nick O’Leary fumble, forced by Rashaan Melvin and recovered...

Secondary will play large role in bowl game

By Matt Hopkinson | December 30, 2012

NIU football has not faced a ranked team this season. It has not faced a team that has the playmaking ability on either side of the ball like Florida State has. Defensively, this puts a lot of pressure on all the players, but especially the secondary....

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...

Huskies secondary will be important in next game

By Brian Thomas | September 5, 2012

Although the Huskies’s defensive line was the headliner last week, the Huskies secondary will be the key in the game against Tennessee-Martin. The defensive line recorded six sacks against Iowa, which leads the NCAA in sacks, but the secondary played...

NIU football breakdown: Defensive backs

By Tony Osborne | August 30, 2011

The defensive secondary for the NIU football team is expected to exhibit qualities of youth, with a hint of experience and high expectations. After the departure of starting cornerbacks Chris Smith, Kiaree Daniels and saftey Tracy Wilson, there's a sense...