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Northern Illinois University new head football coach Rod Carey answers questions at a press conference in the Yordon Center on Dec. 2.

Defensive line holes not a problem for football

By Brian Earle | August 28, 2013

While it may appear there are too many holes to fill on football’s defensive line, all is well for the Huskies on the home front.Last season, the defensive line was one of the nation’s best. The Huskies as a team were 17th in the nation in sacks by...

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,...

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...

Young Huskies gain valuable experience

By Matt Hopkinson | December 30, 2012

While getting a BCS berth has certainly panned out to be one of the best ways to send out the winningest senior class in NIU history, it helps the returning players as well. “It sets a tone for them, it really does,” said coach Rod Carey. “It shows...

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....

NIU junior quarterback Jordan Lynch stands with his high school football coach and supporter, Frank Lenti. Lenti is the head football coach at Mount Carmel High School.

Huskies plan for Manuel

By Brian Earle | December 30, 2012

For some teams, game planning for a dual-threat, mobile quarterback can be a challenge. However, this will not be the case for NIU’s defense. The Huskies’ defense will feel comfortable going up against Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, as they...

Florida State offense vs NIU defense will be key

By Matt Hopkinson | December 28, 2012

While the Orange Bowl match-up has been billed as David versus Goliath, as well as an explosive offensive versus a suffocating defense, there is more than meets the eye. The offense of NIU is not the only aspect that has allowed it to become the first...

NIU senior linebacker Tyrone Clark responds to media questions during an NIU defensive player news conference in late December.

Clark comes back with a vengeance

By Brian Earle | December 28, 2012

After sitting out the 2011 season due to personal issues, senior linebacker Tyrone Clark was back on the field for NIU football, playing as well as he did when he was a sophomore. In his return to the field, Clark recorded 82 total tackles, 48 solo tackles...

Baxter breaks out

Baxter breaks out

By Matt Hopkinson | December 27, 2012

With 15 of his 16 career sacks coming in the last two seasons, senior defensive end Alan Baxter has come on strong the last two years of his career. Baxter’s efforts during the regular season schedule were good enough to lead the team in sacks and tackles...

Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch speaks to fans at the half time rally during the Huskies basketball game. Lynch asked fans to come out and support the Huskies in their Orange Bowl game.

NIU gets in the Orange Bowl spirit with Convo pep rally

By Joe Palmer | December 5, 2012

“We’re taking our talents to South Beach!” That’s how senior defensive end Sean Progar ended his speech at the NIU Discover Orange Bowl pep rally in the Convocation Center on Wednesday. The rally, which took place at halftime during the NIU men’s...

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...

Progar looks forward to BCS, reflects on Huskie career

By Matt Hopkinson | December 4, 2012

Despite the last couple hectic days for NIU football, the Northern Star found time to sit down with one of the anchors of NIU’s defense: senior defensive end Sean Progar. Progar has been a big factor in the Huskies’ 12-1, MAC Championship-winning...