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Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Former ‘superback’ Ratkovich lands with Falcons

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | December 27, 2022
Eight months after tearing his ACL during a pre-draft workout, former NIU running back Clint Ratkovich has found his first NFL home: The Atlanta Falcons.
University of Akron redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel George fails to make a catch against NIU redshirt freshman safety Devin Lafayette early in the second quarter during the game on Saturday.

Akron clobbers NIU, upsets Huskies’ senior sendoff

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 27, 2022
NIU football wrapped up its tumultuous 2022 season with a blowout loss at home against the conference bottom-dweller Akron.
Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

Chi-Town Showdown to be held at SeatGeek Stadium

By James Krause | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — Director of Athletics Sean Fraizer announced the return of the Chi-Town Showdown, with the football team hosting Brigham Young University on Oct. 24 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.The announcement came Wednesday in a news release, with Fraizer...

Top 10 tweets from football head coach Thomas Hammock to make your day

By Mike Knapp | January 21, 2020

College coaches all over the country use Twitter as both a recruiting tool and a way to communicate with athletes and alumni.Some are better than others, and some even delegate their tweeting to staffers or assistants. Many of the Huskie football coaches...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....

Huskie offense prepares for its next play Nov. 27 during a home game against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies wrap 2019 season on strong note, beat WMU at home

By James Krause | November 27, 2019

DeKALB — The football team closed a season of highs and lows with a 17-14 win Tuesday over the Western Michigan University Broncos and sent off 18 seniors in their final Huskie career game.Head Coach Thomas Hammock said the seniors led a motivated group...

Huskies look to spoil Broncos’ MAC title hopes, seniors ready to gear up one last time

By James Krause | November 25, 2019

DeKALB — The football team may not have a conference championship or bowl game after Tuesday night, but it can end its year with a win over the Western Michigan University Broncos.The Huskies were eliminated from postseason contention Tueaday in a 45-17...

Tre Harbison, redshirt junior running back, wins the edge on a run Tuesday during NIUs home loss against Eastern Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Harbison crosses 1,000-yard mark on the season, 84-yards behind Hammock in all-time rushing list

By Mike Knapp | November 21, 2019

DeKALB — It’s been a mix of good days and bad days for the football team this season.An inconsistent 2019 saw another check mark go into the ‘bad days’ column Tuesday when the Huskies fell to Eastern Michigan University by a score of 45-17.The...

Huskies drop second home game of season, lose chance to retain MAC title

By James Krause | November 20, 2019

DeKALB — The football team saw its postseason hopes shatter Tuesday in a 45-17 blowout loss to Eastern Michigan University.With the loss, NIU is eliminated from Mid-American Conference title contention and will fall short of the 6-6 record necessary...

Hammock addresses must-win victory against Toledo, says team is prepared for cold weather against EMU

By James Krause | November 18, 2019

DeKALB — The football team will begin its first of two final home games Tuesday when it hosts the Eastern Michigan University Eagles at Huskie Stadium.Bowl eligibility hopes are still alive for NIU after a 31-28 victory Wednesday over the University...

Footballs Haney intends to transfer from NIU

Football’s Haney intends to transfer from NIU

By James Krause | November 15, 2019

DeKALB — Sophomore cornerback Devin Haney announced on his personal Twitter account Thursday he will transfer from NIU at the end of the season.Haney expressed gratitude through a notepad message he posted, including confirmation from the NCAA granting...

Huskies impress with rotations in offensive line, Bowers Childers ‘two-headed moster’

By Mike Knapp | November 14, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio — This season has certainly been a test of character for the Huskies.Between close losses and key injuries, it seems like NIU has been scratching and clawing for everything it has gotten all season long.In a must-win game Tuesday night...