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University of Tulsa special teams unit pushes against NIU punt cover during Saturday games. Tulsa beat the Huskies 22-14. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Football begins MAC play against defending champs

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | September 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU football (1-3) has an opportunity for a fresh start Saturday against the University of Toledo Rockets (3-1, 1-0 MAC) in the Huskies’ first conference game of the 2023 season.  The Huskies lost their third consecutive game on Saturday...

Cornerback Jacob Finley (20) and safety CJ Brown (6) go in for a tackle on Southern Illinois University wide receiver Izaiah Hartrup (5) during the second quarter on Saturday. ( Nyla Owens | Northern Star )

Huskies seek retribution in road matchup

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 14, 2023

DeKALB – After suffering a 14-11 upset in Saturday’s home opener against Southern Illinois University, NIU football (1-1) is ready to hit the road, gearing up for a showdown against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (0-2). Despite amassing over...

Then-sophomore running back Antario Brown rushes down the left side of the field on a 35-yard touchdown run on Sept. 1, 2022 (Ivan Meza | Northern Star)

Healthier Huskies ready to battle Eagles

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | August 31, 2023

DeKALB – NIU football opens its 2023 season against the Boston College Eagles, the Huskies’ first ACC opponent since their 37-19 loss against Florida State University in 2018.  NEW LOOK EAGLES The Eagles are coming off a 3-9 record last year,...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi evades Tulsa graduate linebacker Grant Sawyer duing a pass attempt in the first half of September 1st 2022 matchup. Lombardi led the Huskie scoring with three touchdowns through the air.

Complementary football vital to Huskies’ 2023 turnaround

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | August 30, 2023

DeKALB – Coming off a disappointing 3-9 record in 2022, NIU football looks to bounce back this season from its last place finish in the Mid-American Conference West.  “A facet of the game I’m looking to improve upon is our ability to play complimentary...

Quarterback Ethan Hampton looks for an open receiver to pass to during a play in the second quarter of the Huskies matchup against the Rockets on Sept. 30, 2022 at Huskie Stadium. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

Defensive emphasis headlines spring football showcase

By Joseph Segreti and Zack Rodriguez | April 22, 2023

DeKALB – Fans got an early look at NIU football during their annual spring football showcase, held at Huskie Stadium, that featured a live scrimmage and various drills.  Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ethan Hampton will be backing up redshirt senior...

NIU redshirt sophomore defensive tackle James Ester and sophomore linebacker Daveren Rayner bring down Vanderbilt University freshman quarterback A.J. Swann for a sack in the third quarter of a game on Sept. 17 at Huskie Stadium. The Vanderbilt Commodores completed a comeback to beat NIU 38-28. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

Football kicks off spring practices

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU football team wrapped up its first week of spring drills with a full pad practice Sunday at the Chessick Practice Center.  NIU’s defensive line group, consisting of senior defensive lineman James Ester and junior defensive end...

Football adds Eubanks, White to round out coaching staff

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | March 11, 2023

DeKALB – NIU head coach Thomas Hammock completed his coaching staff with the additions of Darius Eubanks and Cory White to the NIU football coaching staff, Hammock announced Friday.  Eubanks joins the Huskies after coaching college football the...

NIU has added Wesley Beschorner (left) and Adam Breske to NIUs coaching staff.

NIU adds Beschorner, Breske to coaching staff

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 31, 2023

DeKALB – NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock announced Tuesday that NIU has added Wesley Beschorner and Adam Breske to its coaching staff. Beschorner will coach NIU’s running backs and serve as the passing game coordinator. Beske will coach...

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 Reporter | 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 Reporter | 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...