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Face-off: The outlook of NIU baseball and softball

By Brian Belford and Tony Osborne | February 7, 2012

Brian Belford: It's cold outside Tony, and with football completely over, the only sports that may be on people's minds are basketball and hockey. However, NIU baseball and softball are getting into gear. In fact, they've already been practicing outside....

Improvements to Huskie defense evident during MAC Championship

By Tony Osborne | December 4, 2011

If there has been one facet of NIU football's game that has drastically improved over the span of the season, it has been the defense. This was never more evident than in the Marathon MAC Championship Game in Detroit Friday evening. "Our defense played...

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See you in Detroit

By Tony Osborne | November 25, 2011

A powerful defensive performance led the way for NIU football over Eastern Michigan. The Huskies (9-3, 7-1 MAC) defeated the Eagles (6-6, 4-4 MAC) 18-12. "It was a good, hard-nosed, hard fought football game," said Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English....

NIU needs one more victory to get into MAC Championship

By Tony Osborne | November 21, 2011

It could be deja vu all over again for NIU football, but this time, the team will hope for a different outcome. "[The progress we've made is] great thing for the program," said NIU wide receiver Nathan Palmer. "[It's] showing the program is improving...

Breakdown: Ball State’s offense

By Tony Osborne | November 14, 2011

Quarterbacks Keith Wenning will start under center for Ball State Tuesday against NIU. Wenning comes into Huskie Stadium this season with 2,233 yards through the air and 15 touchdowns. "[Wenning has a] strong arm, gets the ball out quick, can throw the...

Breakdown: Bowling Green State’s defense

By Tony Osborne | November 7, 2011

Defensive Line Bowling Green State comes into Tuesday's game against NIU after losing to Kent State, in which its defensive line allowed 140 yards on the ground.Against NIU, Kent State mustered a measly seven rushing yards. This could propel the Huskies'...

Nathan Palmer(81) celebrates after one of his three touchdown receptions with teammates Scott Wedige (71) and Trevor Olson (62) in the game against Toldeo on Nov. 1.

Huskies take MAC West lead

By Tony Osborne | November 1, 2011

If you did not tune into the NIU-Toledo football game last night, you missed out what might have been the MAC game of the year. "I've been involved in a lot of good games, but that was as good as it gets," said NIU head coach Dave Doeren in a press release....

Key players for Tuesday NIU football game

By Tony Osborne | October 30, 2011

Toledo will look to ballhawk Chandler Harnish on Tuesday with its talented senior cornerback, Desmond Marrow.The 6'3'', 210-pound senior has been tough for opposing offenses to handle so far this season.Marrow was named MAC Defensive Player of the week...

Hungry to be a Huskie

By Tony Osborne | October 26, 2011

Growing up just down the road in Geneva, Pat Schiller's desire to be a part of the NIU football program started at an early age. "He really wanted to be a Huskie," said NIU linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz. "Pat really embodies our program." Schiller's...

Baseball concludes fall practices

By Tony Osborne | October 24, 2011

NIU men's baseball finished its fall practices with a five-game series Friday with its annual red vs. black inter-squad scrimmage."It's great to see the new guys against Division I players," said Ed Mathey, NIU head baseball coach. "We've got a couple...

Huskies must continue winning on road

By Tony Osborne | October 23, 2011

NIU recorded its first road win of the season against Buffalo at UB Stadium Saturday.This first road win came off of a missed extra point by Buffalo kicker Peter Fardon with 14 seconds left on the clock.The 29-year-old kicker pulled the extra point wide...

Buffalo key player: Khalil Mack

By Tony Osborne | October 19, 2011

The Buffalo defense will look to rebound after a crushing 34-0 defeat from Temple last weekend.For NIU, they offensive line will have to focus on Bulls' sophomore linebacker Khalil Mack."I think that their linebacker slash defensive end [Mack] is one...