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Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-4, 213-pounder surpassed 1,100 yards receiving in each of the past two years. In 12 games this past season, he logged 87 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. CBS pegs his value in the Rds. 4-5 range.
Jan 12 - 1:29 PM

Northern Illinois AD Sean Frazier indicated that he would support the Group of 5 having their own Playoff.

"It's time to have a realistic conversation about creating a playoff for the Group of 5," Frazier floated to ESPN. "Why not?" With the way that the Playoff (big boy edition) is currently determined, it would take perfect breaks along the way for a Group of 5 team to get in -- to whit, during the three-year existence of the Playoff, no team has ranked higher than Memphis in 2015. And the Tigers only slotted in at No. 13. Frazier didn't mince his words, saying, "There is absolutely no ability for us to be in that national title conversation. That's just reality. Anyone that says we can: That's a flat-out lie." ESPN cites a number of opposing voices, too, among them AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, who said, "The answer is an emphatic no." Another, unnamed Group of 5 athletic director echoed that sentiment well enough. "Absolutely would not want a separate playoff," he said, "and I can't put enough exclamation points behind that."
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior WR Kenny Golladay caught four balls for 91 yards in Friday's win over Kent State.

Golladay closes out his final collegiate campaign with tremendous numbers, 87 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. While the Huskies are playing tremendous ball, they won't be carrying the momentum into the postseason. The train stops here for Northern Illinois (5-7, 5-3), which failed to win the MAC West for the first time in six seasons. A 1-6 start sunk the Huskies, but the 4-1 finish provides momentum for 2017.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior RB Jordan Huff almost single-handedly beat Eastern Michigan in Wednesday's 31-24 overtime win, rushing for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

With the Huskies' passing game floundering about -- quarterbacks Ryan Graham and Daniel Santacaterina combined to complete 11-of-25 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception -- it was up to Huff to pull NIU from the fire. Success. Two of the 5-foot-11, 218-pounder's touchdowns came after the third quarter, including an eventual game-winning score in overtime. Huff has been held under 55 yards rushing in seven of 10 games this season, but he also now has two contests to his name of at least 130 yards rushing.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior WR Kenny Golladay caught 14 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 31-24 loss to Toledo.

Golladay hauled in a four-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone with 7:41 remaining in the first half for his lone touchdown of the game. The 6-foot-4, 213-pounder now has four 100-yard performances under his belt in 10 games played. Wednesday's 149-yard showing saw him crack the century mark for the first time since he immolated Ball State with a 13-184-2 receiving line on October 1. For the season as a whole, Golladay has caught 80 passes for 1,031 yards and eight touchdowns.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior RB Joel Bouagnon rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in Saturday's 31-24 win over Ball State.

Northern Illinois bullied Ball State on the ground in this one, totaling 355 yards rushing. Bouagnon and QB Anthony Maddie (160 yards rushing) accounted for the bulk of that action. This was Bouagnon's first 100-yard effort this season. He rushed for 1,285 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:39:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior WR Kenny Golladay excelled in Saturday's 31-24 win over Ball State, catching 13 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

Golladay was all over the place in Saturday's victory, scoring on touchdown grabs of 14 and 22 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. The latter score snapped a 24-24 tie and propelled the Huskies to the win. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-4, 213-pound senior has caught 38 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns through five games.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:17:00 PM

Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey named redshirt senior QB Anthony Maddie starting quarterback.

The Huskies are taking on water quickly. Maddie isn't likely to turn things around -- NIU must go 6-2 down the stretch to go bowling -- but Ryan Graham wasn't exactly getting the job done. Maddie, a dual-threat quarterback, missed last season due to injury.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior WR Kenny Golladay had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-23 loss to Western Illinois.

Golladay added two carries for 39 yards. He's up to 24 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns so far this season. While Golladay is a veritable stud, the rest of this 0-4 Huskies bunch looks to have this proud program pointed towards missing the postseason. Northern Illinois has lost seven straight since last season.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior QB Drew Hare may need to undergo a season-ending surgery for ankle and knee injuries.

HC Rod Carey said that Hare's knee is damaged on the "back and side." He suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to South Florida after his ankle was rolled up by a defender. He was subsequently carted off the field. At the very least, Hare will be sidelined for the majority of the season. Should the 6-foot-1, 218-pounder undergo surgery (he and his family is seeking a second opinion), it would end his 2016 campaign. Ryan Graham will start at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 03:22:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior QB Drew Hare suffered a left ankle injury in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to South Florida.

The situation was dire as Hare was carted off the field. Hare was seen leaving the stadium in a wheelchair and with a boot on his left foot. The veteran signal-caller was coming off a season-ending Achilles injury midway through last season. As in last year, backup Ryan Graham took over for Hare. "I don't know the diagnosis on Hare right now, but right now we're moving forward with Ryan," Carey said. Don't expect him back soon.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior QB Drew Hare (Achilles) was named the starter for 2016.

Hare ruptured his right Achilles last November and subsequently underwent surgery. With a long offseason of recovery complete, the 6-foot-1, 218-pounder has been taking snaps with the first-team offense since camp opened earlier this month. Last season, Hare threw for 1,962 yards (63.8% completions) with a 14/4 TD/INT ratio in nine games. During a healthy 2014 campaign, he posted 2,322 passing yards (59.5% completions) with a crisp 18/2 TD/INT ratio.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Northern Illinois edge rusher Perez Ford is visiting the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Hat tip to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, who additionally passed along that Ford previously visited the Kansas City Chiefs. Ford played a lot of defensive end in college, but he probably projects best to outside linebacker in the pros. Ford posted five sacks and 6 1/2 TFL last year. He used to be a sprinter, so you best believe he has the wheels for linebacker.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Football Scoop reports that Northern Illinois will hire Titans OL coach Bob Bostad to serve in the same capacity.

Bostad has college coaching experience stretching back in the early 90's, but in more recent days, he's been working at the NFL level. For the past two seasons, he's served as the Titans offensive line coach. The Huskies are being forced to undergo a bit of a coaching shuffle with WR coach Thad Ward heading to Illinois. No word as to how they will shift current OL coach Joe Tripodi once the hiring of Bostad's official.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that Northern Illinois will hire Southern Illinois CB coach Melvin Rice to serve in the same capacity.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Rice, who played corner with the Huskies from 2005-2008. That aside, it's a sudden move, to say the least--he had just been hired at Southern Illinois a month ago. Before taking/dropping the Southern Illinois gig, he had been coaching up the corners at Southeast Missouri during the 2015 campaign.
Sun, Feb 7, 2016 01:36:00 PM

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