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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.
Feb 7 - 1:36 PM

Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins transferred to Northern Illinois.

Collins' intentions to transfer became public near the end of January, but his preferred landing spot was a mystery until Thursday. With the Huskies, he'll have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer regulations. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound dual-threat freshman threw for 936 yards (52.2% completions) with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. Those numbers weren't particularly impressive, but he did show promise rushing, gaining 580 yards on the ground with an additional eight touchdowns.
Feb 4 - 6:19 PM

Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins will transfer.

In a release, Collins said, "I thank Oregon State for a great year. But it is in my best interest to pursue my education and football somewhere else." The 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman won the starting job for the Beavers in the spring and had some nice moments running the ball, ultimately tallying 580 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He was less successful through the air, throwing for 936 yards (52.2% completions) with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. A knee injury suffered in October forced him to miss four games. Unless he's shifting down to an FCS school, he'll have to sit out the next season per NCAA transfer rules. Oregon State was the only Power 5 squad to offer him a quarterbacking scholarship out of high school, so whether another FBS program wants to reel him in at the position remains to be seen. A position switch to either wide receiver or running back is also a possibility for the now-former Beaver.
Jan 22 - 6:30 PM

Northern Illinois C Andrew Ness accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Ness has been the definition of an anchor for the Huskies over the course of his college career. He finished out starting 54 consecutive contests. The 6-foot-3, 314-pounder was so strong on the line that he was named the team's Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. He was also named to the watch lists for the Rimington Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award prior to the start of the season.
Jan 17 - 12:45 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior LB Boomer Mays has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Boomer...Husky? It doesn't work as well as Sooner, but easy jokes aside, Mays did work during the 2015 campaign. The 6-foot, 244-pound redshirt senior wrecked the MAC with 92 total tackles (4.5 for loss), 0.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble across 14 games. Three of those contests (against UNLV, Toledo and Western Michigan) saw him record double-digit tackles. He's been a starter each of the last three years. He earned All-MAC first-teamer honors for his fine work. Boomer Husky indeed. As with many of the players accepting invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a strong performance in the game coupled with a strong combine/workout performance would go a ways toward helping him to find an NFL home once the big boys are off the board.
Jan 4 - 10:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior RB Joel Bouagnon rushed for 16 yards on eight carries in Wednesday's 55-7 loss to Boise State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Let us just pause for a minute to marvel at some of Northern Illinois' offensive numbers in the contest. The Huskies totaled 33 yards in the game. QB Ryan Graham completed 7-of-21 passes for 38 yards (1.8 YPA), but negated that total with -49 rushing yards on 10 carries. As a whole, Northern Illinois rushed for negative five yards with a -0.5 YPC average. Offensive numbers, indeed. All of that ugliness aside, the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Bouganon struggled with injuries down the stretch but still managed to rush for 1,285 yards and 18 touchdowns. That he failed to rush for more than 70 yards in any of his last three games makes his work earlier in the season look that much more impressive.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Oregon State co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven believes the "best formula" for freshman QB Seth Collins is in a multi-dimensional role.

"It seems like the best formula, in terms of his talent," McGiven told The Oregonian, "is to be able move him around to different spots and make it a situation where the defense can't necessarily key in on where he's gonna be." The Oregon State prospect has been utilized as a multi-dimensional offensive weapon for the Beavers in 2015, completing 52.2 percent of his throws for 936 yards, six touchdowns and 4 interceptions, with 580 rushing yards and eight scores. The Oregonian's Gina Mizell believes that means Collins could be "playing some receiver" and "running back," and "some quarterback" moving forward.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt freshman QB Ryan Graham will start against Boise State in Wednesday's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Graham took over for injured starter Drew Hare against Toledo and rallied the Huskies to a win. In part because Graham himself got injured in the regular season finale against Ohio, the Huskies lost two in a row, to the Bobcats and then in the MAC Championship Game to Bowling Green with third-stringer Tommy Fiedler starting. Graham's return is great news for the offense.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 01:18:00 PM

Northern Illinois HC Rod Carey said that he expects redshirt freshman QB Ryan Graham to start against Boise State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

An injury to Graham against Ohio on November 24 led to third-stringer Tommy Fiedler starting the team's MAC Championship Game loss to Bowling Green. The team only managed 14 points in said loss, but they should get a boost if Graham's able to suit up against Boise State for the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23. In seven games (three starts), the 6-foot-1, 214-pound redshirt freshman completed 59.3% of his passes for 653 yards and a 6/3 TD/INT ratio.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 06:39:00 PM

Northern Illinois true freshman QB Tommy Fiedler completed 12-of-28 passes for 152 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Friday's 34-14 loss to Bowling Green in the MAC title game.

Poor numbers to be sure, but Fiedler wasn't supposed to be playing in this game to begin with. He entered his freshman season as a third-string option at quarterback and only saw action in Friday's MAC championship game because both starting QB Drew Hare and backup Ryan Graham were waylaid by injury earlier this season. While he tossed three interceptions, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound baby Husky did have his moments, including a nice 32-yard touchdown pass up the seam to Desroy Maxwell with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter. That made the score 28-7. The comeback was not to be, though.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 12:52:00 AM

Northern Illinois junior RB Joel Bouagnon rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries in Friday's 34-14 loss to Bowling Green in the MAC championship.

Bouagnon added three catches for 31 yards, but it was a quiet evening on the whole for the 6-foot-2, 226-pound junior. He averaged 4.1 YPC with a long run of 21 yards. Tough way to go out in a title game, but given that he was working with third-string (freshman!) QB Tommy Fiedler, Bowling Green had added opportunities to stack the box without having to worry about being shredded through the air. Northern Illinois now awaits its bowl assignment, while Bouagnon himself can look back proudly on a 2015 campaign that saw him rush for 1,269 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 12:38:00 AM

Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins (knee) practiced with the travel team on Monday.

That Collins is practicing with the travel team is an indication that he could be cleared to play on the medical front in Friday's Civil War showdown with Oregon. The far, far more intriguing aspect of this story is that Collins (who opened the season as the Beavers' starting quarterback) was not practicing as a quarterback. He ran routes and caught passes. This backs an earlier report from the Portland Tribune, when writer Kerry Eggers predicted a possible position switch for the 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman. Granted, that shift wasn't thought to occur until next season, as Collins was thought to be out for the rest of the 2015 campaign due to his knee woes. Should he play Friday, he'll be catching passes from fellow freshman Nick Mitchell.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 03:37:00 PM

According to Gina Mizell of The Oregonian, freshman QB Seth Collins will miss the rest of the 2015 regular season.

Mizell tweeted that while HC Gary Andersen didn't say it outright, the indication is that Collins is done for the 2015 campaign. This is more or less expected news. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman's missed three consecutive games and the Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers reported on November 11 that his season would be drawing to an early close. Eggers also speculated that Collins might shift over to wide receiver in 2016. Fellow freshman Nick Mitchell's taken over the starting role since Collins was sidelined and should finish out the season in command of the offense. The Beavers won two of their first three games, but have gone on to lose seven consecutive, most recently a 54-24 melting at the hands of Cal. They'll wrap up this lost season by hosting Washington, followed by a road showdown with Oregon.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior Tommylee Lewis (knee) didn't play Tuesday against Buffalo.

Lewis suffered a left knee sprain last week against Toledo. Word is that he could return as soon as next week. We'll keep you updated.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:43:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior RB Joel Bouagnon rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in Tuesday's 41-30 victory over Buffalo.

Bouagnon continues to pay the bills for DFS owners. The 6-foot-2, 226-pound junior has rushed for 1,105 yards and 17 touchdowns so far. With the Huskies down a quarterback, Bouagnon will be relied on more heavily down the stretch.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:39:00 PM


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