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Northern Illinois senior WR Christian Blake said of the team's offensive cohesion in camp, "it's coming together in practice."

"We were clicking first day, but that's because of how hard we worked in the offseason. We were together every single day, we worked on plays every single day. ... It's coming together in practice and I think every day is going to get better and better," Blake said. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder started 10 of 12 games last season and is the team's lone returning receiver with at least 10 receptions. He finished the past campaign having registered a 34-457-2 receiving line and will be relied upon to help make up for the loss of Kenny Golladay during the coming season.
Aug 12 - 1:46 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior WR Chad Beebe (knee) has been practicing with the team in camp.

Beebe (5'9/184) suffered a severe knee injury in July of 2016 which caused him to miss the entirety of the past campaign. He's back at it in camp, now. Said HC Rod Carey of the redshirt junior's return, "He’s a great route-runner who understands how teams should work, how his role should work. Plus, he takes punts too, so he’s pretty valuable." Beebe has logged a 36-513-2 receiving line for his career with the Huskies.
Aug 4 - 5:27 PM

Northern Illinois HC Rod Carey said the three-way quarterback competition is unchanged since spring practices.

In other words, redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham, sophomore Daniel Santacaterina and redshirt freshman Marcus Childers are all still competing for the gig. "They're all splitting reps about equal," Carey said. "After Day 1, I think that held true. We'll get in there and watch the film, but coming off the field right now I think all three did pretty good for Day 1." Of the three, Graham played the most last fall and is the frontrunner to emerge with the job.
Aug 2 - 2:57 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior CB Jalen Embry is eligible to play in 2017.

The former Iowa Hawkeye redshirted in Iowa City in 2014 before transferring to Iowa Central, a JUCO program. Now at Northern Illinois, Embry joins a stacked CB depth chart that includes three experienced corners in Albert Smalls, Shawun Lurry and Mayomi Olootu.
Jun 25 - 1:08 PM

Northern Illinois senior CB Albert Smalls is a "decent sized corner who flashes skill and shows a good degree of effectiveness covering the pass or stopping the run," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Pauline grades Smalls (6'1/202) as an undrafted free agent at the moment but "could envision a move up draft boards if he steps up his game." Smalls (29 career games) joins fellow seniors Shawun Lurry (37) and Mayomi Olootu (31) in an extremely experienced Huskies' CB corps.
Jun 24 - 10:48 AM

Northern Illinois senior S Mycial Allen "is not great in any aspect but shows a degree of consistency on the field and plays with a special teams mentality," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Allen (5'11/200) ranked third on the team in tackles last year with 61. He added three TFL and two interceptions.
Jun 21 - 4:38 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Northern Illinois redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff "would benefit from a big year."

Of course, any player with NFL dreams would benefit from a big senior year. But what Pauline probably means is that Huff's football-playing future depends on a big senior campaign. "He has good size (220-pounds), runs well for a big man and flashes skill on the interior or around tackle," Pauline wrote. "Huff will be the NIU feature back in 2017 and a productive campaign will go a long way in helping his draft stock." The Huskies lost steady RB Joel Bouagnon to graduation, which means it's Huff's show now. Huff ran for 703 yards on 6.3 ypa last year. He's averaged 6.9 ypa while on campus, so it'll be interesting to see if he can sustain the explosion while seeing more touches.
Jun 21 - 1:02 PM

Northern Illinois junior T Max Scharping "offers size and growth potential," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Scharping (6'6/311) earned Freshman All-America honors as a freshman in 2015. Last year, he was an all-conference honoree along with OL Levon Myers, who has since departed. Scharping, the Huskies' right tackle, fronts a protection unit that led the nation in fewest sacks allowed (8.0) last year.
Jun 21 - 12:31 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler sees the Detroit Lions as one of the five teams who most improved their roster via the draft.

Detroit did not draft an offensive piece until Round 3, but Brugler likes the weapons that the team subsequently scooped up to aid Matthew Stafford. They picked up Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay in the third round, plus Toledo TE Michael Roberts in the fourth round. The analyst notes that "Golladay provides a large strike zone for the quarterback and is a capable catch-and-run target," while Roberts "[does] his best work in the red zone to body up defenders and attack the football with his massive hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 30 - 1:36 PM

Lions selected Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Golladay (6’4/218) spent two seasons at NIU after transferring from North Dakota, compiling a 160/2,285/18 (14.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-MAC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted Golladay with just five career drops among 165 catchable targets. Golladay held his own at the Combine, running 4.5-flat with adequate vertical (35 ½") and broad (10’0") jumps. While Golladay needs to get stronger and improve his route technique, he is an intriguing H/W/S prospect with sure hands and developmental upside.
Apr 28 - 11:07 PM

An NFL personnel man told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he has a draftable grade on Northern Illinois OL Levon Myers.

"I would probably draft this guy late," the personnel man said. "He didn’t have a very good workout. From his workout you wouldn’t know he was as good an athlete as he is. He has nice feet." At NIU's pro day, Myers checked in at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 310 pounds. Myers, who wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, told the Sentinel that his 40-yard time of 5.41 seconds was "very, very disappointing." The Packers have hosted Myers for a visit. The prospect, who played tackle in college, believes he'll likely be shifted inside at the next level. "Honestly, I’m preparing myself to move inside to guard," Myers said. "I know how it is. I know my measurables line up way better at guard than they would at tackle."
Apr 21 - 1:30 PM

The NCAA has denied Northern Illinois redshirt senior QB Anthony Maddie's request for a sixth year of eligibility.

Maddie missed the 2015 season due to injury, then came back in 2016 to throw for 1,218 yards with an 8/5 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 558 yards and seven scores. Huskies HC Rod Carey was none too pleased with the governing body's decision here, saying, "It's all a bunch of legal jargon that the NCAA gives you."
Apr 18 - 9:35 PM

Northern Illinois QB Drew Hare went through a private workout with the Chicago Bears.

Hare had his fair share of moments in the sun with the Huskies, most notably during the 2014 season, when the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder threw for 2,322 yards while boasting a sharp 18/2 TD/INT ratio. Injuries have plagued him over the last two seasons, though, including a ruptured Achilles in 2015 and severe ankle and knee injuries during the past campaign. In all, Hare managed to appear in just 14 combined games over the last two seasons. He does not figure to be drafted at the end of the month.
Apr 13 - 5:17 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay to Jordan Taylor.

This size/speed prospect has been receiving more buzz in recent weeks. "Golladay could be targeted by teams looking for a field-stretcher with size who has the potential to become a matchup problem in the redzone," Zierlein wrote. "Golladay has the talent to become an eventual starter in the league." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Golladay turned in a 40-yard dash of 4.50 seconds at the NFL Combine. He logged an 87-1,156-8 receiving line during the 2016 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 1:18 PM

Northern Illinois hired Eau Claire Memorial High School HC Steve Crutchley to serve as wide receivers coach.

Prior to his season of work at Eau Claire Memorial High, Crutchley had worked as running backs coach at Southern Illinois (2008-12) and as an assistant at Western Illinois (2013-15). In a statement, HC Rod Carey said, "I know he’s going to bring a lot to us – from knowledge about the state of Illinois from his time at Southern Illinois and Western Illinois, to on-field coaching and recruiting."
Mar 14 - 5:55 PM


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