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Northern Illinois redshirt freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 21 of 33 attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns during Saturday's 48-17 win over Bowling Green.

He added another 73 rushing yards. Childers did not open the season as the starter, but he has certainly earned the title over the last few years. NIU's only losses were to Boston College and and top 20 ranked San Diego State.
Oct 21 - 6:31 PM

NIU redshirt senior WR Chad Beebe caught six passes for 124 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 48-17 win over Bowling Green.

Beebe racked up 73 yards on a single catch over the middle, evading one tackle and then taking the reception to the house. It was Beebe's career-best performance.
Oct 21 - 6:19 PM

NIU redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff (undisclosed) was ruled out for Saturday's game against Bowling Green.

This will be the first game that Huff has missed this season. He's rushed for 450 yards and a touchdown in six games. The Huskies are cobbling together their running attack via Marcus Jones and Tommy Mister with Huff sidelined.
Oct 21 - 2:34 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt freshman QB Marcus Childers has been named starter for Saturday's game against Bowling Green.

This will be Childers' second consecutive start. He draws it ahead of Daniel Santacaterina. Regular starter Ryan Graham continues to nurse a lingering elbow injury. Childers (6'1/216) threw for 224 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown in a win over Buffalo this past weekend.
Oct 17 - 6:59 PM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards and a score and ran for 79 yards and a score in a 14-13 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

It's the second straight strong game for Childers, who started the year as the third-string quarterback for the Huskies. His touchdown run was a 10-yard dash in the second quarter, and his 21-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes left in the fourth gave NIU a 14-10 lead. Childers will likely get another start behind center next week against Bowling Green.
Oct 14 - 6:46 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior WR Chad Beebe (shoulder/concussion) is probable for Saturday's game against Buffalo.

Beebe (5'9/184) has been sidelined since the second game of the season. He has finally passed through concussion protocol, though, and should be able to play on Saturday unless he's hit with a setback prior to kickoff. He's no stranger to injury, having missed the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee issue.
Oct 13 - 8:15 PM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers has been taking the bulk of first-team reps in practice this week.

Ryan Graham (elbow) has already been ruled out for Saturday's game against Buffalo, leaving it to Childers and Daniel Santacaterina to battle it out for starting honors. Huskies HC Rod Carey has not divulged who will start against the Bulls, but given that Childers has seen significantly more work during the week, our money would be on the freshman. He threw for 114 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 65 yards after replacing an ineffective Santacaterina against Kent State this past weekend.
Oct 13 - 7:37 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) has been shut down from throwing the ball.

Graham has been working his way back from an elbow injury suffered in Week 2 of the campaign. While he had gradually been increasing his intensity in throwing the ball to test the elbow, the Huskies are backing off on that front, now. Just when Graham might be able to return to action is unclear. He had initially been given a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks, but that window has already passed. Daniel Santacaterina will continue to start in his place.
Oct 12 - 12:56 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) has been ramping up the intensity of his rehab.

Graham has been out since the second week of the season due to an elbow injury. He began throwing the ball again in early October and HC Rod Carey has described the process as increasing a "pitch count." The senior remains doubtful for Saturday's game against Buffalo. Daniel Santacaterina or Marcus Childers would start this weekend unless Graham shows well during the remainder of the practice week.
Oct 10 - 5:48 PM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers threw for 114 yards and three scores on 13-of-21 passing and ran for 65 more yards in a 24-3 route of Kent State on Saturday.

Childers came off the bench for Daniel Santacaterina, who threw just one pass that was intercepted. In his place, the freshman quarterback was able to make plays in the red zone with his arm, and also showed the ability to move the chains with his legs. We may have a quarterback controversy brewing here. Northern Illinois plays Buffalo next.
Oct 7 - 6:36 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) has progressed to throwing the ball, but remains sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Graham sustained a sprained elbow against Boston College in NIU's second game of the season. He was initially hit with a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks. While we're creeping up on the longer side of that timetable at this point, the redshirt junior is slowly, but surely, nearing a return to action. Daniel Santacaterina will start once more when the Huskies take on Kent State this weekend. We should receive further clarity as to just how close Graham is to being physically ready to play in the next week or thereabouts.
Oct 3 - 6:04 PM

Northern Illinois sophomore LB Antonio Jones-Davis has been suspended for Saturday's game against Kent State after poking San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny in the eye.

"Antonio’s action is not indicative of his character, nor that of our players or coaching staff, and does not reflect the values upon which our program has been built," Huskies HC Rod Carey said. Jones-Davis (5'11/218) is a part-time player for Northern Illinois, ranking 10th on the team in tackles.
Oct 2 - 1:50 PM

NIU redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 21-17 win over Nebraska.

Huff (5'11/218) averaged a smooth 6.5 YPC in the upset victory and it was his two-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter which gave NIU the 21-17 advantage which would go on to stand as the final. This big effort actually surpassed Huff's total rushing output in the first two games of the campaign. Overall, he has now rushed for 202 yards and a score through three contests.
Sep 16 - 4:03 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior WR Chad Beebe (shoulder/concussion) is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks.

Beebe (5'9/184) suffered both the shoulder injury and the concussion in the closing minutes of the third quarter of Saturday's win over Eastern Illinois. Injuries have been a real concern for the redshirt senior dating back to 2016, when he missed that campaign due to a severe knee injury suffered in July of that year. Prior to going down injured over the weekend, he had caught 10 passes for 125 yards.
Sep 12 - 10:04 PM

NIU redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Santacaterina will start against Nebraska on Saturday.

Santacaterina draws his second consecutive start in place of Ryan Graham, who is working through an elbow sprain. In Saturday's win over Eastern Illinois, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder completed 23-of-34 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Sep 12 - 7:57 PM


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