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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that scouts are high on Northern Illinois T Max Scharping.

Scharping has been one of the more dominant offensive lineman in the MAC, and on top of looking good on tape, he's been one of the analytical stars. He's allowed just 11 pressures over the last two years, and it sounds like higher-ups have taken notice. Pauline isn't quite as high on the 6-foot-6, 311-pound tackle, grading him as a seventh-round prospect and believing he needs to get stronger to play at the next level.
Jun 18 - 2:17 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Northern Illinois senior T Max Scharping as one of the early players to watch for in the 2019 draft class.

Scharping certainly has NFL size (6'6/311) -- as PFF notes -- and he's been among the most productive tackles in the country the last two years; small school or not. He's allowed just 11 pressures over the last two years, and he's graded between 85.5 and 89.5 in each of his three seasons. There will be concerns about the level he's playing at, but if Scharping keeps dominating and he tests well as expected, he could be one of the first tackles off the board come next April.
May 7 - 4:30 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Northern Illinois redshirt junior edge-rusher Sutton Smith among the early players to watch for in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Smith (6'0/225) is going to be one of the more divisive prospects to begin the year, and you should expect that to continue throughout the draft process. On one hand, he's one of the most productive players in the country -- Pro Football Focus's grade of 95.4 is the highest they've given to one in four years -- with 14 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. On the other, that size has no chance of succeeding at the highest level as a pass rusher. "He may have to become a traditional linebacker at the next level," they write, "but his feel for beating blocks and getting to the quarterback could become a next-level weapon in the proper role." We're excited to see what Smith can do for an encore to 2017, anyway.
May 5 - 3:24 PM

Dekalb Daily Chronicle's Josh Tolentino reports Northern Illinois University redshirt Junior WR Spencer Tears will sit out of their spring scrimmage.

It took a few years, but Tears played a significant role in NIU's passing offense last season recording 43 receptions for 528 yards and four touchdowns. The specifics of the former three-star recruit's current injury are unknown, but luckily he has plenty of time to heal before the 2018 season starts up.
Apr 15 - 5:07 PM

Football Scoop reports that Northern Illinois will hire Jake Landry to be their new RB coach.

Landry had previously served as the offensive coordinator at UW-LaCrosse, and was hired this year to become the new OC at UW-Whitewater. Instead he'll join the Huskies as the running backs coach
Feb 26 - 5:21 PM

Football Scoop reports that Northern Illinois will promote GA Dan Sabock to special teams coordinator.

Sabock, who is coming off his first season on staff at NIU, was already working with the special teams unit in his capacity as graduate assistant. He'll have the official title, now. Prior to joining the Huskies, he spent five years with Division II Florida Tech.
Feb 3 - 1:39 PM

Northern Illinois hired Lamar Conard as running backs coach.

Conard spent the past nine seasons as an assistant at Illinois State, the last seven of which he served as running backs coach. He resigned from the Redbirds in December. "Coach Conard is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had," former ISU star RB Marshaun Coprich said.
Feb 1 - 9:01 PM

Northern Illinois hired Walter Stewart as defensive line coach.

Stewart previously was the DL coach at Eastern Kentucky for two years. He was a standout edge rusher at Cincinnati as a player. Unfortunately, a spinal issue dashed his NFL dreams. He's picked up the pieces to become an exciting young coaching prospect.
Feb 1 - 8:40 PM

Northern Illinois hired Tyler Yelk as safeties coach.

Yelk is heading to DeKalb after two seasons as South Dakota's co-defensive coordinator under coach Bob Nielson.
Feb 1 - 8:13 PM

Cincinnati redshirt senior K Andrew Gantz transferred to Northern Illinois as a graduate.

Gantz (5'10/190) was putting together a nice career with the Bearcats heading into the 2016 season, when he was a nominee for the Lou Groza Award. That campaign was upended almost before it began, as Gantz sustained a hip injury which limited him to just two games played. The NCAA subsequently awarded him a sixth year of eligibility, hence why he's able to transfer, here. That hip injury was not an issue during the most recent season, but at that point, he had lost his starting job. At NIU, he'll try to reboot for one last go round. With Christian Hagan graduating, Gantz should have ample opportunity this offseason to strike for the starting gig with the Huskies.
Jan 16 - 1:11 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt sophomore edge-rusher Sutton Smith finished 2017 as Pro Football Focus's top rated pass-rusher.

Smith (6'0/220) not only finished as the highest rated edge-rusher (93.9 grade per PFF), he also finished as one of the highest rated players on defense overall. He was an absolute monster for the Huskies in 2017, finishing with 14 sacks, 30 tackles for loss, 3 fumbles forced and two defensive touchdowns. That's good. While he doesn't have elite size, it's tough to argue against that production, and he'll be one of the defenders to keep an eye on in 2019 for certain -- assuming he doesn't enter the 2018 Draft.
Jan 12 - 9:39 PM

Mount Carmel High School hired NIU RB coach Jordan Lynch to serve as head coach.

Reunited and it feels so good. Lynch graduated from Mount Carmel in 2009, after which he went on to guide NIU at quarterback from 2010-2013. He joined HC Rod Carey's staff as running backs coach this past March.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 10:50:00 PM

NIU freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 15-of-26 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 36-14 loss to Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Childers (6'1/216) was mostly ineffective against a superior Duke team on Tuesday, but he did have one little moment, tossing a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Wesley in the opening minutes of the second quarter, tying the game at 14-14 in the process. Those good times would not last, as they never really do. Childers wraps his true freshman campaign having thrown for 1,679 yards with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio. Childers has played very well, though redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham lurks after missing the vast bulk of the campaign with an elbow injury, an elbow injury which eventually led to Childers' rise.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 09:18:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior WR Jauan Wesley caught two passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 36-14 loss to Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Wesley (5'11/181) did the majority of his damage when he hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from QB Marcus Childers to knot the score at 14-14 early in the second quarter. That would be the high point of the game for the Huskies. Iowa State transfer Wesley ends the year the owner of a 10-250-2 receiving line.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 08:57:00 PM

NIU redshirt senior WR Chad Beebe (abdomen) is not playing in the Quick Lane Bowl against Duke on Tuesday.

Beebe (5'9/184) did not dress or warm prior to Tuesday's bowl date with Duke. The injury marks the end of the redshirt senior's collegiate career. He finishes the season having caught 28 passes for 417 yards and a touchdown. It's unlikely that he draws interest from the NFL this spring, though he could see interest as a UDFA due to his ability as a return man.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:46:00 PM


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