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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

Northern Illinois senior TE Shane Wimann (turf toe) was ruled out for the Quick Lane Bowl against Duke.

Unfortunately, Wimann suffered the injury during NIU's very first practice of bowl prep. Wimann led Huskies with seven touchdowns this year. He finished with 30 catches. Daniel Crawford will likely start in his place.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior TE Shane Wimann (undisclosed) is hopeful to play in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Huskies head coach Rob Carey acknowledged that Wimann is "banged up," but still hopeful that he'll be able to play against Duke on December 26. He's scored seven touchdowns this year on just 30 catches, which is an impressive ratio for any player at any position. If he can't go, Daniel Crawford will be the top pass-catcher at the position for NIU.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 06:34:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior RB Jordan Huff will undergo ankle surgery.

Huff (5'11/218) had already been ruled out for the Quick Lane Bowl (versus Duke) on Dec. 26, but he'll now be having his ankle worked on, to boot. He initially injured it in a mid-November game against Western Michigan, having previously rushed for 740 yards and four touchdowns for the season. Tommy Mister, Marcus Jones and Tre Harbison will fill in for him in the Quick Lane Bowl. Huff was already a likely undrafted free agent for draft purposes prior to his requiring surgery.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 12:51:00 PM

Northern Illinois senior RB Jordan Huff (ankle) will not play against Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Huff injured the ankle against Western Michigan on November 15. He finishes his year with 740 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. Tre Harbison should be the featured tailback for the Huskies against the Blue Devils in the Quick Lane Bowl, which takes place on December 26.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Northern Illinois freshman RB Tre Harbison posted nine rushes for 52 yards and a touchdown in Friday's loss at Central Michigan.

The transfer from the University of Virginia didn't do much in limited action earlier in the season. However, his role in the offense has grown down the stretch, and he has rushed for 52 or more yards in three of the final four outings while finding the end zone twice during the span. Harbison appears to have a nice future in DeKalb.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Graham (6'1/214) sustained a slow-healing elbow injury in the second game of the season and has played just once -- against Ball State on Nov. 9 -- since his initial sidelining. Marcus Childers has been filling in for the redshirt junior as starter and will once again draw the assignment in the regular-season finale against Central Michigan. The Daily Chronicle's Josh Tolentino believes that a medical redshirt could be in play for Graham.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers was 6-for-11 for 64 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's win over Western Michigan.

Childers (6'1/216) also had 10 carries for 43 yards and a second score. He's limited as a passer, but NIU's run-heavy offense puts its quarterbacks in advantageous situations and Childers has often taken advantage this fall in the six starts he's made since taking over for the injured Ryan Graham. He's posted a 14/3 TD/INT rate on 57.6-percent passing and 6.46 YPA. NIU closes out the regular season next week against Central Michigan.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 02:24:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior RB Jordan Huff left Wednesday's win over Western Michigan due to a left ankle injury.

Huff (5'11/218) sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's victory. Prior to going down, the redshirt junior had played a phenomenal game, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage total was his highest of the season. Huff's status for next Friday's regular-season finale against Central Michigan will be determined over the next week-plus.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10:39:00 PM

Northern Illinois HC Rod Carey hopes to get redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) some playing time this week.

Carey reiterated that Marcus Childers is still the starter. Graham saw some action off the bench last week against Ball State. Presumably, Carey will sprinkle him in similarly this week.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 05:18:00 PM


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