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Northern Illinois edge rusher Perez Ford is visiting the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Hat tip to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, who additionally passed along that Ford previously visited the Kansas City Chiefs. Ford played a lot of defensive end in college, but he probably projects best to outside linebacker in the pros. Ford posted five sacks and 6 1/2 TFL last year. He used to be a sprinter, so you best believe he has the wheels for linebacker.
Apr 12 - 6:18 PM

Football Scoop reports that Northern Illinois will hire Titans OL coach Bob Bostad to serve in the same capacity.

Bostad has college coaching experience stretching back in the early 90's, but in more recent days, he's been working at the NFL level. For the past two seasons, he's served as the Titans offensive line coach. The Huskies are being forced to undergo a bit of a coaching shuffle with WR coach Thad Ward heading to Illinois. No word as to how they will shift current OL coach Joe Tripodi once the hiring of Bostad's official.
Mar 22 - 12:15 PM

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

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

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

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

Northern Illinois redshirt senior Tommylee Lewis was diagnosed with a left knee sprain.

Lewis, who suffered the injury in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against Toledo, is questionable for the school's game against Buffalo on Nov. 11. "It's not one of those things you brush off," coach Rod Carey said Thursday. "What his timetable is coming back, nobody knows right now. Is there a chance he could play (Wednesday)? Absolutely. But we're going to have to know more after we start the rehab process." Lewis has 33 receptions for 387 yards and three touchdowns.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Northern Illinois junior QB Drew Hare underwent surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

He's done for the year. Hare was injured in the second quarter against Toledo on Tuesday. He finishes the campaign 164-of-257 (63.8 percent) for 1,962 yards and 14 touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Ryan Graham has been handed the keys to the offense.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior Tommylee Lewis suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter of Tuesday's game against Toledo.

It was a pity, as Lewis went off for five catches and 125 yards in the first quarter. The Huskies were able to spring the upset despite losing both Lewis and star QB Drew Hare to injuries on back-to-back second quarter drives. While Hare is done for the year, NIU coach Rod Carey says it’s possible that Lewis could return this season.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 09:19:00 PM


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