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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

NIU redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Santacaterina will start with redshirt junior Ryan Graham out the next 2-4 weeks with an elbow sprain.

Santacaterina (6'2/205) pushed Graham for starting duties in preseason camp, but was unable to ultimately come away with the gig. He'll have his chance to impress, now. Last season, the redshirt sophomore saw the field in the final three games of the season for the Huskies, throwing for 361 yards with a 1/2 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 8 - 7:17 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks with a sprained right elbow.

Graham sprained his elbow in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Boston College. He completed 15-of-38 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while leading the team with 98 yards rushing in that defeat. With Graham out for at least the next two weeks, the Huskies will turn to Daniel Santacaterina, who had been in competition with Graham for starting work during August camp. Northern Illinois plays Eastern Illinois on Saturday.
Sep 8 - 6:39 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham completed 15-of-38 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 23-20 loss to Boston College.

Never a good sign when you throw the ball 38 times and rack up only 190 yards through the air. Graham was inefficient -- at best -- as a passer but did put his best foot forward as a rusher, leading the team with 98 yards on the ground. The Huskies looked listless on offense on the whole, accumulating just 367 yards as a team. NIU will be off on bye next weekend before they travel to Lincoln for a date with the Cornhuskers.
Sep 2 - 1:07 AM

Northern Illinois HC Rod Carey said that he knows who will start at quarterback against Boston College on Saturday, but would not divulge the name.

Oh the joy of opening week, which always comes with its fair share of coaches trying to be all secretive. Said Carey, "I know what I'm doing, I'm just not saying. It's the first week, it's the first time before I put anything on film I can use to my advantage." One of redshirt junior Ryan Graham -- who has the experience edge -- and sophomore Daniel Santacaterina will be taking the opening snaps against the Eagles on Saturday. Mirroring Carey, Boston College HC Steve Addazio also knows who he will start at quarterback, but is likewise not telling.
Aug 29 - 9:57 PM

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


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