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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.
Nov 16 - 2:24 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.
Nov 15 - 10:39 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.
Nov 14 - 5:18 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior RB Jordan Huff (leg) returned to have 57 yards and a touchdown on six carries in Thursday's win over Ball State.

He added a 24-yard touchdown reception. Huff missed last week's game against Toledo with a leg injury. He'll no doubt be leaned on more heavily next week against Western Michigan.
Nov 11 - 11:26 AM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 10-of-22 yards for 141 yards with four touchdown passes in a 63-17 crushing of Ball State on Thursday.

Childers still hasn't shown much accuracy as a passer, but the freshman quarterback certainly has shown the ability to make plays. His TD passes came from four, 24, 19 and 70 yards out, respectively. The Huskies weren't expecting Childers to play this season, but they just might have a star on their hands in the coming seasons. Northern Illinois takes on Western Michigan next week.
Nov 9 - 10:26 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) entered Thursday's game against Ball State in the first quarter.

A hearty welcome-back to Mr. Graham, who has been out since injuring his elbow in the second game of the campaign. Marcus Childers started Thursday's contest, but he did not even last the team's first drive before Graham was brought into the game. So long as he is healthy, we would expect the redshirt junior to start for the (admittedly short) remainder of the season.
Nov 9 - 7:46 PM

Northern Illinois sophomore RB Marcus Jones carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards, and caught five passes for 51 yards in a 27-17 loss to Toledo on Thursday.

Jones has been a bit of a wild-card in the Huskies offense, but he's had 13-plus carries the last two games, and he got involved in the passing game as well. It wouldn't be a big surprise if Jones got more touches out of the backfield -- particularly in the passing game -- going forward. Northern Illinois plays Ball State next week.
Nov 2 - 11:48 PM

Northern Illinois freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 23-of-43 yards for 235 yards with two interceptions and ran for 49 yards and a score in a 27-17 loss to Toledo on Thursday.

This was pretty easily Childers' worst start of the season, as he struggled with accuracy and decision-making against the Rockets' secondary. Still, he showed why he's been one of the more exciting freshman players in the conference, particularly with his legs. His touchdown was a one-yard plunge to give the Huskies a 14-10 lead early in the third quarter. Unfortunately, they weren't able to do anything offensively the rest of the night. Childers and NIU will try and bounce back next week against the woeful Ball State defense.
Nov 2 - 9:45 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior RB Jordan Huff (leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Toledo.

Huff continues to nurse a leg injury which is now set to cost him his third consecutive game. With the 5-foot-11, 218-pound redshirt junior sitting on Thursday, expect Marcus Jones and Tommy Mister to receive the majority of carries for the Huskies. There is no timetable for Huff's return at this juncture.
Nov 1 - 5:35 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt freshman QB Marcus Childers completed 23-of-40 passes for 278 yards with two scores and ran for 54 yards and a score in a 30-27 overtime victory over Eastern Michigan on Thursday.

It's the fourth straight start for Childers, and the fourth straight victory for the Huskies. It's not completely due to the play of the freshman, but he's certainly helped both on the ground and in the air. He opened the scoring with a nice 69-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Brown, and he had the last score in regulation with a 10-yard jaunt into the end zone to send the game into overtime. Even when Ryan Graham returns for Northern Illinois, it's going to be tough to bench Childers when he's playing like this. The best matchup of the MAC regular season is next week when NIU takes on Toledo.
Oct 26 - 11:03 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff (leg) is wearing a boot in warmups for Thursday's game against Eastern Michigan.

Huff was tossing the ball around with his fellow running backs, but was booted up and was not in pads. It looks like he will be sitting out Thursday's contest. That will mean more carries for Marcus Jones and Tommy Mister. This will be the second consecutive game that Huff has missed due to the leg injury.
Oct 26 - 6:32 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff (undisclosed) remains an uncertain proposition for Thursday's game against Eastern Michigan.

Huff did not play in Saturday's win over Bowling Green due to the injury concern. Updates have been scarce during the week, unfortunately, but his playing status for Thursday evening should receive clarity closer to kickoff. Marcus Jones and Tommy Mister would see the bulk of carries if Huff can't play.
Oct 26 - 5:02 PM

Northern Illinois redshirt junior QB Ryan Graham (elbow) is unlikely to play in Thursday's game against Eastern Michigan.

Graham injured his elbow in the second week of the season and subsequently has faced a slow recovery. While he has been deemed questionable for Thursday's contest, there have been no indications that he is ready to return to action. Marcus Childers will most likely start in his place on Thursday.
Oct 26 - 4:48 PM

NIU coach Rod Carey said he's unsure if redshirt senior RB Jordan Huff (undisclosed) will be able to play against EMU on Thursday.

Huff missed Saturday's win against Bowling Green with the injury. "I don’t know yet [about Huff]. Really, all of our guys that our bumped and bruised," Carey said. "We really don’t know anything until today. Today is our first substantial practice." Huff ranks fourth in the MAC with 450 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Oct 25 - 2:33 PM

Northern Illinois junior T Max Scharping has allowed just one pressure in 254 attempts in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus.

Scharping (6'6/311) was a player that had some helium coming into the fall, and he's exceeded expectations. Even when you consider that he plays against less-than-stellar competition, a 0.003 (rounding down) pressure percentage is incredibly impressive. With his size and ability to keep defenders at bay, he could be a prospect with upside to consider for teams needing lineman, if he chooses to forego his senior season at NIU.
Oct 23 - 7:52 PM


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