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Considering we're playing an 0-8 Eastern Michigan team tomorrow, you would figure that we would rest some guys with the short week and all. Not so fast my friends!
JO in limbo, Flahive to play against EMU, Skarb free to run wheel routes again
Onyebuagu's injured ankle was in a walking boot and he was on crutches at Monday's practice. NIU puts its football players in a walking boot with any foot injury regardless of the severity and Kill said the crutches were to relieve pressure.
"I think he's got a shot to play," Kill said.
One reason for optimism would be that Onyebuagu played the entire game this past Saturday against Akron despite injuring the ankle in the first quarter. Kill praised Onyebuagu for how he played against the Zips.
"[He] played his best game since I've been here," Kill said. "I don't know if he concentrated more because he was hurt or what but he played his best game by far."
Also, fullback Connor Flahive [knee] will play.
Bryant improving, Harnish apparently rehabbing in underground hyperbaric chamber
Safety David Bryant [knee] will not but Kill said Bryant was looking much better and he was hoping to get the senior back for the Ball State game next Thursday. Finally, there is no update on quarterback Chandler Harnish's knee.
"I told [trainer] Kammy [Powell] I didn't want to know anything until Tuesday, because then you just get your hopes up," Kill said. "So right now we're concentrating on DeMarcus [Grady], which after watching film, the strides from Game 1 to 2 were immense. Now we need to take him another step."
Inside the Yordon Center, all eyes are upon Chandler Harnish's rehab.
Huskie tailback Chad Spann must be eating his Fruit Loops lately: He’s been following his nose more than Toucan Sam.
Only Spann’s nose doesn’t lead him to cereal; it leads him to the endzone.
After a two-touchdown performance against Akron this week, Spann is tied for the No. 5 ranking nationally in scoring.
If you can dodge Coach Pattons' clipboard, you can dodge a ball
Boosting attendance: Athletic director Jeff Compher said there will be some changes at games in the Convocation Center to try and raise attendance levels.
Compher's main idea is an ongoing dodgeball tournament at halftime among various student groups, leading to a winner at the end of the season.
"I'm really looking forward to that because I'm learning more about dodgeball," Compher said. "[Deputy athletics director] Glen [Krupica] pointed out to me that we used to call it bombardment when we were kids. But there's actually like rules and everything for it. ... I think that will be a lot of fun and draw some good student excitement to it."
Some of the other ideas include doing less promotional activities in the final 10 minutes of a game and having the band play more and the cheerleaders be more active. NIU averaged 1,806 fans at home last season, which was ninth in the MAC.
"Those last 8 to 4 minutes really mean something to the outcome of our games so we're going to be focused on that and how we can get a great atmosphere the last few minutes at all of our games," Compher said.
"Alternative lineup": Jake at PG, Dinunno at SG.