It's just about a week into camp. Two scrimmages are already in the books and Kill is not going to let up at this point in his NIU coaching career:
"This is the toughest I’ve been on a football team here, as far as demands and the way we’re going to do things," Kill said. "I don’t know, I guess I get that way about my third year. I feel everything out then I’m going to do it my way. I’ve been tough on them and they’ve responded pretty well."
Kill said he thinks about 10 members of the Class of 2010 signing class could help the team immediately.
Still recapping Thursday...Which freshmen seem to be making an impact?
Thursday’s scrimmage gave Kill a chance to evaluate other young Huskies, as well. He said freshman offensive tackle Tyler Loos "played well for a freshman" and that St. Charles North product Ryan Brown has also been a surprise at tackle.
The defense again was led by standout play on the line, which recorded seven sacks, but Kill said the secondary showed improvement, especially redshirt freshman Dominique Ware and freshman Jimmie Ward.
How is the kicker battle royale coming along so far? Freshman Matthew Sims did make a 45-yarder to open the scrimmage up on Saturday, so it seems he has a foothold so far in the race:
Kill said the punting game on Thursday was as good as he’s seen it in his time at NIU, but the kicking game is another story.
The Huskies missed one field goal, one extra point and fumbled the snap on another field goal attempt during the scrimmage. Kill said the position battles at kicker – between junior Ryan Fillingim and freshman Mathew Sims – and holder are still unsettled.
Huskie Wire | NIU Saturday scrimmage notes seems like it was just the usual suspects making plays again:
Three running backs scored touchdowns for the Huskies: junior Cameron Bell on a two-yard plunge, senior Chad Spann on a 13-yard screen pass and junior Jasmin Hopkins on a second-effort one-yard dive. Senior Ricky Crider also looked sharp and had a 15-yard rush.
Junior Chandler Harnish passed for two touchdowns, the first to Spann and the second on a scramble to Jack Marks after a botched field-goal snap. Junior DeMarcus Grady found Nathan Palmer for an 18-yard touchdown, and freshman Jordan Lynch found Anthony Johnson for a 25-yard score.
Fan day seemed like it was a successful day all around. You can read a detailed writeup of what all went down by NIU1981 over on the Dog Pound. Tracy Wilson also intercepted a ball from Harnish which was nice to see from a defensive standpoint.