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Diesel Fuel 2.19.09


Who is Diesel?  He's the real life mascot for the NIU and runs across the field every time a touchdown is scored by the Huskies.  A fan favorite, Diesel goes around before games and befriends everyone in the tailgating area.  He is an essential part of the tradition here at Northern Illinois and the ladies love him.  I will honor him by naming the news and notes (hopefully daily) in his honor.  Let's start this off:

"This is over a three-year plan. What I'm hoping for is in the next three years is to actually put a plan in place. We've got to be cognizant of where we are economically but our program needs are still there.

"It's something I want to keep on the front burner but I don't want it to be a distraction for our community. I think Toledo is building one right now. We'll be one of three schools in the conference that don't have one after that. Will we start this anytime soon? I don't know. I think we've got the support out there from people who are willing to help us, we've just got to keep in mind where we are economically."

My take: Compher wants to build an indoor practice facility, but I think it's pretty easy to read here that NIU doesn't have the funds for it yet.

Three years isn't exactly what I expected to hear from Compher in this situation.  Obviously, the economy is hurting us a little bit.

Larry English Watch

[Northern Illinois'] Larry English is a good pass rusher. He was an undersized guy. He is a linebacker who ended up at end. Most teams have him as a linebacker. He has a great motor and plays hard. He doesn't have many holes.

He impressed again at the Senior Bowl in January and has been preparing for the draft at the Wellness Performance Institute in Suwanee, Ga., under the guidance of former NFL All-Pro defensive end Chuck Smith.

"Chuck does training for guys getting ready for the draft and specifically works with defensive ends, outside linebackers," English said. "He has a proven program for defensive linemen and pass rushers. I met him and felt comfortable with him and I've been here since the week after the Senior Bowl."