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Following Sunday's photo day, Northern Illinois will practice in shells (shorts, shoulder pads, helmets) again on Monday before going in full pads for the first time Tuesday. Wednesday will bring the first two-a-day session of the preseason, but Kill said the players and coaches are already looking ahead to Thursday, the first full scrimmage of the spring.
Game of the Year
Temple at Northern Illinois, Oct. 9 – This was almost the MAC title game last year, and it certainly could be this year if the two teams play up to their capabilities. If nothing else, the battle between NIU’s Chad Spann and Temple’s Bernard Pierce will be among the nation’s most exciting this year, and there are more than enough talented players on both teams to make this one of the must see games on a national scale, and not just for MAC fans.
Bold Prediction... DeMarcus Grady, and not Chandler Harnish, will be the NIU starting quarterback in the MAC title game.
OL - Joe Pawelak, Jr. No. Illinois
DB - Tracy Wilson, Jr. No. Illinois
3. RB Chad Spann, Sr. No. Illinois
5. DE Jake Coffman, Sr. No. Illinois
27. SS Tracy Wilson, Jr. No. Illinois
Defense: After leading the MAC in total defense, finishing third in scoring defense, and finishing second in sacks and tackles for loss, there’s reason to be very, very excited with nine starters returning and a ton of depth to create several good battles for jobs up and down the defense. Thanks to the return of end Jake Coffman, who left the team for a brief period, the pass rush will still be phenomenal.
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois invites all Huskie football fans across the area to attend the free NIU Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 14 from 9:30 am to Noon at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Fans of all ages can get ready for the 2010 Northern Illinois football season by watching the Huskie football practice beginning at 10 a.m. on the Brigham Field Turf. Throughout practice, NIU Athletics will have a bounce house and temporary tattoos stations set up in the end zone for kids, and will give away 2010 NIU football posters, schedule magnets and cups (while supplies last). The Northern Illinois cheerleaders and Victor E. Huskie will be on hand to meet and greet fans. Following practice, everyone will be invited onto the field where the Huskie players will sign autographs.
NIU offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said Grady has "gone from being an athletic kid that can throw the ball to a quarterback," one whom the coaches are going to give every opportunity to win the starting job leading up to the season opener at Iowa State on Sept. 2.
"DeMarcus has definitely put himself in that kind of spot where he's done everything we've asked of him," Limegrover said. "Now it's a matter of the consistency from here leading up to that first game. That's his challenge."
"It was probably tougher for the young guys because we added a lot of stuff at them," Kill said. "We're not slowing down for anybody. We're moving on and coaching those kids as hard as we can. It's a little bit unfair to them but I think they're doing a great job. I'm proud of them."
"Scott’s the classic case of he might’ve been able to go to another school and play earlier, a smaller school or whatever," NIU offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said after Friday’s practice at Huskie Stadium. "He just bided his time. He got better and better, took a few butt-chewings from me early on, but he fought through it, and now he feels like this is his group, like it’s his time."
But the two facts don’t directly correlate, as Kill said he was not the lone coach to acknowledge the Huskies as one of the nation’s top-25 teams.
"Now it’s a question of getting the design right and getting the cost to where we can at least identify what a facility like that would be and then try and figure it out," Compher said.
Compher acknowledged that a lot of the money for the facility would have to be privately raised. "You have to think about what our capacity is," he said. "We just got through with [the True North] $160 million campaign. So what’s the capacity, what’s the climate like for fundraising?"