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First week of NIU Football Camp in the books: What happened?

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Mass consumption

Former DE Anthony Wells gains weight but not speed, projected to start at DT alongside Nabal Jefferson:

The sophomore put on 40 pounds, increasing his playing weight to 275. He said he’d like to gain another five before the Sept. 3 season opener against Army. To reach his target weight, Wells said he averaged about 5,000 calories a day. He ate between four to six times a day – chicken, pasta, mashed potatoes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, anything that sticks.

"It was real hard, big meals," Wells said. "But I was just thinking about my teammates. Every time I didn’t feel like eating or I was too full, I just thought about the team. That’s what it’s all about, just helping the team."

This has been the most significant weight gain outside Rob McElhenney's sacrifice for the upcoming season of Always Sunny. Wells is the only 3-star prospect left from the 2009 class and curiously redshirted his freshman year and only played in 3 games last year. Frank Boenzi and Ron Newcomb will be waiting in the wings.

Left tackle madness

Starting LT Trevor Olson has a hairline fracture in his left hand, but apparently it's NO BIG DEAL.

His backup, Tyler Loos is out for the season with an ACL, which brought Tyler Pitt back from the DL to provide depth. This isn't the greatest thing considering how many younger guys need to gain experience this year. Both Ryan Brown and Matt Krempel are candidates for the backup spot.


Not quite deserved of a blurb, Chandler Harnish's beard is still in it's infancy stage.

Kansas will be on Fox College Sports.

Tyrone Clark's new role? Army running back.

You saw it all last season long, but Rashaan Melvin is a beast and the secondary is way underrated. MOAR MELVIN.

I can't tell you how excited I am for the no-huddle offense that seems to be brewing up this offseason. More here.

Talking Doeren's KU days.

Position Battles

Jas Hopkins is the starter at RB. After him, it's up for grabs.

We found DE Stephen O'Neal, he's recovering from a shoulder injury from LAST season. Ouch. He'll be back for conference.

DE Kyle Jenkins is happy he's back on the DL backing up Sean Progar. Joe Windsor and Alan Baxter are battling on the other side.

TE goes Jack Marks, Adam Kiel and then Luke Eakes & Cameron Bell.

Dekalb Media Day Stuff

We're sellin tix and the IPF is ALIVE.

DeKalb media day: Dave Doeren 1

DeKalb media day: Dave Doeren 2

DeKalb media day: Dave Doeren 3

DeKalb media day: Dave Doeren 4

DeKalb media day: Jeff Compher

Conference Roundup

Does Rivals have any idea what they're talking about?

Definitely not a problem for NIU, but for the other MAC schools...

Hustle belt previews the annoying WMU Broncos.