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Northern Illinois Huskies
Northern Illinois Huskies athletic logo
UniversityNorthern Illinois University
NicknameHuskies
Team ColorsCardinal and Black
Head CoachJerry Kill
LocationDeKalb, Illinois
ConferenceMid-American Conference
NCAADivision I-A
StadiumHuskie Stadium
MascotVictor E. Huskie
WebsiteNIU Football Official Website

The Northern Illinois Huskies football team represent the Northern Illinois University in the Mid-American Conference of the NCAA's Division I-Bowl Subdivision. NIU's football program was established in the late 1800's, playing its first ever game against DeKalb HS in 1899 and was led by coach John L. Keith to the team's first ever victory. NIU started out in the independent scene from 1899 through 1919 before joining the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Huskies' stint with the IIAC was short-lived, lasting only five seasons as the team became independent again in 1925. NIU returned in the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1928 and finished the season winless for the first time. In 1929 however, Red Evans took over as the head football coach and immediately twisted the downhill fate of his team as he led his squad to a 6-1-1 record. Evans led the Huskies to continuous winning seasons since his take over, and his efforts paid off in 1938 as NIU captured the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the team's first title. He followed it up with three more championships (1941, '44, and '46) and even led the Huskies' to a back-to-back Bowl Game appearance in 1946 and '47 (unfortunately, both on a losing cause to Evansville first in the Turkey Bowl then in the Hoosier Bowl). NIU then left for the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1950 but, with the exception of the spotless season (9-0-0) in 1951 that earned the team a 5th conference title, failed to make a decent showing in its first few years with its new home. Howard Fletcher though had other plans as he picked up the pieces of the miserable 0-8-1 season from Robert Kahler in 1956. The Huskies' had a slow progress that picked up in the late 1950's. The team's third Bowl Game appearance in 1962, although a loss, was only the beginning of good things to come as in the following season, the Huskies completed their sixth undefeated season which earned them the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, an AP College Division National championship selection, and a ticket to the Mineral Water Bowl which the team eventually won over Missouri State. The team made it a three-peat championship, adding up the 1964 and '64 conference titles. NIU became independent from 1966 through '72 before joining the Mid-American Athletic Conference in 1973. The team claimed the MAC title in 1983 then went on to their first Bowl Game in the Division I-A, the California Bowl, which the Huskies won over Cal State-Fullerton. The team had no permanent affiliation after leaving the MAC in 1986; first became independent from 1987-92, then joined the Big West Conference from 1993 through '95, became independent again in '96, then finally was admitted back into the Mid-American Athletic Conference in 1997.

NIU as of 2006, has won 9 conference and 1 division titles, appeared in eight Division I-A and College Division Bowl Games (winning three), and has accumulated over 400 wins and an all time winning mark that is above .500.


Contents

Ranking

Division I-AA Polls
Year Record NCAA Rank Sports Network Rank USA/ESPN Rank
1982 5-5-0 12

Scouting Report

Category MAC Rank Nat'l Rank
Scoring Offense 12 109
Scoring Defense 9 86
Total Offense 10 94
Total Defense 11 97
Turnover Margin 13 117
Pass Efficiency Defense 7 80
Kickoff Returns 13 119
Net Punting 8 80
Passing Offense 10 80
Passing Defense 6 51
Passing Efficiency 10 92
Punt Returns 2 39
Rushing Offense 7 80
Rushing Defense 12 111

Championships

Small College National Championships

  • 1963 - Associated Press College Division National Champions

Conference Championships

  • 1938 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1941 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Champions
  • 1944 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1946 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1951 - Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1963 - Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1964 - Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Champions
  • 1965 - Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
  • 1983 - Mid-American Athletic Conference Champions

Division Championships

  • 2001 - MAC - West Division Co-Champions
  • 2002 - MAC - West Division Co-Champions
  • 2004 - MAC - West Division Co-Champions
  • 2005 - MAC - West Division Co-Champions

NIU Bowl History

Division I-A Bowl Games
Year Bowl Game Result Opponent Score
Dec 19, 2006 Poinsettia Bowl L Texas Christian 7-37
Dec 30, 2004 Silicon Valley Classic W Troy State 34-21
Dec 17, 1983 California Bowl W Cal State-Fullerton 20-13


College Division/Other Bowl Games
Year Bowl Game Result Opponent Score
Nov 27, 1965 Mineral Water Bowl L North Dakota 20-37
Nov 30, 1963 Mineral Water Bowl W Missouri State 21-14
Nov 24, 1962 Mineral Water Bowl L Adams State 20-23
Nov 29, 1947 Hoosier Bowl L Evansville 0-20
Nov 28, 1946 Turkey Bowl L Evansville 7-19

Highlights

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Huskies in '04. The Northern Illinois Huskies, led by Coach Joe Novak, finished the 2004 season with a 9-win, 3-loss record, capped by an impressive 34-21 victory over Troy in the Silicon Valley Classic for the team's third overall Bowl Game win.

Schedule

Northern Illinois Huskies 2008 Games Schedule
Date Opponent Location Result
08.30.08 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. L, 27-31
09.06.08 Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. L, 26-29
09.20.08 Indiana State DeKalb, Ill. W, 48-3
09.27.08 Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich. W, 37-0
10.04.08 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. L, 9-13
10.11.08 Miami (Ohio) DeKalb, Ill. W, 17-13
10.18.08 Toledo DeKalb, Ill. W, 38-7
10.25.08 Bowling Green DeKalb, Ill. W, 16-13
11.05.08 #16 Ball State Muncie, Ind. L, 14-45
11.12.08 Central Michigan DeKalb, Ill. L, 30-33
11.18.08 Kent State Kent, Ohio W, 42-14
11.25.08 Navy DeKalb, Ill. L, 0-16

Roster

Northern Illinois Huskies 2008 Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown Prev. School
1 Anthony Mason DB 5-11 185 RS JR Hopkins Park, IL Bishop McNamara/Valparaiso
1 Paul Blalock FB 6-0 222 RS JR Aurora, IL Waubonsie Valley/Illinois
2 Melvin Rice CB 5-10 192 SR Chicago, IL Morgan Park
3 Chad Spann TB 5-10 189 SO Indianapolis, IN North Central
3 DeMarcus Grady QB 6-1 196 RS FR Grand Rapids, MI East Grand Rapids
4 David Bryant RB 5-10 202 RS JR St. Louis, MO Ladue Horton Watkins
5 Marcus Perez WR 5-11 178 RS SR Elkhart, IN Central
6 Vincent Matthew CB 5-10 182 RS SR Miami, FL Palmetto
7 Britt Davis WR 6-3 205 RS SR Broadview, IL Riverside-Brookfield
9 Matt Schiffler TB 5-9 199 RS JR LaGrange Park, IL Nazareth Academy
9 Josh Allen LB 5-11 211 SR North Chicago, IL North Chicago
10 Willie Clark WR 6-1 192 RS FR Roselle, IL Lake Park
11 Marcus Lewis WR 6-2 205 JR Gurnee, IL Warren
11 Mike Salerno K/P 6-0 165 RS JR Orland Park, IL Sandburg/Winona State
12 Chandler Harnish QB 6-3 211 RS FR Bluffton, IN Norwell
12 David Pratt DB 6-1 200 RS JR Macomb, IL Macomb
13 Evans Adonis WR 6-0 170 RS SR Miami, FL Southwest
15 John Kremer DB 5-11 180 RS SO Oswego, IL Oswego
15 Ryan Morris QB 6-2 199 RS JR Carol Stream, IL West Chicago
16 Boone Thorgesen DB 6-0 184 RS FR Elburn, IL Kaneland
17 Greg Turner WR 6-0 190 SR Glendale Heights, IL Driscoll
18 Andy Dittbenner P 6-1 194 SR Bloomington, IL Normal University
19 Dan Nicholson QB 6-2 192 RS SR Chicago, IL Brother Rice
20 Montell Clanton TB 5-9 185 RS SR Rockford, IL Guilford
20 Ricardo Patton DB 6-2 185 RS SO Boulder, CO Boulder/Morehouse
21 Justin Anderson TB 5-11 222 RS JR Chicago, IL Steinmetz
22 Nick Kamenjarin LB 6-0 209 RS SO Chicago, IL New Prairie
23 T.J. Griffin LB 6-0 227 RS SR Carol Stream, IL Wheaton North
24 Bradley Pruitt DB 6-1 187 SR Chicago, IL Hyde Park
26 Cory Hanson LB 6-1 209 RS JR Minneapoiis, MN DeLaSalle
27 Spencer Williamson SS 6-2 205 RS JR Elkhart, IN Central
28 Ricky Crider TB 5-9 180 RS SO Evansville, IN Reitz
29 Pat Schiller LB 6-2 218 RS FR Geneva, IL Geneva
30 Connor Flahive FB 6-0 240 RS SO Niles, IL Notre Dame
30 James Jefferies CB 5-9 180 RS SO Chicago, IL Mount Carmel
31 Tyler Knight DB 6-1 190 RS SO Park Ridge, IL Maine South
32 Jeff Fontana FS 5-11 195 RS JR Libertyville, IL Libertyville
33 Patrick George DB 5-11 180 SO Chicago, IL Gordon Tech
34 Kyle Skarb FB 6-0 210 SO Hawthorn Woods, IL Lake Zurich
35 Alan Smith TB 5-10 191 RS FR Naperville, Ill. Neuqua Valley
36 Chase Carter CB 5-11 170 SR Wichita, KS Wichita Heights/Coffeyville C.C.
37 Alex Kube SS 6-1 203 RS SO Cary, IL Cary-Grove
38 Mike Sobol SS 6-0 200 RS SO Pevely, MO Herculaneum
39 Justin Stewart FS 6-1 194 RS SO O'Fallon, IL Township
40 Chase Mejia WR 5-8 170 FR Columbia, MO Rock Bridge
40 Jake Marsh DL 6-3 255 RS JR Richmond, IL Richmond Burton
41 Tracy Wilson DB 5-11 194 RS FR Harvey, IL St. Francis DeSales
42 John Tranchitella LB 6-2 221 JR Addison, IL Driscoll
44 Darnell Bolding LB 6-2 215 RS SO Washington, DC Bowie/Coffeyville C.C.
45 Mike Lepper LB 6-2 211 RS SO Oak Lawn, IL Richards
47 Jason Cruikshank LB 6-3 229 RS SO Elk Grove, IL Elk Grove
48 Mike Kritikos LB 6-2 222 RS JR Addison, IL Addison Trail
49 Anthony Antonacci FB 6-1 250 RS JR Naperville, IL Neuqua Valley
50 Eddie Adamski C 6-2 282 RS JR Kildeer, IL Carmel
51 Larry English DE 6-3 254 RS SR Aurora, IL Marmion Academy
52 Phil Brown LB 5-11 222 RS JR Chicago, IL Morgan Park
53 Tim McCarthy LB 6-0 232 RS SR Neenah, WI Neenah
54 Jake Coffman DE 6-3 240 RS SO German Valley, IL Forreston
55 Nolan Owen LS 6-0 215 SO Canyon Lake, CA Temescal Canyon
55 Pat McAvoy FB 6-0 203 RS FR Cary, IL St. Viator
56 Brandon Bice DE 6-3 254 RS JR McCook, IL Lyons Township
57 Zach Larsen LB 6-0 224 RS JR Northfield, MN Northfield
58 Mike Krause DL 6-3 264 RS SO Germantown, WI Germantown
59 Kevin Skatrud OT 6-6 330 RS JR Brodhead, WI Brodhead-Juda
60 Jon Brost OL 6-6 304 RS SR Maple Grove, MN Maple Grove
61 Panan Tense OG 6-4 294 RS SO Hillside, IL Fenwick
62 Trevor Olson OL 6-6 278 RS FR Richfield, MN Richfield
64 Jake Wertz OT 6-4 286 RS JR Prairie View, IL Lincolnshire Stevenson
65 Jason Onyebuagu OL 6-2 310 JR Indianapolis, IN Warren Central
66 Tony Holmes OT 6-6 304 RS JR Woodbury, MN Senior
68 Keith Otis OL 6-4 308 RS FR Chicago, IL Hubbard
69 Alex Krutsch DT 6-2 258 RS SR Schaumburg, IL Schaumburg
71 Scott Wedige OL 6-4 285 RS FR Elkhorn, WI Elkhorn Area
72 Joe Pawlak OL 6-5 294 RS FR Grayslake, IN Grayslake
74 Adam Kiel OL 6-6 273 RS FR Wentzville, MO St. Dominic
76 Eli Alafogianis OL 6-4 290 RS FR New Castle, IN Chrysler
77 Tim Mayerbock OG 6-4 312 RS JR Chicago, IL St. Patrick
78 Dan Keller OG 6-4 300 RS SR Racine, WI St. Catherines
80 Landon Cox WR 6-3 203 SO Calumet City, IL Thornton Fractional North
81 Nathan Palmer WR 5-11 175 RS FR Elkhart, IN Central
82 Preston Williams WR 5-11 173 RS JR Urbana, IL Urbana
83 Reed Cunningham TE 6-4 250 RS JR Cambria, WI Pardeeville
84 Tyler Clasey WR 6-1 189 RS SO Champaign, IL Centennial
85 Matt Simon WR 6-2 205 RS SR Farmington, MN Farmington
88 Brandon Beal TE 6-4 243 RS SR St. Louis, MO Vianney
89 Ron Newcomb DL 6-3 241 RS FR Wheatfield, IN Chicago Mt. Carmel
90 Ed Jackson DE 6-4 278 RS SO Belleville, IL Cahokia
91 David Koronkiewicz TE 6-3 263 RS SR Goshen, IN Goshen
94 John Hopkins DL 6-3 274 SO St. Louis, MO Oakville
96 Bryan Beckner TE 6-4 255 RS SO Bourbonnais, IL Bishop McNamara
97 Jack Marks TE 6-5 222 RS FR Orland Park, IL Marist
98 D.J. Pirkle DL 6-1 295 SO Frankfort, IL Lincoln Way East
99 Craig Rusch DT 6-4 274 RS SR Hilbert, WI Hilbert

Coaches/Team Officials

Notable Alumni in NFL

Northern Illinois Huskies in NFL

References

External Links


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