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NIU head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference yesterday at the McCareins Auditorium to preview the Huskies' upcoming game with Buffalo. Joining Doeren were running back Akeem Daniels, cornerback Marckie Hayes and linebacker Victor Jacques. Two topics that came up were Northern Illinois' impressive winning streak at Huskie Stadium, which the Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell discusses in his story in today's paper, while Steve Nitz writes about NIU's propensity for fourth-quarter comebacks in today's edition of the Daily Chronicle.


Doeren 7.jpgComing off of an 11-3 record in his inaugural season, Northern Illinois football head coach Dave Doeren was listed as one of's Breakout Coaches of 2012 for his second season.

The list of 11 coaches features fellow head coaches Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Mario Cristobal (Florida International), Dave Christensen (Wyoming) and Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State), along with coordinators Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Kirby Smart (Alabama), Chad Morris (Clemson), Manny Diaz (Texas) and Todd Grantham (Georgia).

Here's what Bruce Feldman had to say about Doeren:

"Bret Bielema's former assistant produced an 11-win season in his first year as a head coach and comes into the season with the longest win streak in FBS at nine games. If the Huskies -- breaking in a new QB -- can knock off Iowa (a 10-point favorite) in Chicago in the opener, Doeren's stock will soar and they could be in line to make a Top 25 run."



The NIU football team, which received votes in the Preseason Associated Press Poll, was at Soldier Field yesterday for a walk through in preparation for the Huskies' showdown with Iowa September 1. Several Chicago television outlets were on hand, including Fox Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.



As you all know, the Mid-American Conference hosted its 2012 Football Media Day yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. Head coach Dave Doeren, defensive end Sean Progar and quarterback Jordan Lynch returned to the site of its 2011 MAC championship victory to discuss the upcoming 2012 season and defense of their title. The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle made the trek to the Motor City

Chicago Tribune

Huskies' hopes high despite new faces on offense

Daily Chronicle

Hungry to return to Detroit


Doeren-Dave-2011-006.jpgHuskie fans in attendance at tomorrow's White Sox game with the Seattle Mariners may hear a familiar voice over the public address system. Northern Illinois University head football coach Dave Doeren will on hand at U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow to give the call to Play Ball!  


Spring11 - JLynch throws (small).jpgNorthern Illinois completed its first week of 2012 spring practices with a two-hour workout in full pads Saturday at Huskie Stadium.  After practicing Wednesday and Thursday in shorts and helmets only, NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren enjoyed seeing the Huskies in full contact mode.

"It was fun to see guys hitting today," Doeren said.  "The ball was on the ground a little too much but that's going to happen when guys get hit for the first time in a while."

After moving through the national progression of practice from individual position drills to specific run and pass game work, to 7-on-7, Saturday's session ended with several periods of full team scrimmaging. While cornerback Rashaan Melvin started 11-on-11 by intercepting Jordan Lynch on the first play, Lynch and the offense came back when the team moved from stationary plays to actually moving the chains. Facing the first team defense on the first drive, Lynch drove the offense down the field and hit Tommylee Lewis on third and goal from inside the 10-yard line for a touchdown.  

Earlier in the practice, NIU middle linebacker Devon Butler made his first interception of spring during seven-on-seven drills.

Although hesitant to grade the day before reviewing the tape, several players did catch Doeren's eye.

"There was good energy today but I have to watch the film to say exactly how good of a day it was," Doeren said.  "Luke Eakes had a nice day. Tim Semisch made some plays and the tight ends looked good.  I saw our two defensive ends, Alan Baxter and Sean Progar, doing some good things.   I'm anxious to watch the tape."

The Huskies return to the practice field next week with workouts Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at Huskie Stadium.


Dave-Doeren-8.jpgThere were a slew of features on NIU players and coaches posted the last two weeks. Enjoy!

Dave Doeren, Doeren's first season at NIU a big success

Matt Canada
Rockford Register Star, New boss same as old boss for NIU offense

Jimmie Ward
Daily Chronicle, Home sweet home for Ward

Jordan Delegal
Daily Chronicle, Conversion complete for NIU linebacker

Pat Schiller
Press Register, Northern Illinois' Pat Schiller stepped up big at linebacker

Sean Evans
Northwest Florida Daily News, Former FWB standout Evans enjoys 'homecoming' with NIU

Community service visit in Mobile
Fox TV, Huskies talk to troubled juveniles

Bowl feature, Huskies hope bowl wait is worth it


Doeren 5.jpgIt has been just over since Dave Doeren was announced as Northern Illinois University's 21st head football coach. What a difference a year makes. Doeren has led NIU to its first Mid-American Conference championship since 1983 and a berth in the 2012 Bowl. Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle visited with Doeren after yesterday's practice to get his thought's on his first season as a head coach in this Q&A.


Football team taking the field.jpgWith the 2011 MAC Championship game just two days and eight hours away, here are a pair of preview stories to take in to get you set for the game.

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune talks about the disappointing end for the Huskies' in the 2010 game and how NIU is looking to avenge last year's loss in this story. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star Ohio in this story found in today's paper.


Pat Schiller Blitzes for a sack.jpgThe Northern Illinois University defense has shown vast improvements in the last two games, allowing an average of 16 points per game and keeping teams under 200 yards of total offense. That's quite a change from the 39.6 points and 499.8 yards of total offense allowed a game in the first five contests.

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald breaks down the Huskies' improvement on the defensive side of the ball in this article in today's paper.


Part II of Ryan Wood's two-part story on the journey Donovan Gordon and Tim Semisch took to Northern Illinois University after the football program at Nebraska-Omaha was cut. As the story points out, both men arrived at NIU, but took different paths to get here.


Doeren 7.jpgAs Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle writes in this feature, Dave Doeren is adjusting well to his role as a head coach. Doeren, who came to NIU after serving as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin is in his first head coach position and understands his role.

"I think the process I'm going through as a head coach, you always want to do more," Doeren said. "You have to decide, at what point are you being a master of nothing? If I try to do everything, I'm not helping anybody."


Harnish-Chandler-CMU.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team opens Mid-American Conference play Saturday in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. when the Huskies take on Central Michigan. At Tuesday's weekly press conference, NIU head coach Dave Doeren spoke about the respect NIU has for Central Michigan and what they've accomplished, winning the MAC title in three of the last five years, and how the Huskies would like to enjoy the same success.

As Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes, Doeren has sought out the guidance of some of his current assistant coaches and reached out to former Huskie head man Joe Novak. You will also find the game recap from Saturday's win over Cal Poly in the related topics box within that story.

Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle delves a little deeper into Doeren's education on Central Michigan and the MAC as running backs coach Eddie Faulkner reminisces about some of his trips to Central Michigan during his eight years at Ball State in this story.


At Tuesday's weekly press conference, NIU head coach Dave Doeren and a few Huskie players met the media at the weekly press conference. Doeren looked back at the Wisconsin game, but quickly turned his attention to the task at hand - Cal Poly. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald talked about NIU moving on from the loss.

Willhite pointed out in his story the Huskies 1-2 record is the same mark they had after three games last year. He also talks about the growing pains the NIU defense, which returns just two starters, is going through right now.

Mitchell talked about NIU's seniors taking control of the team as soon as they arrived back on campus in his piece. He also includes a video interview with Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher regarding the $3 million gift the department received to build its indoor practice facility.

In his press conference wrap up, Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle talked about the uniqueness of facing a triple-option offense this often in this day and age of college football and how facing Army in the season opener may give the Huskies a bit of an edge.


Doeren 4.jpgRyan Wood of the Daily Chronicle offers his take on NIU head coach Dave Doeren facing his old team. He talks about Doeren's relationships with many of the Badger coaches that go beyond their time together at Wisconsin.


The Daily Herald has a pair of articles in today's paper you might want to check out today. Mike McGraw filed this story on Northern Illinois' up-tempo offense, while Lindsey Willhite talks about Dave Doeren's standing summer vacation plans with his old boss, Bret Bielema. Willhite also has some news and notes about tomorrow's game with the Badgers at the end of that same piece.


Doeren 7.jpgChicago Tribune columnist David Haugh took a trip out to DeKalb yesterday to sit down with NIU head football coach Dave Doeren. The two spoke of Doeren's adjustment to being a head coach, his desire to broaden the NIU fan base and facing his old team at Soldier Field tomorrow. It's a must read for any Huskie fan.


Wedige-Scott.jpgJay Taft of the Rockford Register Star posted this story on how NIU has to overcome its disappointing loss to Kansas to face Wisconsin of Saturday at Soldier Field. Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News talks about the many NIU-Wisconsin story lines including center and Wisconsin-native Scott Wedige in his preview story.


While many fans are still fighting off the sting of losing in the final seconds to Kansas, the members of the NIU football team have moved on.

"I know for us, it's a 24-hour rule after a loss," Wedige said. "Even after a win, 24 hours. You can't get too high, you can't get too low. You've got to move on because if you hold onto that loss or that win, it's going to effect you the next week. You can't have a hangover from the past weeks."
As Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle writes, NIU head coach Dave Doeren told his players to forget about the Kansas game and start thinking about Wisconsin. That's just what the Huskies did getting into the film room and hitting the practice field Sunday.


Doeren 5.jpgNIU head coach Dave Doeren returned to one of his old stomping grounds this past weekend when the Huskies traveled to Kansas to face the Jayhawks. This week, he will look across the sidelines and see a lot of familiar faces when Northern Illinois plays host to Wisconsin at Soldier Field Saturday.

Doeren spent five seasons at Wisconsin, serving as defensive coordinator for Bret Bielema. Adam Rittenberg of delves further into Doeren's time in Madison in his blog post yesterday, while Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune posted this story on Doeren's familiarity with Wisconsin and how the team has responded after the disappointing setback to Kansas.

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