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Northern Illinois held its annual "Football 101" Women's Clinic at Huskie Stadium Wednesday and once again the event turned out to be one of the highlights of the summer.  More than 100 ladies participated in this year's women's clinic, the first at NIU for head coach Dave Doeren.  

The evening began with a reception in the atrium of the Yordon Center as the women gathered and visited, took pictures with the Huskie players who would be their "coaches" for the evening and filled up on appetizers and beverages.  

Doeren spent the first 30 minutes reviewing the "Playbook" handed out to every attendee, which included the descriptions of each position and where they line up on the field, a guide to the referee's signals and some information on formations.  If you've ever wondered what a "Cover 2" is on defense, the Women's Clinic was the place to find out.

The room was then divided into two groups.  While one group stayed in the McCareins Auditorium to take part in a "Q&A" with a handful of Huskie players, the other ladies had a tour of the Yordon Center, including the football locker room and sports performance center.  There, the players demonstrated some of the weight lifting techniques used to get stronger during the summer.  After 30 minutes, the groups swapped.  

Despite the heat, everyone then took to the field at Huskie Stadium where the ladies got hands on demonstrations on some of the basics of football from NIU players and coaches at a series of six stations set up on the field.  Groups moved from station to station where they learned things such as the proper way to take a hand off, how to catch a football, the offensive and defensive linemen stances and how a linebacker reads a play.  

The evening concluded with a "team photo."  Check out all the highlights of the 2011 Football 101 Women's Clinic by clicking the link above to see the entire photo gallery and make plans to attend - or send your favorite lady - to the 2012 event! 


FB11 - Doeren at Spring Practice.jpgNorthern Illinois completed its fifth workout of 2011 spring drills Thursday morning at Huskie Stadium which included several scrimmage periods as NIU worked in full pads for the third straight day.  The Northern Illinois offense had one of its best days of spring to date, especially early in the session, as players continue to become comfortable with the terminology installed by the new coaching staff.
"The terminology is coming around, it's a work in progress," said Huskies' head coach Dave Doeren. "I loved the energy the offense came out with at the start of practice.  They had a real good start to today.  They were driving the ball, using the hard count and making plays. The offense came out and played with an attitude."

The offense's day was highlighted by several good runs by running backs Jas Hopkins and Jamal Womble, while former quarterback DeMarcus Grady continues to show progress at wide receiver.
In the later 11-on-11 scrimmage periods, Doeren was equally as excited about two momentum-changing plays by sophomore cornerback Sean Evans, who picked off passes on consecutive plays and returned both for touchdowns.

"I am real excited about Sean Evans making two interceptions [for touchdowns] at the end of practice," Doeren said. "For the defense, those touchdowns were big-time. For the offense it's something that can't happen. Sean's INTs changed the momentum of practice in two plays for the defense."

Huskie kickers Ryan Fillingim and Matt Sims also had a good day kicking with each hitting all of their tries during special teams work.

Practice Notes:  Thursday was one of the "warmest" (relatively-speaking) days of 2011 spring drills to date thanks in large part to the lack of wind on the field... visitors to practice included NIU alum Patrick Stephen, a four-year player at defensive back for the Huskies from 1995-98, who was there to watch his younger brother, Courtney, a safety for the current team... the older Stephen was a three-time Academic All-American at NIU and currently resides in the Chicago suburbs... Stephen was a senior at Northern Illinois when current offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Matt Canada arrived for his first stint on the NIU coaching staff... the veteran Huskie radio crew of Bill Baker (31st year) and Mark Lindo (26th year) were also in attendance Thursday as they came out to meet and chat with Northern Illinois' new assistant coaches... one new player easy to spot on the Huskie sidelines is 7-foot, 376-pound offensive lineman Kyle Getzelman, who walked on to the team in February... Getzelman, who has been a student at NIU but has not played football in several years, is a Hampshire, Ill. product who attended Burlington Central High School and is a redshirt junior.

Media Reaction to New Football Coach Dave Doeren

Doeren and Media.jpegYesterday's announcement of and press conference for new NIU football head coach Dave Doeren got the media talking.  Take a look at what they have said over the past 24 hours:

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune | 2

Chicago Sun-Times A.P. story

Daily-Chronicle | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Daily Herald

Rockford Register Star


With the big news Monday of the hiring of Dave Doeren as the new NIU football coach, it's time for a media watch. We'll keep updating this area with pertinent articles to NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher's choice to lead the Huskie Football program.

  • John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle filed this story, banking on a snow shoveling story both Compher and Doeren referenced during the hiring press conference
  • ESPN's Andrea Adelson posted this entry in her College Football Nation Blog - also snow-related
  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune wrote this about the hire
  • The Badgers had a take, offering this blog entry with words from Badger head coach Brett Bielema and AD Barry Alvarez
  • The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite had this to say, comparing the hire to when Joe Novak was named NIU's football coach
More to come...


The Huskies have hired Dave Doeren, former Wisconsin defensive coordinator, as their next head coach. Here's a quick coverage round-up:

Keep checking back. We'll link around the net as stories pop-up about the hiring.
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