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Ward Featured on Mid-Season All-America Team

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NIU senior Jimmie Ward has been named to SI.com's Mid-Season All-America team.  The Huskies' strong safety from Mobile, Ala. leads the nation with five interceptions, and leads the Huskies in tackles with 50.  He has 35 solo stops, two pass break-ups, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

Ward has intercepted a pass in each of NIU's last four games but his biggest pickoff of the year may have been the first one versus Iowa.  With 1:24 to play and the game tied at 27-all, Ward jumped an out route, made a one-handed interception (due to the cast on his left hand) and returned the ball 20 yards to the Iowa 30.  His play set up a game-winning field goal by the Huskies' Mathew Sims.

Against Purdue, Ward returned an interception on a similar play 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.  While covering All-America candidate Dri Archer during most of the Kent State game, Ward had an interception in the end zone and recovered a fumble.


NATIONAL NOTICE

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The Huskies are 4-0 and ranked 23rd in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and with that record comes some great national publicity for the NIU program and its players, especially Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch.  In case you've missed any of the national mentions this week, here's a recap to some of them with links. 

ESPN.com
Ivan Maisel podcast (talks NIU as BCS Buster at 18 minute mark)
Gene Wojciehowski column (brief mentions for NIU, Lynch under Tailgating and First Quarter headers)
 
Yahoo.com
Pat Forde column (lists NIU-Iowa as most under-rated game of September)
 
SI.com
Campus Union (under "Three Up" props for Jimmie Ward as one of top defenders in the country)
 
FoxSports.com
Charles Davis' Heisman Watch Video (Jordan Lynch)

NFL.com
5-Up

In addition, Lynch and the Huskies have been the subject of some national radio chatter.  Following the Purdue win, Jordan was interviewed live by Yahoo!Sports Radio and CBS Radio, and during the past week, the Huskies have come up on the Dan Patrick Show, Sirius XM College Sports (Monday and Tuesday nights) and ESPN Radio.  Lynch was on the air with Chris Childers of Sirius XM and Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio this week.


Keep watching this space, like NIU Huskies on Facebook and follow @NIUAthletics and @LynchFor6 on Twitter for all of the links to news on NIU Football.  

FUTURE HUSKIE NAMED DAILY CHRONICLE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Incoming NIU wrestler Austin Culton was named the 2013 DeKalb Daily Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year today. Culton attended Sycamore High School and was a key member of both the football and wrestling teams with the Spartans. Culton won the Class 2A individual wrestling state championship at 152 pounds as a junior, finishing with a 34-4 record, and finished runner-up this past year, winning his first 43 matches before falling in the state title match.

 

CONLON'S IRISH ROOTS

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Conlon-Aidan-HH.jpgNews of the success of the Northern Illinois University football team has reached across the pond to Ireland. Right guard Aidan Conlon, who's parents hail from Castlebrock and Ballinalee, Ireland, was featured in the Longford Leader. The story talks about Conlon's success at NIU, his roots in Ireland and his aspirations to play professionally. It's great to see the Northern Illinois football story go international.

MOORE TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME

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Huskie wide receiver Martel Moore will be playing in the 2013 Texas vs. The Nation Game, an annual all-star game pitting college football players from the state of Texas versus the players from the other 49 states. The game will be played February 2, 2013 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.


A native of San Antonio, Texas, Moore will play for Team Texas. The 6-0, 183 pound wide receiver led the Huskies in receiving with 1,083 yards on 73 receptions. He was also third on the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns. Moore is the third Huskie to play in the Texas vs The Nation Game, joining Eddie Adamski and Chad Spann who played in the game in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


Texas vs. The Nation Moore is one of four Mid-American Conference representatives playing in the game. Toledo's Dan Molls and Ohio's Eric Herman and Tremayne Scott are playing for The Nation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.

Men's Soccer: NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos.

Volleyball: NIU split their two matches on the first weekend of MAC play. In a rematch of last year's MAC Tournament title match, the Huskies emerged with a 3-1 win against Central Michigan. However, the Huskies fell the next night when they were swept, 3-0, by Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies posted a 0-1-1 record in the first weekend of conference play. On Friday, the Huskies allowed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute in a 1-0 loss to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. Two days later, NIU and Western Michigan battled to a 0-0 tie.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished 10th at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate over the weekend. Griffin Bauman led the charge with a final round 72 to take a tie for 12th overall.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU took fifth place at Chicago State's Cougar Classic, where Allie Parthie and Jenny Niemiec placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Five days later, NIU placed seventh at the Cardinal Classic behind Connie Ellett's fifth place finish.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies claimed four flight titles at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Axel Lagerlof, Simon Formont and Jovan Zeljkovic each won singles flights.

HUSKIES PRODUCE MORE BIG PLAYS IN WEEK THREE OF NFL PRESEASON

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The NFL preseason capped off its third week this weekend with several former Huskies making good impressions before Friday's final roster cutdown.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
Harnish played the entire second half Saturday afternoon in the Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 loss against the Washington Redskins, finishing the day 12-of-19 passing for 147 yards. Among the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award recipient's highlights were a 59-yard completion to Jeremy Ross that set up one touchdown, along with directing a second scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Through three games, Harnish is 18-of-31 passing for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English recorded his best game yet of the 2012 preseason, posting two sacks along with two additional tackles in the San Diego Chargers' 12-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings. With Minnesota driving inside Charger territory late in the first quarter, English got into the backfield and sacked Christian Ponder for a 10-yard loss to knock the Vikings out of field goal territory. His next sack of Ponder came with less than two minutes left in the first half and Minnesota with a first and goal at the 10-yard line. The six-yard loss eventually resulted in the Vikings settling for a field goal.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner played a big part in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins Friday, posting 10 carries for 35 yards and three catches for 36 yards. His two biggest plays came on receptions, as a 20-yard reception helped set up Atlanta's first points of the game, while a 11-yard catch in the second quarter resulted in another field goal that proved to be the deciding points of the game.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys in their 20-19 win against the St. Louis Rams. The former NIU lineman helped pave the way for a resurgent Cowboy offense, as all 20 of the team's points came in the first half.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got playing time on defense and special teams in Tennessee's 32-27 win against Arizona, recording two tackles in the fourth quarter.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer got on the field in the San Francisco 49ers' 29-24 win against the Denver Broncos. Yet, he did not record any stats.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got in on special teams during the Cardinals' 32-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, he did not record any stats on the evening.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got on the field for a handful of plays in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins. The former Huskie, though, did not record any stats.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time on offense and on special teams in Tampa Bay's 30-28 win against the New England Patriots Friday, but did not get any passes thrown his way.

NOTE: Fullback Cameron Bell was released Monday by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of roster reductions. Teams were required to have a 75-man active roster by Monday at 3 p.m. CT

The final week of the preseason will feature one nationally-televised game with an NIU alum, as Scott Wedige looks to secure a roster spot Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 10 p.m. on NFL Network.

For the full Week Four schedule, click here.
The NFL preseason continued this weekend with week two. Now that we are halfway through the four-week preseason, here is a breakdown of how all the former Huskies have fared through two weeks.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
After an impressive first week, Harnish fell back to Earth Sunday night in Pittsburgh, going 3-for-9 for 45 yards and an interception in the Indianapolis Colts' 26-24 loss against the Steelers. The former Huskie led a long Colt drive in the fourth quarter, hitting tight end Griff Whalen for completions of 27 and 22 yards to get to the Pittsburgh 31 before an interception ended the drive.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer saw extended playing time in the San Francisco 49ers' 20-9 loss at the Houston Texans, but did not record any receptions. He was targeted twice by quarterback Scott Tolzien in the fourth quarter, but was unable to haul either in.

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English posted two solo tackles Saturday night in the San Diego Chargers' 28-20 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. The first came late in the third quarter, while the second happened on Dallas' opening drive in the fourth quarter.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner was limited on the ground, netting -3 yards on three carries. However, the former NFL rushing champ caught three passes for 14 yards in the Falcons' 24-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Turner's longest gain was eight yards on a screen pass from Matt Ryan in the first quarter.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys for the second consecutive game Saturday night, as Dallas dropped a 28-20 decision against the San Diego Chargers. Free helped the Cowboys get a first quarter field goal before exiting the game.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got more playing time at center Friday night in the Arizona Cardinals' 31-27 win against the Oakland Raiders. The former NIU All-American has played in all three games for Arizona as he pushes for a roster spot in the desert.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got a long look at linebacker Thursday in Atlanta's 24-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but did not record any stats in the game. However, last year's starting middle linebacker at NIU had a hand in several big stops.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time in Tampa Bay's 30-7 loss against the Tennessee Titans Friday. However, he did not record any stats.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got on the field for the Titans in their 30-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but did not post any statistics.

FB Cameron Bell- San Francisco 49ers
Bell did not play in San Francisco's 20-9 loss at the Houston Texans.

NOTE: Wide receiver Britt Davis was released by the New England Patriots Tuesday after injuring his shoulder late in the week one win over the New Orleans Saints. Per NFL injury settlement rules, Davis can return to New England after week six if he is not signed by any other team.

Three games in week three will feature former Huskies. It begins Thursday night on ESPN when the Arizona Cardinals (Scott Wedige) take on the Tennessee Titans (Tracy Wilson) in Nashville at 7 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, Chandler Harnish and the Indianapolis Colts battle the Washington Redskins Saturday at 3 p.m. on NFL Network. Lastly, Nathan Palmer and Cameron Bell both continue their push from undrafted to final 53 Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox when they travel to face the Denver Broncos.

For the full Week Three schedule, click here.

NIU EARNS AFCA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT HONOR

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The Northern Illinois football program has been named to the American Football Coaches Association's honorable mention list for the 2011 Academic Achievement Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.

Based on the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of football student-athletes who enrolled in 2004, the award is given annually to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team with the highest GSR, at least 15 students in the GSR cohort and a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better. Boise State and Miami (Ohio) shared this year's Academic Achievement Award with a 100 percent graduation rate, while Northern Illinois was one of 44 schools named to the honorable mention list.

Among the 44 honorable mention teams, which includes institutions who graduated 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes, NIU was one of 15 schools at the top of the list with a GSR of 90 percent or higher. Those 15 teams are Air Force, Army, Boston College, Central Florida, Duke, Florida, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rice and Stanford.

Including Miami, NIU was one of four Mid-American Conference teams recognized in 2011 as Ohio and Bowling Green were also among the AFCA's honorable mention squads.

This year's award marks the fourth time the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner of the AFCA Academic Achievement Award. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA.

HUSKIE SOCCER IN THE POLLS

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Just as college football has two different top-25 polls, the college soccer world also has a number of different polls ranking the top teams in the country. After a 5-0 start to the season, the Huskies appear in all four polls released as of Tuesday. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America polls, the Huskies come in at number 13. In other polls, the Huskies check in at 25th according to Soccer Times and 26th in the College Soccer News rankings. 

NIU Volleyball Gets Four Votes in AVCA Top 25 Poll

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VBall Team UNILast week the Huskie volleyball team received six votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Following a 3-1 week of play on the road, NIU has remained in the AVCA coaches' minds as they received four votes this week.  Prior to last week's poll, the Huskies had not received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll since 2001. 

MORE VISITORS AT PRACTICE

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The size of the crowd at football practice today increased as a number of students, and their families, participating in move-in day at NIU stopped by to get a glimpse of the 2011 Huskie football team. The Huskies also had another visitor whose face is more familiar around the NIU Convocation Center than on the turf at Huskie Stadium as men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery stopped by. Montgomery and NIU football coach Dave Doeren chatted for a few minutes during practice, no doubt comparing notes about their transitions as first-year head coaches at NIU.

MAC ANNOUNCES NEW BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FORMAT

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Summit League has announced its list of Top 30 Distinguished Contributors from the Division I era.  Among to top 30 was former Huskie E.C. Hill, who set the nets on fire during here career as a guard on the women's basketball team from 1992-94.

Hill is an NIU Athletics and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer and her name can be found throughout the Northern Illinois women's basketball record book. She helped lead the Huskies to three straight NCAA Tournament berths under NIU Hall of Fame coach Jane Albright.

She was named a first-team United States Basketball Writers Association All-American, Kodak District Four All-America, preseason Street and Smith's and Basketball Times All-American, Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Con, and All-Mid-Con Tournament on a 25-6 NCAA Tourney squad that won the 1993-94 Mid-Con regular-season title with an 18-0 record, led the league and ranked 16th nationally in scoring (22.0 ppg.).

Congrats to E.C. Hill!

TICKETS ARE IN THE MAIL

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With Northern Illinois playing its season opener at Huskie Stadium for the first time since 2003 (a certain victory over No. 15 Maryland that some may recall), the NIU Ticket Office has worked hard to make sure Huskie fans have their season tickets in hand well before the Huskies kick off 2011 versus Army on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

Today, the Ticket Office reports that all current season ticket orders have been mailed and everyone who has ordered tickets so far should have received, or be receiving, their season tickets in the next few days.  This includes all mini-plan orders. 

In addition, if you ordered home single game tickets, the Ticket Office is caught up on those as well as those orders have been mailed.  Of course, Soldier Field Showdown II tickets were mailed as far back as June and continue to be sent out as those orders are received.

Northern Illinois has NOT received all of its tickets for its 2011 away games yet so if you ordered tickets to the Kansas, Central Michigan, or any away game through us, you will be receiving those separately soon.  The ticket office hopes to have all of those tickets in DeKalb so that they can be mailed beginning next week.

While season tickets in the past have been available for pick-up at the preseason NIU Family Fun Day, the turnaround time between this year's Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 20 and the date of the home opener was too tight to hold the tickets at NIU. 

Don't worry, Huskie fans, there will still be a Family Fun Day with the cheerleaders, Victor E. Huskie, a football scrimmage, autographs, posters, schedule cards and more.  The football team will take the field for the scrimmage at 11:35 a.m. and all are invited to attend.  More details on Family Fun Day will be available soon on NIUHuskies.com, but for now, look for your tickets coming to a mailbox near you.

And a reminder, if you HAVEN'T ordered your season, single game or Soldier Field Showdown II tickets yet, there is STILL time!  Order online through the Tickets link at NIUHuskies.com or call us at 815-753-1923.

September 3 is just around the corner!  All season tickets ordered after August 22 will have to be picked up at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center or at Will Call on game day.  Don't wait until the last minute.  Get your tickets today.

Catching Up With MAC Freshman of the Year Jeff Zimmerman

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The Southtown Star's Pat Disabato recently chatted with 2011 MAC Baseball Freshman of the Year Jeff Zimmerman, breaking down "Zimm's" ascent from Victor J. Andrew High School (Tinley Park, Ill.) standout to the cream of the crop of Mid-American Conference rookies.  Click here to read the article.

Angelos & Wicinski Go Abroad Today

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Wiz-Angelos Chronicle.jpgNIU volleyball sophomores Sarah Angelos and Lauren Wicinski are headed to Europe today.  The second-year duo will be traveling to Pula, Croatia, for the seventh annual European Global Challenge on July 17-22 as members of the USA Volleyball A2 Junior National Team.

Angelos and Wicinski will participate in a three-day training camp with Great Britain's Senior Women's National Team, which is set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, before heading to the 2011 European Global Challenge to face some of the world's top national, collegiate and club teams.

Recently, the Daily Chronicle's Ryan Wood caught up with both Huskies before they left.  Click here to read today's article about Angelos and Wicinski's unique trip.

Also, be sure to come back to NIUHuskies.com in the upcoming weeks to see video footage of their trip.

Huggins Takes 35th at Rolex Tournament of Champions

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Incoming men's golf freshman Nick Huggins placed 35th at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, which was held from June 27-July 1 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.  Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the event is one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments associated with the AJGA.  The field featured 66 of the top amateur competitors from 31 different states, and Huggins held his own with rounds of 71, 79, 76 and 76 for a total of 302 (+14).

Golfer Nick Huggins is Enjoying a Successful Summer

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Incoming men's golf freshmen Nick Huggins has kept himself busy this summer. He tied for 52nd place in the 94th Western Junior Championship held at Beverley Country Club located in Chicago. The tournament attracts some of the best junior golfers in the nation. Past winners include current professional golfer Rickie Fowler, who won it in 2005.

Currently, Nick is playing in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. It is regarded as the "Masters" of junior golf events where only an elite field is invited to compete. Nick shot a 71 and is tied for third after day one.

NIU Hall of Famer Dave Mason will be inducted into his high school's Hall of Fame on December 9th.  The Philo Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will feature Mason along with two others.  At Philo High School in Duncan Falls, Ohio, Mason won 11 varsity letters, four football, four baseball and three basketball.  He was named an all-conference performer for baseball four times, football three times and basketball once.  He was a starter in every year in each sport. 

In 1970, Mason  took the reigns of the NIU baseball program, where he left an indelible mark.  He put together a .531 winning percentage (94-83-1) in five seasons as head coach for the Huskies and took the 1972 team to NCAA Tournament, giving the program its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.  In 2008, the 1972 team was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame, and two members of the team (Tom Wittum and Jay Graziano) were later inducted in the Hall as individuals.

Congrats, Coach Mason!
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