Northern Illinois Football Notes – 9/29

In this report, Northern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill talks about his team and the upcoming battle at Tennessee on Saturday night.

Northern Illinois has a challenge preparing for Saturday's battle on Rocky Top against the Tennessee Volunteers. Coming off Saturday's 14-12 loss to Auburn, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has an open competition for the quarterback position this week. Needless to say, NIU coach Jerry Kill has his work cut out for him as they prepare for the Vols. "It's always difficult when you don't know for sure what the quarterback situation is," Kill said. "You know to game plan defensively and those kinds of things. Where our program is right now, more than anything we just need to get better every day. Tennessee presents a tremendous ballclub, because of their athletic ability and the things that they bring to the table. We've got a lot of work to do in a lot areas."

Status on NIU freshman Tailback Me'co Brown

Me'co Brown broke out in Saturday's 37-0 shutout of Eastern Michigan with 111 yards rushing on 17 carries. On Monday, Kill talked about the true freshman's uncertainty for this week. "I don't know, it's Monday," said Kill. "This is when kids go get checked out and those kind of things. At this point, I'd expect he'd play."

Status on Huskie Wide Receiver Matt Simon

Matt Simon sat out Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan with a foot injury. "We know Matt can play," Kill said. "We need him to play. He worked out on Thursday for us. He played fairly well and then got very sore and just wasn't ready to play. It's a long season. We hope to have him back this week."

Status on Starting Quarterback Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson has been coping with soreness in the shoulder of his throwing arm. "He was definitely sore on the way home," Kill shared. "We iced him down. He's a pretty sore customer right now. Hopefully he'll bounce back good.

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