Northern Illinois Turns Attention to Grady

In a season where there has been a revolving door at the quarterback position for the NIU Huskies, the team's focus now turns to redshirt freshman DeMarcus Grady.

Going into Saturday's MAC battle with Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois continues to face uncertainty at the quarterback position. With starting quarterback Dan Nicholson dealing with a sore shoulder and former starter Chandler Harnish recovering from a sprained foot, the team's focus today turned to DeMarcus Grady.

After Nicholson went down in the second quarter on Saturday night at Tennessee with a left shoulder injury, Grady came in to complete four of 10 passes for 39 yards. Grady was the team's leading rusher with 47 yards on 15 running attempts.

"Danny is very sore," said Huskies coach Jerry Kill. "Our situation right now is that he won't do a lot of practice today. DeMarcus will get a lot of the repetitions. Chandler jogged around a little bit yesterday. Hopefully we can get him into some individual drills. Whether he's going to be ready to play on Saturday, I don't know. Right now the guy that I've got to put my focus in is - I've got to get Grady ready to play."

Kill praised Grady's performance in Knoxville. "He gave us a chance to win. For DeMarcus to step in with that environment, he didn't turn the ball over. He ran the ball well. He hit a couple key passes. In that environment, I thought he handled it as well as he could."

Update on Wide Receiver Marcus Perez

Marcus Perez left the Tennessee game with an eye injury. He sat out due to concern over further damage to his retina. Kill expects Perez to return to play this week.

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