With the tailback and safety corps depleted due to injury, NIU head coach Jerry Kill limited hitting at the practice and ran the final scrimmage as a practice rather than an actual spring "game." He also used the scrimmage as an opportunity to give young players more time.
On offense, a pair of sophomores stood out as tailback Me'co Brown
rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries, and scored on a 55-yard touchdown
run, and quarterback Chandler Harnish completed eight-of-12 passes for
58 yards and a 19-yard scoring pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Jack
"I felt Me'co got a lot better as the spring went on," said NIU
head coach Jerry Kill. "He got stronger, quicker and more comfortable
in this weather. Waking up at 6 a.m. in 30-degree weather helped him get
used to playing in this cold weather and he's looked a lot more
comfortable. We'll see if he can be our workhorse back. Me'co had a
lot of his plate last year. If I could do it all over again, I would
have redshirted him last season.
Defensively, Huskie defenders got their hands on eight passes and
recorded six tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks. Although
tacklers were not allowed to take anyone to the ground, Tracy Wilson and
Victor Jacques each posted six tackles. John Hopkins added two sacks.
NIU's offense began series from the 30, 40 and six-yard lines. The
Huskies' most productive series was spearheaded by Brown, who
accounted for 78 yards on just two carries during the drive. His
touchdown was capped off by a 55-yard dash to the end zone. Brown
started up field along the right sideline, before cutting back to the
middle of the field near the defense's 25-yard line. He out-ran
NIU's secondary to score the TD.
Notably, redshirt sophomore quarterback DeMarcus Grady was 5-for-10
through the air for 47 yards. Four wide receivers hauled in two or more
receptions, led by Ron Walker's three catches for a game-high 29 yards
– his longest reception went for 17 yards. Nathan Palmer, Landon Cox
and Dan Edem each had two receptions for the Huskie offense.
"We did a lot more situational stuff this spring," Kill said. "We
worked on a lot of situations that we weren't good at last season.
Whatever we struggled with in the fall, we tried to work on a lot in the
spring. What we're missing right now is the depth. We will improve
our depth once the new players arrive in the fall."
Saturday's preview wrapped up the five-week, 15-practice spring
season. The Huskies open the 2009 campaign Sept. 5 at Wisconsin.
Northern Illinois Football
Spring Game Statistics
April 25, 2009
Comp/Att Yards TDs Long
Harnish, C. 8/12 58 1 19
Grady, D. 5/10 47 0 18
Rec. Yards TDs Long
Walker, R. 3 29 0 17
Palmer, N. 2 19 0 18
Cox, L. 2 16 0 12
Edem, D. 2 25 0 19
Marks, J. 1 11 1 11
Att. Yards TDs Long
Brown, M. 18 145 1 55
Crider, R. 10 34 0 10
Tackles Sacks TFL PBU
Jacques, V. 6 0 0 0
Wilson, T 6 0 0 0
Smith, D. 4 0 0 0
Davis, T. 3 0 0 0
Larsen, Z. 3 0 1 (-3) 0
Brown, P. 3 0 0 0
Pirkle, D. 1 0 1 (-2) 2
Bryant, D. 2 0 0 2
Jenkins, K. 1 1 (-5) 1 (-5) 1
Coleman, A. 1 0 0 1
Hopkins, J. 2 2 (-1, -1) 2 (-2) 0
Progar-Jack. 0 0 0 1
Lepper, M. 2 0 1 (-2) 0
Williamson, S. 1 0 0 1
Northern Illinois Closes Out Spring Football
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