Preview 2018: Northern Illinois Huskies. It's Their Turn Again

Preview 2018: Northern Illinois Huskies. It's Their Turn Again

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Preview 2018: Northern Illinois Huskies. It's Their Turn Again


What You Need To Know About The Northern Illinois Offense

– The Huskies offense wasn’t always consistent, but it was good enough to get to eight wins. The NIU passing game wasn’t anything special – especially down the field – and the ground game wasn’t the dominant force of old, but again, it was good enough.

Seven starters are back including the entire offensive line that did a nice job of keeping defenses out of the backfield. Max Scharping is one of the MAC’s best tackles, Jordan Steckler one of the top guards, and all the pieces are in place around them.

– The NIU quarterback situation might have finally been settled. After years of nightmarish injury issues, Marcus Childers turned in the type of freshman season to build around for the next three seasons. He might not have come up with too many deep passes, but he ran well, only threw five picks and ran for five touchdowns. Now he needs more targets to work with.

Leading receiver Spencer Tears is back along with No. 2 man D.J. Brown, but some of the more dangerous deep threats are gone and reliable, seven-touchdown tight end Shane Wimann has to be replaced. As long as this group is moving the chains, it’ll be doing its job.

– Childers is one of the team’s most dangerous runners, but Marcus Jones is a good, quick back who should be ready to handle a bigger role with leading rusher Jordan Huff gone. Tre Harrison is a 5-11, 220-pound tough back who can average over five yards per carry. All the backs should be terrific behind the great line.

Biggest Key To The Northern Illinois Offense

The running game has to always work. With enough veteran backs in place and a few good, mobile quarterback options behind one of the MAC’s best lines, there’s no reason for the Huskies to average just 4.1 yards per carry again.

When NIU ran for 200 yards or more, it went 5-0, and has won nine of its last ten games when it hit the mark. Considering time of possession and controlling the clock was a problem, NIU has to keep on cranking it up on the ground.

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