NIU Football Preview

NIU's football team could be better than ever.
DeKalb, Illinois-NIU football reached new heights last year ending in a trip to Miami for the Orange Bowl. Now the climb begins all over again for the Huskies.

Head coach Rod Carey has a saying. "Success isn't owned, it's rented. And the rent is due every day," says Carey.

So the Huskies' back-to-back MAC Championships and their Orange Bowl trip have been put aside. As far as the Huskies are concerned they go into this season empty-handed.

"What happened in the past is past," says safety Dominique Ware. "We're focused on this season."

Still the bar of expectations is as high as ever in DeKalb. "No one has higher expectations for us than us," says Carey.

In some ways this team appears to be better than last year.

"We've got great team speed," says Carey.

More speed especially on offense with burners TommyLee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown seeing more action at receiver. More experience with the entire starting offensive line back. Even Jordan Lynch is showing a better command of the offense.

On defense the Huskies four-man linebacker corps of Jamaal Bass, Boomer Mays, Rasheen Lemon, and Jason Meehan could be the best unit NIU has seen in years. And first team All-MAC safety Jimmie Ward leads a secondary that Carey can't stop praising.

"It should be the strength of the defense. It needs to be the strength of the defense. It will be the strength of the defense," says Carey.

If the Huskies can stay healthy it appears they'll be renting some more success this season.
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