A change in quarterbacks can’t hurt an NIU team that is off to an 0-4 start.
Huskie coach Rod Carey Tuesday named Anthony Maddie the starter for this Saturday when the Huskies play their MAC opener at Ball State.
Maddie came on in relief of sophomore Ryan Graham last week. The senior helped the Huskies put 16 points on the board in the fourth quarter in a comeback against Western Illinois that came up short.
Madde had moved to receiver at the start of the season to try to get more playing time, but when Drew Hare went down with an injury Maddie moved back to quarterback. Now the starting job is his.
“The quarterback spot needs to be productive for us and Anthony certainly came in and was productive,” says Carey. “Now he wasn’t productive enough, but he was more productive and so that’s the thing about that spot. You have to move the offense and it certainly moved with him in there more than Ryan, and so that’s why we’re making the switch.
Ineffective quarterback plays has been only one of several problems plaguing the Huskies this season. Carey is the first to admit that he hasn’t done a good enough job of coaching. Some fans would like to see a coaching change, but Carey says the blueprint that he and his staff have laid at NIU works and they’re confident in their ability to turn things around.
“What we’ve done around here and what we’re doing currently has worked and will work and is working. We’re getting better. We’re not where we want to be guys. 0-4 is not acceptable least of all to me and to our staff and to our players, but confidence in what we’ve done, I mean, that doesn’t change.”