College Football Preview: Presbyterian vs Northern Illinois


northern illinoisDEKALB, Ill. – Presbyterian dropped its’ last game 20-13 to Gardner Webb to cap off a 3-8 season and opens with a road game at Northern Illinois who finished the regular season 12-0 only to lose both the Mid-American Conference Title game and then the Poinsettia Bowl to Utah State 21-14 to finish 2013 12-2.

The Blue Hose will be led offensively by sophomore quarterback Heys McMath who started the last six games of 2013 along with seniors Demarcus Rouse at running back and Tobi Antigha at receiver.

Ugonna Akoh looks to hold the defensive line together after leading the squad with 14 tackles for loss in 2013 while junior Ed Britt will be a key player in the secondary.

The race for the Huskies has been to replace another great quarterback as Jordan Lynch’s departure leaves big shoes to fill offensively for NIU for a teams that averaged nearly 40 points per game in 2013. Lynch led the team with 1,920 yards rushing and 2,892 yards passing and 47 touchdowns. Senior Cameron Stingily looks to add another 1,000 yard season to provide some offensive stability for the Huskies. Senior Tommylee Lewis led the team with 86 catches in 2013.

The NIU defense also has a big hole to fill as Jimmie Ward has moved on after leading the team with 95 tackles, seven interceptions and 17 passes defensed. Junior Marlon Moore will have to account for the needed pass defense in the secondary. The linebacker play should remain solid with Jamaal Bass and Boomer Mays and their combined 169 tackles back this season.

Keys for Presbyterian Win

The Blue Hose needs to keep the ball away from the NIU offense and for Britt to make some special plays on defense.

Keys For Northern Illinois Win

The Huskies will need to have solid defensive play led by Bass and Mays so that another quarterback can begin filling the enormous shoes left behind.

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The NIU Huskies look poised to continue the run led by the amazing quarterback play of Chandler Harnish and Lynch but will face a feisty Presbyterian team to open the season.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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