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Tuesday practice report

(Beck Diefenbach – bdiefenbach@daily-chronicle.com)
Punter Josh Wilber lines up a kick at the first spring practice for Northern Illinois.

If nothing else, the Huskies will be ready for any weather by the end of spring ball.

Northern Illinois' second week of spring practice at Huskie Stadium, and the first one with pads, had all of the makings of a November game with cool temperatures, gusting winds and on-and-off rain showers.

In other words, it was perfect weather to get some special teams work done. Junior punter Josh Wilber was able to get a few of his punts to travel 40+ yards into the wind but is still learning how to place the ball with the swirling winds at Huskie Stadium. Ryan Neir was able to get a few pooch punts down inside the 5-yard line.

Running back Me'co Brown had an especially strong day, breaking a few long runs to the outside and appears to be in the lead for the punt returner job. Chad Spann broke a long run near the end of 11-on-11 play.

Linebacker looks pretty fluid at this point. Pat Schiller and Cory Hanson split time at the No. 1 middle linebacker. Alex Kube, John Tranchitella, Phil Brown and Zach Larsen all rotated heavily on the outside. Victor Jacques saw action in the middle after Schiller and Hanson. So far, the linebackers are living up to their pre-spring goal of making more plays on the ball in the air, as they've been able to tip passes on a somewhat consistent basis and even nab a few interceptions.

Come back this afternoon for a video interview with fullback Kyle Skarb and check out tomorrow's Daily Chronicle for a story on some of the adjustments the defensive line is making this season.

Contrary to a previous report, NIU has not signed junior college offensive lineman Charvo Lampton to a National Letter of Intent. Rivals.com had noted that Lampton signed with the Huskies on Feb. 5, but that is not the case, an NIU official said.

In one non-football note, the NIU baseball team's home game against Valparaiso has been postponed until April 29 at 3:05 p.m.


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