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Tuesday practice report

D.J. Pirkle has never looked so nimble.

The defensive tackle had an interception off a tipped pass at this morning's practice at Huskie Stadium. Pirkle made a play on the ball and managed to hold on to it, completing every defensive lineman's dream, even if it was just practice. He held the ball up like a trophy and the rest of the defense loved it.

These practices are starting to take on a familiar theme. The offense dominates early and the defense dominates late. Neither side has much consistency but both have made highlight-reel plays at some point.

Pirkle had a strong practice, as did quarterback DeMarcus Grady. (Of course, you would know this if you followed our Twitter feed, click here to check it out.) Grady has improved as the spring has progressed and is becoming a more accurate quarterback. He needs to become more consistent in his throws, though.

Jason Schepler ran as the No. 1 tight end today and junior tight end/fullback Bryan Beckner had what was probably the best catch of the morning, reaching up for a touchdown in the back of the end zone and getting both feet down.

Like the past few practices, there were a lot of situational drills. Coaches had the headsets on, the play clock was running and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover was in his usual gameday position in the press box.

Come back later for a video interview with cornerback Patrick George. And, don't forget, 2 p.m. tomorrow there is a live chat with me, NIU beat reporter John Sahly, so get those questions ready.


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