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Spring Review: Fullbacks

Position-by-position analysis after NIU spring football

Welcome to the third edition of “Spring Review.” Today, we’ll take a look at a position that was new to Northern Illinois in 2008, fullback.

Kyle Skarb won the competition for the starting job at fullback last season and performed well in a somewhat limited role. Skarb caught eight passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns in 2008. He battled a foot injury and Connor Flahive stepped in and ended his 2008 season with nine receptions.

This year, the fullback’s role in the offense has plenty of room for expansion, and the fullbacks worked on a blanket improvement on all facets of the game.

Most improved: Kyle Skarb

It’s a small group of players, but Skarb has established himself as the No. 1 fullback in the offense, so much so that Victor Jacques was moved from fullback to linebacker so he could have a better chance of seeing the field. His sure hands have actually gotten better and his blocking, although it still needs some work, has improved as well.

Need to see more: Pat McAvoy

McAvoy has the skills to push Flahive for the No. 2 job, but has to become more consistent to do that.

Huskie Wire post-spring depth chart:

Kyle Skarb, junior

Connor Flahive, junior

Pat McAvoy, sophomore

Mike Lepper, junior

Video interviews: Kyle Skarb (3-31)

Next spring review: Wide receivers

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