Every camp there are surprises, players coming out of nowhere to raise expectations. I've got a list of my own players I'll post here next week, but I asked NIU coach Jerry Kill who his biggest surprise of camp was thus far.
His response? Junior offensive lineman Ed Jackson.
"He's played really well," Kill said. "We moved him over there [from the defensive line] to really give him kind of a lifeline and he's done a darn good job."
Jackson has played multiple spots on the offensive line, as have most of the linemen in camp.
"We're creating some depth there because we're having people learn two or three positions which I think will be good for us in the long run," Kill said. "We haven't done that before but the NFL does it so we're doing some of that in camp."
In that same vein, offensive tackle Kevin Skatrud, along with defensive lineman Kyle Jenkins, were held out of practice with unspecified leg injuries. Asked what the latest was with Jenkins and Skatrud, Kill replied, "With those two guys, we've just got to wait and see. I'll let you know when I'm 100 percent sure."
Junior safety Garrett Barnas continues to impress and has put himself in a good position to backup David Bryant.
"Garrett Barnas is learning what to do, he's a good athlete," Kill said. "He hasn't ever played safety before so every day he gets better. He feels like he's getting better."
Note: There will be no Friday afternoon practice report. You will see why in about a week or so.
Tomorrow's scrimmage is at 9:50 a.m. at Huskie Stadium. If you're there, don't be afraid to say hello.
Come back later today for a video interview with linebacker Alex Kube.