Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill said Monday night that sophomore running back Me’co Brown’s injured hand isn’t broken but he will know more after Brown undergoes an MRI today.
“He practiced on Sunday,” Kill said. “His hand was in a cast. I don’t know how well he’ll be able to secure the ball yet. But he was catching punts.”
Brown rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries on Saturday against Wisconsin before leaving with the injury. His final run came on a three-yard carry where he was stripped of the ball by Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor in the second quarter.
Kill said that the Huskies (0-1) had 16 players participate in their first-ever Division-I game on Saturday against the Badgers, which contributed to some of the mental errors NIU made on both sides of the ball.
“We had a couple of miscues that hurt us,” Kill said. “We’ll work on that and hopefully it gets better by Game 4 and Game 5. That’s not going to happen overnight. We had one big play [Brown’s 47-yard run] and couldn’t get into the end zone. They had two big plays and scored on both.”
But Kill was happy to see that his team didn’t lay down after falling behind, 28-6 and how they made it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter.
“We took a lot of good from the film,” Kill said. “We evaluated it and learned from it. I know a few of them were sick we couldn’t get the win.”