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NIU

NIU notes: Carey to sing at Wrigley Field

DeKALB – Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field on April 17 when the Cubs take on the Texas Rangers at 7:05 p.m.

Doing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley could seem like a tall order, but Carey isn’t nervous.

People like Mike Ditka and Ozzy Osbourne have looked pretty bad doing
the gig. Carey feels he’ll be fine.

“You know, I’ve seen some people do it. I can’t be worse than the worst, right?” Carey said after Monday’s practice. “So, I’m not nervous.”

Other notes from Monday’s practice:

• Carey said that after watching film of Saturday’s scrimmage he felt the defense stepped up and made some big plays, and the offensive line played with physicality. He said the team needs to clean up little things such as the first step and finishing tackles.

• One player who made a lot of plays Monday was junior wideout Tommylee Lewis. He’s NIU’s top receiver coming back, and he’s getting work in at multiple receiver positions.

• A wideout who’s seeing more reps this spring is sophomore Juwan Brescacin, a native of Mississauga, Ont., he caught 11 passes at the end of last season, and Carey said he’s playing with confidence right now.

“He used [the end of last year] to really springboard him, and his confidence is sky-high,” Carey said. “So, I like the way he’s playing with confidence right now is what I like. Any time an athlete’s playing with confidence, watch out.”

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