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PRACTICE NOTES: Several injured Huskies return to practice

Published: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Northern Illinois running back Akeem Daniels (3) is chased by Kent State cornerback Darius Polk (1) and safety Luke Wollet (39) during the second quarter of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DeKALB – There is good news for Northern Illinois on the injury front.

Tommylee Lewis worked out in a limited capacity Friday. He hadn't practiced for nearly two weeks.

He was impressive the first week of camp before he injured his leg, and will be a big weapon for Jordan Lynch this year.

Akeem Daniels had a helmet, T-shirt and shorts on, and caught some passes from the JUGS machine. It's the first time I've seen him do any sort of activity during fall camp, as he's been out while recovering from foot surgery.

Cornerback Sean Evans, who's been out the past few days, was practicing as well.

• Iowa's fight song has been blaring a lot at practice this week as the team has started its Hawkeye preparation. NIU will hold its final workout of fall camp Saturday, which will be a mock game. NIU will go through game situations, from pregame until the end.

• Speaking of Iowa, the Hawkeyes have named Jake Rudock their starting quarterback. The 6-3, 205-pound sophomore hasn't thrown a pass in his career.

• Sophomore outside linebacker Rasheen "Rock" Lemon didn't practice. NIU head coach Rod Carey said it's a minor shoulder injury. Expect him back soon. In his place was Michael Santacaterina, who is listed as the backup middle linebacker on the team's preseason depth chart, and should see time on the outside as well.

• Boomer Mays made a few nice plays at middle linebacker. He got some experience last year, and I think he's in for a solid season.

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