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NIU Notes: Lewis shows off versatility

DeKALB – Tommylee Lewis was able to show off his running skills in Saturday’s 45-35 win at Idaho.

NIU got Lewis out on the edge with jet sweeps, which allowed him to run for 104 yards on four carries. Lewis also caught five passes for 82 yards, and looks like he’s got a good shot at being an All-Mid-American Conference receiver this year.

“He’s good. I told you guys that, he’s earned the right to have the ball in his hands,” NIU coach Rod Carey said during Tuesday’s news conference at the Yordon Center. “He can run, he can catch it, he can catch it then run it. He can return kicks.

“He’s just one of those guys that’s a good football player. What do you do with good football players who like the ball in their hands? You get them the ball.”

Other notes from Tuesday’s news conference:

• NIU is paying Eastern Illinois $250,000 for Saturday’s game, according to an EIU spokesperson.

• Carey said there was a possibility defensive tackle Anthony Wells will practice this week. He’s been out while recovering from a broken foot.

• There was confusion Saturday regarding NIU’s sack total. The official total is actually nine, not 11, which would have been a school record.

• On the Ohio Valley teleconference Tuesday morning, Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers was asked about stopping Jordan Lynch. Babers said stopping Lynch is extremely tough. He just hopes his team can contain the senior quarterback.

“There’s no doubt that he’s the straw that stirs the drink up there. Again, I think you’ve got to put the Jordan rules on Lynch. I don’t know how you stop him. Just try to contain everybody else because I just think he’s going to get his points,” Babers said. “He’s going to get his yards, and he’s going to do the things that he does, and hopefully we can just try to find a way to try to slow down some other guys so that we can hang around and try to make a game out of it.”

• There are a number of gameday changes at Huskie Stadium this season. Here are some of the highlights:

– Five hours before kickoff, fans will be able to purchase food and drinks from Fatty’s in a tent on the west side of the stadium. Cover band Back Country Roads will play at 3 p.m. After the game, Red Woody will play from 9 p.m. until midnight. NIU will have a food-and-drink area with music before every game. Fans get free entry with a valid ticket.

– Parking on the grass on the east side of the stadium is free for students who have their OneCard on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Lot L (next to the Northern Television Center) and Lot K (the “Movie Theatre Lot” east of Lincolnshire West Apartments) have been revamped and will open five hours before kickoff. Lot L is $5 and reserved for handicapped patrons. There will be free shuttle service to the west side of the stadium. Lot K will be a $20 tailgating lot and used for both donors and the public.

– Concession stands have been renovated and will feature food from Lukulos and the Sunshine Scoop Shoppe.

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