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Thursday practice notes: Quarterback battle still even

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:33 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – At the start of spring practice, Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey said he thought his team's quarterback battle was even.

After eight spring practices, Carey said it's the same way. Junior Matt McIntosh and sophomores Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie have been taking equal reps all spring, while playing with both the first- and second-team offenses.

"We evaluate it nonstop. Really, to be honest with you, they've all improved," Carey said after Thursday morning's practice at the Chessick Center. "Has somebody separated themselves? No."

• Senior running back Akeem Daniels, who missed all of last season because of a foot injury, was limited at the start of spring practice but started taking part in full practice last week and has been getting more and more reps.

• The Huskie Bowl draft will take place Wednesday. Offensive line coach Joe Tripodi, who defeated linebackers coach Kevin Kane in last year's game, and cornerbacks coach Kelvin Sigler will be this year's coaches.

Tripodi earned the right to lead one of this year's teams with last spring's victory.

The Huskie Bowl will be at 3 p.m. April 19.

• Toward the end of Thursday's practice, the Huskies had a little fun. Carey had the defensive players line up on offense, and the offensive players play defense for a few plays.

The series featured defensive end Perez Ford and defensive back Marlon Moore taking snaps under center, while defensive end Austin Smaha, also a tailback in high school, had a long run and wideout Chad Beebe picked off a pass.

"It's fun for them, and that's what it's supposed to be," Carey said. "Fun with competition."

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