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NIU

1 local drafted, 6 Huskies sign as free agents

Kenny Golladay isn’t the only former NIU player who will get the chance to play on Sundays.

Six Huskies players and one player with local ties were signed Saturday and Sunday as undrafted free agents.

Offensive lineman Lincoln Howard signed Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs, while on Saturday, defensive tackle Corey Thomas signed with the Atlanta Falcons, returner and receiver Argeros Turner and running back Joel Bouagnon signed with the Bears, defensive lineman Ladell Fleming signed with the Browns and offensive lineman Levon Myers signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

DeKalb’s Ryan Glasgow, who attended Marmion Academy before playing at the University of Michigan, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals early in the fourth round.

Fleming earned his way into the starting lineup as a senior, but played 47 career games. He finished 2016 with 40 tackles. Myers started 26 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and played 46 for his career. We was second team all-MAC in 2016.

Howard made 10 starts between his senior and junior years and played in every game for three years. He started four games at right guard in 2016. Thomas played in 11 games in 2015 before going down with an injury.

Turner was the 2015 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and led the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision with 1,181 return yards. He averaged 103.5 all-purpose yards a game in 2016. Bouagnon leaves NIU 11th all-time in rushing yards with 2,911 and seventh with 31 touchdowns. He ran for 885 yards and eight scores in 2016.

Glasgow, whose older brother Graham was drafted by the Lions in 2016, was second team All-Big Ten for the Wolverines and was the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, finishing with 42 tackles, 9.5 for loss and four sacks.

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