DeKALB – The Midwest has a reputation for beef.
What the northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin area of the Midwest has provided college football in terms of beef could certainly be measured in lumbering linemen who have cut their teeth from the high school level upward at the region's colleges.
That's enough to get new NIU offensive line coach Daryl Agpalsa fired up.
Agpalsa, who spent the last four seasons at Buffalo after having coached at Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater and at Minnesota with Thomas Hammock before that, is chomping at the bit to be back in the Midwest.
"It’s offensive line country. It really is where some of the best offensive linemen in the country come out," Agpalsa said. "To get the opportunity to come back to the Midwest and establish an already great product, the (coaches) before have done a great job with the offensive line to continue to push that and move it forward, developing a mentality of physicality with dominating the line of scrimmage is an exciting challenge for me.”