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NIU

Hammock: I don't think I'll name a QB

Northern Illinois senior quarterback Ross Bowers (left) and junior quarterback Marcus Childers during the team's first practice of the year Friday at Huskie Stadium.
Northern Illinois senior quarterback Ross Bowers (left) and junior quarterback Marcus Childers during the team's first practice of the year Friday at Huskie Stadium.

DeKALB – As far as coach Thomas Hammock is concerned, the Huskies may head into the season-opening Illinois State game without officially naming a quarterback.

“I don’t think I’ll name a quarterback. I think we’ll just continue to practice and get ready to play,” Hammock said. “It’s interesting. Not one player has asked me who’s the quarterback. They understand that it’s 11 people out there that have got to get the job done and whoever goes out there, they’ll be ready to do their job, so I anticipate some time right before the game that the quarterback will be ready to go.”

Redshirt senior quarterback Ross Bowers and returning two-year starter Marcus Childers have been battling it out, taking the lion’s share of the snaps nearly evenly.

Bowers and Childers split repetitions at Thursday’s practice relatively evenly, but it was Bowers who took the snaps to begin sessions with the team offense, 7 on 7, and against the scout team look, which Hammock deemed the “futures” unit.

Thursday also was eventful for the Huskies in that redshirt sophomore Vinny Labus (Maine South) and Rahveon Valentine (Lena-Winslow) were awarded scholarships. Both were walk-on players before the day.

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