DeKALB – Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Marques Cox went up to Northern Illinois coach Thomas Hammock with a simple question.
“He asked me [Tuesday], ‘When I played my first game, how did I feel?,’ ” Hammock said. “I said, ‘You know what? Playing a game and practice should be no different. You rely on your technique. you rely on your fundamentals and you practice in a way that the game becomes easy.’ I can just see how much at ease he got after I said that.”
Cox said he took those words seriously.