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(04-10-2021 10:06 AM)Dog Fan Wrote:  Anybody tailgating out there? STF wants to know so he can walk by and ignore you all.

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I was there for part of it today. I thought they did well in super wet conditions. They did thud only while I was there, no real tackling. The only lineup changes from last week were that Lippe was with the ones at center the entire time, and Dillon Thomas was back at corner after appearing at safety last week. Ethan Hampton wasn't dressed again, still have not seen him throw. Ducker was dressed but didn't get in much. The combo of Waylee, Collins and Ratkovich looks pretty good at running back. Tristen Tewes had a nice day at tight end. Dolphin was still at OLB with a bunch of guys not dressed. I think that might have been Jordan Cole playing some in a green jersey.
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Also the QB play was not good. Lombardi really struggled. Inaccurate day with, I believe, 4 picks. Most picks were to the middle of the field, he had several flutter balls, and inaccurate touch passes to the outside. But then also had some beautiful long passes, one sure touchdown dropped. He underthrew, I think Mccray, on one of the first plays of the game after he burned a DB by 4 yards. Mccray looked good.

Pleasantly surprised with the RBs today. All 4 that played had moments.
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Nah dude. It was 50 degrees and raining most of the time. Had to hold large umbrella or the wind would sail away. Fingers cold and Have not figured out how to text 1 handed so my notes will be limited.

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(04-10-2021 06:09 PM)Teamduh Wrote:  Nah dude. It was 50 degrees and raining most of the time. Had to hold large umbrella or the wind would sail away. Fingers cold and Have not figured out how to text 1 handed so my notes will be limited.

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Um... umbrellas are NOT allowed in Huskie Stadium!! I am texting STF right now and admonish him for not walking up and down the stands and yelling at fans for not following the rules. He may have been downstairs wolfing down a few hot dogs.
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Let me start at the end with Hammock's most important quote of the day when he spoke to the crowd after practice.

Roughly:
Our teams have been practicing together for several weeks now and the defense knows the offensive plays.

Now taking that into consideration might, maybe, perhaps, may explain the lack of execution for the offense. The defense was ahead of the offense most of the day.

But having your key QB get picked off by the LBer or safety for 3 pickoffs in 2 practices has me disappointed if not concerned. (He did have 4 INTs today by my count.)

Both LB intercepts were trying to thread a pass over the LB and the LB backed up and snagged it.

So onto my thoughts...


Today was a little more formal as there were refs and chain gang but there was also scoreboard music to keep the atmosphere festive but not overpowering. Announcers was interviewing during practice also. For instance Crawford gave an update on his NFL aspirations.

In heavy rain early there were issues handling the ball. Wind nowhere close to previous Saturday practice. Cloudy and grey overall with rain most of the time.

Crowd size was good considering 100% chance of rain forecast.

My buddy and I talked about the Juiced concept and he commented on the excitement the team exhibited. Looked to be having fun. This is 1 change you can see from the previous regime.

Started with individual practices then onto the big guys catching punts. Some of those guys made 1 handed catches and showed off their athleticism.

1st play from scrimmage Waylee ran wide and burst for about 50. They blew whistle dead when last defender got close.

Drucker saw a bunch of action and looked good. Collins looked like he slightly tweaked something halfway thru practice. Offense had plenty of big plays early before D adjusted or woke up. Not sure which.

McCray looks poised to breakout as he is a deep threat. Messiah Travis was getting reps and deep balls again. The WRs look deep. Stop me if you have heard this before. The 12 to 3 connection is real and they had another TD today.

An abundance of deep passes today.

Devin Lafayette had 2 INTs. He looked solid.

There were a few trick plays and I won't describe them too much to keep the competitive advantage but one non-QB player threw a bullet of a TD pass. The defender was on the TE's back so there was little room to throw. If this was thrown by a QB he would be proud.

Ratakowski is versatile and effective. He will be used to get 3rd and 1s and other short type plays. Last week he was effective in passing game.

1 TE, not Tewes but I forgot number, caught a simple out route about 6 yards, turned upfield and abused a smaller defender.

Rocky throws balls away to avoid sacks. Same as last week. He also made some darts on the run that I'm not sure I can recall another NIU QB has made recently. Promising.

QB Thompson was OK in drills and scrimmage.

Fletcher seems confident. He does throw high above his head at about 12 or 1 o'clock but sometimes the release is off target.

All QBs can run.

I think I saw Rudolph with green jersey. Anyone know the meaning of green? He was playing.

Refs threw flags about 8 times. Mostly on O.

Practice ended with a deep endzone pass first touched by wr and wrestled away by defender.

Players had Huskie fight song rendition for fans and Hammock answered some questions.

Mentioned that there is plenty of practice time for this group to improve. Getting ready for Georgia Tech etc...

Some players had their names on jerseys and some did not. Can anyone solve that little mystery?

Side note: I love the communication from the leaders on the team. We all know the coaches shout out instructions from sidelines but Marcus Cox was on sidelines after plays helping his replacement to remember to move his feet in protection etc... just an example of leaders stepping up and caring about their teammates improving.

Proud to be a Huskie.

That is all I can remember now.
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(04-10-2021 06:38 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  
(04-10-2021 06:09 PM)Teamduh Wrote:  Nah dude. It was 50 degrees and raining most of the time. Had to hold large umbrella or the wind would sail away. Fingers cold and Have not figured out how to text 1 handed so my notes will be limited.

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Um... umbrellas are NOT allowed in Huskie Stadium!! I am texting STF right now and admonish him for not walking up and down the stands and yelling at fans for not following the rules. He may have been downstairs wolfing down a few hot dogs.

It was BYOHD day.COGS
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(04-10-2021 08:02 PM)Teamduh Wrote:  Let me start at the end with Hammock's most important quote of the day when he spoke to the crowd after practice.

Roughly:
Our teams have been practicing together for several weeks now and the defense knows the offensive plays.

Now taking that into consideration might, maybe, perhaps, may explain the lack of execution for the offense. The defense was ahead of the offense most of the day.

But having your key QB get picked off by the LBer or safety for 3 pickoffs in 2 practices has me disappointed if not concerned. (He did have 4 INTs today by my count.)

Both LB intercepts were trying to thread a pass over the LB and the LB backed up and snagged it.

So onto my thoughts...


Today was a little more formal as there were refs and chain gang but there was also scoreboard music to keep the atmosphere festive but not overpowering. Announcers was interviewing during practice also. For instance Crawford gave an update on his NFL aspirations.

In heavy rain early there were issues handling the ball. Wind nowhere close to previous Saturday practice. Cloudy and grey overall with rain most of the time.

Crowd size was good considering 100% chance of rain forecast.

My buddy and I talked about the Juiced concept and he commented on the excitement the team exhibited. Looked to be having fun. This is 1 change you can see from the previous regime.

Started with individual practices then onto the big guys catching punts. Some of those guys made 1 handed catches and showed off their athleticism.

1st play from scrimmage Waylee ran wide and burst for about 50. They blew whistle dead when last defender got close.

Drucker saw a bunch of action and looked good. Collins looked like he slightly tweaked something halfway thru practice. Offense had plenty of big plays early before D adjusted or woke up. Not sure which.

McCray looks poised to breakout as he is a deep threat. Messiah Travis was getting reps and deep balls again. The WRs look deep. Stop me if you have heard this before. The 12 to 3 connection is real and they had another TD today.

An abundance of deep passes today.

Devin Lafayette had 2 INTs. He looked solid.

There were a few trick plays and I won't describe them too much to keep the competitive advantage but one non-QB player threw a bullet of a TD pass. The defender was on the TE's back so there was little room to throw. If this was thrown by a QB he would be proud.

Ratakowski is versatile and effective. He will be used to get 3rd and 1s and other short type plays. Last week he was effective in passing game.

1 TE, not Tewes but I forgot number, caught a simple out route about 6 yards, turned upfield and abused a smaller defender.

Rocky throws balls away to avoid sacks. Same as last week. He also made some darts on the run that I'm not sure I can recall another NIU QB has made recently. Promising.

QB Thompson was OK in drills and scrimmage.

Fletcher seems confident. He does throw high above his head at about 12 or 1 o'clock but sometimes the release is off target.

All QBs can run.

I think I saw Rudolph with green jersey. Anyone know the meaning of green? He was playing.

Refs threw flags about 8 times. Mostly on O.

Practice ended with a deep endzone pass first touched by wr and wrestled away by defender.

Players had Huskie fight song rendition for fans and Hammock answered some questions.

Mentioned that there is plenty of practice time for this group to improve. Getting ready for Georgia Tech etc...

Some players had their names on jerseys and some did not. Can anyone solve that little mystery?

Side note: I love the communication from the leaders on the team. We all know the coaches shout out instructions from sidelines but Marcus Cox was on sidelines after plays helping his replacement to remember to move his feet in protection etc... just an example of leaders stepping up and caring about their teammates improving.

Proud to be a Huskie.

That is all I can remember now.

89 was the TE who trucked the defender
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Truck stick was Luke Mallet - transfer from last season (who received a scholarship yesterday)

Niuhuskies.com has a little article about the day as well.

Interesting notes:

- Lombardi is the QB (that was obvious)
- Hansen and Lafayette are the safeties mentioned, with Earl mentioned as a back up (no CJ brown mention)
- Corners McGee, Gandy, Rodgers mentioned. No mention of Dillon Thomas at either spot.
- Mentioned all the WR we talked about already.
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For those at the showcase, who impressed you? Who passed eyeball test? Who surprised you?
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(04-13-2021 02:13 PM)klake87 Wrote:  For those at the showcase, who impressed you? Who passed eyeball test? Who surprised you?

Lafayette and McCray were the ones that stood out to me.

Lombardi surprised me, but in a bad way. Not only did he throw picks but he was so SLOW in making decisions. Watching downfield you could see when a WR was going to get open but he had to see it and make sure they were open, then wait another second and then throw the ball. I saw this many times on Saturday, and several times this happened it went from a sure TD to an underthrow or something and an incomplete pass - or a throw now into coverage because the WR was no longer open.

Hope it was just a bad day, but I didn't leave feeling great about the QB situation.
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(04-13-2021 10:32 PM)NIUslumo Wrote:  Lombardi surprised me, but in a bad way. Not only did he throw picks but he was so SLOW in making decisions. Watching downfield you could see when a WR was going to get open but he had to see it and make sure they were open, then wait another second and then throw the ball. I saw this many times on Saturday, and several times this happened it went from a sure TD to an underthrow or something and an incomplete pass - or a throw now into coverage because the WR was no longer open.

Hope it was just a bad day, but I didn't leave feeling great about the QB situation.

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(04-14-2021 08:21 AM)NorthCoast Wrote:  
(04-13-2021 10:32 PM)NIUslumo Wrote:  Lombardi surprised me, but in a bad way. Not only did he throw picks but he was so SLOW in making decisions. Watching downfield you could see when a WR was going to get open but he had to see it and make sure they were open, then wait another second and then throw the ball. I saw this many times on Saturday, and several times this happened it went from a sure TD to an underthrow or something and an incomplete pass - or a throw now into coverage because the WR was no longer open.

Hope it was just a bad day, but I didn't leave feeling great about the QB situation.

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Like every year Defense always looks good in the Spiring because they know the plays the offense are running. Also if it rained like it sounds like it did, I wouldn’t judge him based on that practice. Get all your jitters out now kid. We already know he can play.
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The first fan-practice was much, much better for Rocky and the Offense as a whole.

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(04-14-2021 08:57 AM)BDB5yp Wrote:  
(04-14-2021 08:21 AM)NorthCoast Wrote:  
(04-13-2021 10:32 PM)NIUslumo Wrote:  Lombardi surprised me, but in a bad way. Not only did he throw picks but he was so SLOW in making decisions. Watching downfield you could see when a WR was going to get open but he had to see it and make sure they were open, then wait another second and then throw the ball. I saw this many times on Saturday, and several times this happened it went from a sure TD to an underthrow or something and an incomplete pass - or a throw now into coverage because the WR was no longer open.

Hope it was just a bad day, but I didn't leave feeling great about the QB situation.

NIU fans to Ross Bowers:



Like every year Defense always looks good in the Spiring because they know the plays the offense are running. Also if it rained like it sounds like it did, I wouldn’t judge him based on that practice. Get all your jitters out now kid. We already know he can play.


Very true. But, it’s good that he practiced in the rain, because he’d better get used to it at Huskie Stadium.
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I think Today is the last open practice, anyone going?
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(04-17-2021 07:56 AM)BigChilla Wrote:  I think Today is the last open practice, anyone going?


Nope! As long as the concessions are not open, I’m not going. I do have my principles, you know!
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Went. Good finish.

Notes later tonight...

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(04-17-2021 02:10 PM)Teamduh Wrote:  Went. Good finish.

Notes later tonight...

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