NIU running back Brown hurt, but expected to play

DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois running back Me’co Brown is hurt, but it didn’t appear serious as of Monday morning, Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill said during the Mid-American coaches teleconference.

“I don’t know,” Kill said. “It’s Monday and this is when our kids go get checked out. At this point, I expect him to (play Saturday against Tennessee.)”

Brown ran for 111 yards on 17 carries against Eastern Michigan before getting hit in the fourth quarter. The true freshman stayed on the ground, grabbing his left knee. Brown had to be helped off the field and did not play after that.

Kill also addressed senior quarterback Dan Nicholson’s status.

“He got hit a couple of times,” Kill said. “We really did a good job protecting him. Of course the one time we didn’t do a good job of protecting him he took a pretty good shot in that [throwing] shoulder ... He’s a pretty sore customer right now, but hopefully he’ll bounce back.”

The Huskies (2-2, 1-1 MAC West), coming on consecutive victories, play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tennessee (1-3). NIU’s defense has given up three points in those two games and its offense has run for 520 yards over the same stretch.

But there are major concerns with playing a Southeastern Conference team, even one near the bottom of the standings.

“They’re very well coached on the defensive side of the ball,” Kill said. “A lot of people try and get outside and they just get gobbled up on the outside.”

‘A little banged up’: NIU’s defense left its mark on the Eastern Michigan offense last Saturday.

After knocking out starting quarterback Kyle McMahon in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, Eastern Michigan was forced to bring in quarterback Andy Schmitt, who was also recovering from a shoulder injury.

“Both Kyle and Andy are a little banged up and we’re going to wait until the middle of the week to find out who can perform for us and who can’t,” Eastern Michigan coach Jeff Genyk said.

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Comments » 14

YakVomit writes:

who cares?

okievol writes:

“They’re very well coached on the defensive side of the ball,” Kill said.

What? No similar praise for the offense???

wkjq#213863 writes:

It's sad when we even think about a game like this, but you'd better enjoy it (IF we win). Those may be very few and far between.

givehim6 writes:

I think our D's good enough to keep there score low. Maybe if we can get a special teams score a few feild goals, and our O's been getting at least 1 td per game so maybe.

mpm80#1357758 writes:

everyone can be assured that fulmer will be around long enough to break gen. neylands win record or at least thats his goal selfish as it seems i really think our qb has the same problem

UrbanCryer writes:

what is a freshman doing on the field anyway. cfp would never allow that!! i love NIU coaches name. i just hope they dont do that to UT this week. im not taking any team for granted anymore.

UrbanCryer writes:

in response to mpm80#1357758:

everyone can be assured that fulmer will be around long enough to break gen. neylands win record or at least thats his goal selfish as it seems i really think our qb has the same problem

i agree with ya. im sure hes setting someone up to take the fall right now and buy himself at least 1 more year. sorry clawson but ask sanders what happens when cpf needs a fall guy!! sanders had rick claussen for a qb. good head, not so good arm. clawson has "deer in the headlights" crompton. good arm, not so good head. both seasons are headed in the same direction & we all know what happened to sanders in the off season. can you say choppin' block?

servinggrant writes:

in response to YakVomit:

who cares?

LOL, thats funny as "Phooey"

stormblast writes:

Forget the running back...I just hope their D linemen & LBs will fall for the new offensive scheme Coach Clawson has implemented. You know the one where we put the ball on the ground and hope everything turns out ok.

ncvol17 writes:

Sad that we cannot just chalk up a guaranteed W on this or any game huh? How far have we fallen?

stormblast writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Sad that we cannot just chalk up a guaranteed W on this or any game huh? How far have we fallen?

Yes. I can not agree more. These games used to be nothing more than 1 quarter scrimmages, then we let our freshmen get play time experience. Now...these, and I weep to say this, are important.

I wonder what our SEC record will be at the end of the season. Miss State hung with LSU. Doesn't look good.

orange71 writes:

the boil's head is fulmeeridiot.

fedupvol writes:

Go get 'em y'all! Great comments! Sums up things in vol land real well....loved the one about the "new offensive scheme Clawson has implemented"...putting ball on ground...and I must say...af and jc have got that down to a "T"....the "best" I've ever seen at it...hahaha! You just got to laugh at this fiasco or go NUTS....it's good therapy for all vol fans....but I think on the old Fan Meter, I've gone from Rabid Fan, to Avid Fan, to Luke Warm Fan, to Fair Weather fan, and just about to ANTI Fan....

orangebloodgmc writes:

What fedup said.

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