NCAAF Team Report - Northern Illinois - INSIDE SLANT
In a span of three days, Northern Illinois junior tailback Cameron Stingily experienced the highs and lows of college football fame. On Saturday at Kent State, Stingily rushed for a career-high 266 yards to lead the Huskies to a 38-24 win. Ironically, Stingily's career game came on his 22nd birthday, helping him become the leading rusher for the Huskies after five games.
On Sunday, a day after the game, Stingily was arrested on campus due to having an active arrest warrant for failure to appear in court for a traffic offense stemming from an June 9 traffic spot where he was charged with driving without a license. On Monday, Stingily was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week.
Stingily's arrest should have no effect on the Huskies for their next game at home against one-win Akron. By winning their first five games, including two road wins against Big Ten team, the Huskies soared to the No. 23 spot in the current Associated Press Poll Top 25. The Huskies have used a running back by committee most of the season due to Akeem Daniels sidelined with a foot injury.
Keith Harris Jr. left Saturday's game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, providing Stingily some extra carries.
Daniels, who rushed for 447 yards and nine touchdowns last season and tallied 259 receiving yards and two touchdowns, remains sidelined with no clear-cut timetable for his return.
The Huskies have to be licking their chops to play a struggling Akron team. The Zips nearly knocked off Michigan in Ann Arbor earlier this season, but haven't been any momentum since that game.
The Huskies racked up 698 yards of total offense at Kent State.
NCAAF Team Report - Northern Illinois - NOTES, QUOTES
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
--QB Jordan Lynch probably won't get his normal carries or throws if the Huskies take care of business early against one-win Akron. But Lynch should be able to rack up plenty of big plays, even in limited time in a game expected to be a blowout.
--RB Cameron Stingily had a career effort with 266 yards rushing last week, but he was arrested the next day for failing to failing to appear in court. Whether he plays or not won't be determined until closer to the game, but how he reacts, if he plays, or the offense runs if he doesn't is a factor.
--SS Jimmie Ward is due for another big game. Ward came up big in the Iowa win with a late interception. Look for Ward to be a big part of Saturday's game with Akron having to pass the ball a lot to stay in the game.
SERIES HISTORY: NIU leads 8-5 (last meeting, Oct. 20, 2012, 37-7 NIU).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wanted to celebrate it with a win and play the best that I can. I didn't know I was going to touch the ball that many times. I knew the game plan, but I didn't think I was going to end up with 260 yards, honestly." -- NIU tailback Cameron Stingily on his 266-yard rushing game against Kent State on his 22nd birthday.
NCAAF Team Report - Northern Illinois - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
Scouting the running game: Akron's defense allows 165.3 yards per game on the ground. The Huskies average a robust 303.4 yards rushing per game. Expect Akrons' numbers to rise after Saturday's game.
Scouting the passing game: The Huskies have ran the ball more this year than year's past, averaging 226.2 passing yards per game. The Zips gave up big plays in the passing game, allowing 270.8 yards passing per game.
Scouting the run defense: Due to their most of their games being double-digit losses, the Zips haven't been able to establish their run. The Zips are averaging 99.5 yards rushing per game. Their best bet against the Huskies is to try and slow the game down and attempt to move the chains.
Scouting the pass defense: The Huskies have had trouble stopping the pass most of the season, leading to close wins over Idaho and Eastern Illinois. The Zips have a capable passing attack, and might try and exploit NIU's secondary. The Huskies have given up 313.8 yards per game passing.
Scouting the special teams: The Huskies remain solid in the special teams, with Tommylee Lewis handling the return game, the kicking and punting units being one of the best in the conference.
--TB Cameron Stingily was arrested on Sunday for failure to appear in court stemming from a June 9 arrest. His status for Saturday is unknown.
--TB Akeem Daniels remains highly doubtful to play his first game of the season after sitting out the first five with a leg injury.
--TB Keith Harris Jr., is probable to play after injuring his ankle at Kent State.