Created:Monday, August 8, 2011 1:22 p.m.CDT
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Consistent CB Melvin making plays

Rashaan Melvin had an interception in each of the first three days of Northern Illinois fall football practice. He didn't continue the streak Sunday. He didn't take a step back either.

The Huskies junior cornerback has been perhaps the brightest spot along a defense that has had several since camp opened Thursday.

"He's been consistent, and that's what we need out of the corner position," Doeren said after Saturday afternoon's practice. "You can't be up and down out there. You have to be real consistent."

There is still a lot of camp left, and how Melvin develops in the remaining days is what's truly important. The defense is expected to be ahead of the offense through the first week of practices. In a structurized environment, they have the benefit of knowing whether they're defending the pass or run before the ball is snapped.

But there's no doubt Melvin is off to a tremendous start.

"There's a lot more to do, obviously," Doeren said. "But we're happy with his start to camp. Really both of them (along with CB Dominique Ware), you haven't seen a ball go by them yet. And that's what you want."

– Ryan Wood, rwood@daily-chronicle.com, @rwood_DDC on Twitter

Will the NIU football team play for the MAC title this year?
Yes
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Too soon to tell