As you read in today's Daily Chronicle, Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren is already labeling this a "good freshman class."
Four games into the season, four newcomers have contributed quite a bit – linebacker turned defensive end Jason Meehan, cornerback Jhony Faustin, receiver Tommylee Lewis and kickoff specialist Tyler Wedel. Lewis lost his redshirt in Saturday's win against Cal Poly, but gained his first career touchdown.
I asked Doeren earlier this week if any more freshmen may be losing their redshirt in the near future. Here's who you should be on the lookout for.
"I think (fullback) Rob Sterling is a guy who's going to help us. (Long snapper) Boomer Mays, he's a guy who will help us," Doeren said. "A.J. Sebastiano is playing really well, but we're not going to use him this year. Those guys right now are all playing really well."
As for me, I think Sebastiano may be the most impressive first-year player so far, even if he hasn't seen the field. NIU's defense can't even slow him during scout team. With the Huskies' receiver depth, it's wise to keep Sebastiano's redshirt, but it can't be an easy decision after watching what he's capable of. Expect great things from him.
– Ryan Wood, @rwood_DDC on Twitter, firstname.lastname@example.org