Geneva product Pat Schiller and Martel Moore share more than just Northern Illinois ties as they vie for spots on the Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster.
Both former Huskies are undrafted free agents. Schiller, a linebacker, signed in 2012 and eventually landed on the practice squad. Moore, NIU’s leading receiver during its Orange Bowl run last season, joined the Falcons in April, paving the way to a reunion with Schiller.
“I was able to be around Martel for a long time, so I know him pretty well, and am trying to take him under my wing as much as possible here, you know,” Schiller said. “Any way I can to try to help him out and show him the ropes, I guess you could say.”
Schiller has recorded seven tackles during the preseason. The Falcons host Jacksonville in their exhibition finale Thursday night.
Schiller recently switched jersey numbers from 50 to 90 when teammate Osi Umenyiora – a former Super Bowl champion defensive end with the New York Giants – requested 50. Reports from Atlanta indicate Schiller was compensated with dinner. He initially joked the meal was at Golden Corral, but Umenyiora assured the restaurant was more upscale.
Rich rewards: Beginning this season, the Northern Illinois women’s golf program will honor one player who best exemplifies the character of the matriarch of its home course.
The Betty Ann Rich Award is named for the late wife of Jerry Rich, the owner and architect of Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, the home of NIU men’s and women’s golf. The winner will be named at the end of each season.
The Riches both attended NIU and met at the Neptune Hall dormitory.
Rich Harvest Farms will host one of six NCAA Division I men’s regionals in May.
Kaneland soccer’s Parillo draws preseason plaudits: Kaneland midfielder Anthony Parillo keeps telling his father and coach, Scott, that all he wants to do is have a fun senior boys soccer season.
Thanks to recent recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Parillo’s high school swan song has the potential to be far more.
The NSCAA tabbed Parillo as a high school All-American nominee on the heels of a junior season in which he scored a team-high 19 goals and helped the Knights to a 2A sectional final.
“Not very often that you have a possible All-American on your team,” Scott Parillo said. “He’s pretty humble about it. He just wants to play things out and see what happens.”
Kaneland returns a strong core of talent around Anthony Parillo, including midfielder/forward Tyler Siebert and defender/midfielders Chris Van Dinther and Matt Vander Sande.
Kolin Limbrick, a 6-foot-3 senior transfer from North Carolina, adds some size to the back line in front of goalkeeper J.T. Karr, who backed up recent graduate Marshall Farthing last season.
The program saw an all-time high 74 athletes try out for teams at three levels, boosting the optimism beyond Parillo’s accolades.
“Having over 70 kids try out for a school or our size is pretty nice,” Scott Parillo said.
Morrow on the move: Angie Morrow, one of the area’s top softball players, has transferred from Burlington Central to Kaneland, her father, Bill Morrow, confirmed.
Morrow, a junior who already has committed to Wisconsin, missed her entire sophomore season with a shoulder injury.
Morrow projects as a major addition for a Kaneland team that went 23-4 in the spring but was upset by Rosary in a 3A regional final.
• Kevin Druley is a sports writer for Shaw Media. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.