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NIU quarterback competition still an even race

By STEVE NITZ – snitz@shawmedia.com
Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia Northern Illinois University quarterbacks Anthony Maddie (left), Drew Hare (center), and Matt McIntosh (right), go through a drill together Tuesday during the first spring practice of the year at the Chessick Center.

DeKALB – Rod Carey's stance on his three-man quarterback competition hasn't changed.

Since the start of spring practice, junior Matt McIntosh and sophomores Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie have been taking equal reps with the first team.

It will be the same way during the Huskies' scrimmage at 7:50 p.m. today at Huskie Stadium.

To Carey, nobody has done anything to set himself apart from the others during NIU's first 11 workouts. Carey said Hare was good throwing and with decision making Thursday morning, while Maddie had a good practice in terms of decision making but didn't throw the ball exceptionally well. McIntosh didn't practice – Carey said he tweaked his back, but he'll be ready for today's scrimmage.

"I think they've all been improving. They just haven't skyrocketed as a group. They've been taking dips and turns along the way," he said. "But, it's like, one guy has a good day, and the other guy who didn't have as good of day, next time he comes out and has a good day."

Each one of the quarterbacks is a good fit for NIU's spread offense, although offensive coordinator Bob Cole said Maddie, who arrived at NIU last fall after transferring from Western Michigan, still is picking things up. Each player shows a good amount of athleticism, and Cole said there isn't one who stands out in front of the others in terms of athletic ability.

"They all can run," he said. "It's going to come down to who can be the most accurate making throws and making the best decisions. They're good athletes, that's not an issue."

At the Huskie Bowl, Hare will take all the reps for Joe Tripodi's Black Team, while Maddie and McIntosh will be with Kelvin Sigler's Cardinal squad. Carey said that wasn't designed, it was just the way the draft worked out.

Fall camp is shaping up for an intersting quarterback competition, and It's looking like it will be a three-man race in August. It's possible three-star quarterbck prospect Landon Root out of Wichita, Kan., could find his way into the mix as well.

Carey might not name a starter until the week of the season opener against FCS Presbyterian at Huskie Stadium.

"We want a body of work to judge them," Carey said. "Instead of a practice, or 11 practices, we want a body of work."

Who will start at QB for NIU against Presbyterian?
Matt McIntosh
Anthony Maddie
Drew Hare