Created:Friday, August 8, 2014 11:47 p.m.CDT
Updated:Friday, August 8, 2014 11:53 p.m.CDT

First week of practice comes to an end

Monica Maschak - The Northern Illinois University football team practices at Huskie Stadium on Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Monica Maschak)

Northern Illinois completed its first full week of practice Friday. The Huskies will hold their first two-a-day Saturday, with practices at 9:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Notes and observations from Friday:

• NIU offensive coordinator Bob Cole said the Huskies' quarterback competition is one of the closest calls he's been part of in his coaching career.

"They all do some really, really good things," Cole said. "So, it's going to be close. It's close right now."

Cole said that following Thursday's scrimmage, the staff will probably sit down and discuss things like where everyone fits in and reassigning reps.

• Running Akeem Daniels, who missed last season due to a foot injury and was limited this past spring, said he's feeling 100 percent. Daniels had a touchdown run of around 30 yards Friday. Expect him to be the starter with Cameron Stingily hurt.

• Cole said that two freshman receivers who have stood out are Christian Blake and Ezra Saffold.

"Those two guys have consistently made plays in practice," Cole said.

Cole said Tommylee Lewis, who went to the same high school as Saffold (W.T. Dwyer in South Florida) vouched for Saffold as a player and person during the recruiting process.

• One wideout who has made some nice plays in practice is Kenny Golladay, though he's not eligible this season after transferring from North Dakota.

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