Thursday practice notes

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On Wednesday, the Northern Illinois football team had a visitor stop by, when former Huskie running back Garrett Wolfe spoke to the team.

Anyone familiar with NIU's program knows about Wolfe, who is the school's career leader in rushing yards (5,164) and rushing touchdowns (52).

He spent four seasons with the Bears, and is currently listed on the nine-game injured list of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Allouettes.

NIU coach Dave Doeren said he's been in contact with Wolfe about speaking to the team since last year's game against Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

"He just told his story. He said what he did wrong. If he could do it over again what he would do. What he learned from how he acted and how well things came together for him when he started to do everything the right way," Doeren said. "It was a great story. And he has the same story a lot of our players do. They come from areas of Chicago that [Wolfe] can relate to.

"He did a phenomenal job, it was really fun to have him in the room."

• Two players who didn't practice during the spring, junior offensive lineman Jared Volk (offseason knee surgery) and redshirt freshman wide receiver Angelo Sebastiano (back), were in the black no-contact jerseys. Doeren said both players are doing well health-wise. He wants the two to get through individual drills full-speed without tweaking something or getting put in a bad position before they're ready for contact.

"You don't want to throw a guy into live football," Doeren said. "You have to kind of work them back into it. Both of them are on course to be playing right now."

Cornerback Jhony Faustin also had a no-contact jersey on, while tight end Luke Eakes and safety Courtney Stephen were wearing the limited (green) jerseys.

• Doeren mentioned his tight end depth at Tuesday's media day. One of those tight ends, sophomore Tim Semisch, made a nice catch for 25 or so yards Thursday.

• Perez Ashford, Tommylee Lewis, freshman Charlie Miller, Faustin and Sebastiano all took some reps in return drills.

• I've mentioned Lewis' nice catches this week. He's caught a lot of passes, but had two drops Thursday.

• The Huskies will hold their first full-pad practice at 3:15 p.m. Friday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate a little more this time as it rained throughout Thursday's practice. The team's first scrimmage is 8:35 a.m. Saturday.

— Steve Nitz,, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter


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