Monday afternoon practice notes

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Northern Illinois completed its second two-a-day on Monday. Here's a few notes and observations from Monday's afternoon practice:

• First of all, starting center Logan Pegram is out indefinitely after suffering a lower leg fracture during Monday morning's practice. Sophomore Michael Gegner took his place with the first team in the afternoon.

• One player who has impressed me throughout the first nine practices has been sophomore tight end Tim Semisch. He's got great size (6-8, 266 pounds), and I can really see him creating some matchup problems. Semisch made the best catch I've seen in camp so far on Monday, a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. He had another touchdown catch during 7-on-7 action.

• The Huskies put in their kick return for the first time. Tommylee Lewis, Perez Ford, Perez Ashford, Leighton Settle and freshman Charlie Miller all took reps as returners.

• Miller, a wide receiver from Vero Beach, Fla., is one freshman I've been impressed with so far. He's made some nice catches. It looks like he'll be able to get some decent playing time this year.

• One newcomer who should see a lot of time on the field is defensive tackle Ken Bishop, a junior college transfer. NIU coach Dave Doeren said Bishop (6-1, 308 pounds) will get "significant time" for NIU.

"He's going to be a tough guy in the middle for people if he continues to improve his technique," Doeren said.

• Haven't seen quarterbacks throw towards cornerback Rashaan Melvin a whole lot so far. He was able to pick off a pass Monday, though.

• Just one practice for NIU tomorrow, starting at 3:15 p.m. at Huskie Stadium.

— Steve Nitz,, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter


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