NIU Notes: Stingily will play Saturday

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DeKALB – Northern Illinois running back Cameron Stingily's status for Saturday's game against Akron won't be affected by his legal situation, NIU head coach Rod Carey said Tuesday.

On Sunday, Stingily was arrested for failure to appear in court for a traffic offense, according to a police report. On June 9, Stingily was charged for driving without a license.

Carey said Stingily fulfilled his community service, went to his first two court dates and missed the third one. A new court date has been set.

"We've taken all the corrective measures that we need to internally and externally and we're all on the same page with that," Carey said.

Stingily rushed for a career-high 266 yards in Saturday's 38-24 win at Kent State, and was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week. Other notes from Tuesday's news conference:

• If he rushes for 44 yards on Saturday, Jordan Lynch will join an elite club. He would become just the 10th player in FBS history to run for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards in his career.

Lynch would join Denard Robinson (Michigan), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Brad Smith (Missouri), Antwaan Randle El (Indiana), Josh Cribbs (Kent State), Pat White (West Virginia), Brian Mitchell (Louisiana-Lafayette), Vince Young (Texas) and Eric Crouch (Nebraska). • Carey called Saturday's win an all-around good performance.

"Really pleased with all three phases. Minus about four plays on defense, one decision by me on special teams (kicking to Dri Archer) and a couple turnovers on offense, I think that's pretty close to a complete a game as we've played," he said.

• NIU defensive tackle Anthony Wells missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a broken foot, but has been on the field the past two games.

"Things have been going real good. Foot's been doing a lot better, I've been getting back in my groove," Wells said. "Just have to keep getting better in practice, keep improving on my technique."

• True freshman wide receiver Chad Beebe played Saturday. He's the sixth true freshman to see the field this season.

– Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC

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