Northern Illinois Huskies: 5 Impact Players Needed Against Idaho This Weekend

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5 Impact Players For The Northern Illinois Huskies This Weekend

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The Northern Illinois Huskies kick started their season with a thrilling 30-27 road victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskies avenged their 18-17 loss at the hands of the Hawkeyes last year. This week, the Huskies must get back on the saddle and travel on the road to challenge the Idaho Vandals. Of the Huskies' first five games of the season, four of them are on the road. If Northern Illinois hopes to make it back to a BCS bowl, they must win the month of September and carry that momentum through the MAC season.

The Huskies have senior leadership on both sides of the ball, and first year head coach Rod Carey seems determined to make the Huskies repeat as MAC champions. In 2012, the Huskies averaged 38.6 points per game and averaged 238.2 rushing yards per game. Against Iowa in week 1, the offense accounted for 438 yards of total offense. The Huskies torched the Hawkeyes for 275 passing yards and 163 rushing yards.

Defensively, the Huskies are very physical at the point of attack. The Vandals are 0-2 this season and have lost both games by 32 and 34 points. The Vandals have struggled on offense, averaging eight points per game. In order for the Huskies to defeat the Vandals this weekend, they must continue to be opportunistic as they were in 2012. As a team, the Huskies were a +7 in turnover margin in 2012. Against Iowa, the defense forced three Hawkeye turnovers. Expect the trend to continue this weekend.

The Vandals' defense is giving up 41 points per game, and that could spell trouble with these playmakers on the other side of the ball for Northern Illinois.

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5. Wide receiver Juwan Brescacin

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Wide receiver Juwan Brescacin, only a sophomore, is a big target at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. Look for the Huskies to work Brescacin into the offense in the coming weeks as this will give the Huskies another big-play wide receiver.

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4. Wide receiver Angelo Sebastiano

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Wide receiver Angelo Sebastiano is the possession receiver for the Huskies. Sebastiano had five catches for 69 yards in the win against Iowa, and gives Jordan Lynch a solid third-down target.

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3. Wide Receiver Da'Ron Brown

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Da'Ron Brown led all Huskies receivers with seven receptions for 92 yards in Week 1. Brown is the go-to guy for quarterback Jordan Lynch and is able to run over the middle.

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2. Wide receiver Tommylee Lewis

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Wide receiver Tommylee Lewis burned the Hawkeyes for two touchdowns, and will be needed this weekend to stretch the field against Idaho. Lewis has great hands and is a solid route runner.

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1. Quarterback Jordan Lynch

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Hoping for a repeat performance of the 2012 season, quarterback Jordan Lynch torched the Hawkeyes for 275 passing yards and three touchdowns. Lynch will facing a Vandals defense that has allowed 353 passing yards per game.

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