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USA Today spotlights Chandler Harnish

August 19, 2011
Chandler Harnish

Chandler Harnish

NIU Huskies quarterback Chandler Harnish is profiled today in the sports section of USA Today.

Under the headline “Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish has come a long way,” reporter Kevin Allen recounts Harnish’s rollercoaster ride in 2010: “To be better statistically this year, Harnish will have to inch toward spectacular,” Allen writes.

The story begins:

“With Harnish coming off a knee injury and talented DeMarcus Grady looking like an attractive option, Harnish found himself on the losing end of a quarterback competition. ‘I felt terrible,’ Harnish recalled. ‘During practice, sometimes I would be a third-string quarterback, sometimes I would be a second-string quarterback. I was never the first-string quarterback. … I was questioning my ability for sure.’ A year later, Harnish is on the watch list for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards and a primary reason his Huskies are picked by many to win the Mid-American Conference.”

Harnish and the Huskies open the season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, when Army makes its first visit to Huskie Stadium.

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