The Northern Illinois Huskies head into Week 3 trying to claw their way out of an 0-2 hole, but will have to do so without their starting quarterback. Senior Drew Hare suffered a leg injury last weekend versus the South Florida Bulls, and according to reports on Tuesday, will be out for an extended period of time.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound quarterback was carted off the field midway through the third quarter during last Saturday’s 48-17 rout. Hare finished the day with only 92 yards before being replaced by Ryan Graham.
The senior missed five games last season due to an Achilles injury and for head coach Rod Carey, it’s starting to turn into a bit of Murphy’s Law in DeKalb.
The Huskies dropped their season-opener on the road versus the Wyoming Cowboys. The team received a noteworthy performance from Hare, who threw for 329 yards on 24-of-39 passing and added three touchdowns, but the club couldn’t stave off the Cowboys in an overtime defeat.
Last week, the Huskies took another long trip — this time down to the Sunshine State — and were walloped by South Florida, which did whatever it wanted to on offense.
Now, Carey and the team brace for a tough home-opener versus the Mountain West favorites in San Diego State; the Aztecs are fresh off a home win over the Cal Bears.
The Huskies will look to avoid falling to an 0-3 to start the 2016 season with Graham under center. If there’s one tip for the backup signal-caller, it’s this: Find Kenny Golladay early and often. The senior wide out could be a huge safety valve, but will it be enough?