2017 NFL Draft

Chandler Harnish, QB

School: Northern Illinois  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bluffton, IN
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 219 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Colts picks: 7/253 - Chandler Harnish, QB, 6-2, 219, Northern Illinois...Indiana native who was the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Good athlete who could play special teams if needed. - The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - The NFL Draft is a week away and Chandler Harnish knows where he won't be: Sitting in front of a television. Harnish, a standout quarterback at Norwell High School and Northern Illinois University, has piqued the interest of at least four NFL teams, but where, when and if he'll be drafted remains uncertain. "I'll go golfing with my cousins and buddies or something, I'm not real sure what I'm going to be doing," Harnish said. "The last thing I'm going to be doing is watching the draft. I'd drive myself crazy if I watch it. I'll have my phone on loud in case a team calls, and keep talking with my agent." Harnish set multiple passing records at Northern Illinois and had a good showing at the NFL Combine. In addition to Northern Illinois' Pro Day, he has had personal workouts with the Seahawks, Buccaneers, 49ers and Falcons. He flew out to Seattle last week for some personal interviews with team personnel. "It went really well," he said of the trip to Seattle. "It was an opportunity for me to get to know the coaches better and for them to get to know me a little bit. Overall, it was a good trip." Whether that trip foreshadowed his next football opportunity is anyone's guess, Harnish said. "I don't think any team wants to show its cards, to be honest," Harnish said. "If they fly you out there, obviously they do have an interest in you. But I don't think they even know if they can draft you. It all depends on how it works out, and how exactly the draft falls." - Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel

04/18/2012 - It was impossible for quarterback Chandler Harnish to keep a low profile the past four years at Northern Illinois. The 2011 MAC Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Harnish amassed 11,927 yards of total offense - the third-highest total in conference history behind Byron Leftwich and former Bears draft choice Dan LeFevour - and 92 touchdowns (68 passing, 24 rushing) during his career with the Huskies. In 2011, the quarterback threw for 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions, while also rushing for 1,379 yards and 11 scores. But Harnish sounds content to stay out of the spotlight on draft weekend. "My agent [Cliff Brady] gave me some real sound advice," Harnish said. "He told me not to have a big draft party. Being that I'm a guy projected to be a late-round pick, it's just not a good idea. He's seen it before where guys have these big parties at their house, and then they don't even get drafted. I'm going to be very low key." Harnish began the draft process by playing in the East-West Shrine game in January before traveling to Indianapolis for the NFL combine the following month. He has been working out at NIU throwing to receivers since the Huskies held their pro day on campus in early March. Harnish recently made an official visit to the Seattle Seahawks. - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago

02/23/2012 - Without the prototypical size or impressive arm strength, he's destined to be a late-round draft pick at best. But he doesn't take a back seat to anybody at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. ''I have a chance to prove my critics wrong,'' Harnish said during an interview at Lucas Oil Stadium. ''There's a lot of people out there that don't believe I have enough arm strength or am accurate enough or have great footwork because I was a shotgun quarterback, so I want to prove to those people that I can do those things - be comfortable, show that I have a good throwing motion and then just show my ability to interview and kind of let these coaches know what kind of person I am.'' Harnish, who threw for 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions for NIU as a senior, can't be discounted as a quarterback who can thrive in the right situation. He's not short at 6-1 1/2 and has the mobility and speed to make plays on the fly. ''Being an athletic quarterback coming out of college is something I could definitely use to my advantage,'' Harnish said, ''because the NFL's changing, and quarterbacks are being able to move out of the pocket more and more and that's a good trend for me. ''But again, I still need to show that I can make the throws and do the things from under center and the different drop-backs to prove that I can play in this league. ''I feel I can compete with the best of the best,'' Harnish said. ''I think one of the knocks on me is that I"m a little bit shorter than those guys and people just are pretty curious to see me throw. Yeah, I threw for 3,000 yards m senior year, but we didn't throw a ton throughout my whole career and it's just another aspect of my game that I want to prove to people that I can do.'' - Mark Potash, Chicago Sun-Times

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE MONDAY: The quarterbacks on the West squad were very underwhelming. Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish has enough size (6-1 1/2) and athleticism to warrant late-round consideration, but he showed Monday why scouts have concerns about his ability to throw downfield. His passes ranging from 5-to-15 yards were sharp, but he really struggled with throws over 15 yards -- a problem most quarterbacks coming from a spread, quick-strike offense often encounter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2012 - The game couldn't have started much better for Arkansas State. Unfortunately, it couldn't have ended much worse. The Red Wolves took an early 13-point lead at the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night only to watch Northern Illinois score 31 unanswered points in a 38-20 loss at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. "We had a couple of big plays early," Arkansas State receiver Taylor Stockemer said. "But we just made a couple mistakes and got out of rhythm and I don't think we ever got it back." The loss ended Arkansas State's (10-3) nine-game winning streak. The Sun Belt champions couldn't overcome five turnovers-including three interceptions thrown by Ryan Aplin. Aplin completed 30 of 58 passes for 353 yards and one touchdown. Stockemer caught 11 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Northern Illinois' Martel Moore caught eight passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 182-pound junior from San Antonio, Texas, had 523 yards receiving all season until Sunday's monster performance. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was more than happy to cede the spotlight. "This is a storybook ending," Harnish said. "The way we came out and beat a great Arkansas State team is something we ought to be proud of." Harnish completed 18 of 36 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns in his final college game. He came in as the nation's top rushing quarterback, averaging 106.3 yards per game, but was limited to minus-3 yards on the ground because of an ankle injury he sustained in the second quarter. - AP Sports

11/25/2011 - Chandler Harnish ran for 148 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass as Northern Illinois wrapped up a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game by beating Eastern Michigan 18-12 on Friday. The Huskies (9-3, 7-1) clinched a share of the MAC West title, and because they beat Toledo 63-60 on Nov. 1, they own the tiebreaker and have earned a second straight trip to the MAC championship game. NIU will play Ohio on Dec. 2 at Ford Field in Detroit for the MAC championship. Harnish's 54-yard touchdown pass to Willie Clark opened the scoring. The Huskies led 12-3 at the half and Harnish's 68-yard run on a third-and-1 play extended their lead to 18-6. The Eagles (6-6, 4-4) cut the deficit in half on Alex Gillett's 24-yard TD pass to Nick Olds with 6:19 to go, but were stopped on their final possession. - AP Sports

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish: Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) broke the Northern Illinois record for total offense yards in a game by amassing 519 total yards in the Huskies' 31-28 win over Ball State Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium. His 519 yards of total offense is tied for third most by any player in FBS this season. Harnish passed for 338 yards on 26-of-36 passing with two touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. Harnish brought the Huskies back from a 17-point deficit by engineering three straight touchdown drives in the second half. He scored the first touchdown himself on a 49-yard rush and hit Nathan Palmer for a 27-yard completion for the last TD. He engineered a pair of field goal drives - one that tied the game with 2:46 remaining and a two-minute drive that resulted in the game-winning kick. Harnish recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game with the second-highest rushing total of his career while his 338 passing yards marked his sixth career 300-yard game and second-highest single-game yardage total ever. - MAC football

11/16/2011 - Mathew Sims hit two field goals in the final 2:46 and Northern Illinois piled up 710 yards of offense to defeat Ball State 41-38 on Tuesday night. Sims nailed a 23-yarder that tied the score. After the Huskies (8-3, 6-1 Mid-American) forced a punt, they got it back at their own 20-yard line with 1:44 remaining. Ten plays later, Sims hit a 34-yarder with 8 seconds left for the game-winner. Chandler Harnish had a school-record 519 yards of offense-338 passing, 181 rushing-and a combined three TDs for Northern Illinois. Jasmin Hopkins added 122 yards rushing and two TDs, while Martel Moore (six catches, 120 yards) and Nathan Palmer (8-95) each had touchdown receptions. Ball State (6-5, 4-3), which led 31-14 in the third quarter, got 245 yards passing and two TDs from Keith Wenning, a 92-yard fumble return from Joshua Howard for a touchdown, and a 68-yard run from Scott Kovanda off a fake punt that set up another score. - AP Sports

11/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing day of the season and the ninth 100-yard game of his career with 104 yards on nine carries in the first half and 151 on 17 carries last week. Harnish took sole possession of 10th place on the NIU career chart for 100-yard rushing games. Harnish finished the game with 151 rushing yards on 17 carries to become the first NIU quarterback to go over the 1,000 yard mark in a single season since Stacey Robinson had 1,238 yards in 1990. He now has 1,022 yards on 127 carries on the season. Northern Illinois has had a player go over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing in 12 of the last 13 seasons and in each of the last three years. The Huskies did not allow a sack for the fifth straight game, and given up just five all season. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/2011 - QB Chandler Harnish threw a pair of touchdown passes to tie George Bork's career record for most touchdown passes with 60. Bork set the record during a Hall of Fame career from 1960-63.Harnish's 79-yard connection with Akeem Daniels was the Huskies' longest of the season and his longest TD pass since the first game of his freshman season in 2008 at Minnesota, when he and Nathan Palmer hooked up on a 91-yard touchdown pass. With 151 passing and 294 passing yards, Harnish had 445 yards of total offense in the game, the third-best single game total in NIU history. Harnish had a 465-yard game at Central Michigan earlier this season while Phil Horvath holds the record with 477 yards vs. Akron in 2005. - The Sports Xchange

11/09/2011 - Chandler Harnish threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 151 yards and another score to lead Northern Illinois to a 45-14 win over Bowling Green on Tuesday night. Northern Illinois (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) had 283 yards rushing and finished with 623 total yards in its fifth consecutive victory. The Huskies remained tied with Toledo for first place in the MAC's West Division. Harnish threw six TD passes as Northern Illinois won 63-60 at Toledo last Tuesday. Bowling Green (4-6, 2-4) opened the scoring on an 83-yard TD pass from Matt Schilz to Kamar Jorden, who had eight catches for 152 yards. Northern Illinois tied the game when Harnish connected with Willie Clark for a 56-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Clark finished with four receptions for 109 yards. Jorden caught another scoring pass from Schilz just before halftime to cut the deficit to 24-14. Schilz was 22 of 38 for 255 yards. - AP Sports

11/08/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Northern Illinois at Bowling Green, Nov. 8 The 16th meeting between the two MAC teams comes as a nationally televised affair on ESPN2. Although it won't include the hoopla of NIU's trip to Bowling Green in 2003, when ESPN GameDay came to town, the Huskies need to get a victory to cement their standing atop the MAC West Division. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Huskies will score points. That's the one virtual certainty for the Tuesday night game. The NIU defense, though, might be in store for another rough night, one week after allowing 60 points. Bowling Green's offense ranks sixth in the conference in scoring at 26 points per game, led by sophomore QB Matt Schilz, who averages 255.7 yards per game passing and leads the conference with 19 passing touchdowns. The Huskies can't allow BGSU WRs Kamar Jorden and Eugene Cooper to have big games. The two have combined for 109 catches and 1,404 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Chandler Harnish threw for a career-high six touchdowns last week at Toledo, but his numbers got lost in the shuffle behind UT quarterback Austin Dantin passing for 322 yards and throwing five touchdowns to WR Eric Page. Harnish should be able to add to his impressive season totals against Bowling Green's defense. - The Sports Xchange

11/08/2011 - The last time the Huskies visited Bowling Green was a historic game for the Mid-American Conference. Back on Oct. 25, 2003, the Falcons won 34-18 before a sellout crowd with ESPN's College GameDay visiting the BGSU campus. At the time, NIU was ranked No. 12 in the country and BGSU was No. 23. QB Chandler Harnish moved past the 10,000-yard mark for total yardage after passing for 265 yards and rushing for 133 yards at Toledo. Harnish has completed 152 passes on 241 attempts for 1,962 yards this season. Even more amazing, Harnish has thrown for 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions, while leading the team with 871 yards rushing and ranks second with eight rushing touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

11/07/2011 - WEEK 10 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish: Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) threw six touchdown passes, the second-most in MAC history, and hit Perez Ashford with the game-winning throw with 19 seconds left, to lead Northern Illinois to a thrilling 63-60 shootout victory at Toledo last Tuesday night in the Glass Bowl. Harnish completed 17-of-26 passes for 265 yards and six scores, and rushed 16 times for 133 yards to account for 398 yards of total offense. He threw touchdown passes of 6, 71, 16, 19, 15 and 4 yards in the game while twice bringing Northern Illinois back from four-point deficits in the final eight minutes of the game. He led the Huskies on a game-winning nine-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 3:52 on the clock. Harnish's six touchdown passes tied for the second-highest single game total ever at Northern Illinois and in a MAC game. - MAC football

11/01/2011 - Northern Illinois is hoping to avoid its Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde act on Nov.1 when the Huskies travel to Toledo for a crucial late-season Mid-American Conference West Division showdown. The Rockets (5-3, 4-0) have the inside track to the West Division title based on playing the Huskies at home. The Huskies have always had trouble playing at Toledo. The Rockets own a 29-9 advantage in the series, including an 18-2 edge in the Glass Bowl. The Huskies have won last two series games, both coming in DeKalb. But the Rockets surely remember last year's 65-30 blowout loss in DeKalb. "18-2 at the Glass Bowl over the last 20 appearances there; so I think it's pretty obvious it's a tough place to play," said NIU coach Dave Doeren. "At home, in general, they're very similar to us in the fact that they don't lose at home very often. We know what we're up against. We're very aware of it. Not going to make a big deal out of it. "We have to play well; we can't beat ourselves. Any time you play in a hostile environment, I think that's why you play football. It's why you coach football, for games like this. If we want to make it a manageable place, we have to play our best to keep people quiet. The better they play, the worse we play, the more involved their stands and their fans are going to be. We've got to control the environment the best that we can and do a better job than last week at playing a four-quarter game." - The Sports Xchange

11/01/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Northern Illinois at Toledo, Nov. 1 The Huskies won't play another Saturday game the rest of the regular season. The Huskies can salvage their season with a big victory at Toledo. The Huskies have won two of the last three meetings, including last year's 65-30 victory in DeKalb. The Huskies have lost 18 of their last 20 times at the Glass Bowl. KEYS TO THE GAME: The mystique of playing and winning at Toledo is a factor for the Huskies. Northern Illinois has to get off to a fast start, get some extended drives after halftime and force a key turnover. The Huskies have one of the best offensive units in the conference, but suffered from bad performances in the second half of road games this year. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Chandler Harnish - He's coming off a rough game at Buffalo. With the national television stage and chance to take the conference lead, the senior should get plenty of carries and passing attempts. He leads the Huskies with 738 yards rushing and thrown for 1,697 yards and 12 touchdowns while tossing just four interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

11/01/2011 - Chandler Harnish threw a 4-yard strike to Perez Ashford with 19 seconds left for his sixth touchdown pass of the game, lifting Northern Illinois to a wild 63-60 victory over Toledo on Tuesday night. Tommylee Lewis returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the first quarter for the Huskies (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American Conference), who have won four straight and five of six. Harnish completed 17 of 26 passes for 265 yards, and also had 16 carries for 133 yards. Austin Dantin threw five touchdown passes to Eric Page for the Rockets (5-4, 4-1), who finished with 33 first downs and 589 yards of offense. Dantin went 20-for-33 for 322 yards, and Page had nine grabs for 150 yards. - AP Sports

11/01/2011 - The Huskies have not stopped anybody on the road this season. Northern Illinois' defense has given up huge chunks of points and yards on the road, in particular in the second half of games. NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish had a tough game at Buffalo following a 432-yard total offensive output in a 51-22 win over Western Michigan, thus Doeren limited his use in practice heading into the Toledo game. "Chandler has taken a lot more hits than some quarterbacks," Doeren said. "So a chance to get him right before we get cranked up on Friday." The Huskies have one of their toughest challenges this season against a Toledo team sporting a four-game winning streak. The Rockets have won four of their five games this year by big margins, including last week's 49-28 triumph over Miami-Ohio. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2011 - Chandler Harnish gained 217 all-purpose yards in Northern Illinois' 31-30 win over Buffalo on Saturday. Buffalo (2-6, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) rallied from a 31-10 deficit with 20 points in the fourth quarter, but a missed extra point by Peter Fardon with 14 seconds to play ended the Bulls' comeback. Harnish, who finished with 150 passing yards on 11 of 26 attempts, also ran for 67 yards on 12 carries and his 6-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 17-10 halftime lead. Harnish moved into first place in career completions at Northern Illinois (5-3, 3-1) and within 91 yards out of 10th place on the Huskies' career rushing list. Jasmin Hopkins led the Northern Illinois rushing attack, carrying 19 times for 55 yards and adding 3 touchdowns. Hopkins scored twice from 1 yard out and once from 12 yards out. His third touchdown made it 31-10. - AP Sports

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish: Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) rushed for a career-high 229 yards on 14 carries and passed for 203 yards on 14-of-27 passing for a total of 432 yards of total offense in the Huskies 51-22 win over Western Michigan. The Huskies totaled 494 rushing and 697 total yards in the victory. According to the NCAA Record Book, Harnish is only the 10th player in the history of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision play to record a 200-200 day and the milestones in both rushing and passing have been reached on the same day only 11 times. - MAC football

10/15/2011 - Northern Illinois rushed for 494 yards and six touchdowns Saturday en route to a 51-22 victory over Western Michigan. The Huskies (4-3, 2-1 Mid-American) trailed 15-13 at halftime before scoring 38 unanswered points.Quarterback Chandler Harnish rushed for 229 yards on 14 carries; Jordan Lynch added 113 yards on 10 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter; Jasmin Hopkins had 91 yards and three TDs; and Akeem Daniels added two more scores on the ground. Harnish added 203 yards on 14 of 27 passing as Northern Illinois finished with 697 yards of offense. Western Michigan (4-3, 2-1) led early after getting a 16-yard touchdown pass from Alex Carder to Chleb Ravenell, a pair of field goals from John Potter and a safety. Carder was 25 of 43 for 194 yards, and backup Tyler VanTubbergen added a late touchdown pass. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Northern Illinois' defense allowed just 70 yards and recorded seven sacks as the Huskies defeated Kent State 40-10 on Saturday. Chandler Harnish was 12 of 15 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65 yards and a TD on 11 carries for the Huskies (3-3, 1-1 MAC). Kent State (1-5, 0-2) had three turnovers, including an interception that NIU's Nabal Jefferson returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Huskies kicker Mathew Sims made all four of his field goal attempts, connecting from 25, 31, 44 and 34 yards. - AP Sports

09/24/2011 - Quarterback Chandler Harnish broke a 48-year-old school touchdown record as Northern Illinois snapped a two-game losing streak with a 47-30 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday. Harnish's two passing touchdowns and two more rushing gave him 67 for his career, besting the old mark of 66 set by George Bork between 1960-63. The Huskies (2-2) scored on all six first half possessions on the way to a 34-7 halftime lead. The Mustangs (1-3) broke the shutout on Andre Broadous' 2-yard run with 5:39 left in the first half. Cal Poly scored four times in the second half. Harnish was 18 of 21 for 187 yard passing and rushed 13 times for 118 yards. Tailback Jasmin Hopkins rushed 22 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns for Northern Illinois. Broadous led Cal Poly with 103 yards on 24 carries. - AP Sports

09/16/2011 - QB Chandler Harnish ranks high in several NCAA FBS categories after the first two weeks. The senior is ranked 10th nationally in total offense, averaging 339.5 yards per game. Harnish is tied for 15th with numerous other players, scoring 12.0 points per game. Harnish stands 32nd in passing yards with an average of 255 yards per contest, while ranking sixth in passing efficiency with a 197.96 rating. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Wisconsin at Northern Illinois, Sept. 17 In what's classified as a home game for the Huskies, Wisconsin travels to Soldier Field in Chicago. The two teams have played some close games in the past, but the No. 7 Badgers will be seeing their 31st consecutive non-conference regular season victory. Four of the last five meetings with the two teams have been decided by eight points or less. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Huskies have to keep their leaky defense off the field with long drives. The Huskies average 45.5 points per game, but Wisconsin's defense allowed just 23 rushing yards to Oregon State last week. The Huskies have to prevent Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson from getting out of the pocket and keeping drives alive with his running, while the defense has to force a turnover and keep the game close in the first half with some stops. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Chandler Harnish - Ranking high in several FBS individual categories, Harnish is the heart and soul of the NIU's high-scoring offense. Harnish faces one of his toughest tests in his career against Wisconsin's stingy defense. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - Judging by Northern Illinois' first two games, Wisconsin's biggest issue Saturday will be reining in senior quarterback Chandler Harnish. The reigning first-team all-MAC quarterback leads the nation in touchdowns accounted for with 7 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing scores. He rolled up 5 scores and 404 total yards in last week's 45-42 loss at Kansas. "He's the guy that makes it all go," Bielema said. "You can see that. Extremely gifted athlete. He can run the football, throw the football. But probably more than anything, you can tell he's very smart, very disciplined. I think if he can get 5 yards, he's going to get it. Instead of trying to get 25, he's going to be a guy that can move the chains, and a guy you really respect off film." - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - The Huskies hit the road for their Saturday clash against Kansas. After dismantling Army in their opener, the Huskies must guard against overconfidence against a Jayhawk program seeking to win consecutive games for the first time under second-year coach Turner Gill. The Huskies (1-0) will attempt to keep the momentum from the season-opening win against the Black Knights. In the victory, quarterback Chandler Harnish threw for a career-high five touchdowns and added a rushing score. "It feels good because I've never done this before," Harnish said. "At the same time, there are a lot of things (we) need to work on." Harnish ran the no-huddle offense to near perfect, completing touchdown passes to five different receivers, while tailback Jasmin Hopkins rushed for a career-high 138 yards. Behind an experienced offensive line, the Huskies rolled up 509 yards of total offense. "Our offensive line did an outstanding job giving us the space and time to move the ball," Harnish said. "And all credit goes to our wideouts (and) running backs. They made some great catches and gained yards after catches. I just had to put the ball in the right spot." - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - QB Chandler Harnish was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. Harnish completed 12-of-19 passes for 195 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-26 rout over Army. The Huskies won their season opener for the first time since 2003, when Northern Illinois defeated highly ranked Maryland at Huskie Stadium. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Northern Illinois at Kansas, Sept. 10 - The second-ever meeting between the two schools serves as a good test. The Huskies would love nothing better to knock off the Big 12 Jayhawks on their home turf to build some momentum for the Sept. 17 showdown with Wisconsin at Soldier Field. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Huskies have to win the turnover battle and slow down Kansas' running game. The Huskies should put up some points, but have to be able to convert trips inside the red zone into touchdowns. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Chandler Harnish - For the Huskies to pull off a road win at Big 12 Kansas, quarterback Chandler Harnish has to produce another big game. A three-time bowl starter, Harnish will pose problems for the Jayhawks with his running, passing and experience. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - MAC WEST DIVISION WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish: Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) completed 12-of-19 passes for a career-high five touchdowns and 195 yards, and ran for 80 yards and a score on 11 carries, to lead the Huskies to a 49-26 victory over Army on Saturday. Harnish's passing efficiency rating of 225.68 currently ranks second in the country as he completed touchdown passes of 13, 19, 6, 58 and 4 yards to five different receivers. His five touchdown passes were the most by a Huskie quarterback since Phil Horvath threw five versus Akron in 2005 (Sept. 17), and placed him into third place on the NIU career charts with 45. Harnish totaled 275 yards of total offense and averaged 9.2 yards per play as the Huskies won their season opener for the first time since 2003. - MAC football

09/04/2011 - This was not the way Army wanted to start out following its first bowl win in more than a quarter century. Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish picked apart the Black Knights, leading the Huskies to a 49-26 victory Saturday night. NIU got a win for coach Dave Doeren in his debut. Harnish threw for three TDs in the opening 18 minutes as the Huskies (1-0) took a 28-6 lead on the Black Knights (0-1). "We didn't give them our best shot and that's my fault," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "We just weren't ready to play." Ellerson, opening his third season, guided the Black Knights to a 7-6 record in 2010 and their first bowl victory since 1985. Army beat SMU 16-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl. The win was Northern Illinois' first over a service academy in four tries. The Huskies dropped a 21-14 decision at Army in 1992 and lost both games of a home-and-home series with Navy in 2007 and 2008. Huskies' tailback Jasmin Hopkins rushed 14 times for 138 yards. Doeren, a former Wisconsin assistant, took over as Northern Illinois head coach last December following Jerry Kill's departure for Minnesota. Harnish also ran for a touchdown and he capped his day with a 4-yard toss to Martel Moore that put NIU up 49-6. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Army at Northern Illinois, Sept. 3 - The second-ever meeting between the two programs features a matchup of two teams looking to build on the success of last year, plus the pressure of higher expectations. KEYS TO THE GAME: How the young and inexperienced NIU defense responds to stopping Army's triple-option attack. Army running back Jared Hassin ran for 1,013 yards last year. The Huskies might present some problems for the Black Knights, running a no-huddle offense led by an experienced offensive line and quarterback Chandler Harnish. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - The Huskies, who finished with a school-record 11 wins in 2010, have plenty of reasons to expect another big season in 2011. The Huskies return the bulk of an offense that averaged 38.0 points and 450.0 yards per game last season, including sparking a 40-17 victory over Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The good news for Doeren is the return of senior quarterback Chandler Harnish. A three-time starter in bowl games, Harnish proved he could stay healthy for an entire season, throwing for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 836 yards. "We still have to come out and prove what we can do and do our business," Harnish said at MAC Media Days in Detroit in late July. "Being here in Detroit now, I definitely get that feeling we had in December when we played here for the championship. There's some unfinished business, for sure. And that's what keeps us motivated." - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - The Huskies installed a no-huddle offense during the spring practice period. Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish has all the tools necessary to make the offense a success. Harnish, who has started in three bowl games, has a wealth of experience and the ability to pass and run with equal efficiency. Plus, the Huskies have a surplus of talented wide receivers and one of the best offensive lines in the conference. The Huskies lack a proven tailback, but an assortment of talented backs gives first-year coach Dave Doeren plenty of options. The Huskies, who won the MAC West Division last year, were picked to finish second by the MAC Preseason Media Poll on July 26. The Huskies were picked behind Toledo, garnering 16 first-place votes. "Obviously, I'm excited that people have respect for our players and coaches going into the season but we won't pay a whole lot of attention to it," Doeren said. "One of the things I believe in is it's where you finish, not where you start that matters, but we do appreciate the respect and attention people are giving our program." - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Chandler Harnish - The senior is the leading returning rusher and passed for 2,530 yards last year. The Huskies have a bushel load of talent on offense, but can't afford and injury to the experienced and talented Harnish especially with the implementation of the no-huddle offense to fully take advantage of his running and passing skills. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Chandler Harnish, Quarterback, Northern Illinois, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Chandler Harnish, SR, Northern Illinois, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Harnish has garnered unprecedented preseason attention for an NIU quarterback after a record-breaking junior season, his third as the NIU starter. A year ago, Harnish set Northern Illinois school records for total offense in a career (7,332 yards), and in a season (3,366 yards) while leading the Huskies to the most wins in school history (11) and the team single season marks for scoring (38.0 points per game), touchdowns (69) and yards per game (450.0). He completed 189-of-292 passes for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 13 starts while rushing for 836 yards and seven scores in 2010. - Northern Illinois football

08/12/2011 - There's a lot to be excited about at the quarterback position at Northern Illinois this season. With a household name to Huskie fans returning to lead the NIU offense, a young prot??g?? to follow suit and many key weapons returning, the group is hoping to lead Northern Illinois back to Ford Field for the Mid-American Conference Championship. Senior Chandler Harnish was a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection, the first Huskie quarterback to receive the honor, last season after accumulating 3,366 total yards of offense, a new school-record, and 28 touchdowns. The Bluffton, Ind., native closed 2010 as the MVP of the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, along with receiving the Humanitarian Award. Amongst his other accomplishments last season, Harnish also tied a career-high three touchdown passes in the MAC Championship versus Miami (Ohio), with 281 passing yards in the 26-21 loss at Ford Field. With his eye-popping numbers last year (2,530 passing, 539 rushing, 7.8 yards per play) and career numbers ranking him amongst the top in school-history in total yards (first), passing (fourth) and passing touchdowns (fourth), Harnish has garnered many preseason accolades. In July, he was named to the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year watch lists. "The expectations are very high, not just for myself, but for the team in general," says Harnish. "There's nothing that doesn't tell us we shouldn't win a MAC Championship and really that's the only thing in mind. If we're able to complete that goal, many individual goals will follow." - Northern Illinois football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, MAC, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Bluffton, Ind. native was the first-team All Mid-American Conference quarterback a year ago after leading Northern Illinois to a school-record 11 wins, an undefeated (8-0) MAC regular season mark and West Division title, and a 40-17 victory over Fresno State in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. He led the most potent offense in school history as the 2010 Huskies demolished the NIU records for points, touchdowns and yards of total offense in a season. Harnish completed 189-of-292 passes for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 13 starts while rushing for 836 yards and seven scores. - Northern Illinois football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Harnish, who earned spots on the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award watch lists earlier this month, is one of just two Mid-American Conference players recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on its 2011 Player of the Year preseason list. Harnish's recognition entering 2011 comes after the Bluffton, Ind. native set Northern Illinois school records for total offense in a career (7,332 yards), and in a season (3,366 yards) while leading the Huskies to the most wins in school history (11) and the team single season marks for scoring (38.0 points per game), touchdowns (69) and yards per game (450.0). A year ago, he completed 189-of-292 passes for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 13 starts while rushing for 836 yards and seven scores. - Northern Illinois football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Harnish, a senior, put together the best year of his career in 2010 and arguably one of the best seasons ever by a Huskie quarterback. He threw for 2,530 yards and 21 touchdowns on 189-of-292 passing in 13 starts last season. Harnish led the Huskies to a school record 11 wins, including an 8-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play and became the first Huskie signal caller in school history to earn first team All-MAC honors. A three-time MAC West Offensive Player of the Week, also a first for a Huskie quarterback, Harnish tallied a school record 3,366 yards of total offense last season and his 7,332 yards of career total offense also stands a school record. He ranks in the top five in four other single-season categories and in the top five in six categories on NIU's career charts. He led the league and was 16th in nation with a 157.8 pass efficiency rating. There are 31 quarterbacks on the Maxwell Award Watch List but Harnish is the only player on the list representing the Mid-American Conference. - Northern Illinois football

06/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2010: QB Chandler Harnish owns a special place in school history as a three-year starter in bowl games. Harnish is a running and passing threat and should be a good bridge with his experience between the old and new coaching staff. Look for Harnish to take a bigger leadership role in his final season. - The Sports Xchange


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