Northern Illinois has had a top-5 rushing offense in the league since 2008, so it goes without saying that there’s relatively tall standards to play by in that regard.
Last year, the Huskies finished fourth in the Mid-American Conference with 177.85 rushing yards per game led by Jordan Huff, who graduated with 2,167 career rushing yards. Now Huff is off graduated, here’s who NIU returns at running back:
- Marcus Jones — Jones enters the season as a redshirt-junior and as the team’s leading running back with 459 rushing yards in two seasons. Last year, Jones carried the rock 83 times and went 350 yards (4.2 yards er carry) and scored three times. He hasn’t had too many big games, though. Maybe his best game came last year against Toledo where he had 80 yards on 14 carries. Jones stands at 5-foot-8, 204 pounds.
- Tre Harbison — After spring practices in Virginia as a freshman, Harbison transferred over to NIU in 2016 and finally got to play last year. Fewer carries, fewer yardage than Jones, but Harbison still got into the end zone three times and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Harbison’s closer to Huff’s size at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds.
- Jaden Huff — No relation to Jordan Huff, Jaden Huff came over as a transfer from St. Cloud State, a Division II school in Minnesota, that sat out last year with a redshirt. Of this group, Jaden Huff’s the smallest at 5-foo-9, 190 pounds.
- Jordan Rowell — Rowell’s coming off of a first-year redshirt season that was a three-star running back out of high school, with a 247sports composite score of 0.8355.