With the Huskies focused on their Sept. 3 home opener against Army --- you should have seen 2010 starting OLB Tyrone Clark running the triple option for the offensive scout team during Tuesday’s practice --- the coaches have finalized their roster.
Former Glenbard East linebacker Larry Lloyd, a redshirt freshman, has surfaced as a walk-on at defensive end. He was listed on Scottsdale Community College’s list of signees in June, so I’m not sure how he leaped from there to NIU.
Montini graduate Ryan Gorrell also is a redshirt freshman walk-on at defensive end. Gorrell spent last year at Minnesota State. He rushed for 1,195 yards and produced 10 sacks for Montini’s 2009 Class 5A state champs.
Harper Junior College cornerback Nate McNeal has been added to the roster as well. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Thornwood HS graduate has two years to play. The Huskies also added redshirt freshman walk-on Troy Torrence, a 6-foot-4 safety from De La Salle HS and St. Xavier.
NIU also dropped three players from its pre-camp roster: St. Edward lineman Joe Juns (who was listed at 6-foot-5 and 338 pounds), Lakes High School punter/kicker Jeremy Neuman and Rochelle running back Josh Bernardin.
NIU coach Dave Doeren said the starting jobs are pretty much locked in at this point. Here are the Daily Herald alums expected to be on the two-deep against the Cadets:
--Starting flanker Willie Clark (Lake Park)
--Starting right guard Joe Pawlak (Grayslake)
--Backup right guard Matt Battaglia (Harper JC)
--Backup right tackle Ryan Brown (St. Charles North)
--Starting middle linebacker Pat Schiller (Geneva)
--Backup defensive end Alan Baxter (Buffalo Grove)
--Backup nose tackle Frank Boenzi (Geneva)
--Backup defensive end Kyle Jenkins (Driscoll)
--Backup field-side linebacker Michael Santacaterina (Geneva)
--Ryan Fillingim (Hoffman Estates) is in the mix to handle kickoffs.