It's foggy here at Northern Illinois University as the Central Michigan University Chippewas are beating the Huskies 30-21 at the start of the fourth quarter, but what's clear is the talent on the field.
For NIU, it's Aurora native and Marmion Academy alumnus Larry English.
For the Chippewas, it's Downers Grove native and Benet Academy alumnus Dan LeFevour, not to mention hulking o-lineman Andrew Hartline and Greg Wojt (in fact, Wojt has already been drafted by the CFL!)
These players, along with CMU's Ontario Sneed, proved tonight why the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals were on hand to watch. They play at a different level - the one you see on Sundays.
I was told tonight that LeFevour knows he needs another year of seasoning before entering the draft, but we won't know for sure until after the season. He's 6-2, 229 and can make all the throws - and has the brains to match - so I can see why he'd be an attractive prospect. But, if there are a handful of senior and junior QBs projected to go in the 1st or 2nd rounds ahead of him, he may wait.
English will be done at NIU at he end of the year, and he will definitely play on Sundays. He is big enough (and quick enough) to contribute right away on special teams, and he has enough of a motor to get on the field as an outside linebacker.