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Mum's the word on Boenzi absence

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He was listed No. 2 behind starting noseguard Nabal Jefferson going into Saturday's Northern Illinois opener against Army and he's listed there again this week, but redshirt freshman Frank Boenzi didn't play in Saturday's 42-26 blowout.

Every other d lineman on the two-deeps list did, but not Boenzi. who was on the sideline but not in full uniform for the game. He wasn't injured, a member of the sports information staff told one reporter during the game. And after Tuesday's weekly press conference, all coach Dave Doeren would say was that Boenzi would be available to play in Week 2 this Saturday at Kansas.

Left to draw our own conclusions, I think it's safe to say Boenzi probably was late for a practice, late for a meeting, maybe missed a class or some other "minor" infraction. If it was anything more serious, we doubt Boenzi would be available to play this week. Reports are the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder practiced on Tuesday. Look for him in jersey No. 98.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Michael Santacaterina, from Geneva like Boenzi, did make his debut against Army and had assists on two tackles. An outside linebacker, Santacaterina wears jersey No. 52.

Starting middle linebacker Pat Schiller (No. 53) is also from Geneva and he was listed as having a team-high 6.5 tackles in the post-game stats distributed by NIU's sports information staff. The game notes for Kansas, issued this week, list Schiller with 9 tackles, second on the team to safety Tommy Davis with 10. Those stats are updated each week after the coaches' review of the game film.

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This page contains a single entry by Rick Armstrong published on September 7, 2011 3:29 PM.

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