Fans of the Northern Illinois Huskie jet sweep will be happy to learn that head coach Rod Carey has indicated that Tommylee Lewis will be able to play on Friday night at Ford Field. At the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game Media Conference Call on Monday, December 2, 2013, Carey pronounced his star wide receiver "ready to go."
Lewis had been held out of the Huskies' last two games, a road victory on November 20, 2013 at Toledo and a home victory on November 26, 2013 at DeKalb against Western Michigan. The junior has been a valuable all purpose player for the Huskies in their unprecedented championship run.
Despite missing two games, Lewis leads his team in receiving with 74 receptions for 623 yards. He has scored three touchdowns receiving Jordan Lynch passes and averages 8.4 yards per catch. What makes Lewis dangerous is that he is a dual threat. He has rushed for 321 yards on 24 carries and also has notched a rushing touchdown. Lewis averages an impressive 13.4 yards per carry.
Tommylee Lewis provides a dangerous compliment to Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Jordan Lynch by providing the Huskie offense with speed and movement options. The offensive tandem has bedeviled NIU opponents all season long en route to a perfect 8-0 record in MAC play and 12-0 overall record so far in 2013.
The Huskies will face off with MAC East champion Bowling Green on Friday night with the Marathon MAC Football Championship on the line.