When Dave Doeren takes to the field for the first time as Northern Illinois’ head coach this fall, he’ll do so without the services of a couple of talented defensive players.
According to a press release issued by the school, linebacker Tyrone Clark and safety Tracy Wilson will not play in 2011 due to very different reasons.
Clark, the release reads, will sit out the entire 2011 season because of a personal situation. He will still practice with the team, however. Wilson, on the other hand, will leave a season of eligibility on the table and “pursue professional football opportunities”, which presumably means he will make himself available for the NFL’s supplemental draft as the deadline for the April draft passed two months ago.
The loss of Clark, a junior, will hit the Huskies’ defense particularly hard. Last season, Clark led NIU in interceptions with four interceptions and was third on the team in tackles. For that performance, he was named the team’s defensive MVP.
Wilson played in eight games in 2010.