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Northwestern senior TE Garrett Dickerson had nine catches for 150 yards in Saturday's pasting of Bowling Green.

With Austin Carr having moved on, Dickerson (6'3/250) has seen his targets surge (21). His overall numbers (14-188-0) don't shine quite yet, but Dickerson could still put together a big season if Clayton Thorson doesn't lose trust in him. Saturday's performance was a nice first step in that direction.
Sep 20 - 2:56 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson completed 23-of-30 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 49-7 win over Bowling Green.

Thorson found Bennett Skowronek for a pair of scores, one near the end of the first quarter and one right at the beginning of the second quarter. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has surpassed 350 yards passing in two of three games this season, with only last weekend's listless loss to Duke serving as a statistical non-starter.
Sep 16 - 11:15 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 49-7 win over Bowling Green.

Jackson managed just 18 yards rushing in a blowout loss to Duke last weekend, but he looked more like himself in Saturday's easy, breezy victory. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder notched two of his three touchdown runs in the first half before capping off his nice day with a little two-yard score in the fourth quarter to make it 42-7. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in two of three games this season, with only that Duke contest working as an outlier.
Sep 16 - 11:09 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson completed 28-of-38 passes for 352 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 31-20 victory over Nevada.

Thorson also did damage around the goal line as a runner, powering the ball into the end zone twice. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is seen by ESPN's Mel Kiper as a top-five underclassmen quarterback prospect. Thorson still has work to do, but he has NFL size and athleticism as well as a tremendous coaching staff behind him.
Sep 2 - 7:27 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson had 30 carries for 109 yards in Saturday's 31-20 win over Nevada.

Jackson also had five catches for 42 yards. He failed to reach the end zone, but it was a productive opener for Northwestern's best player nonetheless. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns across 13 games last year.
Sep 2 - 7:23 PM

Northwestern sophomore WR Bennett Skowronek had eight receptions for 123 yards in Saturday's 31-20 win over Nevada.

The little-know sophomore had only eight catches for 70 yards total in 13 games last year as a true freshman. While Skowronek (6’4/210) did his best Austin Carr impersonation, Flynn Nagel, the receiver we expected to assume No. 1 duties following Carr's graduation, had only four catches for 29 yards this afternoon.
Sep 2 - 7:21 PM

Inside NU's Will Ragatz writes that Northwestern senior TE Garrett Dickerson has "been a reliable stud in [setting the edge]."

Ragatz refers to Dickerson (6'3/250) as "an extremely valuable piece of what could be a dangerous offense this fall." The senior earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season after catching 34 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 16 fantasy tight end in college football.
Source: Inside NU
Jul 14 - 2:44 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior DT Tyler Lancaster performed hip thrusts with an 800-pound barbell on his lap in June.

Oh goodness. In addition to that terrifying feat of strength, Lancaster (6'3/300) has also pulled off 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a deadlift of 749 pounds and jumps of 9-foot-4 (broad) and 27 inches (vertical). He started all 13 games for the Wildcats last season, recording 28 tackles, four of which went for loss.
Jul 7 - 6:45 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren believes that Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel has a shot at 1,000 yards this coming season.

Nagel will be option No. 1 to replace the production of Austin Carr (90-1247-12 last season) -- the only 1,000-yard receiver in the Big Ten in 2016. Earlier this offseason, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com noted that the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder possesses "good hands" and "underrated quickness." This past season, he caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games. Other receivers who could potentially step up to help shore up the receiving corp include Jalen Brown (Oregon transfer), Charlie Fessler and Andrew Scanlan.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 6:27 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso pegs Northwestern senior S Godwin Igwebuike as the No. 88 NFL prospect in the country.

"The 6-foot, 205-pound safety is as active as they come in all phases," Trapasso wrote. Igwebuike finished with double-digit tackles in three games last year and checked in with fewer than five in only one game. Pro Football Focus lists Igwebuike as the No. 10 returning player in the Big 10.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 1:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler indicated that he is unconcerned about the workload that has been placed on Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson.

"On one hand, the NFL wants fresh backs. But there is something to be said about production and experience and if the medical reports aren't an issue then Jackson will be fine," Brugler said. Jackson has 855 carries under his belt with the 2017 season still ahead of him. He has never carried the ball fewer than 245 times in a season. Of course, with the carry-load comes some fantastic production -- last season, Jackson rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is a potential Day 2 selection for next spring's draft.
May 27 - 12:59 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore CB Trae Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles earlier this spring.

Williams tore his Achilles during practice in March, but beyond that, no details are available to the exact circumstance which led to the injury. He is expected to be sidelined until at least October. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder registered 42 tackles (1.0 for loss), an interception and seven passes defensed across 10 games played. Consider this a depth blow. Keith Watkins II and Montre Hartage are looking like probable starters at corner for the coming season
Source: Inside NU
May 26 - 4:44 PM

Northwestern junior WR Solomon Vault is expected to miss the 2017 season after undergoing lower-body surgery.

Per a team spokesman, Vault will likely take a redshirt for the coming season. After transitioning over from running back to wide receiver last offseason, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder logged a 15-164-2 receiving line in 2016. His loss will be felt less in the receiving game and more in the return game -- Vault averaged 24.3 yards on his 23 returns last season, good for third-best in the Big Ten. His five career kick returns for touchdown are a school record.
Source: Inside NU
May 26 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson as the No. 5 underclassmen QB prospect.

Thorson was dreadful in 2015 as a second-year freshman, but he broke through last season, throwing for 3,182 yards with a 22/9 TD/INT ratio. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has NFL size and athleticism, but he must improve his accuracy (58.6 percent completions last year; 50.8 percent in 2015).
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 3:51 PM

Land of 10's Corey Masisak ranked Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson as the second-best running back in the Big Ten.

No surprise, but Masisak ranked Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the No. 1 back in the conference. Jackson slotted in right behind, followed by Iowa's Akrum Wadley and Ohio State's Mike Weber. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jackson rushed for a healthy 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns across 13 games played. If he were to rush for 2,277 yards during the coming season, he would exit his Northwestern career as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher. As productive as he has been, that mark is probably beyond the pale for the Northwestern standout.
Source: Land of 10
May 22 - 6:46 PM


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