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Though the Shrine Game listed Northwestern DL Dean Lowry as an end, Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes his NFL future is "with a team that utilizes an odd man front."

"He will likely be covered by an edge player in those situations," Norris added. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound Lowry has the frame and motor to conceivably be a fit in any system, but we think he'd be best served predominantly in a 3-4 scheme. Rotoworld is on the scene in Mobile. Stay tuned all week for Shrine Game coverage.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 18 - 3:59 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore LB Anthony Walker was named the Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Wildcats’ win over Illinois.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder led the team with a team-high 14 tackles, with 3.5 tackles for loss on Saturday. In 2015, Walker has already had six games, in which he's posted 10 or more tackles, bringing his total on the year to 113 tackles. Walker has been named a Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 03:04:00 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries in Saturday's 24-14 win over Illinois.

Jackson wasn't exploding for long runs left and right--he ultimately averaged 4.6 YPC--but he piled up the yardage on volume. The lone touchdown to his name on Saturday came via a three-yard run with 11:41 remaining in the first half. For the season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore's rushed for 1,344 yards and four touchdowns. The yardage total is stellar, but his DFS value's been capped by the lack of touchdowns. These things happen when you are an offensive player suiting up for Northwestern.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:34:00 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Northwestern redshirt senior CB Nick VanHoose as the No. 2 Power 5 corner.

VanHoose is tied for the second-highest Power 5 CB grade with +17.3. His run grade is merely decent, whereas his coverage grades are superb. VanHoose ranks fourth in the country with 10 passes defensed. He'll play in the Shrine Game. The 6-foot, 190-pound VanHoose has been a starter since 2012.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in Saturday's 13-7 win over Wisconsin.

Jackson kicked off the scoring in Saturday's affair with Wisconsin via an eight-yard touchdown run with 9:55 remaining in the first quarter. While he wasn't exploding for huge gains left and right--his longest run went for 32 yards and he averaged 4.0 YPC--he was the most effective offensive player on the field for either team. And it wasn't even particularly close. For the season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore's rushed for 1,172 yards and three touchdowns. He's turned in three consecutive contests of at least 115 yards rushing.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 06:51:00 PM

Northwestern senior FB/TE Dan Vitale will play in the Senior Bowl.

A third-year starter at "superback," Vitale is a versatile if limited player. The NFL has its uses for smart utility FB/TE/H-back types, so Vitale should be able to carve out a pro niche. He's averaging a career-high 11.5 yards per catch.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 09:48:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt freshman QB Clayton Thorson completed 9-of-19 passes for 82 yards and an interception in Saturday's 21-14 win over Purdue.

Thorson chipped in 48 yards on seven carries, but it was an unimpressive day overall for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman. He's now failed to throw for more than 100 yards in two consecutive games. With just a 6/6 TD/INT ratio, there's not much to love here on the DFS front.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's 21-14 win over Purdue.

Purdue actually did a decent job keeping Jackson in check, holding him to a 4.8 YPC and allowing a long run of 24 yards. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore did have the go-ahead touchdown, though, scoring from two yards out with 4:37 remaining to snap a 14-14 tie. For the season, Jackson's rushed for 1,033 yards while scoring a pair of touchdowns across 10 contests completed. The yardage total is nice, but he's seen his touchdown total drop from 10 in 2014 to just two this season.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Northwestern DL Dean Lowry has accepted his invitation to play in the East West Shrine Game.

Lowry will intrigue odd man front defenses in the NFL, as he has the typical frame that suits the scheme. At 6'6/285 lbs, Lowry could add weight and play the five technique for teams. We like his game quite a bit, and he has flashed in each game.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Northwestern redshirt senior CB Nick VanHoose will attend the East West Shrine game.

The cornerback has plenty of starting experience, starting most of the last three seasons outside of a few injuries. The Wildcats defense has been aggressive and successful (for most of) this season.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Northwestern senior FB/TE Dan Vitale has been invited to the East West Shrine game.

Vitale has 23 receptions for 276 yards and three touchdowns this season and projects as a utility FB/TE/H-back in the NFL. He has produced at a consistent rate over four years with the Wildcats. The Shrine game has been home to these types of players in the last five years.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Northwestern senior DE Dean Lowry finished with a game-high +7.2 PFF grade in Saturday's win over Nebraska.

"Nebraska had no answer for DE Dean Lowry," wrote William Moy. "Lowry dominated in all facets on Saturday. He received a +2.8 grade as a pass rusher, thanks to five total pressures, including two sacks; he had a +4.2 grade in run defense, and he even batted a pass down at the line of scrimmage. Lowry has now received an overall grade of +7.0 or better in two of his last four games." Lowry is a star on a team devoid of them. The 6-foot-6, 282-pounder's motor never stops.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt freshman QB Clayton Thorson completed 13-of-28 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Saturday's 30-28 win over Nebraska.

Thorson led the Wildcats in rushing, including a stellar 68-yard run in which he angled to the right sideline, found a seam and motored past several defenders before being knocked out just shy of the end zone. He was less impressive through the air and averaged just 6.3 YPA. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman's thrown just six touchdown passes through eight contests completed.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 05:04:00 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries in the school's 30-28 win over Nebraska.

Jackson did not convert a single run over 10 yards, but produced bi plays as a receiver to the tune of 55 yards on two receptions. Jackson was reeling off 100-plus yard rushing games until he he hit conference play. This is now his third straight game with under 50 rushing yards.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson was shut down by Iowa in Saturday's ugly loss, rushing 10 times for 30 yards.

We mentioned earlier in the week that Iowa's run defense was a really poor matchup for Jackson and Northwestern and that's exactly how this one played out. Jackson is a solid player, but he doesn't have much recourse when playing a strong defensive unit that doesn't have to worry about the passing game.
Source: IUSportCom
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 04:26:00 PM


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