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Northwestern junior FB Dan Vitale "has stood out in a variety of areas this season," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He’s a terrific lead blocker for Northwestern’s diverse running game and is the team’s leading receiver," Pauline wrote. "Vitale has been a consistent short and intermediate range target in the passing game from the start of the season and his skill set makes him a perfect west coast fullback." Pauline grades Vitale as a Round 6 prospect.
Oct 13 - 7:36 PM

Northwestern senior S Ibraheim Campbell missed Saturday's game against Wisconsin with a hamstring injury.

Previously, the nature of the injury hadn't been disclosed. In Campbell's absence, redshirt freshman Godwin Igwebuike became the first Wildcat with three interceptions since Neil Little against Indiana on Nov. 10, 1973. Hopefully Campbell's injury doesn't linger, but Northwestern may have found something in his backup Igwebuike.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 5 - 7:54 PM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that Northwestern senior S Ibraheim Campbell and freshman RB Solomon Vault have been ruled out of the Wisconsin game, due to injury(not specified).

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Campbell has been banged up in multiple games this year and was forced to leave last week's game versus Penn State. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Vault has shown promise early in his career and scored two touchdowns in the Wildcats win over Western Illinois. Vault is currently Northwestern's third leading rusher with 74 yards rushing.
Oct 3 - 3:37 PM

"Scouts are enamored" with Northwestern redshirt senior WR Kyler Prater, one NFL scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He said scouts are "enamored" with Northwestern WR Kyle Prater - former USC Trojan who will test well, but has yet to put it all together," Brugler tweeted. The Wildcats prospect, and former five-star recruit was a Parade High School All-American who committed to USC and redshirted in 2010 due to hamstring and groin injuries. Prater missed most of 2011 because of a broken left foot and decided to transfer closer to home. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Prater, has 12 receptions for 130 yards, with one touchdown on the season.
Sep 29 - 3:48 PM

Northwestern junior FB Dan Vitale had seven catches for 117 yards in Saturday's victory over Penn State.

Vitale does a little bit of everything for the Wildcats. He came into this season having started 22 games as the starting "Superback" over the past two seasons. "[Vitale] plays a position that is able to show his versatility as a hybrid tight end/fullback," CBS Sports' Brugler wrote in August. "Whether lining up inline or in the backfield, Vitale is a reliable pass catcher with the vision and balance to do something after the catch." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Vitale as a Round 6 prospect.
Sep 27 - 7:16 PM

Northwestern has moved redshirt sophomore RB Stephen Buckley to WR.

"We've got to move Buck around to try and fill in some gaps, fill in some holes," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Last season, Buckley rushed 50 times for 265 yards and a touchdown, adding 51 yards on five receptions.
Sep 17 - 10:33 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Northwestern redshirt senior WR Kyler Prater is "a nightmare in coverage" due to his size and athleticism.

Prater had a career game in Saturday's loss to Northern Illinois, producing seven catches for 87 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. The Illinois native was a Parade High School All-American and five-star recruit who committed to USC and redshirted in 2010 due to hamstring and groin injuries. He missed most of 2011 because of a broken left foot and decided to transfer closer to home. He collected only 19 catches the past two years, but appears poised to break out. "He had some drops and needs to do a better job securing passes, especially in contested situations, but his athleticism and long frame makes him a nightmare in coverage and provides a big target for the quarterback," Brugler wrote. "NFL scouts loves measureables and the light bulb appears to be slowly illuminating for Prater."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 8:05 PM

Former Northwestern redshirt senior RB Venric Mark transferred to Division-II West Texas A&M.

Mark chose WTAMU over Northwest Missouri State and an opportunity to walk on at Texas Tech. He also considered Baylor, Texas State, Houston, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, SMU and Kansas. With so many big programs interested, why did Mark choose to go the small-school route? "I couldn’t gamble with my last year with no guarantees," Mark told ESPN's Joe Schad. Mark would’ve been required to file an appeal for an immediate eligibility waiver if he chose an FBS school, because he’s one class short of graduating. Mark led the Wildcats in rushing with 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, but played in only three games last year due to injury.
Aug 23 - 3:50 PM

Former Northwestern redshirt senior RB Venric Mark is considering walking on at Texas Tech or attending Division-II West Texas A&M and Midwestern State, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Mark was suspended by Northwestern coaches for the first two games of the season before deciding to transfer. Mark's mother lives in Lubbock, Texas, so Fowler suggest Mark could earn a waiver to play immediately if he chooses the Red Raiders. "Texas also said no because Charlie Strong is cleaning house and isn't taking on new players at the moment," Fowler writes, adding dropping down to Division-II is the most likely outcome.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 3:50 PM

Redshirt senior RB Venric Mark has decided to transfer from Northwestern.

This is a bit of a shock. Mark was suspended by Northwestern coaches for the first two games of the 2014 season "for a violation of team policy," but when on the field the Wildcats used Mark as a workhorse back. Mark says he wants to play closer his family (he is from Texas). The redshirt senior is one class away from getting his degree, so we are not sure if he will be eligible to play immediately for an FBS program. Mark missed a large portion of last season due to an ankle injury.
Aug 14 - 10:38 AM

Northwestern redshirt senior RB Venric Mark "looks like a terrific third down back for the next level," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline sees Mark as a preseason Round 7 prospect. "I’m hoping Venric Mark stays healthy this season as he looks like a terrific third down back for the next level," Pauline wrote. "Mark is incredibly elusive handling the ball, shows skill as a pass catcher and should be able to return punts. Factor in the ability to throw the option pass on occasion and I think he’s a legitimate late round pick." The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder received a medical hardship waiver due to a hamstring injury and then suffered a broken ankle after returning and only played in three games. In 2012, Mark led the team in rushing as a junior with 1,366 yards on 226 carries, earning offensive MVP honors for the Wildcats. He was suspended for the first two games of the season last week for violating team rules.
Aug 10 - 6:57 PM

Northwestern senior S Ibraheim Campbell is "being overrated by many," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Campbell has started 37 career games and recorded 262 tackles, 29 passes defended and eight interceptions in three seasons. "Though I think Ibraheim Campbell is a solid college safety he’s being overrated by many," Pauline wrote. "The senior comes with poor size/speed numbers and a one-dimensional game." As perhaps you guessed from that assessment, Pauline doesn't believe Campbell is a draftable prospect. Not everybody agrees. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, for instance, believes Campbell "is very steady and plays with a reliable presence."
Aug 10 - 5:28 PM

Northwestern suspended redshirt senior RB Venric Mark for the first two games of the season "for a violation of team policy."

"I made a mistake and am prepared to deal with the consequences of that," Mark said in a statement. "There's no one that holds me to a higher standard than the one I hold myself to, so nobody is more disappointed than I am." Mark missed most of last season due to a hamstring injury and then a broken ankle. He was granted a medical hardship waiver, granting him one last season of eligibility. "First and foremost, I feel like I let my teammates down, and that feels the worst," he said. "I'm grateful to have another season to compete with this team. My focus moving forward is on working as hard as I can in camp and supporting my teammates in practice and on gamedays so that we can achieve our goals this season." Treyvon Green is one of the Big 10's best backup running backs, and the Wildcats will rely heavily on him in opening tests against Cal and Northern Illinois.
Aug 10 - 4:06 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sees Northwestern junior FB Dan Vitale's as a multifaceted fullback.

Vitale has started 22 games as the starting "Superback" for the Wildcats the past two seasons. "Northwestern has a history of producing well rounded fullbacks and that’s exactly what I see in Dan Vitale," Pauline wrote. "He can block, catch the ball out of the backfield and looks to have the makings of a goal line ball carrier." Pauline grades Vitale as a Round 6 prospect.
Aug 10 - 1:41 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior WR Tony Jones is "dangerous after the reception," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot, 195-pounder led the team with 55 receptions last year. "Jones has excellent burst in his cuts and is at his best on crossing routes when he can catch in stride and be dangerous after the reception," Brugler wrote. "He can be slowed down by defenders too easily, but has the short-area foot quickness to create some separation and the balance to shake off would-be tacklers."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 11:37 PM


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