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Northwestern redshirt senior WR Kyle Prater had four receptions for 82 yards in Saturday's 38-14 win against Purdue.

Prater is coming on strong at the right time, going over 80 receiving yards in three straight games. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reported in late September that NFL scouts were "enamored" with Prater. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound 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.
Nov 23 - 11:05 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior C Brandon Vitable has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game.

Vitable is a two year captain and four year starter for the Wildcats. Young centers are playing more and more at the NFL level, so this will be an important event for Vitable.
Source: Shrine Game
Nov 15 - 11:09 AM

Northwestern redshirt junior WR Miles Shuler could miss the remainder of the season with a wrist/hand injury.

Shuler will miss the game against Notre Dame after missing the Wildcats' last contest against Michigan. He caught 23 passes for 190 yards this year after transferring from Rutgers in 2013.
Nov 11 - 10:50 AM

Northwestern senior LB Collin Ellis has been forced to retire because of multiple concussions.

Ellis is a team captain for the Wildcats and has 33 tackles, one sack and one interception this season. He suffered the latest concussion against Minnesota on October 11. "It's really sad and disappointing that he won't get a chance to put on the helmet again and the jersey and go out and play," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "But he's had a wonderful career. He's doing a great job passing on his knowledge, his love, his passion."
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 10 - 5:53 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior WR Mile Shuler will miss Saturday's game against Michigan.

As is the case with most college football injury reports, no further information was given. After redshirting from Rutgers and sitting out last season, Shuler has caught 23 passes for 190 yards this year.
Nov 7 - 10:36 AM

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


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