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Northwestern announced future home-and-home series with Tulane and Rice.

The Wildcats will play host to the Green Wave on Sept. 12, 2020, with Tulane in turn set to host a few years after that, on Aug. 30, 2025. Tulane is 3-1 all-time in matchups with Northwestern, though the two programs have not squared off since 1956. As for the scheduled games against Rice, you'll have to wait a while. The first of those newly announced contests will not be played until Sept. 8, 2029, the second not until Sept. 6, 2031. The two programs do have an earlier series set for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Source: Inside NU
Jun 20 - 4:48 PM

Northwestern hired former Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson as a quality control analyst.

Anderson, a Chicago native, lost his gig with the Hogs when Bret Bielema's head hit the floor. For the Wildcats, Anderson will help out longtime Wildcats offensive line coach Adam Cushing.
Jun 13 - 6:48 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore LB Paddy Fisher recorded the highest run-stop percentage among all FBS linebackers with 15.8 percent.

Fisher also led the Wildcats and all FBS first-year players in tackles with 113. The former three-star recruit is making a name for himself in the Big Ten and was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and third team by coaches. Fisher will spearhead the Wildcats defensive efforts in 2018 after allowing the 19th-fewest points-per-game allowed in the FBS last season with 20.
Jun 12 - 12:00 PM

Sophomore QB Hunter Johnson is transferring from Clemson to Northwestern.

What a huge get this is for the Wildcats. Johnson announced in May that he would transfer from the Tigers, and had interest from a smorgasbord of big-time schools. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller will have to sit out the 2018 season, but he'll have two years of eligibility left after. He was considered one of -- if not the -- top quarterback prospects in the 2017 class, and when given a chance to play this fall he performed well; completing 21-of-27 passes for 234 yards with a couple of touchdowns. Johnson should be considered the heavy favorite to start for Northwestern in 2019, and his upside is palpable. Get excited, Wildcat fans.
Jun 11 - 3:33 PM

Northwestern received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Bryce Kirtz.

Kirtz may not be a four-or-five star prospect according to recruiting analysts, but he sure has some impressive offers; including Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State and Kentucky. He has 25 receiving touchdowns over the last two years, with 14 of them coming during his junior season. Reports indicate he's a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and he could compete for playing time early for Northwestern at both wideout and on special teams.
Jun 3 - 1:00 PM

247Sports' Chris Hummer reports that transferring Clemson sophomore QB Hunter Johnson has been granted a full release from his scholarship, meaning that he can transfer to any program he chooses.

This includes programs in the ACC and programs on Clemson's future schedule. We don't see such freedom of movement generally afforded -- especially to an underclassman -- making this something of a nice parting gift from Tigers HC Dabo Swinney. Johnson (6'3/200) could, of course, weaponize that freedom against Clemson easily enough. In that vain, Hummer is additionally reporting that Duke has "entered the picture" as a candidate to land the former five-star recruit. 247Sports earlier tabbed Northwestern and Purdue as programs to watch in this particular transfer hunt. Johnson will have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but will have three years eligibility remaining with his home-to-be beginning in 2019.
Source: 247Sports
May 29 - 2:05 PM

Northwestern received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DL Duke Olges.

Olges had offers from several big-name schools on top of Northwestern, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Ole Miss and Michigan State. He's considered a two-way prospect that could also play tight end, but he's ranked highest as a defensive end. He ranks 44th among the position in 247 Sports composite rankings, and eighth among prospects rom the state of Illinois.
Source: 247 Sports
May 25 - 6:09 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior P Jake Collins transferred to Northwestern as a graduate.

Perfect fit for the Wildcats, here. Northwestern's starter at punter last year was Hunter Niswander, who has exhausted his eligibility. Exit one three-year starter, enter another in Collins, who averaged 40.2 yards per punt with the Hilltoppers last autumn. His fine work netted him All-Conference USA honorable mention at the end of the campaign. While HC Pat Fitzgerald and company are now sitting pretty at punter in Evanston, Collins' exit from Western Kentucky leaves the team in a lurch. Expect a heated competition in August camp.
May 24 - 2:55 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Hunter Johnson will transfer.

Johnson was considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 class at the quarterback position, but the arrival of five-star signal-caller Trevor Lawrence and the presence of incumbent starter Kelly Bryant made it difficult to project Johnson becoming a starter for the Tigers anytime soon. In limited playing time, he completed 77 percent of his passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Expect plenty of schools to have interest in the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback, as he offers big-time upside at the position. Assuming Johnson transfers to an FBS school, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season -- assuming he doesn't receive clearance from the NCAA to play immediately.
Source: The State
May 21 - 11:10 AM

Cowboys signed Northwestern CB Kyle Queiro.

Queiro (6’2/215) was a two-year starter in the Wildcats’ secondary, logging nine career tackles for loss and eight interceptions and earning third-team All-Big Ten as a senior. In 2017, PFF College credited Queiro with a 45.5 passer rating allowed on slot targets, fifth lowest among all draft-eligible defensive backs. Queiro ran 4.75 at Northwestern’s Pro Day but did show his short-area quicks with a 6.94 three-cone time. Queiro’s best shot at an NFL career will likely be in a Daniel Sorensen-like role as a special teamer/No. 3 safety.
May 2 - 7:43 PM

Chargers selected Northwestern RB Justin Jackson with the No. 251 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Jackson (6’0/199) joined Ron Dayne as the only running backs in Big Ten history to run for over 1,000 yards in all four seasons, logging a career 1,142/5,440/41 rushing line with 4.8 yards per carry and 122 receptions. One knock on Jackson is his massive college workload, but his ability to handle that much usage can also be spun as a positive, particularly at his size. Jackson helped himself in Indy with 76th-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.5-flat speed and quick-footed 6.81 three-cone time. An elusive, sudden cutter with plus passing-game chops, Jackson’s production profile, athleticism, and versatility suggest he’s a candidate to outkick pre-draft expectations.
Apr 28 - 6:50 PM

ESPN's Chris Low believes Northwestern RB Justin Jackson is a running back who can play in the NFL for a long time.

Jackson (6'0/192) was insanely productive for Northwestern over his four-year career, but many NFL analysts aren't sure if that production will carry over to the highest level. Low doesn't have those concerns, calling him "one of those guys who can do a little bit of everything." Whether it's late on Day 3 or possibly as an UDFA, Jackson should be able to help an NFL roster. He just needs the opportunity.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 3:53 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Northwestern RB Justin Jackson to the Buffalo Bills' Taiwan Jones.

Jackson (6'0/192) was a ludicrously productive back in college who rushed for 5,440 yards and 41 touchdowns with 122 catches over his career. "Jackson is a productive, durable runner with the foot quickness and agility to make defenders miss on all levels of the field, but has a thin frame that could turn some teams off," Zierlein wrote. "While Jackson carried a heavy workload in college, he's unlikely to find that opportunity in the pros. Jackson's elusiveness gives him a shot at a backup role, but he will need to improve as a third-down option." Jackson is a late-round favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom and Mark Lindquist. He tested in the 73rd percentile at the NFL Scouting Combine and has obvious receiving chops. He should develop into a quality committee back.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 5:35 PM

A Midwest scout for an NFC team told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Northwestern S Godwin Igwebuike is "very average when he has to cover."

"I wanted to see more from him this year. I don't know that he's really improved much over the years," the scout said. He expected the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Igwebuike to test out well at the NFL Scouting Combine and that did indeed come to pass -- the Northwestern defensive back posted a composite testing score in the 96th percentile of NFL safeties while in Indianapolis -- but it was never a question of athleticism, here. NFL Media's Lance ZIerlein hits up Igwebuike with a Rounds 3-4 grade for the draft later this week, but that should not be considered a consensus range. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom sees him as worthy of a seventh-round pick, rather than an early Day 3 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 4:38 PM

CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli lists Northwestern as the least likely 10-win team from 2017 to win 10 games again.

He also lists Toledo, USF, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State as unlikely to repeat their success in 2018. Fornelli cites Northwestern's tough schedule as one of the reasons they're unlikely to reach that number, as well as the big loss of Justin Jackson from the Wildcats' offense. Pat Fitzgerald is one of the best coaches in college football, but when you combine all the things going against them, it's tough seeing Northwestern getting to double-digit wins.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 5:44 PM


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