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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayson Thorson is leaning towards entering the draft after this season.

As with Tanner Lee, who Pauline also reported was leaning towards entering early, we're surprised by this news. "As one insider told me it was 'one foot in the door, one foot out the door' for both signal callers before the season even began and that it would’ve taken something major for both to return to school," Pauline wrote of the pair. Like Lee, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Thorson has reportedly been swayed by the struggles of this year's marquee quarterback prospects, like Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. We'd suggest that Darnold and Allen's play won't affect Thorson or Lee's draft standing in the least.
Nov 20 - 2:07 PM

Northwestern senior TE Garrett Dickerson had two catches for 26 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 39-0 win over Minnesota.

Dickerson caught only two balls, but they both ended in the end zone. Dickerson hasn't caught even four passes in a game since September, and he's caught more than four only once this year.
Nov 18 - 3:26 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 166 yards on 31 carries in Saturday's 39-0 win over Minnesota.

Jackson methodically shredded the Gophers defense for 5.4 YPC. In so doing, Jackson became the ninth player in FBS history to have four 1,000-yard seasons. He's the second Big 10 player to do so, joining former Wisconsin RB and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. Other relevant names on the list include Tony Dorsett (Pitt) and Cedric Benson (Texas). Jackson is up to 5,139 career rushing yards.
Nov 18 - 3:20 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 46 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 23-13 win over Purdue.

Jackson was coming off a lovely 154-yard performance against Nebraska last weekend, but no such luck on Saturday. To wit, his long run versus the Boilermakers went for all of nine yards. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior has put in an occasionally inconsistent final campaign for the Wildcats, with four of 10 games seeing him rush for fewer than 50 yards. He will need to post 156 yards combined against Minnesota and Illinois over the final two games of the campaign if he's to finish with 1,000 yards in every one of his four seasons with Northwestern.
Nov 11 - 11:46 PM

Northwestern senior WR Macan Wilson snagged five passes for 107 yards in a 31-24 overtime victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

It's easily the most productive game of Wilson's season, who had yet to accrue more than 74 yards in a game this year. It is the third of four games that he's caught five passes or more, however, so he's certainly been a part of the Wildcats offense as a possession receiver. The big play here was a 42-yarder from Clayton Thorson that set up a Northwestern touchdown. Wilson will look to keep up the good work next week against Purdue.
Nov 5 - 3:14 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson ran for 154 yards and a score on 31 carries in a 31-24 overtime win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Jackson struggled against Michigan State last week, but the 5-foot-11, 200-pound tailback was back to his effective ways against the Cornhuskers on Saturday. His touchdown was an impressive 17-yard burst to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter. The resurgent Northwestern club will take on Purdue next week.
Nov 4 - 7:04 PM

Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel caught eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 39-31 triple-overtime victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

Nagel's score was the biggest of the game in a game that featured big scores. Tied at 31-31, quarterback Clayton Thorson found Nagel from 22-yards out, and it gave the Wildcats a 39-31 lead that Northwestern wouldn't give up. It's been a slightly disappointing season for the junior wideout, but this is a friendly reminder of why many think he's one of the best receivers in the Big Ten conference.
Oct 28 - 7:34 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayson Thorson completed 33-of-48 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns in a 39-31 triple-overtime victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

For most of this game, it was a defensive struggle, with neither team being able to run the ball. In the overtimes, however, Thorson and the Wildcats -- and Michigan State as well -- were able to score seemingly at will. His 22-yard touchdown pass to Flynn Nagel gave the Wildcats a 37-31 lead in the third overtime, and he completed a two-point conversion pass to Cameron Green a play later for good measure. This was a big win for Northwestern, and a heartbreaking defeat for the Spartans. Thorson and the Wildcats get Nebraska next week.
Oct 28 - 7:22 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 93 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 17-10 overtime win over Iowa.

He also had five catches for 38 yards. The stats don't look like much, but Jackson made the play that may have been the difference in the game. In overtime, on a third-and-9, Jackson snagged a high Clayton Thorson throw and barrelled, juked and escaped three would-be tacklers for 23 yards to the Iowa 1. Thorson scored two plays later in what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
Oct 21 - 3:34 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 171 yards on 28 carries with two scores in a 37-21 victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Jackson (5'11/200) has been slightly disappointing -- at least statistically -- in 2017, but he had no trouble finding holes and yardage against the Terrapins on Saturday. His second touchdown -- a 21-yard scamper that was perfectly blocked by the Northwestern offensive line -- put the game away for the Wildcats. Jackson should see plenty of touches next week when he takes on Wisconsin.
Oct 14 - 7:13 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson completed 19-of-36 passes for 142 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 31-7 loss to Penn State.

Thorson had thrown for at least two touchdown passes in three of four games entering Saturday's showdown with the Nittany Lions. No such luck in this one, no such luck. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder will try for better results against Maryland next weekend.
Oct 7 - 4:21 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell spoke with a director of college scouting for an AFC team who believes that Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson could be a first-round pick.

"Unless he falls off during the season, I anticipate him (as) a solid [second-rounder]," the scouting director told Campbell, "But, I think he will rise in the interview process, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if he ends up being a first-round pick." He likes the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder more than he did either Paxton Lynch or Blake Bortles in their respective drafts. Both Lynch and Bortles were first-round selections. The scouting director in question is particularly enamored with Thorson's arm strength and intelligence. He believes that Thorson will ace the interview portion of the draft process. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is slightly more conservative in his estimation, stamping Thorson with a fourth-round grade.
Sep 21 - 4:13 PM

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


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