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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald has been awarded a contract extension which will keep him at the school for "at least the next 10 seasons."

The exact monetary and length figures for Fitzgerald's extension have not yet been disclosed. He has been manning the Northwestern ship since 2006 and has compiled a 77-62 record over the last 10 seasons. During the past campaign, the Wildcats finished 6-6 in the regular season before coming through with a win over Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Apr 24 - 6:57 PM

Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness writes that Northwestern WR Austin Carr is "a prime candidate" to "be productive from the slot after being drafted late."

Carr caught 12 touchdowns out of the slot this past season, the third best mark for any receiver in this draft class. His 1,247 yards were good for fourth best from the slot. McGuinness' outlet has previously compared the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder to Jags wideout Allen Hurns, writing that "both players are particularly adept at finding and setting in holes against zone defenses."
Apr 17 - 2:07 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Northwestern LB Anthony Walker to Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander.

Pro Football Focus sees the similarity in a troubling arena, that of the missed tackle. Indeed, the outlet graded Walker as the 199th (!) linebacker in FBS tackling efficiency for the 2016 season. In total, the 6-foot-1, 238-pounder missed 19 tackles, 17 of those coming against Big Ten competition. The PFF analysis team is reasonably concerned by that. They are also reasonably concerned with his work in coverage, with the outlet noting that Walker "seems to get lost in transition at times, and doesn’t show the same athleticism going backward as he does when attacking the line of scrimmage." Walker is a likely Day 3 selection for the draft later this month.
Apr 2 - 3:43 PM

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart believes that Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel is a leading contender to replace the production of WR Austin Carr.

"He is a veteran target who has good hands. Nagel also has underrated quickness. Don’t be shocked if he becomes the go-to man for (QB) Clayton Thorson," Dienhart wrote in his spring notes. He additionally checked off receivers Jalen Brown (an Oregon transfer), Charlie Fessler and Andrew Scanlan as names to watch. For his part, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Nagel caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games played. It might be a bit much to expect him to match the 90-1247-12 receiving line Austin Carr posted in 2016, but at the very least, he is in line for a decent statistical boost during the coming season.
Source: BTN.com
Apr 2 - 2:35 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Northwestern WR Austin Carr to Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns.

"Much like Carr, Hurns spends a majority of his snaps in the slot position, but is hardly just an underneath receiver. He can also work the intermediate routes," notes the PFF analysis team. "Both players are particularly adept at finding and settling in holes against zone defenses." Carr exploded for a 90-1247-12 receiving line this past season, earning PFF's top grade for a wide receiver along the way. Notes the outlet, "He runs smart routes and makes tough catches, and could be a reliable security blanket for a quarterback." He could draw interest on Day 3.
Apr 1 - 1:54 PM

A director of scouting for an AFC team told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Northwestern LB Anthony Walker is "playing way too heavy right now."

"But, hey, he's always productive and he plays in a physical conference, so that's a plus. He can run but he's not a great athlete. I think he'll be a much better player if he plays around 230," the scouting director explained. Walker checked into the Combine measuring out at 6-foot-1, 238 pounds. Zierlein compares him to Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso and is optimistic enough about his professional outlook, writing that the Northwestern standout "could become a decent starting linebacker within his first few years."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 3:45 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson didn't submit paperwork to the NFL's college advisory committee.

Jackson wasn't at all interested in bolting for the NFL after capping off his third straight 1,000-yard campaign. "I felt like it was in my best interests to come back and fine-tune my skills," he said. "Plus, I've put so much work into this whole school thing, I figured I might as well finish it out." Only eight players in FBS history have ever recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson sits at 4,485 career rushing yards heading into his last season. He hopes he won't get dinged for his heavy workload when he enters the NFL next season. "I have no idea how NFL scouts think," he said. "But hopefully they'll look at my production and the fact that I haven’t missed any games, and I hope that can be a plus."
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 5:20 PM

Northwestern RB John Moten IV will miss spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.

He's expected to return by fall camp. Moten IV is Justin Jackson's backup.
Feb 23 - 2:02 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior RB Warren Long will move to linebacker.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Long asked to switch to positions for his final season. Previously an effective backup tailback, Long missed almost all of last season with a broken hand. That allowed John Moten IV to pass him on the depth chart as Justin Jackson's backup.
Feb 22 - 2:31 PM

Titans beat writer Jason Wolf suggests the team could target a linebacker with one of their two picks in the third round.

Wolf offers Northwestern's Anthony Walker as a possibility as an inside linebacker in that area, but an extra edge rusher is also possible after getting very little out of Kevin Dodd during his rookie season. Walker is an athletic linebacker who looked like Northwestern's premiere defender in a majority of his games.
Feb 21 - 8:42 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised by Northwestern DE Ifeadi Odenigbo's invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"After a productive senior season, Odenigbo was overlooked by the major all-star games," Brugler notes. Despite the slow start to his draft process, he will now have a chance to strut his stuff in Indianapolis. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder registered 22 tackles (12.0 for loss), 10 sacks and two forced fumbles over the course of 10 games played. Back in early October, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline noted that while Odenigbo is "not a great athlete," he is a "good football player." The former part of that equation could prove problematic at the Combine.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 1:54 PM

Fran Duffy believes Northwestern WR Austin Carr was the biggest NFL Scouting Combine snub at receiver outside of Baylor’s Ishmael Zamora and Ole Miss’ Damore’ea Stringfellow.

Zamora and Stringfellow didn't make the cut because of off-field transgressions, whereas Carr was omitted because of a lack of athleticism. Carr earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this past year and was a third-team All-American selection after posting a healthy 90-1,247-12 line. "The shifty slot man has very good hands and is a shifty route runner, and in a lot of ways I like him as much or even more than other players of similar body types such as Ryan Switzer (North Carolina) and Trent Taylor (Louisiana Tech), both of whom were invited to Indy," Duffy wrote. "It wouldn’t shock me at all if Carr ended up hearing his name called on draft weekend."
Feb 16 - 1:41 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Northwestern senior S Godwin Igwebuike as the No. 10 returning player in the Big 10.

Per PFF, Igwebuike allowed only 26 catches on 46 targets last season, surrendering a mere two receptions that went for more than 20 yards. Igwebuike led the Wildcats with 108 tackles in 2016, adding six TFL, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. After the season, he requested feedback from the NFL Advisory Board but decided to return to school. PFF grades Igwebuike as the second-highest returning safety in the country.
Feb 10 - 4:13 PM

Northwestern signed three-star 2017 WR Berkeley Holman.

Holman was something of a slow starter at St. John Bosco High (California), at least up until his senior year. This past season, the 5-foot-10, 171-pounder went off for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. He will compete to carve out a slot role with the Wildcats over the coming years.
Source: Inside NU
Feb 2 - 5:25 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Jalen Brown transferred to Northwestern as a graduate.

Expected to graduate in June, Brown will be eligible to play for the Wildcats immediately. Because he's only used two seasons of eligibility, Northwestern will get him in 2018 as well. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder, a four-star 2014 recruit, posted a 19-318-3 receiving line in nine games this past season.
Feb 2 - 3:38 PM


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