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Northwestern redshirt junior LB Anthony Walker will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

"We're so proud of Anthony, and thrilled for the Walker family. He's cemented a spot as one of the best players in Northwestern football history," said HC Pat Fitzgerald in a statement, "will earn his degree this spring and has the opportunity to pursue his dream." The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker registered 105 tackles (10.0 for loss), two sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 games this season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has praised his athleticism, as well as his sideline-to-sideline moxie, while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 6 draft-eligible inside linebacker.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson was marvelous in Wednesday's 31-24 win over Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, rushing for 224 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries.

Channeling his inner Gary Sanchez in Yankee Stadium, twas a grand slam of a game for Jackson. He averaged an even 7.0 YPC and repeatedly busted into the second level for medium-long gains. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder's long run went for 68 yards -- but not a touchdown, as Jackson ran out of steam before he could hit the end zone. He finishes up the 2016 season having rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games. His yardage totals have risen in impressive fashion year-by-year. After posting 1,187 yards rushing as a true freshman in 2014, he backed that up with 1,418 yards in 2015 before topping that mark with the 1,524 yards this time around.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson smashed through Illinois to the tune of 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries in Saturday's 42-21 win.

The Northwestern rushing game was absolutely on point in Saturday's victory. In addition to Jackson's 173 yards on the ground, John Moten IV offered up 128 yards and two touchdowns of his own. For his part, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jackson averaged 8.2 YPC with a long run of 54 yards. That 54-yard rumble went for a touchdown with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter. This was Jackson's fifth game of at least 100 yards rushing. With Saturday's win, Northwestern evened its record up at 6-6 and will now be eligible for a postseason bowl berth.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Northwestern didn't list redshirt senior WR Austin Carr (head) on the injury report for Saturday's rivalry game versus Illinois.

Carr exited last Saturday's loss to Minnesota following a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit. Apparently he didn't suffer a bad concussion, as had been feared.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Northwestern redshirt senior WR Austin Carr (head) left Saturday's game against Minnesota in the third quarter.

Cross your fingers for him, because Carr suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit and may have suffered a concussion. The defender was ejected. Carr was able to walk off the field without help.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 07:14:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior WR Austin Carr caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-17 win over Purdue.

Carr scored from two yards out near the end of the first quarter and would come back around for a 33-yard touchdown haul midway through the second. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has scored in eight of 10 games this season. He has logged at least 70 receiving yards in every contest to date. Included in that lot, six 100-yard efforts.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore QB Clayton Thorson completed 23-of-36 passes for 352 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 45-17 win over Purdue.

Thorson's been as much of a hot/cold quarterback as any in the country this season. Five of 10 games have seen him throw for one or none touchdowns. His other five games have each been three-touchdown showings. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has thrown for 2,571 yards with a 19/8 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 45-17 win over Purdue.

The Wildcats spotted the Boilermakers a 10-0 first quarter lead, then proceeded to outscore them 45-7 the rest of the way. Jackson wouldn't strike for the end zone until the second half, when he scored touchdowns of 14 and nine yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Prior to his showing on Saturday, the junior back had not cracked 100 yards rushing in any of his last three games. For the season as a whole, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has rolled up 1,034 yards rushing and eight touchdowns over 10 games played. He has now rushed for at least 1,000 yards in all three of his collegiate seasons.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior WR Austin Carr caught eight passes for 158 yards in Saturday's 24-20 loss to Ohio State.

No touchdowns for Carr here, though he did have one grab in which he danced down the sideline and into the end zone in the fourth quarter. He was ruled to have stepped out of bounds before crossing the plane. Replays appeared to show otherwise, maybe. Somewhat inexplicably, Northwestern snapped the ball in relatively quick fashion, preventing a potential overturn from the booth that would have given the Wildcats the touchdown. Despite Saturday's bitter end result, Carr's magic carpet ride in 2016 continues unabated. He has now caught 58 passes for 878 yards and nine touchdowns through eight games.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 07:28:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior LB Anthony Walker "has starting potential at inside/middle linebacker in the NFL," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Walker was a favorite of mine as a sophomore in 2015 and his game is finally taking off this season," Pauline wrote. "Walker is an athletic linebacker who makes plays up the field while also showing the ability to go sideline-to-sideline." The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder has 5.5 tackles for loss and 6 hurries so far.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 05:41:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt freshman CB Trae Williams has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Ohio State due to an undisclosed injury.

Williams' mystery injury prevented him from playing in Saturday's win over Indiana. Looks like the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder will be down for the count once more this weekend. Alonzo Mayo figures to start in his place against the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Source: Land of 10
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Northwestern senior CB Matthew Harris has opted to retire due to concussion concerns.

"This is an incredibly difficult decision to reach, but it is the right one for me and for my future," Harris said in a statement. "I’m so thankful for Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Brown and the rest of the staff that brought me to Northwestern and have mentored me over the last several years." The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior finishes his Northwestern career having recorded 156 tackles (4.5 for loss), six interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Source: Land of 10
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson rushed for 94 yards on 28 carries in the school's 24-14 win over Indiana.

Jackson added another 34 yards on five receptions. Jackson produced over 1,300 total yards in each of the last two seasons, and he's a little over halfway to reaching that mark again in 2016. Northwestern has won three straight.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior WR Austin Carr recorded 11 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's victory 54-40 over Michigan State.

Carr continues to be one of the Big 10's breakout fantasy stars. Across his first four years on campus, he combined to post a 23-402-2 line. This year, Carr already boasts a 43-595-8 line.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore QB Clayton Thorson completed 27-of-35 passes for 281 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 54-40 win at Michigan State.

On the ground, he added five carries for 12 yards and a touchdown. Thorson posted some pretty grisly numbers as a frosh last year -- 50.8 completion percentage, 1,522 yards, 5.2 YPA, 7/9 TD/INT ratio -- but he made major some major gains over the offseason.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 04:52:00 PM


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