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Inside NU's Will Ragatz writes that Northwestern senior TE Garrett Dickerson has "been a reliable stud in [setting the edge]."

Ragatz refers to Dickerson (6'3/250) as "an extremely valuable piece of what could be a dangerous offense this fall." The senior earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season after catching 34 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 16 fantasy tight end in college football.
Source: Inside NU
Jul 14 - 2:44 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior DT Tyler Lancaster performed hip thrusts with an 800-pound barbell on his lap in June.

Oh goodness. In addition to that terrifying feat of strength, Lancaster (6'3/300) has also pulled off 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a deadlift of 749 pounds and jumps of 9-foot-4 (broad) and 27 inches (vertical). He started all 13 games for the Wildcats last season, recording 28 tackles, four of which went for loss.
Jul 7 - 6:45 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren believes that Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel has a shot at 1,000 yards this coming season.

Nagel will be option No. 1 to replace the production of Austin Carr (90-1247-12 last season) -- the only 1,000-yard receiver in the Big Ten in 2016. Earlier this offseason, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com noted that the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder possesses "good hands" and "underrated quickness." This past season, he caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns across 11 games. Other receivers who could potentially step up to help shore up the receiving corp include Jalen Brown (Oregon transfer), Charlie Fessler and Andrew Scanlan.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 6:27 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso pegs Northwestern senior S Godwin Igwebuike as the No. 88 NFL prospect in the country.

"The 6-foot, 205-pound safety is as active as they come in all phases," Trapasso wrote. Igwebuike finished with double-digit tackles in three games last year and checked in with fewer than five in only one game. Pro Football Focus lists Igwebuike as the No. 10 returning player in the Big 10.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 1:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler indicated that he is unconcerned about the workload that has been placed on Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson.

"On one hand, the NFL wants fresh backs. But there is something to be said about production and experience and if the medical reports aren't an issue then Jackson will be fine," Brugler said. Jackson has 855 carries under his belt with the 2017 season still ahead of him. He has never carried the ball fewer than 245 times in a season. Of course, with the carry-load comes some fantastic production -- last season, Jackson rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is a potential Day 2 selection for next spring's draft.
May 27 - 12:59 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore CB Trae Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles earlier this spring.

Williams tore his Achilles during practice in March, but beyond that, no details are available to the exact circumstance which led to the injury. He is expected to be sidelined until at least October. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder registered 42 tackles (1.0 for loss), an interception and seven passes defensed across 10 games played. Consider this a depth blow. Keith Watkins II and Montre Hartage are looking like probable starters at corner for the coming season
Source: Inside NU
May 26 - 4:44 PM

Northwestern junior WR Solomon Vault is expected to miss the 2017 season after undergoing lower-body surgery.

Per a team spokesman, Vault will likely take a redshirt for the coming season. After transitioning over from running back to wide receiver last offseason, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder logged a 15-164-2 receiving line in 2016. His loss will be felt less in the receiving game and more in the return game -- Vault averaged 24.3 yards on his 23 returns last season, good for third-best in the Big Ten. His five career kick returns for touchdown are a school record.
Source: Inside NU
May 26 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Northwestern redshirt junior QB Clayton Thorson as the No. 5 underclassmen QB prospect.

Thorson was dreadful in 2015 as a second-year freshman, but he broke through last season, throwing for 3,182 yards with a 22/9 TD/INT ratio. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has NFL size and athleticism, but he must improve his accuracy (58.6 percent completions last year; 50.8 percent in 2015).
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 3:51 PM

Land of 10's Corey Masisak ranked Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson as the second-best running back in the Big Ten.

No surprise, but Masisak ranked Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the No. 1 back in the conference. Jackson slotted in right behind, followed by Iowa's Akrum Wadley and Ohio State's Mike Weber. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jackson rushed for a healthy 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns across 13 games played. If he were to rush for 2,277 yards during the coming season, he would exit his Northwestern career as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher. As productive as he has been, that mark is probably beyond the pale for the Northwestern standout.
Source: Land of 10
May 22 - 6:46 PM

Northwestern senior DE Xavier Washington has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with felony cocaine possession.

According to the Daily Northwestern, authorities in Evanston were alerted to an off-campus disturbance at 2:30 AM on Sunday morning, after which they arrested the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Washington for possession of a controlled substance (in this case, cocaine). In the short term, he has been suspended indefinitely, but given the seriousness of this charge, this arrest could potentially see him kicked off the team. Washington registered 38 tackles (7.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks this past season. Those 4.5 sacks tied him for second-most on the team.
May 2 - 5:28 PM

Patriots signed Northwestern WR Austin Carr.

Carr (6’0/202) struggled for playing time at Northwestern before breaking out as a fifth-year senior, amassing an 84-1,196-12 (14.2 YPR) receiving line en route to Big Ten Receiver of the Year and third-team All-America honors. PFF College called Carr the best slot receiver in the nation in 2016, yet he was snubbed for a Combine invite. While it is concerning that Carr runs 4.62 and didn’t do much of anything until age 23 – when every defensive back he faced was younger than him – Carr has many traits that translate to slot success in the pros, including an impressive 6.70 three-cone time. From a profile standpoint, he reminds of ex-Colts WR Austin Collie.
May 1 - 6:35 PM

Vikings selected Northwestern DE Ifeadi Odeanigbo with the No. 220 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Odenigbo (6’3/258) spent his first two college seasons as a nickel rusher and started the final two, leading the Big Ten in sacks (10.0) as a senior and graduating with the second most sacks (23.5) in school history. Big Ten coaches voted him first-team all-conference last year. At the Combine, Odenigbo ran 4.72 and showed explosion with a 10-foot-7 broad jump. Odenigbo has a chance to be a useful special teamer and sub-package rusher in the pros.
Apr 29 - 5:53 PM

Colts selected Northwestern ILB Anthony Walker with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Walker (6’1/238) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years at middle linebacker, leading the Big Ten in tackles for loss as a sophomore (20.5) and earning second-team all-conference in 2016. Something of a surprise early entrant, Walker did not help himself with 21st-percentile athletic results before the draft. He shows tight-hipped coverage limitations on tape and isn’t a true thumper. A good college player whose NFL transition will be an uphill climb, Walker’s best early-career bet will be to become a special teams demon.
Apr 29 - 2:49 PM

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


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