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Bryan Harlan, the agent for Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald, said that his client will not be interviewing with interested NFL teams.

This rhetoric goes in lockstep with a report from Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, who passes along that Fitzgerald is not a candidate for an NFL job "despite multiple inquiries." The Packers have been one team rumored to be interested in Fitzgerald. We've seen several collegiate coaches floated as potential candidates for NFL jobs, notably Brian Kelly and Matt Rhule (Lincoln Riley now off the board via an extension), but to this juncture of the coaching carousel, the pro ranks have yet to actually lure one away from their current position.
Jan 4 - 11:50 AM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Northwestern offensive analyst Kurt Anderson will be promoted to offensive line coach.

Anderson earns the promotion following Wildcats OL coach Adam Cushing's departure for the head-coaching position at Eastern Illinois. This will not be his first go-round coaching up the position group, as he earlier worked in that capacity with Arkansas (2016-17) and Eastern Michigan (2007-12). Between those two gigs, he served as OL coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2013-16.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 3:13 PM

Responding to rumors that he could be targeted by the Green Bay Packers, Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald said that he's "not going anywhere."

Packers CEO Mark Murphy was the one who initially hired Fitzgerald to his post at Northwestern back in 2006, when Murphy was serving as athletic director with the program. While Green Bay is currently in the midst of a head-coaching search, Coach Fitzgerald was quick to reaffirm his fidelity to the Wildcats, saying, "This is home forever" while accepting the Holiday Bowl trophy on Monday following the team's upset of Utah. Fitzgerald has posted a 96-70 record during his lengthy stint in Evanston. He has never coached at the NFL level.
Jan 1 - 1:58 PM

Northwestern junior WR Bennett Skowronek caught one pass for six yards in Monday's 31-20 win over Utah in the Holiday Bowl.

Skowronek (6'4/211) ends his season in disappointing fashion, here. The junior wideout logged a 45-562-3 receiving line across 14 games played for the campaign as a whole. He is eligible to declare for the draft should he so choose, but doesn't figure to be much of a mover/shaker if he does throw his hat into the pro ring.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:18:00 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 21-of-30 passes for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 31-20 win over Utah in the Holiday Bowl.

Thorson connected on four- and 20-yard touchdown passes in a 28-point third quarter which swung the game in Northwestern's favor after they fell behind 20-3 heading into halftime. The senior signal-caller had a late injury scare in the fourth quarter, but after being checked out in the medical tent, returned to take the final kneel-downs for the Wildcats as they wrapped up the victory. It will be onward to the Senior Bowl for Thorson, now, where he will try to make his mark as a potential Day 3 selection for the spring draft.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:15:00 PM

Northwestern freshman RB Isaiah Bowser rushed for 70 yards on 23 carries in Monday's 31-20 win over Utah in the Holiday Bowl.

Bowser (6'1/216) wasn't exactly scorching it on New Year's Eve -- he averaged just 3.0 YPC -- but turned in a solid, workmanlike effort nonetheless. The true freshman helped to steady Northwestern's offense following Jeremy Larkin's surprise September retirement and ends his 2018 season having rushed for 886 yards and six touchdowns. We're intrigued to see what the Northwestern offense looks like next season, with Bowser all the more experienced and former stud QB recruit Hunter Johnson set to take over at signal-caller for Clayton Thorson.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:10:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson (undisclosed) has returned to the sideline from the medical tent in the fourth quarter of Monday's Holiday Bowl.

Looks like Thorson might have dodged a bullet. He exited with a possible knee injury in the fourth quarter -- remember, the senior tore his ACL in bowl action a year ago -- but has since returned to the sideline from the medical tent. And he's wearing a helmet, a very positive sign. We're unlikely to see him again on Monday (Northwestern leads 31-20 with under three minutes remaining as of this posting), but thankfully, at this early juncture it appears as though he's passed initial medical examinations. If there are any lingering ill effects, here, we shall pass along word as information becomes available.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 10:42:00 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson left Monday's Holiday Bowl against Utah in the fourth quarter due to an undisclosed injury concern.

A year ago, Thorson sustained a torn ACL on a trick play in bowl action. He could potentially be dealing with another serious knee injury after taking a hit on a run in Monday's showdown with the Utes. We will pass along updates as information becomes available. Interested NFL teams are going to be taking a close, close look at his medicals during the upcoming months of draft evaluation. Thorson earlier accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and any legitimate injury would obviously threaten his chances of playing in that postseason contest.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 10:32:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior LB Nate Hall (shoulder) will not play in the Holiday Bowl.

Hall (6'2/231) underwent shoulder surgery, so he will just be on the sidelines cheering on his teammates. The linebacker spent five seasons with the program racking up 151 solo tackles, 110 assisted tackles, five sacks, and five interceptions. Hall needs to get healthy as soon as possible before the draft because he should have plus measurables at the combine. He apparently can run a 4.70 40-yard dash at 230 pounds.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 07:06:00 PM

Northwestern signed four-star 2019 WR Genson Hooper-Price.

Hooper-Price (6'5/206) is a lean outside receiver with big-time upside for the Wildcats as a potential WR1 in a couple seasons. The four-star receiver is ESPN's No. 34 wide receiver and No. 233 overall recruit this cycle and notes that Hooper-Price can reach his ceiling if he can build more straight-line speed and can high-point passes with his hands by using his size and jumping ability -- he has a 38-inch vertical -- to his advantage.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 09:29:00 PM

Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald expressed frustration over their 2019 matchup with Ohio State being moved from Saturday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 18.

"This one was out of our control. Didn’t get a vote on this. I understand why we’re doing this, but it does not make me happy," Fitzgerald said. He went on to say that he views Friday as a high school football day, rather than a CFB one. The game is being pushed to Oct. 18 for television purposes. Fitzgerald and crew are currently prepping for a New Year's Eve Holiday Bowl date with Utah.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 10:15:00 PM

Northwestern received a verbal commitment from three-star 2020 RB Cameron Porter.

Porter is ranked as the 37th best running back in the 2020 class in 247 Sports composite rankings, and the Cincinnati resident ranks 11th among the prospects in the state of Ohio in their eye. He also had offers from Iowa and Cincinnati, and the 5-foot-11, 205-pound tailback gets quality reports on his power and ability to make tacklers miss. This could be an under-the-radar get for the Wildcats.
Source: Inside NU
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 02:48:00 PM

Northwestern senior CB Montre Hartage accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Hartage (6'0/195) has been the definition of a ball-hawking corner during his time with Northwestern, picking off a combined nine passes over the last three seasons (five of those coming in 2016). While those are flashy numbers, the Northwestern standout will have to answer questions on athleticism during the predraft evaluating phase this spring if he's to secure a Day 3 selection. At this juncture, Draft Analyst pegs him with a UDFA grade.
Fri, Dec 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior RB John Moten IV ran for 76 yards on four carries with a score in a 45-24 loss to Ohio State on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Moten tied the game at 7-7 with an impressive 77-yard touchdown that showed off his speed. Unfortunately, his next three carries went for a total of negative one yard. Moten will be the backup to Isaiah Bowswer in whichever bowl game the Wildcats play in.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 12:13:00 AM

Northwestern freshman RB Isaiah Bowser carried the ball 14 times for 62 yards in a 45-24 loss to Ohio State on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Bowser was outstanding in the month of November for the Wildcats. For a variety of reasons -- score, focus, etc. -- things didn't really happen for the freshman tailback, although he did make a couple of impressive runs in Indianapolis on Saturday. There's a bright future ahead for Bowser, but they were outclassed by the Buckeyes on Saturday. A bowl game comes next.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 12:07:00 AM


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