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Northwestern sophomore WR Kyric McGowan is listed as the starting Z-receiver ahead of this weekend's game against Rutgers.

McGowan (5'10/191) has only been sporadically used as a receiver off the bench this year, but he's also contributed as a kick returner. McGowan was one of 13 true freshman to see action during the regular season for Northwestern last fall. He'll be backed up this week by Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman.
Source: SB Nation
Oct 16 - 1:47 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior RB John Moten IV exited Saturday's win over Nebraska early with an apparent leg injury.

Moten had seven attempts for 23 yards and three catches for 14 yards prior to leaving. At this time, it's unclear if he'll play against Rutgers on Saturday. Moten has fallen behind Solomon Vault since the retirement of Jeremy Larkin (cervical stenosis).
Oct 16 - 12:42 PM

Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel had the most yards (220) from the slot among FBS receivers in Week 7.

Nagel (5'11/181) had 53 more yards from the slot than K.J. Hill, who was second on the week. The junior receiver has back-to-back weeks with at least 10 receptions and 110 yards, and he is now up to 48-622-2 on the season. Nagel will look to extend his streak against a struggling Rutgers team next week.
Oct 14 - 4:53 PM

Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel caught 12 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska.

Nagel (5'11/181) scored on a 21-yard touchdown toss midway through the second quarter, then came back around for a pivotal 61-yard score in the fourth quarter, one which got Northwestern started on the comeback trail after they had fallen behind 28-14 earlier in the stanza. This was Nagel's third 100-yard showing in six games played and his first career game over 200 yards receiving. He's been hot hot hot of late, ripping it up for a 22-331-2 receiving line in his last two games alone. Next up for his slicing and dicing pleasure, a lost Rutgers squad.
Oct 13 - 4:36 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 41-of-64 passes for 455 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska.

Thorson (6'4/226) was not perfect in this one, but he put together a beautiful final drive to send the game to overtime. The Wildcats got the ball back on their own one-yard line trailing 31-24 with 2:30 remaining in the game, after which the senior quarterback hit on six-of-seven passes to march Northwestern down the field (with the aid of a few penalties). That drive culminated with a game-tying five-yard touchdown strike to JJ Jefferson with just seconds remaining in regulation. The team would go on to win in overtime on a 37-yard field goal off the leg of Drew Luckenbaugh. With Northwestern struggling mightily on the ground since Jeremy Larkin's abrupt retirement near the end of September, Thorson has been throwing the ball a ton of late. Over his last two games, he's attempted 111 passes while throwing for 828 yards with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. He'll have a prime opportunity for big numbers against Rutgers next weekend.
Oct 13 - 4:29 PM

Northwestern sophomore K Charlie Kuhbander (leg) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Nebraska.

Kuhbander (6'0/189) has been playing through a muscle tear in his kicking leg, with the Wildcats staff finally now opting to rest him for at least one game. Kickoff man Drew Luckenbaugh will take over his duties against the Huskers. Beyond that, we'll have to wait and see on Kuhbander's recovery.
Oct 12 - 1:08 PM

Northwestern junior WR Flynn Nagel caught 10 passes for 111 yards in Saturday's 29-19 win over Michigan State.

Nagel (5'11/181) was Thorson's leading receiver on a day Northwestern was pass happy. Thorson dropped back 47 times while the running game gained a whole eight yards on 20 carries. Nagel's 111 yards and 10 receptions were both the second-most of his career, and he will look to keep things going against Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers next week.
Oct 6 - 5:16 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 31-of-47 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in Saturday's 29-19 win over Michigan State.

The Wildcats had the right strategy by going all in on passing plays against a Michigan State defense that has allowed the nation's fewest rushing yards per game (40.3) and fewest rushing yards per carry (1.5). Thorson dropped by 47 times while the running game mustered up just eight yards on 20 carries, so this win was all Thorson and the defense. The highlight of the game was a beautiful pass over the top of a Spartan defender that gave Northwestern a second half lead, but Thorson also scored a goal line touchdown with two minutes left to seal up the win. Northwestern will bring a 2-3 record into next week's game against Nebraska.
Oct 6 - 5:06 PM

Northwestern freshman CB Greg Newsome (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Newsome (6'1/182) has made two starts this season and was expected to make a third versus the Spartans prior to being ruled out. Trae Williams is listed as his backup on this week's depth chart.
Oct 5 - 3:57 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior LB Nate Hall (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Michigan State.

A notable loss for the Wildcats, here. Hall (6'2/235) had been working as a four-game starter prior to his being ruled out. The redshirt senior -- a possible Day 2 selection for the spring draft -- has recorded 26 tackles and an interception this season. With Hall out for Saturday's date with Sparty, look for backup Chris Bergin to receive a fair amount of run this weekend.
Oct 5 - 2:11 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior RB John Moten IV scored a rushing touchdown in Saturday's 20-17 loss against Michigan, but he ended up with just 36 yards in 13 carries.

This was a defensive slog and there weren't a lot of eye-popping stats from either side. It has been a slow go for Moten, who had managed just 21 rushing yards on 12 carries over his first three games. Even though he averaged just 2.8 yards per carry, that actually represented a season high. He saw an increased workload taking over for the retired Jeremy Larkin. It might be tough sledding again for Moten and the Northwestern offense when they pay a visit to Michigan State next weekend.
Sep 29 - 8:26 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior RB John Moten IV is expected to take over as the starter following Jeremy Larkin's retirement.

The three-star prospect has been seldom-used to this point in his career, with 416 career rushing yards in three-plus years on campus, most of which came as a redshirt freshman. But following Justin Jackson's graduation and Larkin's retirement, the Wildcats are short on options. Moten could be featured in a system that heavily leans on its RB1.
Sep 24 - 12:59 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Jeremy Larkin retired from football due to a diagnosis of cervical stenosis.

The condition is not life threatening, per Northwestern's news release, but it prevents participation in football. Cervical stenosis refers to when the protective spinal canal narrows due to degenerative changes or trauma. This type of spinal cord compression can lead to major health issues, so good for Larkin for abruptly walking away. That doesn't mean this news isn't profoundly sad. A four-star prospect, the multi-faceted Larkin had already piled up 346 rushing yards, 19 catches for 127 yards, and five total touchdowns in three games this year after taking over Justin Jackson's old post. Larkin's backup, John Moten IV, is likely to ascend to starting duties.
Sep 24 - 12:42 PM

Northwestern sophomore RB Jeremy Larkin rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 39-34 loss to Akron.

Larkin (5'10/197) scored from seven yards out midway through the first quarter and later came through with a five-yard touchdown run with about eight minutes remaining before halftime. He's taken over for program legend Justin Jackson with nary a beat missed, having now rushed for 346 yards and five touchdowns through three games played. The climb will be a bit more steep than Akron when Larkin and company head to Ann Arbor for a date with the Wolverines following their upcoming bye.
Sep 16 - 12:12 AM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 33-of-53 passes for 383 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 39-34 loss to Akron.

Looking at the outward statistical line, you might think that Thorson had a dominant evening. And he did, in places. However, the senior signal-caller also made two enormous gaffes in the fourth quarter, fumbling the ball in the end zone -- subsequently recovered by Akron for a touchdown -- and throwing a backbreaking pick-six which essentially ended the game. Those two plays came on back-to-back drives, at that. Yikes. It was certainly nice to see Thorson air it out, at least, after he had kept on something of a pitch count in the first two games of the campaign. He and his Wildcat brothers will try to rebound from this rough loss when they take on Michigan after their upcoming bye week.
Sep 16 - 12:07 AM


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