Dennis Wierzbicki, USA Today Sports

Five Northwestern Wildcats To Know

Nebraska publisher Josh Harvey looks at five players Husker fans need to know going into the matchup with Northwestern.

16 Godwin Igwebuike – S

The junior defensive back has 22 tackles in 2016, second most on the team. But even more impressively he has three interceptions and four pass breakups in three contests. Igwebuike had plenty of experience against Nebraska. As a freshman in 2014 he recorded nine tackles and had five stops against the Huskers last season. Igwebuike also has two tackles for loss this year.  

18 Clayton Thorson – QB

The sophomore has somewhat struggled through the first three games of the year, hitting on only 49 percent of his throws. Last week against Duke, Thorson threw for 320-yards on 18-of-39 attempts, but threw two interceptions. Last year in Lincoln, Thorson hurt Nebraska on the ground, running for 126 yards and a score on nine carries. He also threw 177 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcat win. 

21 Justin Jackson – RB

The junior has been the workhorse again for Northwestern through the first three games, rushing 28 times against Duke last week to push his total number to 63 carries in on the season. At this point he’s averaging only 4.1 yards per carry, down from his 2014 and 2015 numbers. Jackson has home run threat ability and scored two touchdowns against Nebraska in 2014 – racking up 128 yards. Last season the Huskers held him in check, limiting to him 40 yards on 14 carries.

51 Jaylen Prater – LB

The redshirt senior has 30 tackles in three games and is currently leading the Wildcats in stops. The Ohio native only had five tackles against Duke last week, but had an 18-tackle performance against Western Michigan to start the year. In 2015 Prater started nine games before a season-ending knee injury. Last season against Nebraska, Prater had eight tackles in the Wildcats’ win.

80 Austin Carr – WR

Carr leads the Wildcats with 18 receptions, more than double the amount of any other receiver on the Northwestern roster. Against Duke, Carr had six catches for 135 yards and a score – connecting with quarterback Clayton Thorson on a 58-yard strike. Carr has been consistent; with at least five catches in the Wildcats first three games – a big jump in his production from last year when he only had 16 catches the entire year. In Lincoln last year, Carr had one catch for 15 yards.

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