Nightcap Notes And Quotes

The Wildcats wrapped up their first two-a-day in Kenosha with a two-and-a-half hour practice. The team looked solid during their second go around for the day. Get the details from Camp Kenosha with this PurpleWildcats.com practice report.

• There wasn't a cloud in the over Camp Kenosha. A light breeze blew through the Wildcats' evening workout. The team took the field in shoulder pads and shorts.

• The team spent some extended time working the ones against the ones. The defense stole the show—especially the secondary. Jordan Mabin had an interception and forced a fumble on Tyris Jones. Ibraheim Campbell was also impressive. He had a few pass breakups and an interception.

Mike Hankwitz said of the defense today, "(Practice) went well. We fought through it, we pushed hard."

• Hankwitz also said he believes the defense is ahead of where they were one year ago at camp.

• The defense has played with a chip on their shoulder. Coach Hankwitz believes the spark is coming from the seniors. He said, "They're not happy about the way last year ended and they want to do something about it."

• An under-the-radar candidate from some playing time at cornerback is Ricky Weina, who has had a strong camp thus far.

Demetrius Dugar has also seen time working in behind Jordan Mabin, though Dugar isn't likely to see a start ahead of Mabin or Jeravin Matthews.

• Hankwitz said the defense is hoping to build fundamentals and gradually progress toward the Boston College game while in Kenosha.

• NU offensive coordinator Mick McCall said he was pleased of today's two practices—especially the morning workout.

• Sophomore WR Rashad Lawrence has put together a nice camp so far. He had a few very impressive catches today.

• The most impressive catch from a wide receiver was brought courtesy Brendan Barber, who made a diving catch on a 30-yard bullet from Kain Colter.

• Barber couldn't earn the best catch honors. That distinction goes to offensive lineman Paul Jorgensen caught a deflected pass and ran for a few yards. Naturally, the sidelines exploded when their 300-pound teammates made the catch.

• The Wildcats are in a nice spot at wide receiver with a number of options. McCall said they are still evaluating depth and added, "It's a work in progress."

• After practice, McCall said he is pleased with the progression of Dan Persa. McCall said that rust is still there: "He's just getting back into football."

• McCall also said they are planning on working backup quarterback Kain Colter into the mix. He said Colter is a quarterback for now, but they'd like to find a way to get him on the field.

• The Wildcats will take the field Tuesday morning at 10 am. After two sets of two-a-days in the span of three days, Northwestern will have just one practice in the morning.

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