Wednesday Practice Report

The Wildcats continued preparations for Saturday's game with a two-hour morning practice. Pat Fitzgerald was happy with the team's effort as they prepared for their Saturday game. Get the latest from Evanston with this PurpleWildcats.com practice report.

• The Wildcats put in two hours on a breezy, chilly Wednesday morning. Many of the players were wearing long sleeves as the lakefront wind brought the temperature down in Evanston.

Pat Fitzgerald was happy with how the team practiced today. He added, "The guys are working hard."

• Fitzgerald said on Monday that he was unhappy with the passion and energy from the sidelines in the first game. Part of the emphasis in practice was to bring out the passion. "You operate on gameday the way you work in practice," Fitzgerald said after practice.

Brian Peters had a strong effort in practice. He delivered the play of the day as he intercepted a Zack Oliver pass along the sidelines, and was able to get a foot in bounds as he fell out of bounds. Peters brought out the hit stick as well. He handed out a crushing blow to freshman Cameron Dickerson.

• Freshman running back Trevyon Green saw some more reps with the first-team offense. Matt MacPherson said he hopes to incorporate Green into the offense more this week.

• On a running play, Adonis Smith was heading into the endzone, when he was met by linebacker Bryce McNaul, who made Smith earn the score. Both the offense and defense celebrated after that play.

Chi Chi Ariguzo picked off a pass and scampered to the endzone for a touchdown. When he was in for the score, the entire defense (standing on the sidelines inside the 20-yard line) ran into the endzone and simulated a grenade exploding.

• Naturally, the offense had to create a rebuttal. Two plays later, Jeremy Ebert caught a touchdown pass from Kain Colter. The entire offense then followed into the endzone as Ebert bowled the football into his teammates, standing in as bowling pins.

• Colter looked very impressive in 7-on-7 drills. It really gives him the opportunity to showcase his strong, accurate spiral. One of his best passes came right over the middle to freshman receiver Christian Jones.

Jack Konopka had another strong practice. I spoke with him after practice. He said he was happy with his effort on Saturday, but believes there is still plenty of room for improvement.

• I also chatted with running backs coach Matt MacPherson for a brief time. He said this group of running backs may be the deepest group he has coached. I'll have a story on the running backs posted later.

Northwestern will practice tomorrow, then go through a walk-through on Friday. The team will stay in a hotel on Friday night prior to the game on Saturday. As a reminder, Thursday and Friday practices are closed to the media.


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