Tuesday Practice Report

The Wildcats continue to prepare for Penn State as they took to the practice field on Tuesday morning. The team practiced for just about two hours. Go inside the practice field with this PurpleWildcats.com practice report.

• The losing streak is at four, but Pat Fitzgerald is making sure his Northwestern Wildcats don't lose sight. The team put in a productive and energetic practice session on Tuesday morning.

• Similar to last week's practices, there was an extra level of enthusiasm today. Plenty of congratulations being offered after each play.

• Fitzgerald has kept a positive attitude, despite the Wildcats' struggles. "If we were playing like warm garbage, I'd be struggling right now but we're not," said Fitzgerald

• Senior safety David Arnold was a full-go in practice for the first time in nearly a month. Pat Fitzgerald admitted that Arnold has battled an injury. Today, he was taking occasional reps with the first-team defense. Redshirt freshman Ibraheim Campbell worked in with the first-team defense, too.

• Arnold made his presence known against the scout team offense. On a run to the outside, Alex Daniel stutter-stepped toward the sidelines, and was hit hard by the senior safety.

Dan Persa and the first-team offense continued to work against a scout team defense, which simulated Penn State's defense. Treyvon Green and Jacob Schmidt took the majority of snaps at running back.

• Persa's best pass of the day came on a 30-yard pass to Drake Dunsmore. The senior quarterback has a completion rate of over 74 percent this season.

• The first-team defense worked in against a scout team offense, which was primarily made up of second-string players.

• The play of the day came from defensive end Quentin Williams, who deflected a Zack Oliver pass in the air, then caught it, and ran all the way into the endzone.

• Freshman guard Geoff Mogus has been impressive with that scout team offense. He has the size and abilities to step into a starting role.

• Dan Persa has a new look. On Sunday, he gave himself a buzz cut. Pat Fitzgerald said of his now-aerodynamic quarterback, "It's a bit early for St. Baldrick's (head shaving)."

• Fitzgerald also said that a number of former Wildcat players are returning. On Friday, former quarterback Mike Kafka will speak with the team.

• I chatted with Fitzgerald about his relationship with Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. He had some nice things to say about the legend. Fitzgerald, however, admitted that Paterno did not recruit him out of high school. He joked, "On (Scout.com), I was a negative-seven-star recruit."

The Wildcats will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Stay with PurpleWildcats.com for more coverage of practice.


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