Wednesday Practice Report

Saturday is a day closer, and the Wildcats continued to prepare for Penn State. The team put in two hours of work on Wednesday morning. Go inside the Nicolet Center with this practice report.

• The rain and wind brought the Wildcats indoors on Wednesday morning. Practice was held inside the Nicolet Football Center.

• With the being homecoming week, former Wildcat players are expected to return to Northwestern for the game. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka was at practice today, and is going to be an honorary captain on Saturday. Kafka spent time visiting with former teammates and coaches after practice.

• The passing skeleton drill started with C.J. Bryant intercepting a Dan Persa pass as he jumped in front of Jeremy Ebert.

David Arnold continued to work in with the first-team defense, but Ibraheim Campbell rotated in as safety as well.

Quentin Williams has rotated in as first-string defensive end, and has done a nice job thus far. He gives a different look than Vince Browne and Tyler Scott.

• Senior defensive tackle Brian Arnfelt has been impressive since returning from injury. He is rotating in at defensive tackle. Also, Will Hampton continues to rotate in with the first-team defense.

• It was interesting watching the quarterbacks up close. The thing that makes Dan Persa so special is his footwork. After his drop-back in the pocket, Persa is able to move his feet until he eyes a receiver, then he uses his leg strength to make a strong step and subsequently, and accurate throw.

• Persa looks to have his full mobility back. His best look of the day came against the full second-team defense. Persa rolled out of the pocket and was able to sprint by the defense and into the endzone. That was the fastest I have seen Persa run all season.

• Fitzgerald is using the homecoming festivities as a positive distraction from the four-game losing skid. He talked about how a number of former players are expected to stop by the football facilities throughout the week. Maybe this is what the players need to keep their heads up.

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