Tuesday Practice Report

The Northwestern Wildcats continued the week of preparations on Tuesday morning, as they put in two hours of practice inside the Nicolet Football Center in Evanston. Pat Fitzgerald was happy with his team's effort. Go inside Northwestern practice with this PurpleWildcats.com practice report.

• The Wildcats were inside the Nicolet Football Center on Tuesday morning as they continued to prepare for their Saturday matchup in Nebraska.

Pat Fitzgerald wasn't overly descriptive in his reaction to practice. How was it, Coach Fitz? "Great!"

• Later on, Fitzgerald was asked how team tackling looked today. His reply: "Great!"

• Fitzgerald should be excited. Tyler Scott was back on the practice field on Tuesday, and is expected to play on Saturday.

• As is the case usually, the Wildcats practiced with music pumping through the speakers. This will surely help Northwestern prepare for the loud atmosphere in Lincoln this Saturday.

• Fitzgerald echoed his comments from Monday, saying Memorial Stadium won't be a much different atmosphere than Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, or Michigan State.

Jeremy Ebert has been a go-to target for Dan Persa, so he got a chuckle over the fact that he had just one catch against Indiana. "It's whatever works…it doesn't really matter if we win," Ebert said.

• Ebert had an impressive showing in practice today. Toward the end of practice, he caught a pass from Persa and quickly turned his momentum down the sidelines before being run out of bounds. It gave another good look at Ebert's breakaway speed.

• Coming off a 100-yard performance, Jacob Schmidt may see a good amount of carries on Saturday. He had a few impressive runs in practice. He appears to be gaining confidence as a runner this season. Schmidt continues to improve.

• Sophomore running back Adonis Smith was back in practice. He was held out of practice due to injury last week, and was available for Saturday's game with Indiana, but Fitzgerald decided to hold him out. Smith will likely see some carries against Nebraska.

• As suggested on the depth chart, Quentin Williams continues to work in as the first-team defensive end. Williams admitted he was excited to start, but didn't seem too pleased with his performance, saying, "I can always get better."

• Williams said that despite the defense's struggles, the unit continues to have high confidence. Williams believes they can make improvements in practice that will lead to success in games.

• On Saturday, Williams and the defensive line will face a tough test against Nebraska's offensive line. "They're big, tough, physical guys," said Williams of the Huskers' linemen. Williams is expecting a challenge in facing Seung Hoo Choi and Jermarcus Hardrick.

The Wildcats return to the practice field on Wednesday morning. Stay with PurpleWildcats.com for coverage of game week.


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