Notes: Wildcats keep working

Northwestern returned to the practice field on Wednesday morning for a two-hour workout. offers notes from the sidelines in Evanston

Chi Chi Ariguzo seems to have earned the starting spot at Sam linebacker, alongside David Nwabuisi (Will) and Damien Proby (Mike). Pat Fitzgerald referred to Collin Ellis as "1.B." and Ellis should see a lot of playing time this year as part of a four-man rotation. Fitzgerald and Ellis both praised the versatility of these linebackers. "Collin can play Will and Sam, Chi Chi can play Will and Sam, Damien can play Will and Mike, David can play Will, Mike and Sam," Fitzgerald said.

• The wide receivers weren't all that impressive in Kenosha, but they had a great day Wednesday. Demetrius Fields, Tony Jones, Christian Jones and Rashad Lawrence were on the field the most and Tony Jones, Fields and Lawrence, especially, had some nice catches.

Will Hampton has had a nice couple of days and looks like a legitimate challenger to Chance Carter at defensive tackle. Don't be surprised if he starts in Syracuse.

• Treyvon Green was out there for his second practice since being injured earlier in camp. He was a factor in both the passing and running games and looked like he was doing just fine following the concussion two weeks ago.

• We didn't see much from the superbacks today, and while you can't take too much from a single practice, that might be a trend this season. With so many good receivers, NU will likely employ more four-wide receiver sets rather than play an inexperienced superback too often.

• Speaking of the receivers, here's the latest on the Kyle Prater watch: He didn't get as many reps as the receivers listed above, but had a nice one-handed grab early in practice. He clearly has outstanding talent and has shown flashes of what he can do. Now it's about consistency.

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