Notes: Bring the noise

Northwestern took the field Wednesday morning for one of the final practices before they travel to Syracuse for the opening game of the season. Check out notes from Wednesday's practice inside.

• The theme of Wednesday's practice in Evanston were special teams and crowd noise.

• Much of the shortened and very laid back practice was devoted to making sure the team is prepared for the crowd noise in the Carrier Dome.

• Although the crowd noise was loud, it was not what I am expecting from the Carrier Dome this weekend, so that should be an interesting factor.

• Fitzgerald mentioned that the team practiced outside largely because of the fact that they were working on the Wildcat's special teams and kicking game -- something which much of Wednesday's practice was devoted too.

• But it wasn't all about the kicking, it was about really getting off the line and knowing your assignments. In many ways it reminded me of track practice in college, and working on starting right and finishing through the line.

• There was also quite a bit of time spent on game planning and breaking into position groups.

• As for several of the top performers? Doug Diedrick had a very nice touchdown catch in coverage during one of the live team periods. And overall, the Superbacks looked good Wednesday.

• Another nice catch was made by Mark Szott and Evan Watkins, and it was clearly a day for the Superbacks.

Northwestern's starting super back, Dan Vitale is another player that Fitzgerald touched on during his post practice press conference. And when he was asked why he was named starter?

• Vitale and the other freshman that are on the two-deep showed consistency throughout camp, according to Fitzgerald.

• Stay on PurpleWildcats.com for the latest on all things Northwestern as they travel to Syracuse.


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