· It was the November game against Minnesota in 2011 where Northwestern threw its last interception. There have been none thrown this year. "I think the quarterbacks have made good decisions," said Fitzgerald.
· Fitzgerald offered high praise to senior right tackle Patrick Ward. "He was pretty close to that perfect game," Fitzgerald said. The one minus Ward posted was on a quarterback sneak. Fitzgerald later added Ward compliments for Ward's work in the classroom. "I'm not sure there's anybody smarter than Patrick Ward in college football today." Ward's worst grade at Northwestern was an A- in mechanical engineering.
· Northwestern is now set for two consecutive 11 a.m. starts. Said Fitzgerald: Instead of sandwiches and something else, it's going to be eggs and something else."
· In looking toward the past, Fitzgerald said he wishes the team fostered competition during the mid-season slump.
· Trevor Siemian is OK after leaving Saturday's game briefly. "Essentially, I just got the wind knocked out of me and got a charlie horse on my arm," he said.
· Northwestern isn't getting big-headed about its 4-0 start. Said Proby: "We have a lot to prove to other Big Ten members."
· The AP and coaches poll can help keep the Wildcats level-minded, as each has them outside the Top 25. Mike Trumpy, speaking on behalf of his teammates, said: "It really doesn't bother us. We really don't pay attention or care about it. We just care about each other. We know how good we are and how good we can be. What other people think doesn't bother us."
· The Wildcats have embraced the competition, and have done so with confidence in the team's depth. "I think we're just a deeper team this year," said Trumpy. "There's so much more competition at practice. Competition brings out the best in us."
Northwestern returns to practice on Tuesday morning. Stay with PurpleWildcats.com for plenty of coverage as the Wildcats prepare for Indiana.