Notes: Ready to regroup

Northwestern returned to work on Tuesday morning, following a heartbreaking loss to Nebraska. There was no time to sulk about the loss as a date with the Iowa Hawkeyes looms. PurpleWildcats offers notes and observations from Evanston.

Northwestern's offense has seen a weird rotation of its two quarterbacks, Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian, during games. However, that has not been the case in practice. The two have split reps to the usual share with each showing off their arms frequently.

—Running back Mike Trumpy has impressed in practice, showing he is in full health once again. Trumpy appears to be running with confidence, which wasn't the case following his injury.

—It took a bit of a learning curve, but superback Dan Vitale has fully won over the starting role at superback. Coach Pat Fitzgerald believed Vitale was ready, and he proved it true by scoring his first touchdown against Nebraska. Fitzgerald believes Vitale has a bright future.

—Fans have been waiting for Kyle Prater to have a breakout game, but with a limited passing attack displayed recently, that hope has been put on pause. Still, Prater has impressed in practice. Today, he made an impressive leaping catch which showcased his incredible wingspan.

—The scout team offense stole the show on Tuesday. The unit enjoyed great success against the first-team defense. The play of the day came on a beautiful wheel route which sent freshman receiver Mike McHugh by the secondary and to the end zone.

—Scout team running back Tim Hanrahan also displayed his abilities with a few impressive runs in practice.

—NU continues to shuffle its offensive line during practice, getting each lineman the chance to work with the first-string unit. The Wildcats have a lot of depth up front.

—When the ones took the field, Kain Colter connected on a beautiful pass over the middle to receiver Rashad Lawrence. Trevor Siemian is noted for his chemistry with Lawrence, a former high-school teammate, but Colter has a good connection with him, too.

—There was a positive, workmanlike attitude at practice on Tuesday, a positive sign following a tough loss.

—NU returns to practice on Wednesday morning. Stay with PurpleWildcats for plenty of coverage.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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