Notes: Eyes on the Hawkeyes

Northwestern continued its preparations for the Iowa Hawkeyes, holding a two-hour workout on Wednesday. PurpleWildcats offers notes and observations from Evanston.

- As was reported earlier, senior offensive lineman Patrick Ward was named as a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. According to the National College Football Awards Association, the trophy is awarded to "the nation's premier scholar-athlete." This obviously comes as a huge honor for the program.

- Ward's teammates gushed about his impact. Center Brandon Vitabile noted that Ward has played virtually every position on the offensive line and carries that experience to the field.

- Unless something dramatic occurs, expect little change to the offensive schemes heading into the Iowa game. Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter each took snaps under center. As usual, Colter also had reps at wideout.

- If anything, expect a greater number of four and five wide-receiver sets. Northwestern dialed up one play that had Christian Jones, Rashad Lawrence and Demetrius Fields on the right side. They are also looking to get Tony Jones more involved in the passing game.

- The secondary looked very sharp after what was reportedly an unimpressive showing yesterday. On one snap, Siemian easily would have been sacked. His receivers could not find space.

- The same was true for the scout team offense. Zack Oliver attempted to connect with wide receiver Mike McHugh, but in double coverage, Ibraheim Campbell stepped up to make the interception.

- For the second straight Wednesday, Mike Hankwitz reamed out members of the defense for lack of execution on the practice field.

- A memorable moment came when Kyle Prater made a catch on a crossing route. Prater was accidentally upended safety Terrance Brown, which drew an amused reaction from the team.

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