Practice Report: One for the offense

Northwestern returned to practice on Tuesday morning. This time, the offense played some of its best football of the spring. This Purple Wildcats Insider update delves into strong quarterback play, and mentions one corner who has stood out.

- Unlike some earlier practices, the Northwestern offense excelled on Tuesday morning. The route running looked crisp. Each quarterback excelled. And even in spring practice – with no ability to audible – several plays ran smoothly.

- First thought: I like Dwight White to start alongside Nick VanHoose next fall. Though he's only 5-10, White has looked impressive on several occasions, and could be a playmaker in the secondary. The more experienced Daniel Jones might see more action in the early season, but I predict White will overtake him as the permanent starter.

Northwestern returns to practice on Saturday. Purple Wildcats will keep you up-to-date with our comprehensive coverage of NU spring football.

- Pat Fitzgerald continued to praise his running backs. Treyvon Green lost weight, and took his game up a notch. Mike Trumpy – to his delight – looks healthy. And Malin Jones and Stephen Buckley continue to fight for reps behind Venric Mark. NU appears to be set at running back for the next few years.

- The practice included more strong play from wide receivers. Christian Jones had what was arguably his best outing in the first half of spring. He looked sharp and his fundamentals were better than ever. Cameron Dickerson and Rashad Lawrence turned in good performances as well.

- Fitzgerald is pleased with leadership at the quarterback position. With experience, Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian are helping bring their younger teammates up to speed. Also, Zack Oliver showed off his impressive arm strength — which Colter said was "the best" of anyone on the team. Though he's still the third guy, Oliver has made strides since he arrived on campus.

- Fitzgerald stressed his confidence in the offensive line. Asked to name individuals who impressed, he diplomatically named just about everyone. Still, with guidance from center Brandon Vitabile, the young offensive line looks up to speed.

Northwestern returns to practice on Saturday. Purple Wildcats will keep you up-to-date with our comprehensive coverage of NU spring football.


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