Practice Report: Passing Game Excels

Northwestern took to Trienens Hall for its first Saturday practice of the year. Purple Wildcats brings you updates from the team's final session before spring break.

- Wideouts Cameron Dickerson and Rashad Lawrence looked good in scrimmage time. Lawrence gassed cornerback Daniel Jones on a streak route, and both quarterbacks found success downfield against the secondary. A rising senior, Lawrence in particular has been impressive this spring.

- Dickerson and corner Dwight White got into a post-play scuffle. It was an aggressive morning for Dickerson, who frequently lined up against White and C.J. Bryant.

- Despite a rough morning for the pass defense, defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz remained upbeat about his unit. "I like our overall progress," he said after practice. Hankwitz pointed to safety Ibraheim Campbell's augmented aggression and leadership this offseason, while also praising safeties Davion Fleming, Traveon Henry and Jimmy Hall.

- Adam DePietro took reps at right guard, as projected starter Matt Frazier is shelved until the summer. The line continues to look strong, giving Colter and Siemian plenty of time to go through their progressions.

- Venric Mark busted off a big run and hit the second level a few times. The five primary running backs completed footwork drills during the middle of practice. Aside from Mark, no one made their presence especially felt in today's session — nothing new to report there.

- Joseph Jones continued to play at a high level at linebacker, coming in on a few stops and dropping back in zones over the middle. "I think he's learning and growing every rep," Pat Fitzgerald said. "We're not quite there yet, but he's working hard."


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