Purple Wildcats All-Breakout Team

Our All-Breakout Team, listing 11 new potential impact players for Northwestern...

Traveon Henry, safety

This one was easy. Henry will in all likelihood start opposite Ibraheim Campbell to begin the season. They could emerge as the top safety tandem in this conference should Henry live up to his lofty billing. Expect an impressive summer; his performance has yet to let anyone down.

Stephen Buckley, running back

Of course, the depth chart seems cluttered after the two standouts: Venric Mark and Mike Trumpy. Buckley could succeed, though, with his slot receiving abilities. His excellent pass-catching instincts–highlighted throughout spring practice–and speed could provide another wrinkle for opposing defenses.

Ian Park, offensive line

Sometimes, I'll say things over and over again. After the strength of his spring and current buzz surrounding the roster, I'm picking Park to earn one of the three open starting offensive line roles. Some units simply need to step up and assuage some concerns during the offseason, and the O-line is one of them.

Ifeadi Odenigbo, defensive end

Considering how well Deonte Gibson and Dean Lowry played last year, this could be a tough selection. Still, we're bullish on Odenigbo given his natural abilities—and he did crack the roster last year before earning his medical redshirt.

Cameron Dickerson, wide receiver

Dickerson excelled on the perimeter in spring, and after his nine-catch redshirt freshman season, should see about three times the targets. This, of course, all depends on the passing strategy—namely, how much the team throws.

Jimmy Hall, safety/linebacker

One of the fieriest players on this team, Hall should be a serviceable backup at safety. But in last year's Gator Bowl victory, the coaching staff showed this willingness to experiment with different sets. Hall played some nickelback, and his versatility could lead to increased snaps.

Dwight White, cornerback

Long plagued by secondary mishaps, the Wildcats could use a third and fourth solid cornerback on this roster. Though inconsistent during spring, White showed flashes of his natural ability. He and C.J. Bryant should duel for backup roles in training camp.

Chance Carter, defensive line

Sean McEvilly, in my opinion, broke out to some extent last season. He started the last 10 games, but of course, he'll need consistent help throughout the unit. Carter was excellent in the spring game, and with two years of eligibility, could be a solid contributor for this team.

Geoff Mogus, offensive line

He should earn the left guard role this year and help to fill part of the void left by three graduated O-line starters. Mogus earned a spot on the prestigious Leadership Council last season, and will now have the chance to add to his on-field résumé.

Greg Kuhar, defensive line

Again, I've heard great things about Kuhar throughout the offseason. He suffered from some injuries, but when healthy, he can compete with just about anyone. Given the fairly wide-open defensive line depth chart, some people have a significant opportunity to leave an impact.

Joseph Jones, linebacker

Another spring standout, Jones will look to carry the momentum into summer. With a somewhat thinner linebacking corps, Mike Hankwitz should lean heavily on several outside options. The converted safety figures to excel in future seasons, if not this one.


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