NU Press Conference Notes

Some notes from Northwestern's press conference on Monday, and some injury updates from Fitz.

— As first indicated on, Daniel Jones will miss the rest of the 2013 season with a knee injury. Fitzgerald said that Kain Colter (concussion) and Venric Mark are listed as day-to-day. I'd expect both to play on Saturday, obviously pending evaluations.

— Dwight White will take the starter's role opposite Nick VanHoose for the time being. After getting burned by Cal almost immediately after entering the game, White played well in relief. The redshirt freshman could earn the "breakout player" tag with some strong performances in the non-conference season.

— Also expect to see Matt Harris–who seems healthy–to see time at corner. He was easily one of the two most impactful freshmen during training camp, with Godwin Igwebuike the other. The former Lyons Township (Ill.) standout picked up some buzz heading to NU. Now, he'll be called upon early in his career.

Chance Carter said the defensive line "ran out of gas" near the end of Cal. He credited some of the younger players–including Ifeadi Odenigbo–for playing well. Still, the group expects better in preparation for the more conventional Syracuse offense next Saturday.

Collin Ellis continued to be the subject of much discussion during Monday's press conference. Fitzgerald said that his teammates love him, and Carter backed it up with glowing praise of the "country boy" Ellis. After returning two interceptions for touchdowns, he earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Paul Jorgensen raved about the play of NU's young offensive guards. That first drive, he said, helped the other new starters ease in. Ian Park played especially well at right guard, and this O-line hardly missed a beat in its opener.

— NU refused to release a two-deep for the press conference, though that should be out by around 3 p.m. Given all of the injuries, Fitzgerald will take the delay and address any changes in today's team meeting. The Wildcats practice at Lakeside Field once again this week, with open sessions taking place during the afternoon.

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