Monday Press Conference Notes

Notes on Venric Mark, Treyvon Green, Matt Harris, Trevor Siemian and others from today's press conference.

Northwestern rolled out several changes to its depth chart. Matt Frazier and Ian Park are listed as co-starters at right guard; Malin Jones (as PurpleWildcats.com observed several weeks ago) moved to superback; Matthew Harris is officially listed as the starting cornerback; Mike Trumpy holds the first running back slot. We'll elaborate more on those shifts later today or tomorrow.

Pat Fitzgerald viewed his defense as praiseworthy, as they held strong and stopped the run throughout Saturday's game. The offense, however, continued to struggle. Fitzgerald called out the group for allowing six sacks, fumbling twice and being whistled for five penalties.

— Though Treyvon Green was not included on the injury report, Fitzgerald indicated the running back was limited during practice. It wasn't enough for him to participate on Saturday, as Trumpy and Stephen Buckley carried the entire workload. That arrived with mixed results; they could certainly use Green at Nebraska.

— I'm personally not buying into the Venric Mark medical redshirt story — at least not until anyone confirms that he's out for the season. Perhaps he's eligible for one, but there are several factors at play. Does Mark even want to return? That's an important part of the equation, and we're not sure his injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for the entire season. Though discussions have begun, it's a longshot.

— Fitzgerald stayed upbeat on Saturday, noting that the team's been "salty" in recent Novembers. There are some positives, for certain: He praised Stephen Buckley as the team's best running back from Saturday, which is obvious but nice to hear. And, of course, the defense has been strong despite the recent outcomes.

Trevor Siemian barely played on Saturday, but Fitzgerald said he simply rode Colter's "hot hand" in the 17-10 loss. Siemian was awful against Minnesota — but no one's giving up on him yet. The junior showed enough flashes in past games to earn enough faith from this coaching staff.

— Harris praised Dwight White, the player he recently passed on the depth chart: "He's been a great teammate in the process. The competition is what's great… It's friendly competition — we're friends on and off the field." The true freshman was impressive on Saturday, making some nice tackles in his first career start.

— The team reflected on the 2011 matchup against Nebraska, when the team faced a similar situation (nearing bowl contention) and earned an impressive win. Damien Proby remembers the ecstatic locker room –something that seems a far cry from the usual climate this season. NU returns to the practice field on Tuesday morning, hoping to right its course.


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