Presser Notes: McEvilly done for year

Pat Fitzgerald lamented Saturday's loss and announced that Sean McEvilly will have foot surgery in his weekly press conference.

— Kain Colter and Christian Jones were Fitz's offensive players of the week, while Tyler Scott and Traveon Henry earned the honors on the defensive end. Macan Wilson, Godwin Igwebuike and Keith Watkins were the practice players of the week.

— Lee Gissendaner, former Wildcat wide receiver and tenured Green Bay Packers scout, will be the team's honorary captain Saturday against Michigan State. Fitzgerald compared his current team to last year's MSU team, and calls the Spartan defense one of the best in the country. "They're fast, they're physical ... They know what they're doing," he said.

— Sean McEvilly will be shut down for the year, Fitz said. He'll have foot surgery in the coming days and will be out for three months. Traveon Henry and Geoff Mogus were listed as day-to-day too.

— Much of the presser was predictably devoted to discussing the Michigan loss. "You're going to watch this tape and there will be some tough pills to swallow," Fitz said. "[The players] are in a tough storm right now, but they're sticking together." He added that the team doesn't call many trick plays because "the situation doesn't present itself." In regards to Northwestern's many dropped interceptions, Fitz said, "maybe we should make a t-shirt that reads ‘catch the ball in the fourth quarter.'"

— Fitzgerald had praise for Trevor Siemian, who's bounced back after a dreadful start to Big Ten play. He noted that the improvement began during bye week practices, and disclosed that Siemian was recently battling injuries sustained at Wisconsin.

— "I don't know if anyone's given back to the community more than Jeff Budzien," Fitz said, complementing the kicker's work with the Special Olympics. Fitzgerald said that Budzien's certainly earned his vote for the Lou Groza Award, and gave props to the entire senior class as Senior Day approaches. "It'll be a great legacy that they leave, let's hope they can get an exclamation point this weekend," he said.

— "We're really close, it's not like we're getting blown out every game," Kain Colter said. "It almost feels like we're cursed." "It was a tough call. The refs made their call and we had to deal with it. It is what it is," Ibraheim Campbell said on Michigan's last-second field goal. Both players were somber in their answers, and Colter said he hasn't been able to comprehend playing a final game at Ryan Field.

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