Northwestern Practice Notes 4/12

Steven Goldstein summarizes Saturday's Northwestern open practice.

- There were a few scary moments in Saturday's open scrimmage. Cameron Dickerson was seen on the sideline with his arm in a sling, though a spokesman told PW that he will be available this summer. Meanwhile, Kyle Queiro was shaken up after a 7-on-7 collision, and Treyvon Green was limping with a sandal on one foot. Queiro appeared to be fine after practice; no word on Green yet.

- As expected, many of Saturday's drills were focused on swing passes, short routes and shallow slants. NU's been fine-tuning the short passing game all spring, but we've yet to see many plays deeper than 10 yards.

- Macan Wilson torched Traveon Henry early in drills. It's been a good spring for Wilson and fellow redshirt freshmen Andrew Scanlan and (superback) Jayme Taylor.

- Greg Kuhar rounded out his standout spring by stuffing a Trevor Siemian pass at the line of scrimmage. Chance Carter added an emphatic deflection of Zack Oliver a few plays later. While Pat Fitzgerald said that he has "no idea" where the injury-riddled defensive line is at right now, Dean Lowry praised both tackles for making huge strides this spring.

- Christian Jones has seriously improved his route running since last year. Jones' cuts were sharp Saturday, and he had a few nice catches over the middle of the field.

- Matt Alviti's last spring practice was a rough one. The freshman QB overthrew a few passes during the outdoor portion of scrimmages, and took too long to get the ball out when lightning forced the team indoors.

- Paul Jorgensen and Eric Olson manned the tackle spots for Northwestern again, while Matt Frazier and Geoff Mogus occupied the first-team guard positions. The offensive line looked rough for the first few weeks of spring, but is coming together nicely since last weekend's open practice.

- The team ended by hitting the Nae Nae, a popular Chicago dance. While Fitz said that the team needs more time to develop chemistry, things were kept light Saturday. Stay tuned for more analysis on the conclusion of spring football.


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