Presser notes: Campbell out

Updates from Northwestern's Monday presser, including the status of Ibraheim Campbell.

Pat Fitzgerald

- To nobody's surprise, Anthony Walker earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. His eight tackles and 49-yard pick six anchored the Wildcats' defense Saturday.

- Fitzgerald acknowledged that without special teams errors, the team should have won by an even wider margin. His prediction? 59-6.

- Fitz also mentioned that Ibraheim Campbell will be held out of Saturday's game against Wisconsin after sustaining an injury in Happy Valley. Collin Ellis remains day-to-day, but Fitzgerald emphasized that his job security is not in question despite Anthony Walker's huge game.

- On Wisconsin's dynamic passing game: "They know that we’re a Cover 4 team. They’re going to crack our safeties...We need our safeties to crack them, and we need our corners to step up."

- Fitzgerald also mentioned that the team is still showing some off-field immaturity, and specifically referred to his players missing team meals.

- On Warren Long earning carries and Solomon Vault getting injured Saturday: “We’ve got just three guys now. When opportunity knocks, take advantage of it. Hopefully we’ll have Solomon back, but I’m pleased with what Warren did.”

Anthony Walker

- "I feel like I made too many mistakes that could’ve hurt the team. Stats are for losers, like Coach Fitz said. I made too many errors and we can’t have that on our defense." - "You have to be your own biggest critic. I’m ready to get to next week." - Walker mentioned that before an in-school recruiting visit, he had never heard of Northwestern. The team was originally considering him at defensive end.

Brandon Vitable

- "I’m not glad we lost those first games. But we made some changes to the way we practice, our attitude, and it definitely helped us be successful this past weekend. We learned from it."

Tony Jones

- "I feel good. Not great, but good. Winning definitely makes your body feel a heck of a lot better. The adrenaline really helped me through."

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