Practice Notes: Morale increases

Updates from an upbeat Northwestern practice Tuesday.

- Miles Shuler continues to make big plays during scrimmage sets. His underneath routes are looking deeper and harder to cover, and Shuler stretches the field well in 7-on-7s. The offense seemed to win practice Tuesday.

- Warren Long got a good number of reps Tuesday. With Solomon Vault out of commission for the time being, Long should see a few carries against Wisconsin.

- The team spent a while working on quick bubble screens, something that we should expect to see against the Badgers' rapidly-improving defense. Clayton Thorson simulated Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy by scrambling against the first-team D.

- The Wildcats have added some palpable swagger since pummeling Penn State. The team raucously cheered from the sidelines during drills, and things were upbeat Tuesday. The gloomy practices of last week may be over.

- Ifeadi Odenigbo admitted that he was comparing himself to other famous pass rushers during the beginning of his career. Now? "I'm Ifeadi," he confidently remarked.

- Deonte Gibson told me that he and Ifeadi have a contest to see who can notch the Wildcats' first sack of a game. But most of the discussion after practice was framed around Melvin Gordon, who enters Saturday's contest averaging nearly eight cards a carry. Northwestern's run defense has been excellent this year, and that continued in practice Tuesday.

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