Offensive Changes & Updates

This could be a tough season for Northwestern - all of the top Big 10 teams, and what turned out to be the #1 team in Div I AA. Even with a 1-1 record, not much has changed for the next game. With former NU RB Coach Jeff Genyk's Eastern Michigan...

We knew this could be a tough year...
With a new starting QB and lots of new faces on defense, but we never expected to hit a buzz saw in our second game. New Hampshire picked up the weaknesses in our D and keyed on Tyrell Sutton, forcing NU to throw.

So you think NU would make a bunch of changes?

Think again...
2 Deep Changes
There are none this week on offense - but with Kim Thompson, one of the more senior wide receivers on the injury list, WR Coach Kevin Johns is having to use a different mix of receivers.

Thompson was expected to become one of NU's premier receivers this year, following his spring performances, but a foot injury during Kenosha has slowed his return, which might be sometime in October.

Adam Rittenberg at the Daily Herald is reporting that Desmond Taylor is really pushing Joel Belding at right guard.
Burn one more "shirt"
Freshman Tight End Brendan Mitchell joined the list of true freshmen playing for Northwestern this year.
Injuries
Last year's starters TE Frayne Abernathy and OL Austin Matthews [foot injury] along with  WR Kevin Frymire, Kim Thompson put a bit of a crimp in the offense.

C.J. Bacher` is still listed as #3 on the QB depth. He had been #1 going into Kenosha but is recovering from a stress fracture. Coach Fitzgerald still says Mike Kafka is his man at QB.

Northwestern Wildcat Offense
2005 - 2010
 
OL-16 2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
C
03*
50 Trevor Rees* 50 Trevor Rees+



G
02*
71 Joe Tripodi




G [DE]
02**
86 Ryan Keenan


 

T
03*
62 Austin Matthews 62 Austin Matthews



T
03**
74 Dylan Thiry 74 Dylan Thiry



OL
03**
73 Fred McConnell 73 Fred McConnell



C
02
77 Adam Crum 77 Adam Crum



OL
04**
59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks


C
04

52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding


OL
05***
60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz+

OL
05***
78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes

OL
05**
65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton

OL [DT]
05*
76 Desmond Taylor 76 Desmond Taylor 76 Desmond Taylor 76 Desmond Taylor


OL
06**
66 Mike Boyle
66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle
OL
06**
55 Connor Smith
55 Connor Smith
55 Connor Smith 55 Connor Smith 55 Connor Smith
OL
07 *

Colin Armstrong
Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong
OL
07***

Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin
OL
W06
63 Keegan Grant
63 Keegan Grant 63 Keegan Grant 63 Keegan Grant

FB/TE - 4
2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
TE/FB[LB]
02*
44 Erryn Cobb+




TE/FB[DE]
03**
86 Frayne Abernathy86 Frayne Abernathy



TE
06***
80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell
TE/OL
07***

Cameron Joplin
Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin
FB
W05

35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum+

Recvrs - 15
2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
WR
02*
3 Shaun Herbert




WR
03**
84 Kim Thompson 84 Kim Thompson



WR
03***
32 Sam Cheatham 32 Sam Cheatham



WR
03**
87 T.J. Tonjua Jones 87 Tonjua Jones



WR
03
7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough


WR
04**
89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane


WR
05**
8 Rasheed Ward 8 Rasheed Ward 8 Rasheed Ward


WR [QB]
05***
17 Eric Peterman17 Eric Peterman17 Eric Peterman


WR
W05
81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire+

WR
W05
80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell+

WR
06 **
88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher
WR
06 **
5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart
WR
06 ***
41 Quenton Davie
41 Quenton Davie 41 Quenton Davie 41 Quenton Davie 41 Quenton Davie
WR
06
2 Lee Coleman
2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman
WR
W06
85 Reilly Sullivan
85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan
WR
07 ***

Charles Brown
Charles Brown Charles Brown Charles Brown Charles Brown
RB - 7
2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
RB
02
26 Terrell Jordan





RB
W02
36 Nathan Shanks 36 Nathan Shanks



RB
04**
11 Brandon Roberson 11 Brandon Roberson



RB
05***
19 Tyrell Sutton 19 Tyrell Sutton 19 Tyrell Sutton


RB
05**
29 Omar Conteh 29 Omar Conteh 29 Omar Conteh


RB
06 **
25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons
RB
W06
83 Rob Brown
83 Rob Brown 83 Rob Brown 83 Rob Brown

RB/S
07 **

Scott Concannon
Scott Concannon Scott Concannon Scott Concannon Scott Concannon
RB
07 *

Drake Dunsmore
Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore
QB - 4
2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
QB
04***
18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher


QB
05***
13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka+

QB
05***

12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer+

QB
06***

14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro
QB
07 **

Dan Persa
Dan Persa Dan Persa Dan Persa Dan Persa

Special Teams

 
2006 2007 2008 2009 20102011
PK
W02

93 Joel Howells+




PK/P
02
15 Slade Larscheid+




PK/P
W04
96 Amado Villarreal 96 Amado Villarreal 96 Amado Villarreal


PK/P
W04
97 Kyle Daley 97 Kyle Daley 97 Kyle Daley


K
06**

1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos
P
W06
94 Mark Ison
94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison

This chart represents the besyt guess estimate by Purple Reign of the status of the players on the Northwestern Football Offensive Team. Position and year represent the year of their signing class. In addition colors and symbols represent the following:

Bold - on last 2 Deep
Red - Possible Redshirt Year

Bold Red - Commits/Redshirt year?
"*" After year is # of Stars on Scout.com [Original Recruited Position in brackets]
W = Walkon, bold indicates a scholarship award.



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