Random Thoughts: Heard around the Table

Coach Roy made his annual fall pilgrimage to Evanston for the Fast Break Club's Tip-off Dinner. The talk around the tables among the alumni, including the unofficial "Purple Reign Football Analysis Board," was not just roundball, but those other Northwestern Wildcats - the ones who play over at Ryan Field...

Congratulations to "Touchdown" Tyrell Sutton
His 172 yard game against MSU earned him the Hilton Garden Inn Athlete of the Week award. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry in the game.

Also honored was volleyballer Lindsay Anderson.
Some Football things I picked up from the crowd at the Fast Break Dinner...
While the MSU loss was painful, the folks I talked with about the game [more than a few wondered what I thought about it] are still upbeat about Pat Fitzgerald's handling of the team, and the assistant coaches.

One attendee commented that this was Randy Walker's team, reflecting many fan's real doubts about how tough the schedule looked heading into the Fall.

Another fan said he had decided to avoid the message boards until today, Thursday, because he was tired of all the negative talk about players, coaches, etc.

Everyone I talked to was excited about C.J. Bacher's potential for the future. The folks I usually sit with at the Spring Game reminded me about how we all agreed last April, that Bacher was "the guy" to run things.

The general opinion of those who have watched several practices is that Dallas QB Joe Mauro is also the real deal. He has a rocket arm and can also really run the spread. Folks who follow the HS prospects are also excited about Dan Persa - I was asked by at least one alum about him.

In the final analysis, a couple fans are convinced that C.J.'s leg injury cost us a lot. They are convinced C.J. could have beaten New Hampshire and Nevada, for example.

FWIW - I'm not sure how many points we actually could have hung on those two teams, but its hard to spend months planning for one QB's style, then try to change after the summer drills are done.

But the general feeling around the tables was that for the time being, we've found our replacement for Baz.
- da Coach

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