Eddie Simpson-OLB; plus Iowa Police Blotter

Almost hidden in the stories about last week is the fact that one of our injured linebackers came back to have a pretty decent day in a losing cause. Outside Linebacker Eddie Simpson returned to the starting lineup and did a pretty decent job filling the shoes of the injured Nick Roach....

Fast Eddie outside?
It sure looked like "Fast" Eddie Simpson won the Will linebacker spot last week.

He'd missed a few games with a neck problem, but his efforts were noticable last Saturday, as the Wolverines only completed one pass on him. He wwound up the Cats #2 tackler with 8 tackles, 5 solo, along with Reggie McPherson. He also recovered one of UM's fumbles.

Two weeks ago, during their "record comeback," MSU picked on the Will LB area for several completions following the loss of Nick Roach in the 3rd quarter. Simpson was still injured, and Chris Malleo, who had been working into the 2nd MLB slot and who had started the game there, had to jump back outside.

For NU's defense to work, we have to have speed at the outside linebacker position. While he's reputed to hit opponents like a truck, they don't call him "fast Eddie" for nothing....
The Iowa Police Blotter gets longer and longer...
If one of NU's starters had been picked up by the Evanston cops and charged with "simple assault," they'd be on the bench, maybe the street, in a heartbeat.

Northwestern has released players on Monday when they've committed offenses the previous Saturday night but it seems the spirit of forgiveness reigns out in Iowa.

LB Ed Miles is the latest of a long list of Iowa Hawkeyes picked up and charged with some infraction outside a bar. Its a shame players over 21 can't just go to a bar and enjoy a post-game beer or two.

But maybe Ferentz' Hawkeyes need to learn a few lessons about leaving it all on the field?
-- da Coach

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