It's hard to say a team with 17 returning starters looks different, but you can make that case for Northwestern. First-year strength and conditioning coach Jay Hooten has drawn praise for getting the team in pristine shape during the offseason. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the new workout program was sophomore running back Adonis Smith, who has added a new dimension in his game.
August 18, 2011
Northwestern starts up the season on Monday afternoon with their first practice. The team will come together on the practice field for the first time since April as they prepare for the season. After an eventful offseason, the start of camp brings a number of interesting storylines surrounding the Wildcats this season.
August 7, 2011
The Wildcats didn't get the running back they got, and they did get the one they didn't. Make sense? Adonis Smith's recent decommitment from Washington State – and ensuing commitment to NU – was the latest twist in what has been an unpredictable running back recruiting class. Purple Reign looks closer at Smith's decision and the Cats' wild RB recruiting season.
January 26, 2010