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  2. Coach @lucas enters his fifth year at the helm of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He previously had stops at Alabama, Hawaii, and Middle Tennessee State. He had some success at Alabama and Hawaii but we will not talk about NTSU where he was a dismal 2-20. After taking over the Minnesota job Lucas is 25-26 and will likely push his career Big Ten winning percentage over .500 this year. Minnesota fell just short last season in their quest to win a Big Ten title as they stumbled to a 7-6 finish and a win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. This year is much brighter for the Golden Gophers as they look to fend off Purdue and Illinois for a Big Ten West crown. Five Key Newcomers QB Brandon Murphy 6-6 205 (So) Rushford-Peterson High School (Rushford MN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] DE Terrell Ruff 6-4 247 Jr Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs IA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Contain] WR Thomas Snider 6-5 209 Fr Riverside (Oakland IA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Target] DE DeSean Dotson 6-6 240 Fr Alma (Alma WI) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] CB Jonathan Vereen 5-10 173 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] While Murphy isn't technically a newcomer to this program, he is a newcomer to the field and has big shoes to fill. Murphy looks to be an impact quarterback in the Big Ten West for the next three years. Ruff was a big grab for coach Lucas out of Iowa this past year in the JUCO market. He comes in and will right away seamlessly fit in on the edge of the defense. Ruff takes the place of a 3.5 of 3.5 senior who graduated last year so there will be little to no drop off. Snider is a incoming freshman who will be redshirting this season. He is a talented wideout out of Iowa who will redshirt and then be in the rotation next year. Dotson is another of the talented players in the class of 2023 that Minnesota brought in. He will redshirt and then replace stud end Malachi Pickett when he decides to throw his name in the draft. Vereen has big shoes to fill after his redshirt year. He will immediately step into the starting role as a redshirt freshman next year and have huge shoes to fill. These newcomers will play a big role in the future of Minnesota football. Five New Impact? Starters QB Brandon Murphy 6-6 205 (So) Rushford-Peterson High School (Rushford MN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] DT Marcus Major 6-0 318 (Fr) Elgin-Millville ( Elgin MN) 2.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DE Terrell Ruff 6-4 247 Jr Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs IA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Contain] OLB Bill Andrew 6-4 225 (So) Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] SS Daniel O'Connor 6-0 197 (So) Padua Franciscan (Parma OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Murphy has to come in and fill the shoes of Robert Lynch which will be no easy task. He sat behind him last year and this year he finally will get his shot to start. The local Minnesota product brings a different style of play to the field but I think the Golden Gophers will be happy is if he is as productive as Lynch was last year. Major is going to be a key starter on the defensive line for Minnesota for the next four years. Minnesota will be very happy to have his services for four years in the middle of the line. Ruff is a key addition and he's also one of the players who could be an impact starter. If Ruff is able to bring pressure like he did last year at Iowa Western the cornerbacks for Minnesota will have a great year. Andrew is another Iowa product who is coming in and finally finding a starting spot. He will be at the outside linebacker spot as part of a very potent linebacker group for Minnesota. The best part for the fans is that they all have another year together. O'Connor, like Andrew, has waiting for his chance to start. Now he joins one of the most veteran secondary in CFBHC and will look to make his mark among three future pros. Five Most Important Returners DE Malachi Pickett 6-0 249 Jr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] RB Tredaveon Jennings 5-11 196 (Jr) Perham (Perham MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] OLB Jermon Pendleton 6-1 229 (Jr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] CB Spencer Dick 5-10 174 (Sr) Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]CB Leonard Revis 6-2 202 (Sr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] Pickett returns after starting his sophomore year. He is one of the most talented ends in the country and hopes for a big year this upcoming season. With a huge year he could find himself in the draft but Minnesota is hoping that he will be around for two more years. Jennings has been a workhorse for Minnesota the past two years. Now in his junior year, Jennings looks to continue his production with a new quarterback handing him the ball. He is going to be one of those players who are held in Golden Gopher lore when his career is over. Pendleton much like Jennings and Dick/Revis is going to see the field each year that he is on the roster. Pendleton had a disappointing sophomore year and is looking to return and have an even bigger junior season. The duo of Dick and Revis has to shine brightly for coach Lucas. They have been three year starters and have been key players in the secondary for their entire careers. They will want to end their career with a Big Ten Championship. Total Returning Production Even if a player is no longer starting and had stats last year they count as returning production. Passing - 0% Rushing - 93% Receiving (yards) - 95% Tackles - 48% Sacks - 73% Interceptions - 36% Returning Starting Offensive Skill Players RB Tredaveon Jennings 5-11 196 (Jr) Perham (Perham MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] 219 carries, 1,136 yards, 11 TD's WR Marquise Donaldson 6-5 221 (So) Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 3.0 of 4.5 [Target] 74 catches, 1,004 yards, 9 TD'sWR Dillon Little 6-3 156 (Sr) Northfield (Northfield MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] 45 catches, 565 yards, 5 TD's WR Alex Masters 6-3 156 (So) Benson Christian (Benson MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] 51 catches, 845 yards, 7 TD's TE Alan Martin 6-3 242 (Jr) Northfield (Northfield MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] No Stats Returning Starting Defensive Players DE Malachi Pickett 6-0 249 Jr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] 43 tackles, 17 sacks, 2 forced fumbles DT John Stanton 6-2 307 (Jr) Oak Forest Academy (Amite LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] 22 tackles, 4 sacks OLB Jermon Pendleton 6-1 229 (Jr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] No Stats ILB Tracy Quarless 6-2 231 (Jr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] 11 tackles CB Spencer Dick 5-10 174 (Sr) Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] 8 tackles, 2 INT's FS Shiloh Calhoun 5-10 204 (Jr) Minot (Minot ND) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] 17 tackles CB Leonard Revis 6-2 202 (Sr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] 4 tackles, 1 INT Starters Red = 2nd year starting, Blue = 3rd year starting, Purple = 4th year starting Offense QB Brandon Murphy 6-6 205 (So) Rushford-Peterson High School (Rushford MN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] RB Tredaveon Jennings 5-11 196 (Jr) Perham (Perham MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] WR Marquise Donaldson 6-5 221 (So) Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 3.0 of 4.5 [Target]WR Dillon Little 6-3 156 (Sr) Northfield (Northfield MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed]WR Alex Masters 6-3 156 (So) Benson Christian (Benson MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] TE Alan Martin 6-3 242 (Jr) Northfield (Northfield MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OT Joe Blevins 6-7 281 (Sr) Moorhead (Moorhead MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Wesley Egan 6-2 329 (Sr) Perham (Perham MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C Benjamin Simpson 6-2 243 (Jr) Benilde-St. Margaret's (MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Isaia Malielegaoi 6-4 288 Jr Hinds CC (Raymond MS) 4.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OT Pete Fisher 6-4 327 (Jr) Cannon Valley Lutheran (MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE Malachi Pickett 6-0 249 Jr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] DT John Stanton 6-2 307 (Jr) Oak Forest Academy (Amite LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap]DT Marcus Major 6-0 318 (Fr) Elgin-Millville ( Elgin MN) 2.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DE Terrell Ruff 6-4 247 Jr Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs IA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Contain] OLB Jermon Pendleton 6-1 229 (Jr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] ILB Tracy Quarless 6-2 231 (Jr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] OLB Bill Andrew 6-4 225 (So) Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] CB Spencer Dick 5-10 174 (Sr) Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Shiloh Calhoun 5-10 204 (Jr) Minot (Minot ND) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Daniel O'Connor 6-0 197 (So) Padua Franciscan (Parma OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Leonard Revis 6-2 202 (Sr) Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] 2024 Schedule Week 0: Bye Week 1: vs. Week 2: vs. Week 3: @ Week 4: vs. Week 5: @ Week 6: vs. Week 7: @ Week 8: @ Week 9: vs. Week 10: vs. Week 11: Bye Week 12: @ Week 13: vs. After having high expectations last season and falling well short of their goal, Minnesota is once again set up well to make a run. If they want to have a chance to go out as champions they will have the Week 5 game at Purdue circled. This is a team that is a veteran group as seen by the enormous amount of multi-year starters seeing the field this season. One question to look at this season for the Golden Gophers is the quarterback position. There is a ton of talent around the young man but if Murphy can't throw the ball then Minnesota might struggle a bit against the best defenses in the conference. On paper this is one of the better teams in the conference but as we saw last year, talent does not equal results. The floor for this team is another disappointing small bowl game but the best case scenario ceiling is a Big Ten Championship if they can get past both Purdue and Illinois.
  3. Coach @caesari, I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to bring in a new quarterback this year and start him over the freshman that led you to a bowl win last season. What prompted this decision? Was it scheme fit, maturity, or did you just not like what you saw from Elizondo in offseason workouts?
  4. Coach @caesari is now entering his fourth year at the helm of the Nebraska Cornhuskers after taking over midway through the 2021 campaign. He led Nebraska to the Gator bowl in 2021 after winning three of their last five games and in 2022 led them to a Rose Bowl appearance falling to Oregon. Last season coach Caesari led Nebraska to a 7-6 finish and a win over Miami (FL) in the Detroit Bowl. Spanning his 3+ year career at Nebraska Caesari is now 21-12 and has a shot to reach 30 wins as a Big Ten coach. He recruited some key positions in JUCO and has the bulk of his skill positions returning. It should be a solid season this year in Lincoln. Five Key Newcomers QB Shaq Callahan 6-3 234 (Jr) Trinity Valley CC (Athens TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] FS Tristan Strong 6-0 223 Jr Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis TN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] ILB Adrian Garner 6-0 217 Sr Saint Charles Community College (Saint Charles MO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] RB Trey Richardson 5-7 210 Fr Housatonic Valley Regional (CT) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] OT Eric White 6-5 285 Fr Burke (Omaha, NE) 2.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] Callahan is coming in and replacing a guy who led Nebraska to a bowl game win last season, coach Caesari's first bowl win at the helm of Nebraska. Callahan has big shoes to fill but being named the starter show's Lincoln's trust in him. Strong was an immediate upgrade at the safety spot. He replaces a fellow junior and he will look to anchor the backside of the defense this season. Garner is yet another JUCO acquisition for Nebraska and he'll be relied upon heavily to impact the defense right away. If Garner has a good season they you can bet that Nebraska will be sitting pretty at years end. Richardson was a big get in the 2023 recruiting class. He will redshirt this season and then likely start for four years in the backfield to continue the line of solid running backs at Nebraska. Another 2023 impact recruit is Eric White who will be forgoing his redshirt and starting at the right tackle spot immediately. White was a sought after recruit and Nebraska got him to stay in state. Having White at the tackle spot will help seal the edge for Nebraska this season. Five New Impact? Starters FS Tristan Strong 6-0 223 Jr Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis TN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] OT Eric White 6-5 285 Fr Burke (Omaha, NE) 2.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] QB Shaq Callahan 6-3 234 (Jr) Trinity Valley CC (Athens TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] ILB Adrian Garner 6-0 217 Sr Saint Charles Community College (Saint Charles MO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] K Calvin Randall 5-7 181 So Paradise (Paradise TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Accuracy] Strong is the first of many new impact starters this season. He is a JUCO commit who will likely see the field for the next two years in the starting safety spot. This is a huge upgrade in the secondary over fellow junior Troy Mack who was a 2.5 of 3.5 last season. Maybe one of the most unheralded new starters is true freshman Eric White. To move the ball in the Big Ten you must have tremendous blocking up front and White will step in and man the right tackle spot for four years. Nebraska has to be pleased to have a talent like this on the line. Despite leading Nebraska to a bowl game, there is a new starter at quarterback for the Cornhuskers. Shaq Callahan comes in and will be an impact player as he fits the system a little more so than Elizondo. If Callahan doesn't produce though don't be surprised if Elizondo is back out there. Garner is another one of those JUCO grabs that will immediately impact the defense for Nebraska. He's only here for one season but he will be one of the best defenders on the field for them. Randall is doubling as kicker and punter this season for Nebraska. It will be interesting to see him perform when Nebraska is pinned deep and has to punt the ball. Randall might have one of the toughest jobs this year in all of the Big Ten and his punting success, or failure, could lead to a few wins or losses. Five Most Important Returners RB Hakeem Nixon 5-8 204 (Sr) Frankfort (Frankfort KS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Calvin McKay 6-4 207 Sr York (York NE) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] DE Lawrence Everett 6-5 260 So Birmingham (England) 2.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] SS Jarvis Hargrove 6-1 189 (So) Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] CB Marc Brice 6-0 197 Sr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] Nixon returns and will finish his senior year as a two year starter at running back. He is looking to go out with a bang and with an improved offensive line could be one of the top rushers in the Big Ten this year. McKay is the only four year starter on the team and has started ever since he was a true freshman. McKay is looking to go out as one of the best pass catchers in the nation and has high aspirations of hearing his name called in the draft. Everett will once again be terrorizing the quarterbacks in the Big Ten this year. With an improved secondary he should even have more time to get to the quarterback. Hargrove is a underclassman but a veteran on the defensive side of the ball. He gets some help in the secondary this season and should improve his stats as the entire defense improves. Brice is getting his degree and becoming a lawyer but first he is going to wreck havoc in the secondary. He returns as one of the top corners production wise in the conference. Total Returning Production Even if a player is no longer starting and had stats last year they count as returning production. Passing - 100% Rushing - 100% Receiving (yards) - 79% Tackles - 78% Sacks - 95% Interceptions - 93% Returning Starting Offensive Skill Players RB Hakeem Nixon 5-8 204 (Sr) Frankfort (Frankfort KS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] 278 attempts, 1,452 tards, 14 TD's WR Calvin McKay 6-4 207 Sr York (York NE) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] 53 catches, 812 yards, 9 TD's WR Alshon Collier 6-3 165 (Sr) Augusta (Augusta KS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] 30 catches, 249 yards, 2 TD's Returning Starting Defensive Players DE Lawrence Everett 6-5 260 So Birmingham (England) 2.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] 15 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles DT Alan Connell 6-1 272 (Jr) Ritenour (Overland MO) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] 14 tackles, 5 sacks OLB Peter Amador Jr. 6-1 239 Jr Aurora (Aurora NE) 3.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] 31 tackles OLB Damiano Fiorelli 6-1 219 So Milan (Italy) 2.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] 36 tackles CB Marc Brice 6-0 197 Sr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] 21 tackles, 6 INT's SS Jarvis Hargrove 6-1 189 (So) Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] 30 tackles, 3 INT's CB Dontarrious Aaron 6-0 177 Jr St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] No Stats Starters Red = 2nd year starting, Blue = 3rd year starting, Purple = 4th year starting Offense QB Shaq Callahan 6-3 234 (Jr) Trinity Valley CC (Athens TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] RB Hakeem Nixon 5-8 204 (Sr) Frankfort (Frankfort KS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Calvin McKay 6-4 207 Sr York (York NE) 5.0 of 5.0 [Target] WR Alshon Collier 6-3 165 (Sr) Augusta (Augusta KS) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Bronson Bolden-Vinson 6-0 191 (Sr) Lakeview (Columbus NE) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] TE Yanisin Garrett 6-3 203 Sr Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore MD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] OT Christian Foss 6-5 287 (So) Benson (Omaha NE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Seantrel Moss 6-6 331 (Jr) Chadron (Chadron NE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] C Joshua Schell 6-4 249 Jr Suncoast (Riviera Beach FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Cason Sheppard 6-1 319 (Sr) Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OT Eric White 6-5 285 Fr Burke (Omaha, NE) 2.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE Lawrence Everett 6-5 260 So Birmingham (England) 2.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Alan Connell 6-1 272 (Jr) Ritenour (Overland MO) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DT Shiloh McNeill 6-3 298 (Jr) Maplewood-Richmond Heights (MO) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DE Joshua Holmes 6-6 261 (Sr) Hickman (Columbia MO) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] OLB Peter Amador Jr. 6-1 239 Jr Aurora (Aurora NE) 3.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] ILB Adrian Garner 6-0 217 Sr Saint Charles Community College (Saint Charles MO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] OLB Damiano Fiorelli 6-1 219 So Milan (Italy) 2.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] CB Marc Brice 6-0 197 Sr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Tristan Strong 6-0 223 Jr Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis TN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jarvis Hargrove 6-1 189 (So) Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] CB Dontarrious Aaron 6-0 177 Jr St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] 2024 Schedule Week 0: vs. (Nashville) Week 1: Bye Week 2: vs. Week 3: @ Week 4: @ Week 5: vs. Week 6: vs. Week 7: @ Week 8: Bye Week 9: vs. Week 10: vs. Week 11: @ Week 12: vs. Week 13: @ After a rocky year last year things are looking up for Nebraska. They fill some key holes with JUCO players and their team got much better over the summer. If they can work out the kinks of their special teams this is a group that could shock some people. I think they will have a much more balanced offense this year with a pocket passer, not to mention the targets that he has to throw to. If Nebraska can win the special teams game I see no reason for them not to find themselves in a bowl game this season. Their defense and offense is solid and while it isn't elite it could work as a well oiled machine. They do have some holes but if they play together and mask those weaknesses this is a team that could spring an upset or two and backdoor a high finish in the Big Ten.
  5. Big Ten members - I plan on doing an article like this for everyone. If you'd like to push your team to the front of the line please send me five players who you think are your five key newcomers, five new impact starters, and five most important returners. There can be crossover on the newcomers and starters. That would cut about an hour off my research time. Thanks! Example: 

     

  6. @MasonAsher's first season at the helm of the Wildcats was likely not what he hoped with a 3-9 campaign. The future is bright for Northwestern if he can keep the momentum going on the recruiting trail. After coming from Northern Illinois, Coach Mason knew that it would be a rough few years in the Big Ten as he took over a team with no depth and very little offensive talent. After nabbing the #30 recruiting class in the country and filling some big holes on the defensive side of the ball, Northwestern is looking to shock a few teams and make a bowl this season. There is, of course, also the opportunity for Northwestern to go winless however with their inept offense. Let's dive right in to a preview of the 2024 season. Five Key Newcomers OLB Nathan Wallace 5-11 228 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 2.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Caleb McMahon 6-4 236 Fr Wesley Chapel (Wesley Chapel FL) 2.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] CB Gabriel Peters 5-9 165 Jr County College of Morris (Randolph NJ) 4.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Armel Parham 5-9 164 Sr Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] RB Sean Briscoe 5-8 185 Jr Eastern Florida State College (Brevard County FL) 3.5 of 4.5 [Speed] Northwestern hit the JUCO market hard as they brought in both Peters and Parham to start at the cornerback spot. This was a spot of need and grabbing two very good corners from JUCO will help them in the long run. The Wildcats also gained the commitment of a 2.0 of 4.0 cornerback who will be redshirting this season. Linebacker was a huge spot of need as they only had one rostered outside linebacker coming into the season. Coach Mason grabbed two 2.5 of 3.5 linebackers to stopgap that spot as it will definitely be a spot of need going forward. Getting two decent linebackers was a big get for the depth of this team. Briscoe is another JUCO find and he will be redshirting this upcoming season. Northwestern is hopeful to have him in the backfield for two years after Makai Denson graduates this season. Five New Impact? Starters CB Gabriel Peters 5-9 165 Jr County College of Morris (Randolph NJ) 4.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Armel Parham 5-9 164 Sr Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] OLB Juan Solano 6-0 242 (Fr) East Peoria Community (IL) 2.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Xavier Williams 6-3 331 (Fr) Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 2.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap] WR Tarell Bynum 6-0 183 (So) Georgetown Ridge Farm (IL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Speed] We have already gone over the addition of Peters and Parham and they are going to be two of the most impactful players on this entire team next year. Northwestern is very excited to gain the services of both Solano and Williams on the defensive side of the ball. Both are Illinois kids and they were redshirted last year. They are going to be key players if Northwestern wants to slow down the attack of the Big Ten. Bynum is another guy who Northwestern hopes can shine this season. He had one catch last year and now as he moves into the starting wideout role should see a few more targets this season. Five Most Important Returners QB Nicola Rossi 6-2 234 (So) Driscoll Catholic (Addison IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] RB Makai Denson 5-8 212 (Sr) Georgetown Ridge Farm (IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] OG Leolani Lealofi 6-4 318 (Sr) McCook Central (Salem SD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ILB Griffin Paul 6-2 230 (Jr) John Marshall (Chicago IL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike] FS Alex Harley 6-2 217 (So) East Peoria Community (IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] Rossi comes into the 2024 season with a little more confidence than last season. Rossi took over the starting job early in the year last season and it was his the rest of the season. Rossi is looking to have a much better season this year after a freshman year letdown. Denson was the feature back last season and will be back for his senior year. After rushing for over 1,200 yards last year he will look to bump that up to near 1,500 yards if Northwestern wants to make a splash. Lealofi did a great job commanding the offensive line last year and returns as a stalwart on the line. Paul was easily the defense's best player last year and the Wildcats are hoping that he is even more effective with a solid talent group around him. Harley is going to be a key player in the secondary as one of the two returning safeties. His communication will be key in getting the secondary into a cohesive group. Total Returning Production The only players who don’t count as returning production are graduated seniors and transfers. If a starter from last year isn’t starting this year, they still count as returning production. Passing - 100% Rushing - 100% Receiving (yards) - 52% Tackles - 72% Sacks - 46% Interceptions - 66% Returning Starting Offensive Skill Players QB Nicola Rossi 6-2 234 (So) Driscoll Catholic (Addison IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] 95/165, 1,008 yards, 3 TD's, 8 INT's RB Makai Denson 5-8 212 (Sr) Georgetown Ridge Farm (IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] 234 carries, 1,237 yards, 10 TD's, TE James Burnette 6-3 201 (Sr) Rice Lake (Rice Lake WI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] 19 catches, 252 yards, 1 TD Returning Starting Defensive Players DE Corey Heard 6-1 262 (Jr) North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] 8 tackles, 4.5 sacks ILB Griffin Paul 6-2 230 (Jr) John Marshall (Chicago IL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike] 58 tackles, 2 passes defended FS Alex Harley 6-2 217 (So) East Peoria Community (IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] 15 tackles, 2 INT's Starters Red = 2nd year starting, Blue = 3rd year starting, Purple = 4th year starting Offense QB Nicola Rossi 6-2 234 (So) Driscoll Catholic (Addison IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] RB Makai Denson 5-8 212 (Sr) Georgetown Ridge Farm (IL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] WR Tarell Bynum 6-0 183 (So) Georgetown Ridge Farm (IL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Eric Lindquist 6-3 200 (Jr) Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Rakeem Vereen 5-9 168 So Perham (Perham MN) 2.0 of 3.5 [Speed] TE James Burnette 6-3 201 (Sr) Rice Lake (Rice Lake WI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] OT Anthony Meier 6-4 284 (So) J.B. Conant (Hoffman Estates IL) 2.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Leolani Lealofi 6-4 318 (Sr) McCook Central (Salem SD) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] C Tyus Bridges 6-1 242 Jr East Peoria Community (IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Marc Watson 6-5 298 (Jr) Rice Lake (Rice Lake WI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Anthony Hubbard 6-6 322 Jr Fleming Island (Orange Park FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] Defense DE Corey Heard 6-1 262 (Jr) North Atlanta (Atlanta GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DT Xavier Williams 6-3 331 (Fr) Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 2.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DE Amara Oliver 6-2 246 So Roberto Clemente Academy (IL) 2.5 of 3.5 [Contain] OLB Juan Solano 6-0 242 (Fr) East Peoria Community (IL) 2.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] ILB Griffin Paul 6-2 230 (Jr) John Marshall (Chicago IL) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike] ILB Luka Briggs 6-2 230 (Sr) Mitchell Christian (Mitchell SD) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] OLB Nathan Wallace 5-11 228 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 2.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] CB Gabriel Peters 5-9 165 Jr County College of Morris (Randolph NJ) 4.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Alex Harley 6-2 217 (So) East Peoria Community (IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Jalen Richmond 6-0 215 (So) Rising Star (Rising Star TX) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Armel Parham 5-9 164 Sr Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn MI) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] 2024 Schedule Week 0: Bye Week 1: vs. Week 2: vs. Week 3: vs. Week 4: vs. Week 5: vs. Week 6: @ Week 7: @ Week 8: vs. Week 9: Bye Week 10: @ Week 11: vs. Week 12: vs. Week 13: @ Northwestern is in a rebuilding year but with a much better defensive unit they could surprise some people this year. They have two new starters on the offensive side of the ball both at the wide receiver spot. They also have a very veteran offensive line as well as a veteran running back. If they can hold teams at bay through the air they could actually be decent on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side they have eight new starters, many of which have jumped over last year's starters. With six underclassmen the defensive side of the ball looks bright. Paul is the only three year starter on the defensive side of the ball.
  7. Someone flip to Cade before the day ends pls.
  8. The MAC is a pipeline for the B1G. Also, I'm the worst coach in the conference lol
  9. tbf, I definitely would have hung Nemo if I was a wolf lol
  10. Vote caderich5 c’mon guys. It’s obvious that Cade just doesn’t want to play. Maybe he’s just a random town playing like poo, but on the off chance he’s making a big brain attempt to convince us he’s not...don’t let it work.
  11. I'm not trying to back off into the shadows, although I agree most of my posts have been joking/sarcastic mannerish. As for Cade, I think it's just suspect that he claimed on literally the first day. Why do that if you were town? That narrows it down for the wolves. Cade isn't going to die at night because if he isn't a wolf then they will know exactly who they don't have to target at all since he is useless.
  12. I think those who didn’t vote this past round are fine. It was a 4 hour day starting at like 8am lol. I didn’t get on until 12:30.
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