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2010 Northwestern Football GENERAL INFORMATION School: Northwestern University Location: Evanston, Ill. Enrollment: 8,000 undergraduates Nickname: Wildcats Founded: 1851 School Colors: Purple and White Conference: Big Ten Stadium (Capacity): Ryan Field (47,130) Playing Surface: Grass Affiliation: NCAA Division I (FBS) President: Morton Schapiro (Hofstra, 1975) Director of Athletics and Recreation: Jim Phillips (Illinois, 1990) Athletic Dept. Phone: (847) 491-3205 HISTORY First year of football: 1882 All-time bowl record: 1-7 Years in postseason play: Eight Last postseason appearance: 2009-10 Outback Bowl Result: Lost, 38-35 (OT) to Auburn All-time record: 474-620-44 (128 seasons) Big Ten Championships (8): (1903, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1995, 1996, 2000) ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Asst. AD for Athletic Communications/ Football Contact: Mike Wolf Wolf’s Email: mwolf@northwestern.edu Wolf Phone/Cell: (847) 467-2028, 833-3095 Associate Director/Asst. FB Contact: Doug Meffley Meffley’s Email: d-meffley@northwestern.edu Meffley Phone/Cell: (847) 491-3688, 833-2471 Associate Directors: Julie Dunn, Nick Brilowski Assistant Directors: Rand Champion, Scott Hammer New Media Coordinator: Rob Coons Office Phone/Fax: (847) 491-7503, 491-8818 Mailing Address: 1501 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60208 Web Site: NUsports.com

ASSISTANT COACHES/STAFF Randy Bates Linebackers (Ohio State, 1983) Jerry Brown Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs (Northwestern, 1972) Adam Cushing Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator (Chicago, 2002) Mike Hankwitz Defensive Coordinator (Michigan, 1970) Bob Heffner Superbacks (Temple, 1979) Kevin Johns Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator (Dayton, 1998) Marty Long Defensive Line (The Citadel, 1986) Matt MacPherson Running Backs (DePauw, 1998) Mick McCall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (Southern Colorado, 1979) Chris Batti Graduate Assistant—Offense (Illinois, 2008) Alan Wolking Graduate Assistant—Defense (Ohio State, 2002) Nolan Jones Director of Football Operations (Eastern Kentucky, 2003) Sharrod Everett Associate Director of Football Operations (Campbellsville, 2004) Cody Cejda Coord. of Player Development and Personnel (Michigan, 2007) David Reitz Randy Walker Recruiting Assistant (Claremont McKenna, 2008) Ken Kowalski Director of Video Operations (Bowling Green, 2009) Niel Stopczynski Assistant Director of Video Services (Ball State, 2006) Larry Lilja Director of Strength and Conditioning (Northwestern, 1976)

Jay Hooten Asst. Director of Strength and Conditioning (Capital, 2007) Chris Jeske Strength and Conditioning Intern (Northwestern, 2009) Quality Control Assistants: Matt Clark (defense), Reggie McPherson (offense) and Bill Rees (special teams) TEAM INFORMATION 2009 Record: 8-5, 5-3 Big Ten (T-4th place) 2009-10 Postseason: Outback Bowl Offensive Formation: Spread Defensive Formation: Multiple 4-3 Letterwinners Returning: 55 Offense: 24 Defense: 28 ST: 3 Letterwinners Lost: 20 Offense: 12 Defense: 8 ST: 0 STARTERS RETURNING: 16 Offense: 8 Defense: 6 ST: 2 Offense (8) Al Netter (OT), Keegan Grant (OG), Ben Burkett (C), Doug Bartels (OG), Neal Deiters (OT), Scott Concannon (RB), Sidney Stewart (WR), Drake Dunsmore (SB). Defense (6) Corbin Bryant (DT), Vince Browne (DE), Nate Williams (MLB), Quentin Davie (OLB), Ben Johnson (OLB), Jordan Mabin (CB). Special Teams (2) Stefan Demos (P/K), John Henry Pace (LS). STARTERS LOST: 9 Offense: 3 Defense: 5 ST: 1 Offense (3) Mike Kafka (QB), Zeke Markshausen (WR), Andrew Brewer (WR). Defense (5) Corey Wootton (DE), Adam Hahn (DT), Sherrick McManis (CB), Brad Phillips (S), Brendan Smith (S). Special Teams (1) Zeke Markshausen (H). 2010 ALL-STAR CANDIDATES Vince Browne • Jr. • DE Corbin Bryant • Sr. • DT Quentin Davie • Sr. • OLB Stefan Demos • Sr. • PK Drake Dunsmore • Jr. • SB Jordan Mabin • Jr. • CB Al Netter • Jr. • OT Brian Peters • Jr. • S Sidney Stewart • Sr. • WR

COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern, 1997) Career Record (year): 27-23 (fifth) NU Record (year): 27-23 (fifth) Football office phone: (847) 491-7274 2010 spring football prospectus • NUsports.com


Media Notes NORTHWESTERN RETURNING 55 LETTER- Nagel moved to new positions, while Jensen, a walk-on, was moved to wide receiver after WINNERS FROM OUTBACK BOWL SQUAD the season’s conclusion. Junior David Arnold, Once again, Northwestern will field one of its who played primarily at the linebacker spot last deepest squads in 2010 as a school-record 55 year, has moved back to safety. Cornerback letterwinners return from last year’s 8-5 team that played in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Jeravin Matthews was moved from running back to cornerback during bowl prep, too. Day. Despite graduating 20 players from last Head coach Pat Fitzgerald also has year’s squad, Northwestern has seven more announced that running back Alex Daniel, returning letterwinners than a year ago. Last who missed the entire 2009 season with a foot year’s total (48 returning letterwinners) was a injury, has been suspended from the team and 17-year high. This year’s breakdown includes will not return to team activities until Sept. 5, 24 returning letterwinners on offense, 28 on 2010. defense and three on special teams. Interestingly, Northwestern only played three true freshmen in 2009, the fewest of Returning Statistical Leaders any Big Ten program (and a total of Rushing GP Att. Yds. Avg. TD seven in the last three years). Arby Fields

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player who has been named to the Council all three years. Bryant, Matthews, Peters and the two Williams’ brothers are on the Council for a second straight year. RISE AND SHINE For the fourth consecutive spring, Northwestern will conduct its weekly practices at 8:15 a.m. during the school week. Saturday practices will take place at 9:30 a.m.

WILDCATS AIM TO BUILD UPON PAST SUCCESSES Northwestern is savoring its most successful stretch of football in school history. Since 1995, the Wildcats have posted nine seasons with six or more victories. In the last decade (2000-09), the Wildcats won 3.7 5 six or more games seven times (2000, 3.5 2 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 3.9 2 3.4 1 2009) and touted six bowl-eligible teams. Northwestern finished the last decade Pct. Yds. Int. TD with an overall record of 61-60. In the .588 224 2 2 last 15 years, only Ohio State and MichiAvg. TD gan have won more Big Ten titles than 11.1 3 the Wildcats’ three conference crowns. 11.2 2 NU has won a combined 17 games the 9.4 1 past two seasons, which ranks as the 10.8 0 third-most wins in a two-year period in Total Int./Yds. TFL/Yds school history.

Scott Concannon 12 68 241 SIXTEEN STARTERS ARE BACK Stephen Simmons 9 59 233 FOR 2010 Jacob Schmidt 12 64 217 Northwestern has 16 starters returning, including eight on the offensive Passing GP Att. Comp. unit, which produced 621 yards vs. Dan Persa 10 34 20 Auburn in the Outback Bowl and Receiving GP Rec. Yds. averaged 404.1 yards per game. The Drake Dunsmore 13 47 523 Wildcats have their five starters on the Sidney Stewart 11 42 470 offensive line back, along with their Demetrius Fields 13 24 225 top two superbacks, several regular Jeremy Ebert 13 21 226 receivers and their entire corps of Tackles GP Solo Asst. running backs. Offensive tackle Al Quentin Davie 13 50 40 90 1/7 11.5/35 Netter, an honorable mention All-Big Nate Williams 12 44 42 86 2/0 7/20 BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW… Ten honoree in 2009, leads the Jordan Mabin 13 57 18 75 2/15 0.5/3 In the last seven years, the Wildcats own returnees up front, while superback Brian Peters 13 36 31 67 3/8 3/7 the sixth-best Big Ten record at 29-27 Drake Dunsmore and wide receiver Vince Browne 13 24 15 39 0/0 8/40 (.518). The ’Cats are bunched with Penn Sidney Stewart are some of NU’s David Arnold 9 26 8 34 0/0 4.5/15 State and Purdue in the middle of the top returning skill players. Sophomore standings. Here’s a look at the composArby Fields, NU’s top rusher from a ite Big Ten records since 2003: year ago, leads the list of candidates at running ON THE SIDELINES Five Northwestern players will sit out this back. Defensively, all three linebackers return Team Composite Big Ten Records (2003-present) year’s spring drills due to offseason surgeries/ and represent three of NU’s six returning 1. Ohio State..................................................... 46-10 2. Michigan....................................................... 35-21 defensive starters. Outside linebacker Quentin injuries. Those six players are: offensive guard Doug Bartels, wide receiver Charles Brown, Wisconsin..................................................... 35-21 Davie and middle linebacker Nate Williams 4. Iowa.............................................................. 34-22 superback Drake Dunsmore, offensive guard lead that group. Up front, tackle Corbin Bryant 5. Penn State.................................................... 32-24 Keegan Grant and linebacker Nate Williams. and end Vince Browne return at their posi 6. Northwestern.............................................. 29-27 All five are expected to participate in pretions, while cornerback Jordan Mabin is the 7. Purdue.......................................................... 27-29 season practice in August. 8. Michigan State.............................................. 25-31 lone returning starter in the secondary. Safety 9. Minnesota..................................................... 20-36 Brian Peters, who has logged considerable 10. Illinois............................................................ 13-43 NU’S 2010 LEADERSHIP COUNCIL NAMED time over the past two years and started five 11. Indiana.......................................................... 11-45 Head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Northgames, could easily be considered the team’s western’s 2010 Leadership Council in early seventh returning starter on defense. NORTHWESTERN SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT February. This year’s leaders are: redshirt freshmen Tim Riley and Mike Jensen, redshirt BOWL BERTH NUMBER AND POSITION CHANGES sophomore Quentin Williams, juniors Jeravin The Wildcats have notched back-to-back bowl Several returning players will be sporting new seasons in 1995-96 and 2008-09, but NU Matthews, Dan Persa, Brian Peters and jersey numbers this year. Those players with never has gone bowling in three straight years. Al Netter, and seniors Corbin Bryant, Nate new numbers are: linebacker Nate Williams Williams and Al Netter. Netter becomes the (#44), punter Brandon Williams (#49), superCOACHING STAFF INTACT first offensive lineman to be named to the back Aaron Nagel (#45), running back Tyris Northwestern’s entire set of full-time coaches is Jones (#34), wide receiver Mike Jensen (#80) Leadership Council, now in its third year, while Jensen becomes the first NU walk-on to earn a returning in 2010, with all 10 coaches handling and wide receiver Jaleel Reed (#83). During the same responsibilities that they did a year spot on the Council. Persa is the only Wildcat bowl practice sessions last year, Jones and ago. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald did have to

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Media Notes replace one of his graduate assistant coaches after offensive GA Louis Ayeni accepted a fulltime assistant position (running backs coach) at the University of Toledo. Chris Batti, who served as the Wildcats’ offensive quality control coach in 2009, replaces Ayeni as the ’Cats’ offensive GA. PAT FITZGERALD OFF TO FAST START Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who is in his fifth season as the Wildcats’ head mentor, sports a 27-23 overall record through four seasons. He has won more games faster than any previous NU coach in the past 100 years. LINEBACKERS LEAD NU’S DEFENSE With all three starting linebackers from 2009 back for the 2010 season, along with a host of key reserves, that position group could be the strength of Northwestern’s defense. Seniors Quentin Davie and Nate Williams, who have started a combined 44 games for the ’Cats, are the leaders of the linebacking corps. Davie led the team in total tackles (90) and TFL’s (11.5) last year while Williams was the team leader in tackles per game (7.17). Junior Ben Johnson, who started seven games and missed four others with injuries, totaled 28 tackles and 3.5 TFL’s in 2009. Other key reserves who will be in the mix for playing time include junior Bryce McNaul, sophomore Roderick Goodlow and sophomore David Nwabuisi, along with redshirt freshmen Damien Proby and Tim Riley. A YOUNG, BUT EXPERIENCED OFFENSIVE LINE RETURNS Northwestern is returning all five of its starters on the offensive line, yet this year’s unit will only tout one senior—offensive guard Keegan Grant. Al Netter, Grant, Ben Burkett, Doug Bartels and Neal Deiters are the official returning starters, although on the spring depth chart, Bartels and Deiters are both listed at the right guard position. The right tackle spot is presently a battle between sophomore Patrick Ward and redshirt freshman Brian Smith. Brian Mulroe, who started the Outback Bowl at left guard, will be battling Grant for the starting assignment at that position. NU’s returning starters have a combined 87 starts. DAN PERSA SET TO ASSUME QB DUTIES After spending the past three seasons on the sideline as a backup to NU quarterbacks C.J. Bachér and Mike Kafka, Dan Persa is set to take over as the Wildcats’ signal caller. Persa, who earned all-state honors at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., and was named the MVP of the Big 33 All-Star game (Ohio vs. Pennsylvania), played in 10 games last year

and saw significant QB action against Penn State and Iowa. Persa completed 20-of-34 passes for 224 yards and a pair of TD”s to go along with 167 rushing yards (3.4 ypc). Redshirt freshman Evan Watkins is the only other QB on the Wildcats’ spring roster.

THE PERCENTAGES Northwestern is returning 79.9 percent of its rushing yardage (1,221 of 1,528), 6.0 percent of its passing yardage (224 of 3,725) and 49.6 percent of its receiving yardage (1,849 of 3,725) in 2010.

PLENTY OF COMPETITION AT RUNNING BACK THIS SPRING With every running back returning this year, there figures to be some tremendous competition at that position as one tailback tries to emerge from a group of four that totaled nearly 1,000 rushing yards. Arby Fields, Scott Concannon, Stephen Simmons and Jacob Schmidt combined for 993 rushing yards in 2009, with Fields leading all RB’s with 302 yards and 5 TD’s. Also in the mix this spring will be redshirt freshman Mike Trumpy.

THE 2010 SCHEDULE Northwestern will host six opponents at Ryan Field this fall, and play a new slate of nonconference opponents. The Wildcats open the 2010 season at Vanderbilt on Labor Day weekend, and then return home for their home opener against Illinois State on Sept. 11. Northwestern then travels to Rice before hosting MAC power Central Michigan on Sept. 25. The Wildcats are meeting Illinois State and Central Michigan for the first time in school history, while resuming rivalries with Vanderbilt and Rice. Northwestern has not played Vandy since 1952, while the ’Cats and Owls met five times between 1967 and 1998. Northwestern opens Big Ten play on Oct. 2, visiting Minnesota’s new TCF Bank Stadium for the first time. The Wildcats then are back home for their next two Big Ten contests, hosting Purdue on Oct. 9 and Michigan State on Oct. 23. (NU’s open date is Oct. 16). The Wildcats then hit the road for back-to-back Saturdays, playing at Indiana on Oct. 30 and Penn State on Nov. 6. Northwestern closes the home season with successive games against league rivals Iowa (Nov. 13) and Illinois (Nov. 20) before closing out the regular season with its first Thanksgiving weekend game since playing at Hawaii on Nov. 27, 2004. Missing from the Big Ten schedule for a second straight year are Michigan and Ohio State.

IMPORTANT PRESEASON DATES (Tentative) Aug. 2-3 Big Ten Media Day/Kickoff Luncheon Aug. 7-8 Team Reports Aug. 9-14 Team Practices in Evanston Aug. 11 Northwestern Media Day Aug. 14 Team Departs for Kenosha Aug. 16 First Day of Practice in Kenosha Aug. 21 Preseason Scrimmage Aug. 23 Team Returns to Evanston Aug. 27 Meet the Team Night Sept. 4 Season Opener at Vanderbilt

PLENTY OF DEPTH AT WIDE RECEIVER Although Northwestern is losing its top two receivers—Zeke Markshausen and Andrew Brewer—to graduation, the Wildcats’ next nine top receivers/superbacks are all back in 2010. Superback Drake Dunsmore (47 receptions for 523 yards, 3 TD’s) and wideout Sidney Stewart (42 rec. for 470 yards, 2 TD’s) lead a group that figures to be just as dynamic as last year’s receiving unit. The Wildcats’ biggest offseason question is who will emerge from the group as a true big-play threat. Brewer averaged 16.2 ypr last season, while the next closest Wildcat (in terms of ypr) was Stewart, who averaged 11.2 ypr. LOU GROZA SEMIFINALIST STEFAN DEMOS RETURNS AS PLACE-KICKER Northwestern will return one of its special teams weapons in place-kicker Stefan Demos, who was named a second-team All-Big Ten kicker and one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the nation’s top place-kicker. Demos also was named an ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic AllAmerican in 2009. Demos converted 18-of-25 field goal attempts last year and led the team in scoring with 88 points.

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There is more, so much more involved than Xs and Os and unearthing performers able to replace those so recently departed. These are merely the obvious concerns for a college football coach as the ground thaws and spring approaches. For that season, to him, is not one of renewal, which is what the poets would have us believe. It is, instead, a time to continue the construction of the team he will unveil in the fall, which at root is a project rife with complexity. That was a point made eminently clear over the course of an hour in early March, which is when we checked in with the ‘Cats’ Pat Fitzgerald to discuss what had already occurred in the offseason and what is on the menu for this spring’s practice.


Q & A With Pat Fitzgerald You are at the front end of building next year’s team. What are you trying to get established now, in the spring? Right now, we’re in that infant stage. We’ve gone through the first phase of our offseason from a conditioning and a strength standpoint. That transitions into the Winning Edge and the third phase is really spring practice. You learn a lot about guys in shorts, but you learn a whole heck of a lot more about guys when they get punched in the mouth. That’s what’s going to start happening here on the 29th. But what we’ve tried to do is train our guys to understand how they need to take ownership of themselves first, how to talk to themselves the right way. The significance and the importance of that is that they’re in the moment of what they’re trying to accomplish and, hopefully, that just isn’t with football. It’s more importantly with life. Yeah. It’s critical that we form a chemistry and we form an attitude and an approach to the way that we want to do things. With the Winning Edge, we sprinkle in different ways to influx adversity and to put them into a football type, or life-type experience where things aren’t always going to go your way to see how they respond and see how they learn to grow. Now we can hopefully do that in the football context. So it’s the next phase, Step Three. The next steps will be summer workouts and then fall camp. A team eventually takes on a personality. Is this also the time next year’s team starts to develop that personality? Yeah. We talk about our identity, what is our identity going to be? We have a set of values, we have a way we want to play in all three phases. But what is this team’s identity going to be? I can’t answer that quite yet. We’ve got an idea. We’ve (looked at) everything we did a year ago as coaches. We’re almost through with that. We’ve got spring practice planned, we know what we want to accomplish in the first two weeks. But then after that, OK, now what are our strengths really with Dan (Persa) being the quarterback or Evan (Watkins) being the quarterback. Who are our running backs and what are their strengths? Defensively, who’s going to get after the passer and who’re going to be our quarterbacks in the back half? I guess that’s all schematic identity. More importantly, what is our identity going to be when you pop on the video? That’s the whole chemistry

and the attitude we hopefully instill in our guys, and the work ethic and the investment that we try to have. It all kind of starts there and it sounds so simple. But it’s so complicated it’s amazing. We don’t see our guys for three weeks (due to reading week, finals and spring break) prior to them getting on the field for spring practice. You say, “Wow, that’s a long time.” OK. That pales in comparison to June and July, then we report in August and we have the same amount of time to prepare for the opener. That’s why we try to teach them in the offseason how to lead themselves, and then how to lead others. That’s the development we try to have.

Do you see leaders developing at this time of the year? You hope so. I think each guy is at a different stage of that walk and that journey in his life. It’s amazing by position, too. Quarterbacks and linebackers and safeties, those guys typically are a little bit more outspoken, a little bit more vocal. Receivers and running backs are somewhat pretty quiet. The O-line, pretty quiet. The D-line are pretty much lunch-pail guys. So that whole dynamic and how guys step up, yeah, you try to train it, you try to develop it. But at the same time you want guys to be genuine. You don’t want to try and put a square peg in a round hole. Is it too early, then, to see who is going to fit into that round hole? We look at it, I guess, from a little different

approach. I heard it back when I was a player here. The first sign of a leader is a man who can lead himself. So we’re looking at it from the standpoint, we’re trying to develop everyone as a leader. We’ve got to get them to lead themselves first. Now who’s going to be the magnet to pull the team along and drive the team? Yeah. We’re starting to see that. But let’s go play football. Like I said, everybody looks good in shorts. But let’s go play football and then I’ll have a better idea of where I see things going. I know who the most-respected guys are from the standpoint of (their election to) The Leadership Council. But let’s see if they can sustain it. Then also, as long as they’re talkin’ the talk, let’s see if they can walk the walk. I think it’s easy to be a leader when it’s 72 degrees and you’re in an indoor practice facility. But I think it’s a totally different thing on a football field. It’s so different because now you’re one of 11. You try to put them in competitive situations (during conditioning drills), but it’s not football and you can’t emulate it. The ball’s oblong for a reason and it’s going to go where it’s going to go and things are going to happen. I look at it, for instance, what we do and how we do it, look at Mike Kafka. If you want to use one game as a microcosm, look at the (Outback) bowl game. Things didn’t go perfect for him. There were a lot of things he’d like to have back, but he just kept on battling. Maybe some of them were his own decisions, some of them were the plays we called, some of them were the way we executed collectively as an offense. But he kept on battlin’ and he never wavered in his confidence. Never. And he gave us an opportunity to be successful. That’s what I think you’re trying to do. That’s what I think you want in life. As an old basketball coach told me once that he’d seen the state of Illinois and he’d seen the state of Indiana, but he’d never seen the state of perfection. Does that explain why it’s important to have that attitude Mike displayed? Yeah. Exactly. I talk to a lot of other coaches and when they do their winter workouts, this drill they have to be perfect or that drill they have to be perfect. I’m from the Walk (Randy Walker) school and I’m from the (Gary) Barnett school where it was never about perfect. Never. Striving for excellence. That’s different. Being the best you can be. Different. Going beyond where you think you can go. Dif-

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Q & A With Pat Fitzgerald ferent. Persevering through adversity. Different. I think too many people want to be perfect and that’s not life. I’ve never met it. Never met it. Never met it. You mentioned that you had a set of values on how you want to play. Is it easier to get those established since this is now your fourth spring? I think it’s more from the standpoint of the players’ perspective. I think they understand what we want from a program standpoint, what the expectations are, how we’re striving for excellence and how we believe in going about that. It’s not as much teaching. Now you just want to make sure you don’t accelerate too fast because you’ve got a group of freshmen who have never really been through it. So we start over every off-season, go A, B, C. How quickly we can get to Z? That’ll be determined by the pace of the team, not by the pace of us as coaches. We think we’re further along now than we’ve been. Is that a by-product of this being year four, of every player in the program, this is pretty much the only way they know how to do things? I don’t know. Maybe. Time will tell. But we’re definitely further along and I think that has a lot to do with the kids’ attitudes when they came back from the bowl game. Then also the work of our strength coaches. We had a really good plan, I thought, in January and February. We tweaked some things a little bit, went to a much more focused, concentrated,

small group approach to what we were doing, and it’s paid dividends. Since you mentioned it, what was their mindset when they came back from Tampa? You know, I didn’t see them for a couple weeks. We had two discretionary weeks and then, when I came back off the road and visited with a couple guys, they were very driven, very hungry, kind of on edge a little bit. We’ve got some unfinished business. When you’ve got that kind of attitude, I think your approach is, “Let’s go work to get better. Let’s go improve. If I didn’t like my role, fix it. If I do like my role, improve it.” That’s kind of been where they’re at to this point. Jerry Wainwright, the former DePaul basketball coach, once made an observation about roles that I liked. He said that, at the beginning of a season, you often have guys who have been lounge acts who now have to start playing the main stage. Uh-uh. And you never now how they’re going to react. Right. Sure. Is that part of the spring too, learning about a guy like Persa, who’s going to take

on a larger role? Those are the obvious ones. But if you looked at our receivers, at this point last season, would you have said Zeke Markshausen (was going to have the season he did have)? That’s the great thing about football. There are so many different working parts, there are so many different roles that can be taken over. Jerry Brown (the assistant head and defensive backs coach) said it forever. In our program, as we develop our guys, you can never give up on a guy. You can never say, “You know what? He’s never going to be any good.” You look at Kafka, Markshausen, (Andrew) Brewer, you can go on and on. You look at defense a year ago, you look at the play of Adam Hahn, he had a great year. Corbin Bryant stepping up. Quentin Davie. Nate Williams. Some pieces that, last spring, you would have said, “They’re going to be role players.” They were extremely productive players for us last year. I think that’s what makes our program so special. Our guys buy into that development and they see the parallels of football with life and if they buy into what they’re being taught here, there’s a chance they’re going to learn some very valuable life lessons they can use to their advantage as they go through their journey of life. Larry (Lilja), the director of strength and conditioning) said one of the goals in the Winning Edge was to teach them there is more in the tank than they might think

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drake dunsmore is there. Is that part of this developmental process too? It’s to help them build trust in themselves. You hear us all the time, trust yourself, trust your teammates. Well, how do you do that? You put them in those situations where now we’ve got to put the two-by-four up between the uprights and there’s no net to catch them. As much as we can do that, and hopefully gain confidence from that, well, you know, there’s that coach-ism out there that says you want to build the ego up, not tear the ego down. So it’s a fine line. You’re going to learn through some failures, but they’re only momentary. That’s what we have to teach kids today, especially young people at Northwestern. They’re so driven, they’re so successful, they’re so bright. But it’s OK to get a B. If you gave everything you had, if you gave maximum effort and got a B, live to fight another day and move on. But I think a lot of kids don’t realize, not necessarily our guys, just society, don’t realize how hard it is to be successful in this kind of environment. I’m proud of the job our guys are doing. You used the word ego. When (the late Hall of Fame coach) Bud Wilkinson first took over the Rams, back when they were still in St. Louis, they were wholly dysfunctional and I suggested to him that one of the things he had to do was get his players to put their egos into their back pocket. He said, no, not at all. Ego is what makes a player good. What he had to do was get all the egos going in the same direction. Amen. How do you do that? It starts in recruiting, finding young people who believe in team and if we all buy into it together, we all get vacuumed up, we all improve, we all get better, and there’re enough

plays and roles and reps to go around and have everybody be individually successful in our game. On top of that, I think you have to foster a culture where players take over ownership. If they have ownership of the team, then peer-to-peer, ego is embraced, your individuality is embraced, but it’s all within the team concept and what we believe in. When we have that, we have a chance to have chemistry, and then we have a chance to fight through things and be successful. That’s what I’ve seen us be able to do here the last few years. I mean, they haven’t been perfect games. But I don’t see anybody playing perfect games. I don’t see anybody blowing anybody out. So I think more and more you have to find ways to create that chemistry and, really, players have to buy into what you’re trying to teach them. That brings us back to a question I asked earlier. Are players buying in more now since they’ve seen the success that has come when they’ve practiced what you preach? That’s a good question for them. But, yeah, I believe so. I believe they have seen the benefits of what we do and how we do things to them on the field. OK. Then they’ve gone into their social context and their academics and, if they use the same approach, it just seems that everything slows down a little bit. They’re working at a different tempo and a different pace, mentally and emotionally and physically, than maybe other people are willing to go. They understand they can do that. They’ve been in those kinds of environments and they’ve done it in something that they love, which is football, a game. So if they can do it in a game, they sure can do it academically, and they sure can do it socially from the standpoint of doing the right things and giving back. I’m proud of them for doing that, but they have to believe in it and I think for people to believe, there’s a couple of ways to do it. You have to have faith.

Sometimes, for some guys, they don’t have the evidence yet. There’s a big group of young players who haven’t played yet. They don’t necessarily have the individual evidence that, hey, doing this works for me. So being able to put them in that environment where they have some success, then some momentarily failure and coming right back and doing it again, and saying, “See. When you do it this way it works. But when you decide to go back, for whatever reason, to these habits that you have and you’re inconsistent and you fail, well, which way do you want to go?” We have to show them that it’ll work. But these people who don’t have empirical evidence yet, they’re surrounded by players who do. Isn’t that important to a program’s success? Peer-to-peer? Yeah. No doubt. It’s critical. Think about what I just said. We’re away from our players for three straight weeks. We’re out of it as coaches. June and July? We’re out of it. On the field when we’re playing? We’re out of it. So absolutely. There’s no question. That’s the key. If they’re looking at each other and I’m holding myself accountable and I’m holding you accountable, that’s how it all moves forward. That’s what you hope you build when you’re building a program. You’re building individuals and developing them as people within the structure that you have without being so rigid that you can’t be flexible enough to navigate through the journey with a new group of people. I mean, Danny’s different from Mike and Evan’s different from Danny and Mike’s different from both those guys and they’re different from C.J. (Bacher) and they’re different from Baz (Brett Basanez). I think that’s what makes football so much like life.

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Q & A With Pat Fitzgerald Which is a nice segue to discuss the makeup of the team. How will the offense be different with, as we all expect, Persa at quarterback in place of Mike? We always try to go by a players-formations-plays mentality in all three phases. It’s a little easier to put that in an offensive context. But what do our players do best? What formations and/or schemes can we put them in to execute plays that we believe in and can execute consistently. So, you know, Danny strengths are similar to Mike’s. What Mike really developed last year, and I see the same development in Danny, when C.J. matriculated out, Mike and Danny took a step up. Now Mike is gone and I’ve seen Danny kind of take the next step, and I’ve seen Evan kind of come along with him. So, yeah, for obvious reasons it’s Danny’s job. He’s got the most experience in the offense, the most reps. But I think Evan’s going to develop and improve and where they’re at (at the end of spring ball) will be different from today. Technically, Xs and Os wise, what is your biggest question mark? Can we continue to develop the running game? We want to run the ball with more efficiency. We had pretty good balance. We were about a 50-50, run-pass team a year ago. But

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we need to run it more efficiently, more effectively. We need to figure out who our playmakers are going to be, our weapons, from an offensive standpoint. At receiver, there’s a great opportunity for guys to emerge. With Jeremy (Ebert) back and healthy, with Sid Stewart a year older, who’s going to be that next group? Demetrius Fields. That whole group, who’s going to step up there? Then in the backfield, it’s going to be great competition. To add Mike Trumpy into that mix and Arby now in a spring practice context, I think will make that whole group better. Speaking of Arby, what does he need to do to take the next step? Just keep growing and maturing. Grow in the offense, learn the system. I think it’s really hard for a freshman to play. We ask our backs to do a lot in protection, we move them around and do different things. He’s not just dotting the I in our offense. So I thought he did well last year and improved as the year went along. The offensive line appeared to be in flux all last season. Do you agree with that and what do you see with it now? I thought a year ago early we were not very healthy. We had a lot of guys who had a little bit of this, a little bit of that in practice while preparing for the fall and then in the fall itself. Preseason was not what we needed it to be to be consistent. So we had constant competition. We did not walk out of fall camp saying these are our five guys and that went through the first month or so, the first month and a half. Again. Neal Deiters was not someone who, at this time last year, we expected to start our bowl game. But he emerged. I think we’re still in that same kind of position right now. We’re going to be without Keegan Grant and Doug Bartels for spring ball. So we’re going to go through some growing pains with some new guys in different roles. But it’s going to be great for the long haul.

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who have played quite a bit of football for us. Obviously Justan a little bit more than Dugar. Michael Bolden and then Jeravin Matthews. So we’ve got four guys to compete for three roles. Talk about moving Jeravin to corner. We moved him over in bowl practice. So there’re four, we think, very dynamic athletes and we’re going to see how that goes as spring practice evolves. I’ve really been pleased with the way Justan’s offseason has gone. He’s healthy, the healthiest he’s been in 18 months. It’s going to be interesting to see how that develops. You look at the safety position, Brian Peters has played a lot of football for us. Now we’re going to move David Arnold back to safety and see if, as he continues to get healthy, can he be player we expected, along with Jared Carpenter and Hunter Bates and Cooper Gerami. So we’ve got pretty good competitive depth there. Obviously, at the other corner position, is Jordan Mabin, who’s played a lot of ball for us. So I feel good about that competitive depth, I really do, and then

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To move over to defense, the backfield would seem to be the obvious question mark. Sure, losing the production of a (Sherrick) McManis on the corner. We’ve got (Justan) Vaughn and (Demetrius) Dugar, they’re guys

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Q & A With Pat Fitzgerald we’ll see some other guys as they emerge. But to have any depth, but here you’re talking they’re kind of the incumbents. Then to have about competition pretty much across the Nate Williams out at linebacker, he will not board. Where did all this depth come from? participate in spring practice due to offseason surgery, to see Quentin Davie emerge as a Well, our coaches have done a tremendous leader, and where’s Ben Johnson going to go, job recruiting. We had a plan in place to solidify and Bryce McNaul, and both lines and make that be that young group of guys our focus and then work our like David Nwabuisi and way out. If we can play and stefan demos Damien Proby and Timmy battle in the trenches, we Riley? It’s a group that I believe we give ourselves a think is really interesting chance to win. So we’ve atand I’m interested to see tacked that over the last four how it goes, I really am. years and we feel like we’ve And I think it’s a pretty solidified that and, like I deep group, I think it’s a said, now we’ve worked our pretty competitive group. way out from the belly of both sides of the ball. Our Then moving forcoaches have done a great ward to the line. job, our players have done a great job recruiting, and I’m excited about we’ve started to slowly be that group too. We’ve able to redshirt a majority got a young group of of our guys. So now we’re names that are going to be competing on the going to start to become a junior and senior edge. (Davon) Custis and (Anthony) Battle at laden team. Unfortunately, for the first couple of the defensive end position to go along with years, we weren’t that. We were pretty young. (Vince) Browne and (Quentin) Williams and Now, the majority of our guys who have played (Kevin) Watt. That’s a group that I think is a lot of football, they’re kind of in their third and pretty athletic. So there’re going to be new fourth year, some in their fifth year. That was names, there’s not going to be a Wootton out kind of the plan and we’ve been able to pretty there. Everyone knows who Corey is, but I’m much stay the path. excited about that group. I think it’s deep, I think it’s talented, now how do they grow and Can you explain just how important that mature here playing football? Then inside with one, extra, redshirt year is? (Brian) Arnfelt and (Jack) DiNardo and (Niko) Mafuli, we’re going to identify more guys too, Well, you think about the difference but who from that group emerges? I think that’s between a 17-year old young man and a 21-, as much an excitement from a competition 22-year old man. It’s that simple. Now I’m not standpoint as any. going to say we redshirt everybody. We look at five different equations that go into (the deciFinally, the specialists? sion). Number one, how are they handling the homesickness? That’s real. We’ve got John Henry Pace coming back Number two. What kind of and Pat Hickey competing with him for the long physical and mental condition snapping and short snapping. I’m excited to are they in? Number three, see what Brandon Williams can do punting and can they handle what we’re Jeff Budzien is also going to try and do a little teaching them system wise? punting with his place-kicking. Then you have If we ask them to go right, Budzien and (Steve) Flaherty competing for the do they go right, ask them to kickoff role, the place-kicking role with (Stefan) go left, go left? FundamenDemos. But I was really pleased with the year tally and technically, are they Stef had last year. I’d love to see his average picking up the techniques that up a little bit in punting, but he’s not a punter they need to have. Number by trade and he’s assumed that role for three four, do we need them to years to help the team. Over two years, he’s play? If we do, we play them. got over an 80-percent field goal percentage. Sometimes that happens, but That’s pretty good, it’s really good. you’d like to avoid that. When we get to camp, when we Northwestern, to be blunt, never seemed

get to Kenosha, by that Saturday scrimmage, we walk out of our Sunday personnel meeting, we’re kind of going, “Off the flight deck. On the flight deck. Stay in the mess hall.” What’s the fifth part of the equation? The five is does he want to play. I can think of one guy, and I’m not going to share who it was, who said he didn’t want to play. He didn’t stay in our program. He left. Then what about the competition this depth engenders. How important is that to the growth of the team? It’s critical. Like I look outside, we played a freshman, Rod Goodlow, at linebacker. His competition this spring with Ben Johnson is going to make both guys better. Bryce McNaul competing with David Nwabuisi and Quentin Davie, across the board, Proby and Riley, and I keep going on and on. All those guys competing, it just makes everybody that much better. It’s been ingrained in me. Competition makes good players great and great players special. If you don’t ever feel that someone’s breathing down your neck, even if it’s one percent complacency, that is just the biggest cancer you can have. Which brings us to the mountain top, a bowl win. You talked about it a lot last year. Is that still the goal? Uh-uh. But it’s not important now. You’ve got to get to the summit first and it’s a long way up. We’re still training right now on how to climb a mountain. That mountain climb will start in September when we play Vanderbilt. But we’re not there yet. We’re just getting prepared.

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2010 Spring Alphabetical Roster Numerical Roster 1 Stefan Demos 2 Lee Coleman 3 Jeravin Matthews 5 Sidney Stewart 6 Charles Brown 7 Hunter Bates 7 Dan Persa 8 Demetrius Fields 9 Drake Dunsmore 10 Brian Peters 11 Jeremy Ebert 16 Davion Fleming 18 Evan Watkins 19 Arby Fields 20 Tim Weak 20 Scott Concannon 21 Mike Bolden 22 Demetrius Dugar 25 Stephen Simmons 26 Jordan Mabin 27 Jared Carpenter 28 Justan Vaughn 29 Mike Trumpy 31 Stone Pinckney 32 David Arnold 33 David Nwabuisi 34 Tyris Jones 34 Steve Flaherty 35 Ben Johnson 36 Cooper Gerami 37 Jeff Budzien 38 James Kurzawski 39 Jacob Schmidt 40 Brett Nagel 41 Quentin Davie 42 Kevin Watt 43 Tim Riley 44 Nate Williams 45 Aaron Nagel 46 Damien Proby 47 Ricky Weina 48 Roderick Goodlow 49 Scott Lilja 49 Brandon Williams 50 Timmy Vernon

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P/PK WR CB WR WR S QB WR SB S WR S QB RB CB RB CB CB RB CB S CB RB LB S LB RB PK LB S PK CB RB SB LB DL LB LB SB LB CB LB S P LB

No. 73 91 32 86 64 7 96 21 6 94 98 37 65 27 55 2 20 95 41 79 1 90 22 9 11 19 8 34 16 36 48 63 60 59 80 35 34 71 38 49 52 26 93 3 51 84 72 45 40 75 33 58 62 7 10 31 82 74 46 83 43 89 39

Name Colin Armstrong Brian Arnfelt David Arnold Brendan Barber Doug Bartels Hunter Bates Anthony Battle Mike Bolden Charles Brown Vince Browne Corbin Bryant Jeff Budzien Ben Burkett Jared Carpenter Bo Cisek Lee Coleman Scott Concannon Davon Custis Quentin Davie Neal Deiters Stefan Demos Jack DiNardo Demetrius Dugar Drake Dunsmore Jeremy Ebert Arby Fields Demetrius Fields Steve Flaherty Davion Fleming Cooper Gerami Roderick Goodlow Keegan Grant Jake Gregus Pat Hickey Mike Jensen Ben Johnson Tyris Jones Cameron Joplin James Kurzawski Scott Lilja Evan Luxenburg Jordan Mabin Niko Mafuli Jeravin Matthews Bryce McNaul Drew Moulton Brian Mulroe Aaron Nagel Brett Nagel Al Netter David Nwabuisi John Henry Pace Taylor Paxton Dan Persa Brian Peters Stone Pinckney John Plasencia Chuck Porcelli Damien Proby Jaleel Reed Tim Riley Josh Rooks Jacob Schmidt

Pos. OL DL S WR OL S DL CB WR DL DL PK OL S DL WR RB DL LB OL P/PK DL CB SB WR RB WR PK S S LB OL DL LS WR LB RB DL CB S OL CB DL CB LB WR OL SB SB OL LB LS OL QB S LB SB OL LB WR LB SB RB

Ht. 6-5 6-5 6-1 6-2 6-4 5-10 6-2 6-1 5-11 6-5 6-4 5-11 6-4 6-0 6-2 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-8 5-10 6-4 5-11 6-3 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-0 6-5 5-10 5-10 6-3 5-11 6-3 5-11 6-4 5-11 6-4 6-1 6-4 6-6 6-0 5-11 6-4 6-1 6-4 6-0 6-5 6-7 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-6 5-10

Wt. 290 275 220 195 300 175 230 195 180 265 285 160 285 205 260 180 190 250 230 320 185 285 170 235 180 200 205 170 205 200 215 300 225 220 175 220 215 265 185 185 280 180 310 175 230 175 280 225 220 300 245 215 285 210 215 225 245 310 240 180 220 265 200

Cl./Elig. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. So./R-Fr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Sr.{5}/Sr. So./R-Fr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Sr.{5}/Sr. Sr./Jr. So./R-Fr. Sr.{5}/Sr. Jr./So. Sr.{5}/Sr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Jr./Jr. Jr./Jr. So./So. Jr./So. Jr./So. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. So./So. Sr.{5}/Sr. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr.{5}/Sr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Jr./Jr. Sr./Jr. So./R-Fr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr.{5}/Sr. So./R-Fr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. So./R-Fr. Jr./So. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. Sr./Sr. Sr./Jr.

Hometown/High School Wheaton, Ill./Lisle Benet Academy Lake Elmo, Minn./Stillwater Copley, Ohio/Copley Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep Caledonia, Ill./Rockford Boylan Catholic Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease Dolton, Ill./Mount Carmel Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township Chicago, Ill./Robeson Lisbon, Ohio/David Anderson Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Gainesville, Ga./East Hall Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter Elmhurst, Ill./York Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central Houston, Texas/Aldine Lenexa, Kan./Saint Thomas Aquinas Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff Chicago, Ill./St. Rita Upland, Calif./Upland Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More Dallas, Texas/W.H. Adamson Coal City, Ill./Coal City Riverside, Ill./St. Laurence Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./The Bishop’s School Trevor, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer Evanston, Ill./Loyola Academy Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Beachwood, Ohio/Beachwood Northfield Center, Ohio/Nordonia Florissant, Mo./Saint Louis University High Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie Freeland, Mich./Midland Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy Lemont, Ill./Lemont Lemont, Ill./Lemont Rohnert Park, Calif./Cardinal Newman Houston, Texas/Episcopal Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central Columbia, S.C./Hammond School Tampa, Fla./Jesuit Oak Brook, Ill./Montini Catholic North Las Vegas, Nev./Cheyenne Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola Oswego, Ill./Oswego Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian Rhinelander, Wis./Rhinelander

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2010 Spring Alphabetical Roster No. 97 25 68 5 61 56 29 28 50 70 18 42 20 47 49 44 88

Name Tyler Scott Stephen Simmons Brian Smith Sidney Stewart Andrew Struckmeyer Will Studlien Mike Trumpy Justan Vaughn Timmy Vernon Patrick Ward Evan Watkins Kevin Watt Tim Weak Ricky Weina Brandon Williams Nate Williams Quentin Williams

Pos. DL RB OL WR DL LB RB CB LB OL QB DL CB CB P LB DL

Ht. 6-4 5-8 6-7 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-7 6-6 6-4 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-2 6-4

Wt. 250 185 310 185 245 215 195 190 200 285 235 265 180 180 195 235 240

Cl./Elig. So./R-Fr. Sr.{5}/Sr. So./R-Fr. Sr.{5}/Sr. Sr./Jr. So./R-Fr. So./R-Fr. Sr.{5}/Sr. So./R-Fr. So./So. So./R-Fr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. So./R-Fr. Sr.{5}/Sr. Jr./So.

Hometown/High School Warren, Ohio/Howland St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University High (SLUH) Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington Harrison Vienna, Va./Thomas Jefferson Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North Pearland, Texas/Pearland Fort Washington, Pa./Germantown Academy Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West Omaha, Neb./Millard North Union Grove, Wis./Union Grove Union Nappanee, Ind./NorthWood Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic

* Denotes letters won {5} Indicates fifth-year senior

2010 Freshman Signees No. 53 13 24 99 14 54 81 92 15 12 78 17 85 67 13 4 66

Name Chi Chi Ariguzo C.J. Bryant Ibraheim Campbell Chance Carter Kain Colter Collin Ellis Jimmy Hall Will Hampton Daniel Jones Tony Jones Paul Jorgensen Rashad Lawrence Venric Mark Sean McEvilly Trevor Siemian Adonis Smith Brandon Vitabile

Pos. LB DB DB DL QB LB WR DL DB WR OL WR WR DL QB RB OL

Ht. 6-3 5-11 5-11 6-3 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-3 5-10 6-1 6-6 6-2 5-8 6-5 6-3 5-11 6-3

Wt. 215 170 185 240 175 205 190 270 170 175 280 195 170 270 185 185 295

Class Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Hometown/High School Gahanna, Ohio St./Francis DeSales Gahanna, Ohio Gahanna/Lincoln Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy Evanston, Ill./Loyola Academy Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek St. Gabriel, La./The Dunham School Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Southview Houston, Texas/Cy-Creek Monticello, Fla./Florida Flint, Mich./Grand Blanc DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt Orlando, Fla./Olympia Tomball, Texas/St. Pius X Yorba Linda, Calif./Orange Lutheran Windermere, Fla./Olympia Oakland, Calif./Junipero Serra Edison, N.J./Bishop Ahr

Numerical Roster 51 Bryce McNaul 52 Evan Luxenburg 55 Bo Cisek 56 Will Studlien 58 John Henry Pace 59 Pat Hickey 60 Jake Gregus 61 Andrew Struckmeyer 62 Taylor Paxton 63 Keegan Grant 64 Doug Bartels 65 Ben Burkett 68 Brian Smith 70 Patrick Ward 71 Cameron Joplin 72 Brian Mulroe 73 Colin Armstrong 74 Chuck Porcelli 75 Al Netter 79 Neal Deiters 80 Mike Jensen 82 John Plasencia 83 Jaleel Reed 84 Drew Moulton 86 Brendan Barber 88 Quentin Williams 89 Josh Rooks 90 Jack DiNardo 91 Brian Arnfelt 93 Niko Mafuli 94 Vince Browne 95 Davon Custis 96 Anthony Battle 97 Tyler Scott 98 Corbin Bryant

LB OL DL LB LS LS DL DL OL OL OL OL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL WR SB WR WR WR DL SB DL DL DL DL DL DL DL DL

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Chi Chi Ariguzo.................................................................(AIR-uh-gooz-oh) Jeff Budzien...............................................................................(BUD-zeen) Ben Burkett...................................................................................... (burk-it) Ibraheim Campbell............................................................... (E-bruh-heem) Davon Custis..............................................................................(DAY-vonn) Neal Deiters.................................................................................. (DIE-turs) Stefan Demos........................................................... (STEFF-un DEE-mos) Demetrius Dugar........................................................................ (doo-GAR) Davion Fleming..........................................................................(DAVEY-on) Cooper Gerami...........................................................................(jur-AY-me) Niko Mafuli.............................................................(NEE-koh ma-FOOL-ee) Sean McEvilly....................................................................(mick-EV-uh-lee)

David Nwabuisi....................................................................(wah-BOO-see) John Plasencia.............................................................. (plah-SENS-ee-uh) Chuck Porcelli........................................................................(por-SELL-ee) Trevor Siemian..........................................................................(SIM-ee-un) Stephen Simmons.....................................................................(STEFF-un) Will Studlien............................................................................ (STUDE-line) Justan Vaughn . ........................................................................ (JUST-ann) Brandon Vitabile............................................................... (vuh-TOB-uh-lay)

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Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald Pat Fitzgerald Fifth Season as Head Coach 11th Overall Season Coaching Record Overall: 27-23 At NU: 27-23

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o matter what the setting, Pat Fitzgerald invariably feels comfortable using his passion, unwavering set of core values and outward enthusiasm to inspire and improve those around him. It’s apparent to anyone who has watched Fitzgerald join in his squad’s linebacker drills during practice to demonstrate proper tackling form. Or to the hundreds of Northwestern freshmen to whom Fitzgerald teaches the right way to sing the school fight song at the start of each academic year. It’s even clear to members of the state government of Illinois, whom in January 2009 invited Fitzgerald to serve on the Illinois Reform Commission aimed at rooting out political corruption. Pat Fitzgerald receives his College Football Hall of Fame plaque at the 2008 National Football Foundation Banquet from two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Hall-of-Famer Archie Griffin. That passion was also a primary factor in Fitzgerald’s Hall-of-Fame playing career at Northwestern, when he was a two-time Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Award winner and team leader of NU’s back-to-back Big Ten title-winning teams in the mid-’90’s. The ’Cats posted a two-year Big Ten record of 15-1 and made appearances in the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl with Fitzgerald serving as the centerpiece of a defense that ranked among the nation’s best. Although Fitzgerald’s passion and commitment to excellence may be difficult to quantify, his positive impact in Northwestern’s on-field performance since he took the reins as head coach in 2006 is not. In 2008, Fitzgerald guided the Wildcats to a nine-win season and a berth in the Valero Alamo Bowl—which proved to be an overtime thriller against Missouri. For his efforts, Fitzgerald was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, and a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award and a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. In 2009, the Wildcats won eight regular-season games and became bowl-eligible for a fourth time in five years. Spurred by a strong finish, which included a pair of wins over nationally ranked teams, the Wildcats earned a New Year’s Day invite to the Outback Bowl. This year, Fitzgerald’s mission is to lead the Wildcats to an unprecedented third consecutive bowl berth. An assistant football coach for the Wildcats from 2001 through the summer of 2006, Fitzgerald was named Northwestern’s 29th head coach on July 7, 2006, succeeding Randy Walker, who died suddenly on June 29, 2006. He was the youngest head football coach among Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) schools until Lane Kiffin (six months younger) was hired by Tennessee on Dec. 1, 2008. Fitzgerald is an annual guest with some of Chicago’s professional sports teams, including the Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs Fitzgerald is an annual guest with some of Chicago’s professional sports teams, including the Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs. By no means was this the circumstance that Fitzgerald envisioned when landing his dream job, but when the Northwestern administration asked him to succeed Walker, he knew he was prepared for the opportunity. “While this has been my goal from the moment I began coaching, it was also bittersweet,” said Fitzgerald, who has posted a 19-18 record in his first three seasons as NU’s head mentor. “We’re continuing Coach Walker’s legacy and building upon his successes. Northwestern will continue to have a football program built upon great work ethic, attitude and investment.”

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FITZGERALD AT-A-GLANCE Born

December 2, 1974

Alma Mater

Northwestern University, 1997

Degrees Bachelor’s Degree Organizational Studies Playing Experience Linebacker, Northwestern, 1993-96 Coaching Experience Maryland, 1998 Defensive Graduate Assistant Colorado, 1999 Defensive Graduate Assistant Idaho, 2000 Linebackers/Special Teams Northwestern, 2001 Defensive Backs Northwestern, 2002-03 Linebackers Northwestern, 2004-05 Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator Northwestern, 2006-present Head Coach Family

Wife—Stacy Sons—Jack, Ryan, Brendan

Led by Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern’s football program is savoring unprecedented academic success. In June of 2009, NU Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced that Fitzgerald and the school had agreed to a new seven-year deal that will keep him on the Northwestern sidelines through 2015. “I want to thank Jim Phillips, President Bienen, Chairman of the Board Pat Ryan, our coaches and our players for their tremendous support and trust they’ve given me,” Fitzgerald said at the time. “It’s no secret that I want to be the head football coach at Northwestern for many years to come.” (Note: Bienen and Ryan retired from their positions on Aug. 31, 2009.) It is not surprising that Fitzgerald’s arrival on campus in 1993 coincided with the renaissance of Northwestern’s football program. Since 1995, the Wildcats have won three Big Ten titles (only Michigan and Ohio State have won more in the last 15 years) and won six or more games in nine of those 15 seasons. The program has steadily gained momentum in the four years since Fitzgerald took over as head coach, starting with a challenging 4-8 campaign in 2006, when just weeks before the season began, Walker’s death rocked the NU football program and Fitzgerald assumed the head coaching position. In 2007, the Wildcats achieved bowl-eligibility with a 6-6 mark. Northwestern, however, did not play in a postseason game due to a lack of bowl slots for Big Ten teams. (A league-record 10 Big Ten squads were bowl-eligible in 2007.) Northwestern returned to the top of the league in offense in 2007, leading the Big Ten in total offense for the regular season. In 2008, a dramatically improved defense and some much-improved special teams play led the ‘Cats back to a bowl game, their first since taking on UCLA in the 2005 Sun Bowl. Northwestern touted the nation’s fifth-most improved scoring defense and the Wildcats set a single-season school record for rushing defense (126.4 ypg), breaking the mark that

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Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald Fitzgerald and his teammates established in 1995. NU’s 5-0 season start in 2008 was its best since the 1962 campaign, when the Wildcats were 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation. And then in 2009, the Wildcats returned to a New Year’s Day Bowl game, their first since Fitzgerald was a student-athlete when NU battled Tennessee in the 1997 Citrus Bowl. Fitzgerald’s 2009 club was, perhaps, one of the most resilient teams in recent memory, overcoming a number of injuries (especially on defense) and some difficult defeats, only to finish with a “November to remember.” The Wildcats opened the month by knocking off unbeaten Iowa, which at the time, was ranked No. 4 in the BCS. NU then went to Illinois and defeated its instate rival before returning home to edge No. 16 (BCS) Wisconsin in its season finale. The strong finish made the Wildcats a “wanted” bowl team and they landed a berth in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. In that game, Northwestern played with the “heart of a Wildcat,” overcoming a number of double-digit deficits only to fall 38-35 in overtime to Auburn. That game was widely recognized as the best bowl game of 2009-10, and one of the all-time best postseason games. Off the field, the Wildcats are enjoying unprecedented academic success. The past four years, Northwestern has set program-bests with 16 Academic All-Big Ten selections in 2006, 18 in 2007, 26 in 2008 and a school-record 29 in 2009. And for the first time in school history, the football team registered a combined team grade point average above a 3.0 for the 2009 spring quarter. In addition, Northwestern continues to lead or rank near the top of the country in annual graduation rate. Four times since 2002, Northwestern has captured the AFCA’s Academic Achievement Award, which is given to the top FBS football program for graduation rate. For the past two years, Northwestern has recorded a near-perfect 992 (out of 1,000) Academic Progress Rate (APR) index—the newest NCAA academic measuring statistic. Two of the linebackers that Pat Fitzgerald coached at Northwestern, Tim McGarigle (left) and Nick Roach (right), at a Chicago Bears’ mini-camp in March 2009. Pictured with McGarigle and Roach is former NU quarterback Brett Basanez, a member of the Bears, along with Roach. But the Northwestern student-athlete experience is not complete until one makes a significant contribution to the campus and Evanston communities, which is why so many of Fitzgerald’s players have been recognized for what they’ve managed to give back. Fitzgerald, his family and his players partake in countless charitable events in the area, including NU’s annual campus-wide Dance Marathon. 2009 graduate Eric Peterman received the National ARA Sportsmanship Award for his offthe-field efforts while a number of Wildcats have been named NU’s Hilton Garden Inn Community Service Athlete of the Week for their contributions to toy drives, health and wellness programs in elementary schools and other local initiatives. Fitzgerald and his wife Stacy are the annual honorary chairpersons for Erin Olmsted Memorial Scholarship 5K Race in their Illinois hometown of Orland Park. He is also a regular participant for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that helps raise funds for childhood cancer research. “It’s just being the best person you can be,” said former defensive end and NFL prospect Corey Wootton. “That’s what Coach Fitz strives for. Giving back.” In 1995, Fitzgerald was the leader of a suffocating Wildcat defense that led the nation in scoring defense and anchored NU’s storybook run to the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl. He ended the year by being named winner of both the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards as the nation’s top defensive player. He also was the Big Ten, Chevrolet and Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Year. Fitzgerald accomplished all of this, despite the fact that he broke his leg in the second-to-last regular-season game. Fitzgerald recovered from that injury, and in 1996 he again led the Wildcats to a share of the Big Ten title. As a result, he once again won the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards, becoming the first two-time winner of both honors. Fitzgerald also

was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year again, and Linebacker of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He also was the recipient of Northwestern’s George Ballantine Jr., Memorial Leadership Award. Prior to his return to Northwestern, Fitzgerald was a defensive graduate assistant at Maryland (1998) and Colorado (1999) before taking his first full-time position at the University of Idaho in 2000. In 2001, Walker brought Fitzgerald back to Evanston, hiring him to coach the Wildcats’ defensive secondary. In 2002, he moved to linebackers coach, and then in 2004, added the recruiting coordinator to his title. Named one of college football’s top recruiters by SI.com in 2005, Fitzgerald played an integral role in both coaching and recruiting during his five years as a Northwestern assistant. He mentored two-time All-Big Ten linebacker and former St. Louis Ram Tim McGarigle, the all-time leading tackler in NCAA history. In February 2003, Fitzgerald was inducted into Northwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his January 2009 appointment to the Illinois Reform Commission, Fitzgerald was named to the AFCA’s Ethics Committee. He began his term in the fall of 2009. A graduate of Orland Park’s (Ill.) Carl Sandburg High School, Fitzgerald resides in Northfield with his wife, Stacy, and three sons, Jack, born in November 2004, Ryan, born in September 2006, and Brendan, born in February 2009.

FITZGERALD’S COACHING HONORS • 2008 Top-10 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalist • Semifinalist for 2008 Munger Coach of the Year Award • Touchdown Club of Columbus 2008 Big Ten Coach of the Year

FITZGERALD’S PLAYING HONORS

• 1995 and 1996 Chuck Bednarik Award Winner • 1995 and 1996 Bronko Nagurski Award Winner • 1995 and 1996 First-Team A.P. All-American • 1996 American Football Coaches Association First-Team All-American • 1996 Touchdown Club of Columbus Linebacker of the Year • 1996 Walter Camp All-American • 1995 Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year • 1995 Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Year • Four-Time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Honoree • 2003 Northwestern University Hall of Fame Inductee • 2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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Assistant Coaches JERRY BROWN

Bob heffner

18th Season 30th Overall Season Assistant Head Coach Defensive Backs Coach

Second Season 27th Overall Season Superbacks Coach

Mike hankwitz

KEVIN JOHNS

Third Season 41st Overall Season Defensive Coordinator

Seventh Season 12th Overall Season Wide Receivers Coach Passing Game Coordinator

Mick McCALL

MARTY LONG

Third Season 22nd Overall Season Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks Coach

Third Season 23rd Overall Season Defensive Line Coach

RANDY BATES Fifth Season 29th Overall Season Linebackers Coach

MATT Macpherson Fifth Season 12th Overall Season Running Backs Coach

ADAM CUSHING Seventh Season Ninth Overall Season Offensive Line Coach Recruiting Coordinator CHRIS BATTI Offensive Graduate Assistant Coach

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Alan Wolking Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach


2010 Spring Depth Chart NOTE: Players are listed Offense alphabetically at each position (returning

Specialists Place-kicker 37—Jeff Budzien (5-11, 160, R-Fr.) 1—Stefan Demos (5-10, 185, Sr.) 34—Steve Flaherty (6-1, 170, So.) Punter 37—Jeff Budzien (5-11, 160, R-Fr.) 1—Stefan Demos (5-10, 185, Sr.) 38—Brandon Williams (6-2, 195, R-Fr.) Kickoff 37—Jeff Budzien (5-11, 160, R-Fr.) 1—Stefan Demos (5-10, 185, Sr.) 34—Steve Flaherty (6-1, 170, So.) Long Snapper 59—Pat Hickey (6-0, 220, R-Fr.) 58—John Henry Pace (5-11, 215, Sr.)

O

X—Wide Receiver 86—Brendan Barber (6-2, 195, So.) 5—Sidney Stewart (6-1, 185, Sr.)

starters in italics); an updated 2-deep will be released at the conclusion of spring practice.

O

Tailback 20—Scott Concannon (5-10, 190, Jr.) 19—Arby Fields (5-9, 200, So.) 34—Tyris Jones (6-0, 215, So.) 39—Jacob Schmidt (5-10, 200, Jr.) 25—Stephen Simmons (5-8, 185, Sr.) 29—Mike Trumpy (6-0, 195, R-Fr.)

O

Right Tackle 68—Brian Smith (6-7, 310, R-Fr.) 70—Patrick Ward (6-7, 285, So.)

X

X

X

X

O

O

Center 73—Colin Armstrong (6-5, 290, So.) 65—Ben Burkett (6-4, 285, Jr.)

O

Left Guard 63—Keegan Grant (6-2, 300, Sr.) 72­—Brian Mulroe (6-4, 280, So.) 62—Taylor Paxton (6-4, 285, R-Fr.)

X

Defensive Tackle 91—Brian Arnfelt (6-5, 275, So.) 55—Bo Cisek (6-2, 260, So.) 71—Cameron Joplin (6-5, 265, Jr.) 61—Andrew Struckmeyer (6-2, 245, Jr.)

Outside Linebacker 41—Quentin Davie (6-4, 230, Sr.) 35—Ben Johnson (6-4, 220, Jr.) 31—Stone Pinckney (6-0, 225, So.)

O

H—Wide Receiver 84—Drew Moulton (5-11, 175, R-Fr.) 83—Jaleel Reed (6-0, 180, R-Fr.)

O

Z—Wide Receiver 2—Lee Coleman (5-10, 180, Sr.) 8—Demetrius Fields (6-0, 205, So.)

O

O

Defensive End 96—Anthony Battle (6-2, 230, R-Fr.) 95—Davon Custis (6-3, 250, R-Fr.) 97—Tyler Scott (6-4, 250, R-Fr.) 88—Quentin Williams (6-4, 240, So.)

Safety 7—Hunter Bates (5-10, 175, So.) 16—Davion Fleming (5-10, 205, R-Fr.) 38—James Kurzawski (5-10, 185, So.) 10—Brian Peters (6-4, 215, Jr.)

O

Quarterback 7—Dan Persa (6-1, 210, Jr.) 18—Evan Watkins (6-6, 235, R-Fr.)

Right Guard 64—Doug Bartels (6-4, 300, Jr.) 79—Neal Deiters (6-8, 320, So.) 52—Evan Luxenburg (6-3, 280, So.)

X

Cornerback 21—Mike Bolden (6-1, 195, Jr.) 26—Jordan Mabin (5-11, 180, Jr.) 28—Justan Vaughn (6-0, 190, Sr.) 47—Ricky Weina (5-11, 180, Jr.)

O

Y—Wide Receiver 6—Charles Brown (5-11, 180, Jr.) 11—Jeremy Ebert (6-0, 180, Jr.) 80—Mike Jensen (6-0, 175, R-Fr.)

X

Defensive Tackle 98—Corbin Bryant (6-4, 285, Sr.) 90—Jack DiNardo (6-4, 285, Jr.) 93—Niko Mafuli (6-3, 310, Jr.)

X

Middle Linebacker 33—David Nwabuisi (6-0, 245, So.) 46—Damien Proby (6-0, 240, R-Fr.) 56—Will Studlien (6-2, 215, R-Fr.) 44—Nate Williams (6-2, 235, Sr.)

DEFENSE

Left Tackle 75­—Al Netter (6-6, 300, Jr.) 74—Chuck Porcelli (6-7, 310, So.)

Superback (TE/HB) 9—Drake Dunsmore (6-3, 235, Jr.) 45—Aaron Nagel (6-1, 225, Jr.) 40—Brett Nagel (6-4, 220, So.) 82­­­—John Plasencia (6-5, 245, R-Fr.) 89—Josh Rooks (6-6, 265, Sr.)

Defensive End 94—Vince Browne (6-5, 265, Jr.) 60—Jake Gregus (6-3, 225, R-Fr.) 42—Kevin Watt (6-4, 265, Jr.)

X

X

Outside Linebacker 48—Roderick Goodlow (6-2, 215, So.) 51—Bryce McNaul (6-4, 230, Jr.) 43—Tim Riley (6-3, 220, R-Fr.) 50­—Timmy Vernon (6-3, 200, R-Fr.)

Cornerback 22—Demetrius Dugar (5-11, 170, So.) 3—Jeravin Matthews (5-11, 175, Jr.) 20—Tim Weak (6-1, 180, So.)

X

Safety 32—David Arnold (6-1, 220, Jr.) 27—Jared Carpenter (6-0, 205, So.) 36—Cooper Gerami (6-0, 200, R-Fr.) 49—Scott Lilja (5-10, 185, Sr.)

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2009 Honors and Awards Brian Arnfelt • Academic All-Big Ten

Tyris Jones • Academic All-Big Ten

Brian Peters • Academic All-Big Ten

Doug Bartels • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V first team • Academic All-Big Ten

Mike Kafka • All-Big Ten second team (coaches/media) • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (11/22) • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (9/20) • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list • Rivals.com All-Big Ten first team • CollegeFootballNews.com All-Big Ten • Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team • East-West Shrine Game Offensive MVP • Northwestern’s Offensive Team MVP • Northwestern’s Team Captain Award

Kyle Petty • Academic All-Big Ten

James Kurzawski • Academic All-Big Ten

Josh Rooks • Academic All-Big Ten

Zeke Markshausen • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V first team • All-Big Ten second team (media) • Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team • Sporting News All-Big Ten • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s George W. Ballatine Award

Jacob Schmidt • Academic All-Big Ten

Kurt Mattes • Academic All-Big Ten

Kevin Watt • Academic All-Big Ten

Sherrick McManis • All-Big Ten first team (media) • All-Big Ten second team (coaches) • ESPN.com All-Big Ten • Phil Steele All-Big Ten first team • Rivals.com All-Big Ten second team • Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree • Academic All-Big Ten • East-West Shrine Game Invitee • Northwestern’s Defensive Team MVP • Northwestern’s Team Captain Award

Quentin Williams • Rivals.com All-Big Ten freshman team • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s NGN Defensive Newcomer Award

Andrew Brewer • Wuerffel Trophy finalist • ARA Sportsmanship Award finalist • AFCA Good Works Team@ • NFF William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s Carnig Minasian Citizenship Award Corbin Bryant • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s Bryan Paynter “Ultimate Wildcat” Award Ben Burkett • Rimington Trophy watch list Scott Concannon • Academic All-Big Ten Neal Deiters • CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America honorable mention • Sporting News All-Big Ten freshman team • Rivals.com All-Big Ten freshman team • Northwestern’s NGN Offensive Newcomer Award Stefan Demos • All-Big Ten second team (coaches/media) • Lou Groza Award semifinalist • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V first team • Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team • Rivals.com All-Big Ten second team • Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (11/22) • Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (10/4) • Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (10/25) • Academic All-Big Ten Demetrius Fields • Sporting News All-Big Ten freshman team • Rivals.com All-Big Ten freshman team Drake Dunsmore • CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore third team • Academic All-Big Ten Carl Fisher • Northwestern’s Rashidi Wheeler Award Kevin Frymire • Academic All-Big Ten Adam Hahn • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s Marcel Price Award

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Bryce McNaul • Academic All-Big Ten Kevin Mitchell • Academic All-Big Ten Al Netter • All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches/media) • CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore first team • Academic All-Big Ten

Brad Phillips • All-Big Ten first team (coaches) • All-Big Ten second team (media) • Rivals.com All-Big Ten first team • CollegeFootballNews.com All-Big Ten • Phil Steele All-Big Ten second team • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s Randy Walker Wildcat Warrior Award

Brendan Smith • Northwestern’s Team Captain Award Desmond Taylor • Academic All-Big Ten

Mark Woodsum • Academic All-Big Ten • Northwestern’s Thomas Airth Spirit Award Corey Wootton • All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches/media) • Phil Steele All-Big Ten third team • Under Armour Senior Bowl Invitee • Playboy Preseason All-America • Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year watch list • Chuck Bednarik Award watch list • Lombardi Trophy watch list • Lott Trophy watch list • Bronko Nagurski Award watch list • Northwestern’s Team Captain Award

James Nussbaum • Academic All-Big Ten John Henry Pace • Academic All-Big Ten Dan Persa • Academic All-Big Ten

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2010 Spring Practice Schedule Sunday

Monday 29

Tuesday

March 30 Practice # 1

5

4

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6

Saturday

Friday 2

3

Practice # 3

7

Practice # 4

9

8

Practice # 6

13

12

April 1

Practice # 2

Practice # 5

11

Thursday

Wednesday

10

Practice # 7

14

Practice # 8

16

15

17

coaches’ clinic Practice # 9

18

Practice # 10

20

19

Practice # 11

21

22

Practice # 13

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26

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Practice # 12 (closed)

23 Practice # 14 (closed)

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29

24 Practice # 15

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• Weekday practices begin at 8:15 a.m. • Weekend practice times are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. • With the exceptions of April 17 and 22, all practices are open to the media. • All practices, other than the Spring Game, are closed to the general public.

Athletic Communications Policies For Spring Football Football practices will be held either on the FieldTurf Practice Field (behind Anderson Hall) or in Trienens Hall. Weather permitting, practices and scrimmages will be held outside. In case of inclement weather, they will be held in Trienens Hall. For safety purposes during indoor sessions, all members of the media must remain on the stairs leading to the video deck. Parking for weekday practices is available along Ashland Avenue or in one of the visitor spots in the East lot (located right next to NU’s FieldTurf Practice Field). Coach Fitzgerald and players will be available to meet with the media briefly at the conclusion of open practices. Weekday practices should end around 10:30 a.m. If you need more time and would like to arrange a sit-down interview, please call Mike Wolf, Scott Hammer or Julie Dunn of the athletic communications office at (847) 467-2028 or (847) 467-3746. Please place requests at least one day in advance. The spring game will be played Saturday, April 24 at Ryan Field. Kickoff is noon. 2010 spring football prospectus • NUsports.com

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2009 Team Statistics

2009 Northwestern Football Northwestern Overall Team Statistics (as of Mar 15, 2010) All games Team Statistics SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-Yards PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards INT RETURNS: #-Yards KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-Yards Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards Average Per Punt Net punt average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3RD-DOWN Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN Conversions 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-Yards MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games Score by Quarters Northwestern Opponents

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1st

2nd

64 143 79 76

NU 337 25.9 303 94 180 29 1528 1862 334 503 3.0 117.5 18 3725 342-531-14 7.0 10.9 286.5 20 5253 1034 5.1 404.1 57-1175 20-126 17-123 20.6 6.3 7.2 16-12 73-584 44.9 63-2203 35.0 31.7 30:55 101/221 46% 12/20 60% 30-176 29 40 18-25 0-1 36-46 78% 25-46 54% 35-37 95% 169332 7/24190 3rd

4th

59 71 54 106

OT

0 3

OPP 318 24.5 235 96 130 9 1672 1970 298 440 3.8 128.6 20 2884 238-402-17 7.2 12.1 221.8 18 4556 842 5.4 350.5 64-1372 17-169 14-179 21.4 9.9 12.8 26-13 73-715 55.0 66-2666 40.4 35.8 29:04 57/166 34% 8/20 40% 32-223 0 41 11-16 0-2 32-40 80% 23-40 57% 39-39 100% 290248 5/58050 1/49383

Total 337 318

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Northwestern Overall Individual Statistics (as of Mar 15, 2010) All games Rushing

gp

Fields, Arby Kafka, Mike Concannon, Scott Simmons, Stephen Schmidt, Jacob Persa, Dan Matthews, Jeravin Woodsum, Mark Markshausen, Zeke Mauro, Joe TEAM Total Opponents

13 82 324 22 302 3.7 5 13 150 519 224 295 2.0 8 12 68 258 17 241 3.5 2 9 59 240 7 233 3.9 2 12 64 219 2 217 3.4 1 10 49 208 41 167 3.4 0 10 9 62 1 61 6.8 0 13 6 17 0 17 2.8 0 13 4 9 0 9 2.2 0 1 2 6 0 6 3.0 0 11 10 0 20 -20 -2.0 0 13 503 1862 334 1528 3.0 18 13 440 1970 298 1672 3.8 20

Passing

gp

Kafka, Mike Persa, Dan TEAM Markshausen, Zeke Brewer, Andrew Demos, Stefan Total Opponents

13 10 11 13 13 13 13 13

att

gain loss

effic comp-att-int

net avg td

pct

lg avg/g

Punt Returns

no.

yds avg td

lg

25 18 21 18 13 25 16 8 4 3 0 25 70

Smith, Brendan Brewer, Andrew Bates, Hunter Weina, Ricky Total Opponents

9 7 3 1 20 17

59 33 11 23 126 169

0 0 0 0 0 1

16 14 10 0 16 68

Interceptions

no.

yds avg td

lg

McManis, Sherrick Peters, Brian Williams, Nate Mabin, Jordan Williams, Quentin Davie, Quentin Phillips, Brad Vaughn, Justan Johnson, Ben Total Opponents

5 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 17 14

0 8 0 15 0 7 23 0 70 123 179

Kick Returns

no.

yds avg td

Simmons, Stephen Matthews, Jeravin Brewer, Andrew Smith, Brendan Concannon, Scott Schmidt, Jacob Total Opponents

26 657 25.3 21 357 17.0 7 135 19.3 1 14 14.0 1 0 0.0 1 12 12.0 57 1175 20.6 64 1372 21.4

Fumble Returns

no.

yds td

129.25 319-492-12 64.8 3430 16 121.81 20-34-2 58.8 224 2 0.00 0-2-0 0.0 0 0 749.20 1-1-0 100.0 38 1 631.60 1-1-0 100.0 24 1 175.60 1-1-0 100.0 9 0 130.49 342-531-14 64.4 3725 20 125.79 238-402-17 59.2 2884 18

Receiving

gp

yds

avg

td

lg avg/g

Markshausen, Zeke Brewer, Andrew Dunsmore, Drake Stewart, Sidney Fields, Demetrius Ebert, Jeremy Fields, Arby Schmidt, Jacob Brown, Charles Simmons, Stephen Concannon, Scott Mitchell, Brendan Rooks, Josh Woodsum, Mark Kafka, Mike Frymire, Kevin Total Opponents

13 91 858 13 57 925 13 47 523 11 42 470 13 24 225 13 21 226 13 17 79 12 14 147 12 8 65 9 6 37 12 4 43 13 4 38 13 3 34 13 2 15 13 1 24 9 1 16 13 342 3725 13 238 2884

no.

9.4 16.2 11.1 11.2 9.4 10.8 4.6 10.5 8.1 6.2 10.8 9.5 11.3 7.5 24.0 16.0 10.9 12.1

3 9 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 20 18

30 72 66 49 26 28 12 29 16 15 20 13 23 9 24 16 72 74

66.0 71.2 40.2 42.7 17.3 17.4 6.1 12.2 5.4 4.1 3.6 2.9 2.6 1.2 1.8 1.8 286.5 221.8

23.2 22.7 20.1 25.9 18.1 16.7 6.1 1.3 0.7 6.0 -1.8 117.5 128.6 lg avg/g

66 72 0 38 24 9 72 74

263.8 22.4 0.0 2.9 1.8 0.7 286.5 221.8

Peters, Brian Thomas, Marshall Total Opponents

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1 0 1 0

6.6 4.7 3.7 23.0 6.3 9.9 0.0 2.7 0.0 7.5 0.0 7.0 23.0 0.0 70.0 7.2 12.8

0 0 0 8 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 7 0 23 0 0 1 70 1 70 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

yds avg td

27 0 27 0

27.0 0.0 27.0 0.0

0 1 1 0

lg

64 28 24 14 0 12 64 93 lg

27 0 27 0

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2009 Individual Statistics

2009 Northwestern Football Northwestern Overall Individual Statistics (as of Mar 15, 2010) All games

Scoring

td

Demos, Stefan Kafka, Mike Brewer, Andrew Fields, Arby Dunsmore, Drake Markshausen, Zeke Concannon, Scott Simmons, Stephen Stewart, Sidney Mitchell, Brendan Schmidt, Jacob Thomas, Marshall Johnson, Ben Fields, Demetrius TEAM Flaherty, Steve Total Opponents

- 18-25 9 9 5 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 - - 40 18-25 41 11-16

Field Goals

fg

fg

kick

34-36 1-1 35-37 39-39

PAT rush rcv pass dxp saf

-

1 1 2 -

0-1 1-1 1-1 2-3 0-2

-

pct. 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99

Demos, Stefan

18-25 72.0 2-2

5-5

5-7

6-10

0-1

FG Sequence

Northwestern

Opponents

Towson Eastern Michigan Syracuse Minnesota Purdue Miami (Ohio) Michigan State Indiana Penn State Iowa Illinois Wisconsin Auburn

(26) (20),(49) (26) (18),(35),(25),(39) (46),40 (28),(19) (34),37,(45) (47) 47,50,31 (45),(38),(45),(34) 48,44

48,(33) (43),27,(37),(41) (28) 59 (32),(23) (39),46 23,(30) (35) (21)

pts

Total Offense

- 88 - 54 - 54 - 30 - 20 - 18 - 12 - 12 - 12 8 6 6 6 6 2 4 1 2 337 - 318

g plays

total avg/g

13 642 295 3430 3725 286.5 10 83 167 224 391 39.1 13 82 302 0 302 23.2 12 68 241 0 241 20.1 9 59 233 0 233 25.9 12 64 217 0 217 18.1 10 9 61 0 61 6.1 13 5 9 38 47 3.6 13 1 0 24 24 1.8 13 6 17 0 17 1.3 13 1 0 9 9 0.7 1 2 6 0 6 6.0 11 12 -20 0 -20 -1.8 13 1034 1528 3725 5253 404.1 13 842 1672 2884 4556 350.5

lg blk

Punting

no. yds avg lg tb fc i20 50+ blk

49

Demos, Stefan Total Opponents

63 2203 35.0 47 63 2203 35.0 47 66 2666 40.4 73

Kickoffs

no. yds avg tb ob retn

Demos, Stefan Flaherty, Steve Total Opponents

69 4129 1 70 70 4199 63 3964

2

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate field goal was made.

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rush pass

Kafka, Mike Persa, Dan Fields, Arby Concannon, Scott Simmons, Stephen Schmidt, Jacob Matthews, Jeravin Markshausen, Zeke Brewer, Andrew Woodsum, Mark Demos, Stefan Mauro, Joe TEAM Total Opponents

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59.8 70.0 60.0 62.9

2 1 3 4

2 17 16 2 17 16 9 19 23

0 0 6

0 0 1

net ydln

1 0 1 21.4 39.5 2 20.6 43.0

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Defensive Statistics 2009 Northwestern Football

Northwestern Overall Defensive Statistics (as of Mar 15, 2010) All games # 41 17 57 26 10 4 94 24 32 98 35 67 99 79 27 88 22 42 39 3 33 28 48 47 6 51 93 1A 1 92 85 44 25 31 90 45 TM 7 91 21 19 13 6A 75

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Davie, Quentin Phillips, Brad Williams, Nate Mabin, Jordan Peters, Brian Smith, Brendan Browne, Vince McManis, Sherrick Arnold, David Bryant, Corbin Johnson, Ben Thomas, Marshall Wootton, Corey Hahn, Adam Carpenter, Jared Williams, Quentin Dugar, Demetrius Watt, Kevin Schmidt, Jacob Matthews, Jeravin Nwabuisi, David Vaughn, Justan Goodlow, Roderick Weina, Ricky Brown, Charles McNaul, Bryce Mafuli, Niko Bates, Hunter Demos, Stefan Luxenburg, Evan Markshausen, Zeke Woodsum, Mark Simmons, Stephen Pinckney, Stone DiNardo, Jack Petty, Kyle TEAM Persa, Dan Arnfelt, Brian Bolden, Mike Fields, Arby Kafka, Mike Kurzawski, James Netter, Al Total Opponents

13 50 40 90 13 51 35 86 12 44 42 86 13 57 18 75 13 36 31 67 8 27 13 40 13 24 15 39 10 27 10 37 9 26 8 34 13 17 13 30 9 18 10 28 13 16 10 26 13 16 5 21 11 9 8 17 12 12 5 17 13 8 6 14 12 6 5 11 13 5 5 10 12 5 5 10 10 5 4 9 12 8 1 9 8 4 3 7 8 4 3 7 8 6 1 7 12 5 2 7 7 2 4 6 11 2 4 6 13 1 3 4 13 3 1 4 1 2 2 4 13 3 . 3 13 3 . 3 9 3 . 3 3 1 2 3 8 1 2 3 12 1 1 2 11 2 . 2 10 1 . 1 6 . 1 1 7 . 1 1 13 1 . 1 13 1 . 1 5 . 1 1 13 1 . 1 13 514 320 834 13 641 394 1035

11.5-35 5.0-27 7.0-20 0.5-3 3.0-7 1.0-1 8.0-40 1.5-5 4.5-15 5.5-24 3.5-7 4.0-13 6.0-28 3.0-6 . . . 2.0-19 . . 1.0-3 . . . . . 1.5-3 . . 0.5-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69-261 76-317

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5.0-22 1-7 3.0-21 1-23 1.0-7 2-0 . 2-15 . 3-8 . . 5.0-31 . . 5-0 2.0-12 . 2.5-17 . 1.0-4 1-70 1.5-10 . 4.0-23 . 1.0-2 . . . . 1-0 . . 2.0-19 . . . . . . . . 1-0 . . . . . . . . 1.5-3 . . . . . 0.5-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-176 17-123 32-223 14-179

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6 3 . . . . 2 . . . 1 1 4 . 1 1 . 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 31

1-0 1-0 . 2-0 3-27 . . 1-0 . . 1-0 2-0 1-0 . . . 1-0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-27 12-0

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The Last Time ... Team Scored 60+ points.......................................................... Scored 50-59 points....................................................... Scored 40-49 points....................................................... Rushed for 200-299 yards.............................................. Rushed for 300-399 yards.............................................. Rushed for 400+ yards................................................... Passed for 400+ yards................................................... Had 500-599 yards in total offense................................. Had 600+ yards in total offense...................................... Won game on final play (regulation)............................... Recorded a safety.......................................................... Recorded a shutout........................................................ Played No. 1-ranked team.............................................. Beat No. 1-ranked team................................................. NU beat a Top-10 team.................................................. NU beat a ranked team.................................................. NU beat two ranked teams in a row............................... NU ranked by AP (media)............................................... NU ranked by ESPN/USA Today (coaches)................... NU ranked No. 1 by AP.................................................. Sellout at home............................................................... Had consecutive home sellouts......................................

Northwestern Opponent NU 61, Illinois 23, 11-18-00 Iowa 62, NU 10, 11-9-02 NU 51, Wisconsin 48, 10-8-05 Ohio State 58, NU 7, 9-22-07 NU 47, Towson 14, 9-5-09 Ohio State 45, NU 10, 11-8-08 221 vs. Towson, 9-5-09 Illinois, 212, 11-14-09 356 at Illinois, 11-19-05 Illinois, 321, 11-17-07 444 at Illinois, 11-22-03 Purdue, 407, 10-26-02 532 vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Arizona State, 483, 9-17-05 516 vs. Eastern Michigan, 10-19-07 Illinois, 541, 11-17-07 625 vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Arizona State, 773, 9-17-05 vs. Michigan State, 47-yard FG, 9-29-01 Syracuse, 41-yard FG, 9-19-09 vs. Indiana, 10-24-09 Illinois, 11-18-06 NU 27, Northeastern 0, 9-1-07 Ohio State 20, NU 0, 9-27-03 (#1) Ohio State 54, NU 10, 11-11-06 Wisconsin 37, (#1) NU 6, 11-10-62 NU 12, (#1) Miami (Fla.) 7, 9-23-67 Wisconsin 37, (#1) NU 6, 11-10-62 NU 17, (#8) Iowa 10, 11-7-09 NU 33, (#17) Wisconsin 31, 11-21-09 9-23-00 (47-44 vs. #7 Wisconsin), 9-30-00 (37-17 vs. #18 Michigan State) No. 22 (Dec. 29, 2008) No. 20 (Dec. 29, 2008) 1962 11-08-08 vs. Ohio State (47,130) 2 games (10-17-98 to 10-24-98, Michigan & Ohio State)

Individual Northwestern Returned kickoff for a TD................................................ Stephen Simmons (99) at Ohio State, 9-22-07 Returned punt for a TD................................................... Marquice Cole (81) vs. Northern Illinois, 9-10-05 Returned INT for a TD.................................................... Ben Johnson (70) vs. Eastern Michigan, 9-12-09 Returned fumble for TD.................................................. Demetrius Eaton (86) at Michigan State, 10-22-05 Blocked an extra point.................................................... Corey Wootton at Michigan State, 10-6-07 Blocked a FG attempt..................................................... Corey Wootton at Syracuse, 9-19-09 Blocked a punt................................................................ Ricky Weina vs. Indiana, 10-24-09 Rushed for 3 or more TDs.............................................. Tyrell Sutton (3) vs. Southern Illinois, 9-13-08 Rushed for 100 yards..................................................... Tyrell Sutton (114) vs. Missouri, 12-29-08 Two Players Rushed for 100 yards................................. Jason Wright (251) at Illinois, 11-22-03 Noah Herron (163) at Illinois, 11-22-03 Rushed for 200 yards..................................................... Mike Kafka (217) at Minnesota, 11-1-08 Completed 20-29 passes................................................ Mike Kafka (26) vs. Wisconsin, 11-21-09 Completed 30+ passes................................................... Mike Kafka (47) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Passed for 3+ TDs.......................................................... Mike Kafka (4) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Passed for 300-399 yards.............................................. Mike Kafka (326) vs. Wisconsin, 11-21-09 Passed for 400-499 yards.............................................. C.J. Bachér (470) vs. Minnesota, 10-13-07 Passed for 500+ yards................................................... Mike Kafka (532) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Scored 3 TDs in a game................................................. Tyrell Sutton (3r) vs. Southern Illinois, 9-13-08 Scored 4+ TDs in a game............................................... Tyrell Sutton (3r, 1 rec.) vs. Wisconsin, 10-8-05 2-point conversion.......................................................... Brendan Mitchell pass vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Caught 10+ passes........................................................ Zeke Markshausen (12) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Sidney Stewart (10) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 100-199 yards receiving................................................. Andrew Brewer (133) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Drake Dunsmore (120) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 200+ yards receiving...................................................... Jonathan Fields (202) at TCU, 9-2-04 Scored 3+ TDs receiving................................................ Jonathan Fields (3) at TCU, 9-2-04 Kicked 3 FGs in one game............................................. Amado Villarreal (3) vs. Ohio, 9-20-08 Kicked 4 FGs in one game............................................. Stefan Demos (4) vs. Wisconsin, 11-21-09 Kicked 5+ FGs in one game........................................... Joel Howells (5) vs. Penn State, 9-24-05 Kicked a 50-yard FG....................................................... David Wasielewski (51) at Air Force, 8-31-02 Kicked a 70-79-yard punt............................................... Brian Huffman (71) at Air Force, 8-31-02 Kicked an 80-89-yard punt............................................. Merlin Norenberg (80) vs. Minnesota, 10-12-63 Kicked a 90+-yard punt.................................................. Paul Burton (90) vs. Indiana, 9-30-95 Intercepted 2 passes...................................................... Herschel Henderson (2) at Michigan State, 10-22-05 Intercepted 3+ passes.................................................... Neil Little (3) vs. Indiana, 11-10-73 Recorded 100 kickoff return yards.................................. Stephen Simmons (116) vs. Auburn, 1-1-10 Recorded 20+ tackles..................................................... Tim McGarigle (21, 11-10) vs. Michigan, 10-29-05

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Opponent Ray Fisher (93), Indiana, 10-24-09 David Gilreath (68), Wisconsin, 11-21-09 Walter McFadden (100), Auburn, 1-1-10 Vernon Gholston (25), Ohio State, 9-22-07 Antonio Coleman, Auburn, 1-1-10 Jared Odrick, Penn State, 10-31-09 Michael Williams, Michigan, 11-15-08 Duane Bennett (3), Minnesota, 9-26-09 Ben Tate (108), Auburn, 1-1-10 Isiah Williams (137), Illinois, 11-17-07 Rashard Mendenhall (131), Illinois, 11-17-07 P.J. Hill (249), Wisconsin, 10-7-06 Chris Todd (20), Auburn, 1-1-10 Adam Weber (31), Minnesota, 11-1-08 Joey Elliott (3), Purdue, 10-3-09 Joey Elliott (313), Purdue, 10-3-09 Curtis Painter (431), Purdue, 10-14-06 n/a Duane Bennett (3r), Minnesota, 9-26-09 Jonathan Orr (4 rec.), Wisconsin, 10-8-05 Brazill pass, Ohio, 9-20-08 Darvin Adams (12), Auburn, 1-1-10 Darvin Adams (142), Auburn, 1-1-10 Mike Williams (209), 9-19-09 Ernie Wheelwright (3), Minnesota, 10-13-07 R Lichtenstein (3), Syracuse, 9-19-09 Kevin Kelly (4), Penn State, 9-30-06 Dave Rayner (53), Michigan State, 9-28-02 Ryan Donahue (73), Iowa, 11-7-09 Darvin Adams (2), Auburn, 1-1-10 T’Sharvan Bell (2), Auburn, 1-1-10 Mike Rose (3), Purdue, 9-27-97 Demond Washington (111), Auburn, 1-1-10 J Leman (22, 11-11), Illinois, 11-18-06

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2009 Scoring Drives NU Scoring Drives Qtr Opp. 1 Towson 1 Towson 1 Towson 2 Towson 2 Towson 3 Towson 4 Towson 1 Eastern Michigan 2 Eastern Michigan 4 Eastern Michigan 4 Eastern Michigan 2 Syracuse 2 Syracuse 2 Syracuse 3 Syracuse 4 Syracuse 1 Minnesota 2 Minnesota 3 Minnesota 3 Minnesota 1 Purdue 2 Purdue 2 Purdue 2 Purdue 3 Purdue 4 Purdue 1 Miami (Ohio) 1 Miami (Ohio) 3 Miami (Ohio) 2 Michigan State 4 Michigan State 2 Indiana 2 Indiana 2 Indiana 4 Indiana 4 Indiana 1 Penn State 2 Penn State 2 Penn State 2 Iowa 4 Iowa 2 Illinois 3 Illinois 4 Illinois 1 Wisconsin 1 Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 3 Wisconsin 4 Wisconsin 1 Auburn 3 Auburn 3 Auburn 4 Auburn 4 Auburn

Scoring Play Plays-Yds-TOP Schmidt 2 run 9-60-3:14 A. Fields 2 run 9-56-3:26 A. Fields 22 run 6-56-1:21 Brewer 72 pass from Persa 3-75-1:17 Concannon 21 run 5-38-2:27 Demos 26 FG 15-68-5:12 Concannon 3 run 13-60-6:54 Simmons 1 run 12-68-4:10 Simmons 14 run 13-99-4:21 Demos 20 FG 15-74-6:36 Demos 49 FG 9-26-2:34 Kafka 3 run 7-72-2:04 Brewer 39 pass from Kafka 6-88-1:26 Dunsmore 22 pass from Kafka 6-62-1:54 Kafka 24 pass from Brewer 2-28-0:45 D. Fields 3 pass from Kafka 11-80-4:05 Demos 26 FG 19-76-8:46 A. Fields 2 run 10-75-3:17 Brewer 24 pass from Kafka 9-79-2:33 B. Mitchell 13 pass from Kafka 11-79-4:02 Demos 18 FG 20-78-7:54 A. Fields 5 run 4-18-0:53 Demos 35 FG 4-5-0:30 Demos 25 FG 4-16-0:31 Demos 39 FG 8-12-3:15 Kafka 2 run 11-67-4:!9 Demos 46 FG 9-38-2:40 Kafka 6 run 12-73-3:13 Kafka 1 run 5-27-1:04 Brewer 15 pass from Kafka 9-80-2:29 Markshausen 1 pass from Kafka 11-67-4:14 Demos 28 FG 13-68-4:39 Kafka 1 run 10-75-3:25 Markshausen 8 pass from Kafka 10-84-2:12 Brewer 51 pass from Kafka 11-98-4:15 Demos 19 FG 13-65-6:43 Demos 34 FG 17-65-7:25 Kafka 7 run 8-80-2:37 Demos 45 FG 5-25-0:25 Dunsmore 4 pass from Persa 10-46-5:00 Demos 47 FG 14-52-4:17 Markshausen 28 pass from Kafka 5-54-0:43 Kafka 1 run 7-99-2:51 Fields 1 run 12-80-4:36 Brewer 26 pass from Kafka 10-75-3:35 Demos 45 FG 8-52-2:34 Brewer 12 pass from Kafka 7-34-2:41 Stewart 38 pass from Markshausen 3-80-0:52 Demos 38 FG 6-40-3:01 Demos 45 FG 9-30-3:56 Demos 34 FG 6-45-2:22 Brewer 39 pass from Kafka 6-67-2:33 Brewer 35 pass from Kafka 6-80-2:14 Dunsmore 66 pass from Kafka 1-66-0:13 Kafka 2 run 15-58-4:12 Stewart 18 pass from Kafka 7-69-1:34

Opponent Scoring Drives Qtr Opp. Scoring Play Plays-Yds-TOP 2 Towson Dameron 1 run 12-78-5:16 3 Towson Newsom 33 pass from Athens 7-50-3:03 2 Eastern Michigan Carithers 33 FG 4-(-4)-1:33 3 Eastern Michigan Priest 1 run 12-88-6:46 4 Eastern Michigan Stone 25 pass from Schmitt 4-35-1:40 4 Eastern Michigan Blevins 3 run 8-79-4:24 1 Syracuse Lichtenstein 43 FG 8-54-2:27 1 Syracuse Paulus 10 run 5-21-2:45 1 Syracuse Williams 66 pass from Paulus 2-80-0:40 2 Syracuse Carter 3 run 5-43-2:44 3 Syracuse Lichtenstein 37 FG 7-43-3:05 4 Syracuse Williams 13 pass from Paulus 6-70-2:57 4 Syracuse Lichtenstein 41 FG 6-16-0:56 1 Minnesota Bennett 1 run 5-58-2:11 2 Minnesota Bennett 3 run 4-50-1:50 3 Minnesota Decker 16 pass from Weber 12-78-6:51 4 Minnesota Bennett 4 run 13-83-6:31 4 Minnesota Decker 1 pass from Weber 3-3-0:17 1 Purdue Smith 5 pass from Elliott 5-34-2:19 1 Purdue Valentin 67 pass from Elliott 3-73-0:59 2 Purdue Valentin 5 pass from Elliott 8-76-4:17 4 Miami (Ohio) Cruse 23 pass from Dysert 5-62-1:13 3 Michigan State White 22 pass from Cousins 7-64-2:53 3 Michigan State White 47 pass from Cousins 8-87-3:03 3 Michigan State Swenson 28 FG 9-44-3:52 4 Michigan State Caper 22 run 1-22-0:09 1 Indiana Willis 70 run 1-70-0:20 1 Indiana Chappell 1 run 6-28-3:23 2 Indiana Willis 3 run 10-76-5:14 1 Penn State Wagner 32 FG 6-9-1:32 2 Penn State Clark 2 run 7-93-3:07 3 Penn State Wagner 23 FG 11-53-5:36 4 Penn State Beachum 2 run 7-58-3:30 4 Penn State Moye 53 pass from Clark 1-53-0:09 4 Penn State Royster 69 run 1-69-0:11 1 Iowa McNutt 74 pass from Stanzi 3-77-1:00 1 Iowa Murray 39 FG 6-41-2:42 2 Illinois Dimke 30 FG 11-53-4:17 4 Illinois Charest 10 run 11-80-3:19 4 Illinois Duvalt 32 pass from Charest 8-80-2:28 2 Wisconsin Clay 2 run 7-57-3:17 2 Wisconsin Graham 27 pass from Tolzien 5-37-2:34 3 Wisconsin Welch 35 FG 10-51-3:49 4 Wisconsin Graham 13 pass from Tolzien 8-54-4:05 1 Auburn Burns 1 run 5-31-1:30 2 Auburn Carr 46 pass from Todd 5-79-1:43 4 Auburn Tate 5 run 7-60-2:49 4 Auburn Tate 7 run 3-65-0:39 Opponent Offensive Scoring Drives 49 Drives (21 run, 18 pass, 10 FG)

Northwestern Offensive Scoring Drives 56 Drives (18 run, 20 pass, 18 FG) • 12 First Quarter Drives (5 run, 1 pass, 5 FG) • 21 Second Quarter Drives (7 run, 6 pass, 5 FG) • 10 Third Quarter Drives (2 run, 5 pass, 3 FG) • 13 Fourth Quarter Drives (4 run, 4 pass, 5 FG)

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2009 Long Plays 20-Yard Plus Plays Yards 27 22 72 49 21 20 20 22 70 20 20 28 28 25 20 23 29 25 39 26 23 22 23 21 24 30 22 22 24 23 22 24 23 20 27 25 26 22 28 20 25 21 28 24 51 44 22 20 21 25 25 28 52 20 24 21 26 34 33 64 28 38 26 34 49 20 39 21 36 31 28 26 35 66 29

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Type Pass Run Pass KO Retrurn Run Pass Pass Pass INT Return KO Return KO Return KO Return Pass KO Return KO Return KO Return Pass Run Pass Blocked FG Return Pass Pass INT Return KO Return Pass Pass KO Return Pass Pass KO Return Pass KO Return Pass Pass Fumble Recovery Pass Pass KO Return KO Return Pass Pass KO Return Pass KO Return Pass KO Return KO Return Pass KO Return Run Pass Pass Pass Pass KO Return Pass Pass Pass KO Return KO Return Pass Pass Pass KO Return Pass KO Return Pass Pass KO Return Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass KO Return

Player(s) Brewer from Kafka Fields Brewer from Persa Simmons Concannon Markshausen from Kafka Dunsmore from Kafka Markshausen from Kafka Johnson Simmons Simmons Simmons Dunsmore from Kafka Simmons Brewer Brewer Schmidt from Kafka Fields Brewer from Kafka Smith Rooks from Kafka Dunsmore from Kafka Phillips Brewer Kafka from Brewer Markshausen from Kafka Matthews Markshausen from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Matthews Stewart from Kafka Matthews Stewart from Kafka Markshausen from Kafka Peters Schmidt from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Matthews Matthews Markshausen from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Matthews Markshausen from Kafka Brewer Brewer from Kafka Simmons Simmons Concannon from Persa Simmons Persa Markshausen from Kafka Markshausen from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Markshausen from Kafka Simmons Markshausen from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Simmons Simmons Ebert from Kafka Stewart from Markshausen Dunsmore from Kafka Simmons Stewart from Kafka Simmons Brewer from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Simmons Stewart from Kafka Ebert from Kafka D. Fields from Kafka Brewer from Kafka Dunsmore from Kafka Simmons

Opponent Towson Towson Towson Towson Towson Towson Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Purdue Purdue Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn

Plays by Yards No. 20-29..................................................................................... 56 30-39..................................................................................... 10 40-49....................................................................................... 3 50-59....................................................................................... 2 60+.......................................................................................... 4 Plays by Type Passing.................................................................................. 44 Kickoff Returns...................................................................... 23 Rushing................................................................................... 4 Interception Returns................................................................ 2 Fumble Returns....................................................................... 1 Punt Returns............................................................................ 0 Blocked FG Returns................................................................ 1 Total....................................................................................... 75 Touchdowns........................................................................... 15

20-YARDS PLUS BY PLAYER Player Brewer Simmons Markshausen Matthews Dunsmore Stewart A. Fields Concannon Ebert Schmidt D. Fields Johnson Kafka Persa Peters Phillips Rooks Smith

No. 17 15 11 6 5 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

TDs 7 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Type 13—P; 4—KR 15—KR 11—P 6—KR 5—P 5—P 2—R 1—R; 1—P 2—P 2—P 1—P 1—INT 1—P 1—R 1—F 1—INT 1—P 1—FG

Legend P—Pass; R—Rush; KR—Kickoff Return; PR—Punt Return; INT—Interception; F—Fumble Recovery; FG—Blocked Field Goal

LONGEST PLAYS OF THE YEAR

Rushing 25, Arby Fields at Syracuse, 9-19-09 25, Dan Persa vs. Penn State, 10-31-09 Rushing Touchdown 22, Arby Fields vs. Towson, 9-5-09 Passing 72, Andrew Brewer from Dan Persa vs. Towson, 9-5-09 Passing Touchdown 72, Andrew Brewer from Dan Persa vs. Towson, 9-5-09 Punt Return 16, Brendan Smith vs. Towson, 9-5-09 Kickoff Return 64, Stephen Simmons vs. Wisconsin, 11-21-09 Interception Return 70, Ben Johnson vs. Eastern Michigan, 9-12-09 Fumble Return 27, Brian Peters vs. Miami (Ohio), 10-10-09 Punt 47, Stefan Demos at Illinois, 11-14-09 Field Goal 49, Stefan Demos vs. Eastern Michigan, 9-12-09

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Single-Game Career Bests #91 • BRIAN ARNFELT • DL Tackles: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Solo Tackles: N/A Assisted Tackles: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 #32 • DAVID ARNOLD • S Tackles: 6 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Solo Tackles: 6 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Assisted Tackles: 3 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 TFL: 2.0 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Sacks: 1 (twice), vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Forced Fumble: 1 at Purdue, 10/3/09 #21 • MIKE BOLDEN • CB Tackles: 3 vs. Southern Illinois, 9/13/08 Solo Tackles: 2 (twice), last vs. Illinois, 11/22/08 Assisted Tackles: 1 (twice), last vs. Ohio State, 11/8/08 Pass Deflections: 1 vs. Southern Illinois, 9/13/08 #6 • CHARLES BROWN • WR Receptions: 3 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Yards: 31 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Long Reception: 16 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 #94 • VINCE BROWNE • DE Tackles: 8 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Solo Tackles: 6 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Assisted Tackles: 5 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 TFL: 4.0 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 Sacks: 3.0 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 Blocks: 1 (field goal) vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 QB Hurries: 1 (twice), last vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 Interception: 1 at Iowa, 9/27/08

Vince Browne

#98 • CORBIN BRYANT • DT Tackles: 5 vs. Michigan State, 10/11/08 Solo Tackles: 4 vs. Michigan State, 10/11/08 Assisted Tackles: 3 vs. Syracuse, 8/30/08 TFL: 1 (eight times), last vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 Sacks: 1 (twice), last vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. Syracuse, 8/30/08 Fumble Recovery: 1 at Iowa, 9/27/08 QB Hurries: 1 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 #27 • JARED CARPENTER • S Tackles: 4 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Solo Tackles: 2 (three times), last vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Assisted Tackles: 2 (twice), last at Michigan State, 10/17/09 #20 • SCOTT CONCANNON • RB Rushing Yards: 73 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 Rushing Attempts: 16 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 Long Run: 21 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Rushing TDs: 2 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Receptions: 2 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Receiving Yards: 29 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Long Reception: 20 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 #41 • Quentin Davie • LB Tackles: 9 (four times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Solo Tackles: 7 at Purdue, 10/3/09 Assisted Tackles: 7 at Duke, 9/06/08 TFL: 3.5 vs. Southern Illinois, 9/13/08 Sacks: 3 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Forced Fumbles: 2 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Fumble Recovery: 1 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 QB Hurries: 3 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 Pass Deflections: 1 (three times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 INT: 1 at Iowa, 11/7/09 #1 • STEFAN DEMOS • P/K Punts: 8 (four times), last at Iowa, 11/7/09 Longest Punt: 63 at Indiana, 10/25/08 Punt Average: 50.0 (three punts) vs. Purdue, 10/18/08 Punts Inside the 20: 6 vs. Syracuse, 8/30/08 FGs: 4 (twice), last vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Longest FG: 49 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 Kickoffs: 9 vs. Purdue, 10/18/08 Touchbacks: 2 (three times), last vs. Southern Illinois, 9/13/08

#11 • JEREMY EBERT • WR Receptions: 6 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Yards: 64 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Long Reception: 36 at Minnesota, 11/1/08 Touchdowns: 1 (twice), last at Minnesota, 11/1/08 Long Kickoff Return: 18 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 Kickoff Return Yards: 18 vs. Ohio, 9/20/08 #19 • ARBY FIELDS • RB Rushing Yards: 50 at Illinois, 11/14/09 Rushing Attempts: 18 at Purdue, 10/3/09 Long Run: 25 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Rushing TDs: 2 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Receptions: 5 vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Receiving Yards: 23 vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 #8 • DEMETRIUS FIELDS • WR Receptions: 5 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Yards: 43 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 Long Reception: 26 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Receiving TDs: 1 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 #35 • BEN JOHNSON • LB Tackles: 6 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Solo Tackles: 5 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Assisted Tackles: 3 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 TFL: 1 (twice), last at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Forced Fumble: 1 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Fumble Recovery: 1 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 INT: 1 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 #26 • JORDAN MABIN • CB Tackles: 9 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Solo Tackles: 7 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Assisted Tackles: 4 (three times), last at Iowa, 11/7/09 TFL: 1 (twice), last vs. Illinois, 11/22/08 Pass Deflections: 1 (three times), last vs. Illinois, 11/22/08 INT: 1 (five times), last vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Forced Fumble: 1 at Duke, 9/06/08 Fumble Recovery: 1 (three times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Kickoff Returns: 2 at Duke, 9/06/08 Kickoff Return Yards: 44 at Duke, 9/06/08 Long Kickoff Return: 24 at Duke, 9/06/08

#22 • DEMETRIUS DUGAR • CB Tackles: 4 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Solo Tackles: 3 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Assisted Tackles: 2 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Fumble Recovery: 1 at Purdue, 10/3/09 #9 • Drake Dunsmore • SB Receptions: 9 (twice), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Yards: 120 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Long Reception: 66 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Receiving TDs: 1 (three times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10

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Single-Game Career Bests #93 • NIKO MAFULI • DL Tackles: 2 (twice), last at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Solo Tackles: 1 (twice), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 Assisted Tackles: 2 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Sacks: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 TFL: 1.0 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 #3 • JERAVIN MATTHEWS • LB Rushing Yards: 16 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Rushing Attempts: 3 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Long Run: 16 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Long Kickoff Return: 40 vs. Michigan State, 10/11/08 Kickoff Return Yards: 94 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 #51 • BRYCE McNAUL • LB Tackles: 2 (twice), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 Solo Tackles: 2 at Illinois, 11/14/09 Assisted Tackles: 2 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 #33 • DAVID NWABUISI • LB Tackles: 4 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Solo Tackles: 4 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Assisted Tackles: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 TFL: 1.0 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 Forced Fumble: 1 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 #7 • DAN PERSA • QB Pass Attempts: 23 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Completions: 14 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Passing Yards: 115 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Touchdown Passes: 1 (twice), last at Iowa, 11/7/09 Long Pass: 72 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Rushing Yards: 42 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Rushing Attempts: 14 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Long Rush: 25 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09

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#10 • BRIAN PETERS • S Tackles: 11 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Solo Tackles: 6 (twice), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 Assisted Tackles: 8 at Michigan State, 10/17/09 TFL: 1 (four times), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 INT: 1 (four times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Pass Deflection: 1 (three times), last vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 Forced Fumble: 1 (three times), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 Fumble Recovery: 1 (four times), last vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 #31 • STONE PINCKNEY • LB Tackles: 2 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Solo Tackles: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Assisted Tackles: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 #89 • Josh Rooks • SB Receptions: 2 at Purdue, 10/3/09 Yards: 23 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Long Reception: 23 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Touchdowns: 1 (twice), last at Minnesota, 11/1/08 #39 • JACOB SCHMIDT • RB Rushing Yards: 61 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 Rushing Attempts: 13 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 Long Run: 10 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 Rushing TDs: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Receptions: 4 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Receiving Yards: 46 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 Long Reception: 25 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 #25 • Stephen Simmons • RB Kickoff Returns: 5 (three times), last vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Kickoff Return Yards: 155 vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Rushing Yards: 77 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 Rushing Attempts: 22 (twice), last vs. Illinois, 11/22/08 Long Run: 21 at Michigan, 11/15/08 Rushing TDs: 2 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09 Long Kickoff Return: 99 at Ohio State, 9/22/07 #5 • SIDNEY STEWART • WR Receptions: 10 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Yards: 97 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Long Reception: 49 vs. Wisconsin, 11/21/09 Touchdown Receptions: 1 (three times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 #28 • JUSTAN VAUGHN • CB Tackles: 5 at Duke, 9/06/08 Solo Tackles: 4 (twice), last at Duke, 9/06/08 Assisted Tackles: 2 vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/12/09

willie and nate williams #44 • Nate Williams • LB Tackles: 12 (three times), last vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Solo Tackles: 7 (twice), last vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Assisted Tackles: 10 vs. Missouri, 12/29/08 TFL: 2 vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Sacks: 1 (twice), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Pass Deflections: 1 (six times), last vs. Auburn, 1/1/10 Interceptions: 1 (twice), last at Illinois, 11/14/09 #88 • QUENTIN WILLIAMS • DL Tackles: 2 (four times), last at Iowa, 11/7/09 Solo Tackles: 2 (three times), last at Michigan State, 10/17/09 Assisted Tackles: 2 at Iowa, 11/7/09 INT: 1 vs. Towson, 9/5/09 QB Hurries: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09

#42 • KEVIN WATT • DE Tackles: 4 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Solo Tackles: 2 at Illinois, 11/14/09 Assisted Tackles: 4 vs. Miami (Ohio), 10/10/09 Sacks: 1 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 TFL: 1 at Syracuse, 9/19/09 QB Hurry: 1 vs. Minnesota, 9/26/09 #47 • RICKY WEINA • CB Tackles: 5 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Solo Tackles: 5 vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Assisted Tackles: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09 PBU: 1 (twice), last vs. Penn State, 10/31/09 Kick Blocks: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/24/09

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2009 Game-By-Game Offensive RUSHING Player No-Yds/TD Arby Fields 82-302/5 Mike Kafka 150-299/8 Scott Concannon 68-241/2 Stephen Simmons 59-233/2 Jacob Schmidt 64-217/1 Dan Persa 49-167/0 Jeravin Matthews 9-61/0 Mark Woodsum 6-17/0 Joe Mauro 2-6/0

PU 18-43/1 18-39/1 DNP-I DNP-I 2-2/0 3-9/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP

MU 11-27/0 15-53/2 0-0/0 2-3/0 10-29/0 1-2/0 1-16/0 0-0/0 DNP

29-64/1

43-87/2

41-128/2 29-104/0

Player No-Yds/TD TOW EMU SU MINN Zeke Markshausen 91-858/3 2-30/0 2-38/0 9-86/0 6-70/0 Andrew Brewer 57-925/9 6-145/1 2-18/0 4-73/1 3-44/1 Drake Dunsmore 47-523/3 2-24/0 2-48/0 9-81/1 4-37/0 Sidney Stewart 42-464/2 1-19/0 DNP-I DNP-I 5-43/0 Demetrius Fields 24-225/1 3-30/0 4-25/0 5-39/1 4-43/0 Jeremy Ebert 21-226/0 1-8/0 1-7/0 2-26/0 1-12/0 Arby Fields 17-79/0 0-0/0 2-7/0 0-0/0 2-12/0 Jacob Schmidt 14-147/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 4-46/0 3-10/0 Charles Brown 8-65/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 Stephen Simmons 6-37/0 1-8/0 1-15/0 DNP-I DNP-I Scott Concannon 4-43/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 Brendan Mitchell 4-38/1 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 4-38/1 Josh Rooks 3-34/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 Mark Woodsum 2-15/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 Mike Kafka 1-24/1 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-24/1 0-0/0 Kevin Frymire 1-16/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-16/0 0-0/0 TOTALS 342-3,725/20 16-264/1 14-158/0 36-414/4 32-309/2

PU 10-56/0 0-0/0 4-42/0 4-51/0 1-11/0 0-0/0 4-16/0 3-37/0 0-0/0 DNP-I DNP-I 0-0/0 2-11/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0

TOTALS

TOW 6-48/2 6-6/ 7-32/2 18-77/0 4-18/1 2-7/0 3-11/0 6-17/0 2-6/0

EMU SU MINN 7-5/0 2-24/0 9-43/1 5-21/0 13-(-7)/0 12-(-13)/0 8-21/0 1-(-3)/0 0-0/0 13-73/2 DNP-I DNP-I 13-61/0 10-30/0 6-20/0 1-5/0 2-8/0 DNP DNP-I DNP-I 2-14/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP DNP DNP

503-1,532/18 54-221/5 48-185/2 28-52/0

MSU 2-5/0 18-42/0 0-0/0 5-23/0 DNP 2-5/0 1-6/0 0-0/0 DNP

IND 5-10/0 17-65/1 16-73/0 DNP-I 0-0/0 DNP 2-14/0 0-0/0 DNP

PSU IOWA 1-5/0 1-6/0 8-42/1 4-(-12)/0 8-13/0 15-59/0 3-8/0 6-11/0 2-7/0 3-5/0 14-42/0 17-67/0 0-0/0 DNP 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP DNP

ILL 9-50/1 7-12/1 9-37/0 4-8/0 5-10/0 7-23/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP

WIS AU 8-28/0 3-8/0 7-17/0 20-34/1 3-8/0 1-1/0 5-23/0 3-7/0 1-0/0 8-36/0 DNP 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP DNP

41-162/1 37-119/1 49-130/0 42-139/2 25-73/0 37-93/1

RECEIVING

28-224/0

MU 5-68/0 0-0/0 4-38/0 2-32/0 1-8/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-25/0 2-20/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0

MSU 16-111/1 8-104/1 2-16/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-12/0 0-0/0 DNP 3-31/0 3-11/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-6/0 0-0/0 0-0/0

15-191/0 34-291/2

IND 8-94/1 8-135/1 1-11/0 4-41/0 1-8/0 1-5/0 1-6/0 0-0/0 2-12/0 DNP-I 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP

PSU 9-60/0 6-65/0 3-28/0 3-20/0 1-7/0 1-16/0 1-6/0 1-10/0 1-2/0 0-0/0 2-29/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-9/0 0-0/0 0-0/0

IOWA 3-20/0 3-33/0 3-19/1 4-24/0 0-0/0 1-6/0 0-0/0 1-7/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP

ILL WIS AU 6-104/1 3-37/0 12-84/0 3-73/0 6-102/2 8-133/2 1-14/0 3-45/0 9-120/1 5-49/0 4-94/1 10-91/1 2-14/0 1-14/0 1-26/0 2-26/0 4-44/0 6-64/0 1-1/0 5-23/0 1-8/0 1-12/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP-I DNP-I 1-3/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 1-9/0 1-5/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 0-0/0 DNP 0-0/0 0-0/0

26-312/2 29-252/0 15-109/1 23-305/1 27-264/3 47-532/4

PASSING Mike Kafka Towson Eastern Michigan at Syracuse Minnesota at Purdue Miami (Ohio) at Michigan State Indiana Penn State at Iowa at Illinois Wisconsin Auburn TOTALS

Att Comp Int Pct Yds TD Lng Sack Yds 20 15 0 .750 192 0 27 1 9 24 14 1 .583 158 0 28 0 0 42 35 1 .833 390 3 39 5 36 47 32 1 .681 309 2 24 4 39 44 28 0 .636 224 0 22 2 20 31 15 1 .484 191 0 25 2 13 47 34 0 .723 291 2 26 3 15 46 26 3 .565 312 2 51 0 0 18 14 0 .778 128 0 16 2 2 18 10 0 .556 72 0 14 2 16 37 23 0 .622 305 1 52 1 5 40 26 0 .650 326 2 49 1 3 78 47 5 .603 532 4 66 3 19 492 319 12 .648 3,430 16 66 24 157

Dan Persa Att Comp Towson 2 1 Eastern Michigan 0 0 at Syracuse 0 0 Minnesota at Purdue 0 0 Miami (Ohio) 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 Indiana Penn State 23 14 at Iowa 9 5 at Illinois 0 0 Wisconsin Aurburn 0 0 TOTALS 34 20

Int 1 0 0 DNP 0 0 0 DNP 0 1 0 DNP 0 2

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Yds TD Lng Sack Yds 72 1 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0

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115 37 0

0 1 0

0 13 0

4 1 0

29 6 0

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2009 Game-By-Game Defensive GAME-BY-GAME TACKLES

UA-AT TT TOW Quentin Davie 50-40 90 4-5 Brad Phillips 51-35 86 2-2 Nate Williams 44-42 86 3-4 Jordan Mabin 57-18 75 1-0 Brian Peters 36-31 67 1-1 Vince Browne 24-15 39 1-0 Brendan Smith 26-13 39 2-1 Sherrick McManis 27-10 37 0-0 David Arnold 26-8 34 DNP-I Corbin Bryant 17-13 30 0-0 Marshall Thomas 16-10 26 2-1 Ben Johnson 18-10 28 0-2 Corey Wootton 16-5 21 0-0 Adam Hahn 9-8 17 DNP-I Jared Carpenter 12-5 17 1-1 Quentin Williams 8-6 14 2-0 Demetrius Dugar 6-5 11 0-2 Kevin Watt 5-5 10 0-1 Jacob Schmidt 5-5 10 0-1 David Nwabuisi 8-1 9 2-1 Jeravin Matthews 5-4 9 0-0 Charles Brown 5-2 7 1-1 Justan Vaughn 4-3 7 2-1 Ricky Weina 6-1 7 0-0 Roderick Goodlow 4-3 7 DNP Niko Mafuli 2-4 6 1-1 Bryce McNaul 2-4 6 0-1 Hunter Bates 1-3 4 0-1 Stefan Demos 3-1 4 0-0 Evan Luxenburg 2-2 4 2-2 Stone Pinckney 1-2 3 1-1 Jack DiNardo 1-2 3 0-0 Stephen Simmons 3-0 3 0-0 Zeke Markshausen 2-0 2 0-0 Mark Woodsum 2-0 2 0-0 Kyle Petty 1-1 2 0-0 TEAM 2-0 2 0-0 Arby Fields 1-0 1 1-0 Mike Kafka 1-0 1 0-0 Al Netter 1-0 1 0-0 Dan Persa 1-0 1 0-0 Mark Woodson 1-0 1 0-0 Mike Bolden 0-1 1 0-0 James Kurzawski 0-1 1 0-1 Brian Arnfelt 0-1 1 0-1 Total 514-320 774 29-32

PUNTING

Stefan Demos Towson Eastern Michigan at Syracuse Minnesota at Purdue Miami (Ohio) at Michigan State Indiana Penn State at Iowa at Illinois Wisconsin Auburn Totals Team Totals Opponents

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No. 1 3 6 4 4 7 6 4 5 8 5 5 5 63 63 66

Yds 36 106 212 163 125 251 195 140 181 293 172 171 158 2,203 2,203 2,666

EMU 4-4 5-1 7-2 4-0 2-1 2-0 5-7 DNP-I DNP-I 2-1 2-1 3-1 1-0 DNP-I 2-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 DNP-I 1-1 1-2 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 0-0

SU 3-1 6-0 DNP-I 5-2 3-2 4-1 4-0 DNP-I DNP-I 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 3-1 1-0 0-0 4-0 DNP-I 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 DNP DNP

MINN 4-5 1-6 3-1 3-2 4-1 0-5 6-3 2-7 0-0 2-2 0-2 2-3 1-1 1-1 DNP 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 DNP-I 0-0 DNP DNP 0-2 0-0 1-0 DNP DNP 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP

PU 7-2 4-2 4-2 5-2 1-1 3-1 2-1 1-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-1 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

MU 5-2 6-5 2-10 5-2 2-6 6-2 1-0 2-0 4-1 3-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-1 0-1 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

MSU 2-5 1-2 5-6 4-2 3-8 0-1 DNP-I 4-1 2-3 1-2 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 1-4 2-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 0-2 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

IND 2-4 4-2 1-4 5-0 5-2 0-2 DNP-I 1-0 DNP-I 3-0 2-0 5-1 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 DNP-I 1-1 0-0 0-0 DNP-I 1-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 DNP-I 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

PSU 6-1 5-1 7-0 6-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 DNP-I 6-0 1-2 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 5-0 0-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

IOWA 3-2 3-7 0-4 2-4 1-2 0-2 DNP-I 6-1 4-1 1-1 1-2 DNP-I 2-1 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 DNP 0-0 1-0 DNP 1-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

ILL 2-6 1-5 3-4 4-1 6-1 3-0 DNP-I 4-1 2-2 0-2 4-1 DNP-I 2-1 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 3-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 DNP DNP 0-2 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 DNP

WIS 2-0 11-1 5-2 6-1 5-4 2-0 DNP-I 4-0 2-0 0-2 1-0 0-0 4-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 DNP-I 0-0 DNP 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 DNP DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 DNP 0-0 DNP 0-0 DNP

AU 6-3 1-1 4-3 7-2 2-2 2-1 5-0 3-0 3-0 0-0 1-0 5-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 DNP-I 0-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 DNP 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 DNP

44-24

45-10

33-42

41-18

43-42

29-38

39-16

46-6

31-31

43-28

48-18

46-14

Avg 36.0 35.3 35.3 40.8 31.2 35.9 32.5 35.0 36.2 36.6 34.4 34.2 31.6 35.0 35.0 40.4

Long 36 37 40 44 43 46 43 46 43 44 47 37 43 47 47 73

TB 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 9

FC 0 0 4 3 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 2 0 17 17 17

I20 0 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 16 16 24

Blkd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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2009 Lineups/Game Highs Offense

Opponent Towson Eastern Michigan at Syracuse Minnestoa at Purdue Miami (Ohio) at Michigan State Indiana Penn State at Iowa at Illinois Wisconsin Auburn

Defense

Opponent Towson Eastern Michigan at Syracuse Minnesota at Purdue Miami (Ohio) at Michigan State Indiana Penn State at Iowa at Illinois Wisconsin Auburn

WR Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer Brewer

LE Wootton Wootton Wootton Wootton Wootton Watt Watt Wootton Wootton Wootton Wootton Wootton Wootton

WR/SB Rooks Rooks Dunsmore Ebert Rooks Ebert Rooks Dunsmore Mitchell Dunsmore Dunsmore Dunsmore Dunsmore

DT Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant Bryant

LT Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter Netter

DT Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas Hahn Hahn Hahn Hahn Thomas Hahn Hahn Hahn

LG Taylor Taylor Taylor Grant Taylor Taylor Grant Grant Grant Grant Grant Grant Mulroe

DE Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne Browne

C Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett Burkett

RG Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels Bartels

OLB Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Arnold Arnold Johnson Arnold Arnold Arnold McNaul Johnson

MLB Williams Williams Nwabuisi Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams

RT Mattes Mattes Mattes Mattes Mattes Mattes Deiters Deiters Deiters Deiters Deiters Deiters Deiters

OLB Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie Davie

WR WR Stewart Matthews Ebert Markshausen D. Fields Markshausen D. Fields Markshausen D. Fields Dunsmore D. Fields Markshausen D. Fields Mitchell Ebert Markshausen Ebert Markshausen Stewart Markshausen Stewart Markshausen Stewart Markshausen Stewart Markshausen

CB McManis Vaughn Dugar McManis McManis McManis McManis McManis Weina McManis McManis McManis McManis

SS Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Peters Peters Smith Peters Peters Peters Smith

QB Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka Kafka

FS Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Carpenter Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips Phillips

RB Simmons Simmons Schmidt Schmidt A. Fields A. Fields Simmons A. Fields Concannon Concannon Concannon Concannon Concannon

CB Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin Mabin

NU/Opponent Game Highs

Category Northwestern Opponent Category Northwestern Opponent Points.................................. 47 vs. Towson.................. 38 by Auburn Total Plays..................115 vs. Auburn.......................79 by Miami (Ohio) First Downs......................... 35 vs. Syracuse .............. 23 by Syracuse Total Yards.................625 vs. Auburn......................471 by Syracuse Rushing Attempts............... 54 vs. Towson . ............... 45 by Illinois Sacks by....................8-40 vs. Miami (Ohio)............6-31 by Penn State Rushing Yards.................... 221 vs. Towson . ............. 212 by Illinois Turnovers forced........6 vs. Purdue..........................5 by Auburn Rushing Average................ 4.1 vs. Towson................. 6.0 by Penn State Penalties....................9 vs. Wisconsin......................12 by Auburn Passing Completions.......... 47 vs. Auburn................... 24 by Syracuse Penalty Yards.............80 vs. Miami (Ohio)...............140 by Auburn Passing Attempts................ 78 vs. Auburn................... 37 by Miami (Ohio) Interceptions by..........3 vs. Miami (Ohio).................5 by Auburn Passing Yards..................... 532 vs. Auburn................. 346 by Syracuse TD Rushes.................5 vs. Towson..........................3 by Minnesota, Indiana TD Passes.......................... 4 vs. Syracuse, Auburn.... 3 by Purdue Penn State and Auburn

NU/INDIVIDUAL Game Highs

Category Northwestern Opponent Points........................................... 15, Stefan Demos (Wisconsin).............................................................. 18, Duane Bennett (Minnesota) Rushing Attempts........................ 20, Mike Kafka (Auburn)........................................................................ 23, John Clay (Wisconsin) Rushing Yards............................. 77, Stephen Simmons (Towson)............................................................ 127, Dwayne Priest (Eastern Michigan) Long Rush................................... 25, Arby Fields (Syracuse) and Dan Persa (Penn State)....................... 70, Darius Willis (Indiana) Passing Completions................... 47, Mike Kafka (Auburn)........................................................................ 24, Greg Paulus (Syracuse) Passing Attempts......................... 78, Mike Kafka (Auburn)........................................................................ 36, Zac Dysert (Miami (Ohio)) Passing Yards.............................. 532, Mike Kafka (Auburn)...................................................................... 346, Greg Paulus (Syracuse) Long Pass.................................... 72, Dan Persa (Towson)........................................................................ 74, Ricky Stanzi (Iowa) Receptions................................... 16, Zeke Markshausen (Michigan State)............................................... 12, Blair White (Michigan State), Darvin Adams (Auburn) Receiving Yards........................... 145, Andrew Brewer (Towson)............................................................... 209, Mike Williams (Syracuse)

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Game Recap: Towson TOWSON Northwestern

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Northwestern used 485 yards of total offense to roar past Towson 47-14 in its 2009 home opener at Ryan Field. NU’s total was the most points the Widcats have scored in a season opener since a 62-0 win over DePauw in 1944. Northwestern found the end zone three times in the first quarter, opening up a 21-0 lead on the Tigers behind a pair of touchdown rushes from Arby Fields and another from Jacob Schmidt. A 72-yard touchdown pass from Dan Persa to Andrew Brewer gave the Wildcats a 28-0 lead early in the second, while a 21-yard run by Scott Concannon helped NU build a 37-7 halftime advantage. Sept. 5, 2009 A 33-yard touchdown pass from Peter Athens to at Ryan Field David Newson helped Towson cut the deficit to 37-14 Attendance: 17,857 early in the second half. But a 26-yard field goal from Stefan Demos and a three-yard touchdown run by Concannon extended the Wildcat lead to 47-14. Brewer finished with six catches for a career-best 145 yards and the touchdown, with Mike Kafka completing 15-of-20 passes for 192 yards. Persa was 1-of-2 on the afternoon, connecting on the touchdown pass to Brewer. Stephen Simmons led the ’Cats in rushing, carrying the ball 18 times for 77 yards, with A. Fields gaining 48 yards on six carries and the pair of touchdowns in his Northwestern debut. Concannon had 32 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns as well. Nine different Wildcats recorded rushing attempts in the game and seven different ’Cats had receptions. Defensively, Quentin Davie led Northwestern with nine tackles while Nate Williams added seven. The duo also recorded 1.5 tackles for loss each. Justan Vaughn and Quentin Williams both recorded interceptions in the game for the Wildcats.

Scoring Summary TOWSON NORTHWESTERN

0 21

7 16

7 3

0 7

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First Quarter: 8:46 NU—Schmidt 2 run (Demos kick); 3:37 NU—A. Fields 2 run (Demos kick); :44 NU—A. Fields 22 run (Demos kick) Second Quarter: 12:44 Brewer 72 pass from Persa (Demos kick); 11:57 NU—TEAM safety; 3:44 TOWSON—Dameron 1 run (Boyer kick); 1:17 NU—Concannon 21 run (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 10:07 TOWSON—Newsom 33 pass from Athens (Boyer kick); 4:55 NU—Demos 26 FG Fourth Quarter: 10:43 NU—Concannon 3 run (Flaherty kick)

Game Statistics TOWSON NU 12.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 22 30............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 54 85..........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 237 20............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 16 65.............................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 221 140...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 264 27............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 22 15............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 16 2.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 57...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 76 205............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 485 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 0-0 3-25............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 6-45 1-1-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 2-0-0 5-194.............................................Punts-Yards............................................... 1-36 38.8.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 36.0 0-0-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................... 4-25-0 6-100-0............................... Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 4-96-0 29:08.........................................Possession Time......................................... 30:52 5/13.....................................Third-Down Conversions................................... 12/17 1-9..............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 2-12

Rushing: TOWSON—Greening 9-35 NU—Simmons 18-77

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Individual Leaders Passing: TOWSON—Athens 15-25-140-1 NU—Kafka 15-20-192-0

Receiving: TOWSON—Newsom 6-74 NU—Brewer 6-145

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Game Recap: Eastern Michigan EASTERN MICHIGAN NORTHWESTERN

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Junior Stefan Demos hit a career-long 49-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday to give Northwestern a 27-24 win over Eastern Michigan at Ryan Field. The field goal was the longest of Demos’ career after he hit a 26-yard chip shot last week versus Towson for his first collegiate field goal. It was the longest for NU since Amado Villarreal hit a 49-yarder on Sept. 29, 2007, against Michigan. Demos also added a 20-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter. Stephen Simmons rushed for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Northwestern (2-0). He scored on the first two drives of the game for NU, finding Sept. 12, 2009 paydirt from one yard out midway through the first at Ryan Field quarter and then reaching the end zone again from Attendance: 19,239 14 yards early in the second. The latter touchdown capped a 13-play, 99-yard drive. Linebacker Ben Johnson made the score 21-0 when he intercepted an Andy Schmitt pass and returned it 70 yards for a pick-six at the 9:08 mark in the second quarter. MU (0-2) took advantage of a fumble by NU deep in its own territory to get on the board late in the second when Joe Carithers connected on a 33-yard field goal. The Eagles eventually worked all the way back to tie the score, 24-24, with 21 second-half points, including a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The game-tying tally came at the 2:08 mark when Terrence Blevins scored from three-yards out. The game-winning drive featured a pair of penalties against NU before quarterback Mike Kafka found Andrew Brewer for a pair of late completions to set up the gamewinning kick. Kafka finished 14-of-24 through the air for 158 yards and one interception. Demetrius Fields caught four passes to lead the Wildcats while Drake Dunsmore hauled in two catches for a team-high 48 yards. In addition to Simmons, walk-on running back Jacob Schmidt also had 13 carries and a career-best 61 yards on the ground. Brendan Smith led the defense with a career-high-tying 12 tackles.

Scoring Summary EASTERN MICHIGAN NORTHWESTERN

0 7

3 14

7 0

14 6

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24 27

First Quarter: 6:38 NU—Simmons 1 run (Demos kick) Second Quarter: 12:33 NU—Simmons 14 run (Demos kick); 9:08 NU—Johnson 70 INT return (Demos kick); 3:32 EMU—Carithers 33 FG Third Quarter: 4:33 EMU—Priest 1 run (Carithers kick) Fourth Quarter: 12:57 NU—Demos 20 FG; 9:55 EMU—Stone 25 pass from Schmitt (Carithers kick); 2:40 EMU— Blevins 3 run (Carithers kick); 00:06 NU—Demos 49 FG

Game Statistics EMU NU 17.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 22 32............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 48 183........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 201 11............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 16 172...........................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 185 148...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 158 28............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 24 20............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 14 2.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 60...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 72 320............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 343 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 3-2 8-76............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 5-56 1-15-0.................................. Interceptions-Yards-TD................................... 2-70-1 4-160.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 3-106 40.0.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 35.3 1-2-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 1-0-0 4-117-0................................ Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 5-108-0 30:44.........................................Possession Time......................................... 29:16 2/10.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 9/16

Rushing: EMU—Priest 17-127 NU—Simmons 13-73

Individual Leaders Passing: EMU—Schmitt 20-28-148-1 NU—Kafka 14-24-158-0

Receiving: EMU—Stone 7-61 NU—Fields 4-25

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Game Recap: Syracuse NORTHWESTERN SYRACUSE

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Senior quarterback Mike Kafka broke a 47-year-old school record for consecutive completions, set a career-high for passing yards by the end of the first half and scored touchdowns rushing, passing and receiving in a 37-34 loss to Syracuse. Kafka completed his first 16 passes of the game to break Tom Myers’ school mark of 15-straight completions set when Northwestern was ranked No. 1 in the country in 1962. Kafka’s previous career high for passing yardage was 192 set against Towson in the 2009 season opener. Syracuse jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter before the Wildcats came back strong in the Sept. 19, 2009 second quarter, scoring 21-straight points to take a at Carrier Dome 21-17 lead late the period. Kafka punched the first Attendance: 40,251 score in himself on a 3-yard rush before finding Andrew Brewer on a 39-yard touchdown pass and Drake Dunsmore on a 22-yard scoring sling. Syracuse answered with a late 3-yard rushing touchdown to take a 24-21 lead into the locker room. After the Orange extended their lead with a third-quarter field goal, Northwestern forced a much-needed turnover when Brad Phillips blitzed and forced a Greg Paulus fumble. Two plays later the Wildcats took the lead, 28-27, when Kafka threw a lateral to Brewer, who then tossed the ball back to Kafka for a 24-yard touchdown. Kafka became the first Big Ten player with at least one passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Penn State’s Zack Mills turned the trick against Akron on Sept. 4, 2004. Northwestern made it a 7-point lead with 9:04 to play in the game when Kafka found Demetrius Fields for a 3-yard touchdown, but the extra point hit the upright to leave it at a 34-27 game. After Syracuse tied the game, Max Suter intercepted a Kafka offering near midfield, a play that led to an eventual 41-yard game-winning field goal by SU’s Ryan Lichtenstein as the clock expired. Kafka finished 35-of-42 through the air for 390 yards.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN SYRACUSE

0 17

21 7

7 3

6 10

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34 37

First Quarter: 12:33 SU—Lichtenstein 43 FG; 9:33 SU—Paulus 10 run (Lichtenstein kick); 1:17 SU—Williams 66 pass from Paulus (Lichtenstein kick) Second Quarter: 14:13 NU—Kafka 3 run (Demos kick); 9:47 NU—Brewer 39 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 3:59 NU—Dunsmore 22 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 1:15 SU—Carter 3 run (Lichtenstein kick) Third Quarter: 4:52 SU—Lichtenstein 37 FG; 0:17 NU—Kafka 24 pass from Brewer (Demos kick) Fourth Quarter: 9:04 NU—D. Fields 3 pass from Kafka (kick failed); 6:07—SU Williams 13 pass from Paulus (Lichtenstein kick); 00:00 SU—Lichtenstein 41 FG

Game Statistics NU SU 25.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 23 28............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 32 93..........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 164 41............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 39 52.............................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 125 414...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 346 43............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 36 36............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 24 1.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 71...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 68 466............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 471 2-2................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 7-1 7-57............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 6-64 1-23-0.................................. Interceptions-Yards-TD................................... 1-22-0 6-212.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 5-236 35.3.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 47.2 1-0-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................. 1-(-2)-0 6-111-0................................ Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 6-128-0 28:02.........................................Possession Time......................................... 31:53 6/14.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 2/12 4-27............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 5-36

Rushing: NU—Schmidt 10-30 SU—Carter 18-84

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Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 35-42-390-3 SU—Paulus 24-35-346-2

Receiving: NU—Markshausen 9-86 SU—Williams 11-209

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Game Recap: Minnesota MINNESOTA NORTHWESTERN

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Mike Kafka was 32-of-47 for 309 yards passing and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as Northwestern fell to Minnesota, 35-24, in its Big Ten Conference opener at Ryan Field. Kafka was able to spread out his passing yards on the afternoon, with Zeke Markshausen leading the Wildcat receivers with six catches for 70 yards. Sidney Stewart had five catches for 43 years while Demetrius Fields added four receptions for 43 yards. Arby Fields led the Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) rushing attack, racking up 43 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. Jacob Schmidt had six carries for 20 yards. Sept. 26, 2009 Minnesota (3-1, 1-0) struck first as Duane Benat Ryan Field nett capped a five-play, 58-yard scoring drive with Attendance: 22,091 a one-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Stefan Demos converted on a 26-yard field goal, giving the Gophers a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. Adam Weber connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker with 7:16 remaining in the third to put the Gophers on top 21-10. But Kafka responded with a pair of touchdown passes, finding Andrew Brewer for a 24-yard strike and then connecting with Brendan Mitchell for a 13-yard touchdown pass to give Northwestern the 24-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Mitchell, a senior, doubled his career receptions total with four in the game for 38 yards. His TD catch, the second of his career, was a superb juggling grab on a fourth-down play. Trailing by three heading into the fourth quarter, the Gophers scored 14 unanswered points behind a 4-yard touchdown run from Bennett for his third of the game, and a 1-yard touchdown pass from Weber to Decker with 1:43 remaining to put the game out of reach for NU. Weber was 15-for-26 with Decker making eight catches for 84 yards with the two touchdowns. Bennett led all rushers with 89 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Scoring Summary MINNESOTA NORTHWESTERN

7 3

7 7

7 14

14 0

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First Quarter: 12:49 MINN—Bennett 1 run (Ellestad kick); 4:03 NU—Demos 26 FG Second Quarter: 7:44 MINN—Bennett 3 run (Ellestad kick); 4:27 NU—A. Fields 2 run (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 7:16 MINN—Decker 16 pass from Weber (Ellestad kick); 4:43 NU—Brewer 24 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 0:06 NU—B. Mitchell 13 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Fourth Quarter: 8:35 MINN—Bennett 4 run (Ellestad kick); 1:43 MINN—Decker 1 pass from Weber (Ellestad kick)

Game Statistics MINN NU 22.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 23 42............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 29 178........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 108 12............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 44 166...........................................Net Yards Rushing............................................. 64 186...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 309 26............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 47 15............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 32 1.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 68...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 76 352............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 373 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 3-2 1-14............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 3-15 1-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 1-0-0 4-161.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 4-163 40.2.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 40.8 1-22-0...................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 2-8-0 5-131-0............................... Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 6-94-0 31:45.........................................Possession Time......................................... 28:15 8/14.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 9/17 4-39............................................Sacks By-Yards.............................................. 1-8

Rushing: MINN—Bennett 21-89 NU—A. Fields 9-43

Individual Leaders Passing: MINN—Weber 15-26-182-2 NU—Kafka 32-47-309-2

Receiving: MINN—Decker 8-84 NU—Markshausen 6-70

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Game Recap: Purdue NORTHWESTERN PURDUE

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Northwestern recovered five Purdue fumbles and forced six turnovers in all to erase a 21-3 first-half deficit and down the Boilermakers 27-21 at RossAde Stadium Saturday. Quarterback Mike Kafka scored on a 2-yard run with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game and NU’s defense came up with the stop it needed on Purdue’s final drive. After Purdue scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, Northwestern forced Boilermaker turnovers on the next three to put 13 points on the board in the final 1:31 of the second quarter and cut an 18-point deficit to five, 21-16, at the half. First, Oct. 3, 2009 Sherrick McManis stepped in front of a Joey Elliott at Ross-Ade Stadium pass, leading to a five-yard scoring run right up the Attendance: 47,163 gut by freshman Arby Fields. With under a minute to go, David Arnold and Brad Phillips forced fumbles on back-to-back kickoffs, both of which resulted in Stefan Demos field goals. The Wildcats continued their strong special teams play early in the third when Demetrius Dugar recovered a fumbled punt to give Northwestern the ball back inside Purdue territory. Demos booted his single-game career-best fourth field goal of the game—a 39-yarder—to make it 21-19. The second half quickly became a defensive battle with both teams held scoreless for nearly 21 minutes of game action. But trailing by two with just over six minutes on the clock, Kafka led the ’Cats on an 11-play drive culminating in his 2-yard TD dive. NU then completed a two-point conversion toss to Drake Dunsmore to build a 27-21 cushion. Purdue had one more opportunity to win the game with a first-and-goal, but the Wildcat defense forced consecutive incompletions on third and fourth downs to win the game. On defense, NU managed to record three sacks of Purdue’s Joey Elliot as Adam Hahn, Phillips and Arnold all got to the quarterback.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN PURDUE

3 14

13 7

3 0

8 0

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27 21

First Quarter: 12:28 PUR—Smith 5 pass from Elliott (Wiggs kick); 4:34 NU—Demos 18 FG; 3:35 PUR—Valentin 67 pass from Elliott (Wiggs kick) Second Quarter: 11:52 PUR—Valentin 5 pass from Elliott (Wiggs kick); 1:31 NU—A. Fields 5 run (Demos kick); 0:52 NU— Demos 35 FG; 0:08 NU—Demos 25 FG Third Quarter: 7:32 NU—Demos 39 FG Fourth Quarter: 2:09 NU—Kafka 2 run (Dunsmore pass from Kafka)

Game Statistics NU PUR 23.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 16 43............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 28 122........................................Yards Gained Rushing.......................................... 78 35............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 16 87.............................................Net Yards Rushing............................................. 62 224...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 313 45............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 29 28............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 20 0.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 88...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 57 311............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 375 1-1................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 6-5 8-61............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 7-70 1-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 0-0-0 4-125.............................................Punts-Yards............................................... 2-56 31.2.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 28.0 0-0-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 3-3-0 4-71-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 7-115-0 35:58.........................................Possession Time......................................... 24:02 10/21...................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 6/10 3/12............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 2-20

Rushing: NU—A. Fields 18-43 PUR—Bolden 18-53

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Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 28-44-224-0 PUR—Elliott 20-28-313-3

Receiving: NU—Markshausen 10-56 PUR—Smith 7-101

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Game Recap: Miami (Ohio) MIAMI (OHIO) NORTHWESTERN

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Northwestern’s defense put together a stellar effort, forcing four turnovers and recording eight sacks in posting a 16-6 win over Miami (Ohio) at Ryan Field. NU jumped out to an early lead as Stefan Demos capped the opening drive of the game by converting on a 46-yard field goal to put NU up 3-0. Northwestern added to its advantage with just five seconds remaining in the first quarter when Kafka finished off a 12-play, 73-yard drive with a six-yard TD run to make it 10-0. The Wildcat defense was outstanding over the opening half of play, limiting the RedHawks to only 113 yards of total offense while sacking quarterback Oct. 10, 2009 Zac Dysert five times. at Ryan Field After forcing six turnovers in a victory at Purdue Attendance: 23,085 last week, Northwestern’s defense was opportunistic once again on Saturday. The Wildcats intercepted Dysert once in the first half and Brian Peters ended the RedHawks’ first drive of the second half with a pick. Peters was a part of another takeaway late in the third quarter as he scooped up a fumble forced by Quentin Davie and returned it 27 yards to the Miami 27. Following a 25-yard pass by Kafka to Jacob Schmidt, Kafka punched the ball in three plays later from one yard out to extend NU’s lead to 16-0 with 1:18 remaining in the period. The RedHawks were able to spoil Northwestern’s shutout bid with 1:19 left in the contest as Dysert connected with Andrew Cruse on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The score snapped a stretch of five consecutive scoreless quarters by the Wildcat defense. Northwestern recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt to seal the victory. Miami finished with only 302 yards of total offense in the contest, Northwestern’s second-best defensive effort in terms of yardage this season, trailing only the 205 yards accumulated by Towson in the season opener. Nate Williams paced NU with 12 tackles, while Brad Phillips chipped in with 11 and Davie had three sacks and two forced fumbles. On the offensive end, Zeke Markshausen hauled in a team-best five receptions for 68 yards.

Scoring Summary MIAMI (OHIO) NORTHWESTERN

0 10

0 0

0 6

6 0

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6 16

First Quarter: 12:20 NU—Demos 46 FG; 0:05 NU—Kafka 6 run (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 1:18 NU—Kafka 1 run (Demos pass failed) Fourth Quarter: 1:19 MU—Cruse 23 pass from Dysert (Dysert pass failed)

Game Statistics MU NU 20.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 17 42............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 41 169........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 145 43............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 17 126...........................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 128 176...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 191 37............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 31 17............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 15 3.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 1 79...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 72 302............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 319 3-1................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 1-0 9-67............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 8-80 1-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 3-8-0 8-301.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 7-251 37.6.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 35.9 2-7-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................... 3-27-0 4-67-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 1-24-0 32:07.........................................Possession Time......................................... 27:53 4/16.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 5/15 2-13............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 8-40

Rushing: MU—Dysert 22-63 NU—Kafka 15-53

Individual Leaders Passing: MU—Dysert 17-36-176-1 NU—Kafka 15-31-191-0

Receiving: MU—Coombs 4-62 NU—Markshausen 5-68

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Game Recap: Michigan State NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN STATE

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Senior Zeke Markshausen grabbed a career-best 16 catches, giving him the most receptions in a single game by a Wildcat in 27 years, but Michigan State scored 24-straight points after halftime to defeat Northwestern, 24-14, at Spartan Stadium. Markshausen’s total of 16 catches rank second in the NU single-game record book to Jon Harvey, who made 17 receptions against Michigan in 1982. Markshausen also had a career-best 111 receiving yards. Northwestern opened the game with an impressive goal-line stand on defense, stuffing Michigan State twice from inside the 1-yard line. Each team then traded three punts apiece before Northwestern Oct. 17, 2009 found the scoreboard midway through the second at Ryan Field quarter on a 9-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 15-yard Attendance: 71,726 strike from Mike Kafka to Andrew Brewer. Late in the half, MSU drove into the NU red zone before fumbling a hand off that Quentin Davie recovered to keep the Wildcats’ 7-0 halftime advantage. The turnover also marked Northwestern’s fourth-straight stop of an opponent inside its red zone with no points, dating back to Purdue’s final drive on Oct. 3. Michigan State forced a turnover on Northwestern’s opening drive of the second half, then scored 17-straight points in the third quarter to take a 17-7 lead. MSU first knotted the game, 7-7, on the ensuing 7-play, 64-yard drive, after the Wildcats’ fumble. The Spartans took their first lead of the game with 5:13 remaining in the period on a 47yard pass play, then extended that advantage to 10 on a 28-yard field goal as time expired. A fumbled kickoff led to a 22-yard touchdown for the Spartans on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, making it 24-7 in favor of the home team. Northwestern finished the day’s scoring on Markshausen’s first-career touchdown, a 1-yard reception to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to 10, 24-14, with 10:28 remaining. Kafka reached 30 completions for the third time this year, throwing for 291 yards on 34-of-47 passing. Brian Peters and Nate Williams led the defense with 11 tackles each.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN STATE

0 0

7 0

0 17

7 7

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14 24

Second Quarter: 7:49 NU—Brewer 15 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 10:07 MSU—White 22 pass from Cousins (Swenson kick); 5:13 MSU—White 47 pass from Cousins (Swenson kick); 0:00 MSU—Swenson 28 FG Fourth Quarter: 14:48 MSU—Caper 22 run (Swenson kick); 10:28 NU—Markshausen 1 pass from Kafka (Demos kick)

Game Statistics NU MSU 22.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 19 29............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 34 104........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 128 25............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 34 79.............................................Net Yards Rushing............................................. 94 291...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 281 47............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 31 34............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 21 0.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 0 79...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 65 370............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 375 3-2................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 1-1 4-25............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 4-46 0-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 0-0-0 6-195.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 6-243 32.5.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 40.5 2-10-0...................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 1-8-0 5-85-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 2-66-0 29:03.........................................Possession Time......................................... 30:57 8/16.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 5/14 0-0..............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 3-15

Rushing: NU—Kafka 18-42 MSU—Caper 16-63

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Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 34-47-291-2 MSU—Cousins 21-31-281-2

Receiving: NU—Markshausen 16-111 MSU—White 12-186

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Game Recap: Indiana INDIANA NORTHWESTERN

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Northwestern scored 26 unanswered points, capped by a Stefan Demos 19-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining as the Wildcats completed a school-record comeback to top Indiana, 29-28, at Ryan Field. Trailing Indiana, 28-3, midway through the second quarter, Northwestern took control on both sides of the ball. Behind a 1-yard touchdown run from Mike Kafka and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kafka to Zeke Markshausen, the Wildcats trimmed the Hoosier lead to 28-17 at halftime. Still down by 11 midway through the third quarter, Ricky Weina blocked an Indiana punt, which was recovered by the Hoosiers in the end zone for a safety. Oct. 24, 2009 Kafka then connected on a 51-yard touchdown at Ryan Field pass to Andrew Brewer with 12:33 remaining in the Attendance: 24,364 game, with Brewer breaking a near-tackle at the 20yard line to cut the Indiana advantage to two at 28-26. NU then used a 13-play drive covering a span of 6:43 to set up Demos’ game-winner. Kafka completed 26-of-46 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 65 yards and a score. Brewer caught eight passes, tying a career-best, for 135 yards and a touchdown, with Markshausen finishing with eight catches for 94 yards and a score. Markshausen entered the game having caught 32 passes in his first three Big Ten games. On the ground, Scott Concannon had 16 carries for a career-high 73 yards, including 33 on the final Wildcat scoring drive. Demos was perfect on the day, converting on both the 28- and 19-yard field goal attempts and all three extra points. For Demos, it was his second game-winning field goal of the season, as he also connected on a 49-yarder in the waning seconds to defeat Eastern Michigan on Sept. 12. Early on, it was Indiana who took control, using a 70-yard touchdown run by Darius Willis on the first play from scrimmage and a 93-yard kickoff return Ray Fisher. But following a rocky first quarter, Northwestern’s defense was able to keep the Hoosiers in check. NU out-gained Indiana 436-152 over the final three quarters.

Scoring Summary INDIANA NORTHWESTERN

14 0

14 17

0 2

0 10

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28 29

First Quarter: 14:40 IU—Willis 70 run (Freeland kick); 3:39 IU—Chappell 1 run (Freeland kick) Second Quarter: 12:25 IU—Willis 3 run (Freeland kick); 7:46 NU—Demos 28 FG; 7:32 IU—Fisher 93 kickoff return (Freeland kick); 4:07 NU—Kafka 1 run (Demos kick); 0:07 NU—Markshausen 8 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 5:57 NU—TEAM safety Fourth Quarter: 12:33 NU—Brewer 51 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 0:21 NU—Demos 19 FG

Game Statistics IU NU 13.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 29 27............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 41 150........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 181 17............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 19 133...........................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 162 172...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 312 29............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 46 17............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 26 0.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 3 56...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 87 305............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 474 1-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 0-0 3-32............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 5-30 3-38-0.................................. Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 0-0-0 5-166.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 4-140 33.2.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 35.0 1-35-0...................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................... 2-23-0 5-151-1............................... Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 5-98-0 26:37.........................................Possession Time......................................... 33:23 6/13.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 9/17 0-0..............................................Sacks By-Yards.............................................. 1-8

Individual Leaders Rushing: Passing: IU—Willis 14-103 IU—Chappell 16-27-163-0 NU—Concannon 16-73 NU—Kafka 26-46-312-2

Receiving: IU—Doss 6-40 NU—Brewer 8-135 Markshausen 8-94

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Game Recap: Penn State PENN STATE NORTHWESTERN

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Northwestern struck early against No. 12 Penn State, taking a 13-10 lead into halftime, but the Nittany Lions rallied, notching 24 unanswered second half points to defeat the Wildcats 34-13 at Ryan Field. After an early Penn State field goal, Stefan Demos knotted the game at three with a 34-yarder of his own. Mike Kafka then capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a seven yard touchdown scamper to give the Wildcats a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Nittany Lions responded with a touchdown of their own to tie the game at 10 late in the second half. Northwestern got the ball back with 28 seconds Oct. 31, 2009 remaining in the half and marched 20 yards in 25 secat Ryan Field onds, setting up a Demos 45-yarder with three ticks Attendance: 30, 546 remaining to give NU the 13-10 halftime advantage. But Penn State controlled the second half, notching a 23 yard field goal to tie the contest at 13 after three quarters, then scored three touchdowns in a three and a half minute span early in the fourth to seal the victory. Kafka completed 14-of-18 passes for 128 yards while adding 42 yards rushing, but was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return. Dan Persa continued where Kafka left off, connecting on 14-of-23 passes for 115 yards and netting 42 yards on the ground as well. Eleven different Wildcats caught passes on the evening for Northwestern, led by Zeke Markshausen’s nine receptions for 60 yards. Andrew Brewer had six catches for a team-high 65 yards with Drake Dunsmore and Sidney Stewart hauling in three receptions each for 28 and 20 yards respectively. Penn State’s defense, which ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in rushing defense, limited Northwestern to 119 yards on the ground. The Wildcats did gain 246 first-half yards against a PSU defense allowing only 240.2 per game all year.

Scoring Summary PENN STATE NORTHWESTERN

3 3

7 10

3 0

21 0

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First Quarter: 12:49 PSU—Wagner 32 FG; 5:24 NU—Demos 34 FG Second Quarter: 12:31 NU—Kafka 7 run (Demos kick); 3:39 PSU—Clark 2 run (Wagner kick); 0:03 NU—Demos 45 FG Third Quarter: 9:22 PSU—Wagner 23 FG Fourth Quarter: 12:27 PSU—Beachum 2 run (Wagner kick); 10:16 PSU—Moye 53 pass from Clark (Wagner kick); 8:47 PSU—Royster 69 run (Wagner kick)

Game Statistics PSU NU 21.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 24 27............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 37 175........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 156 12............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 37 163...........................................Net Yards Rushing............................................119 274...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 252 31............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 43 22............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 29 0.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 0 58...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 80 437............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 371 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 2-2 5-41............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 5-45 0-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 0-0-0 5-210.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 5-181 42.0.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 36.2 0-0-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................... 2-22-0 4-83-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 7-130-0 28:46.........................................Possession Time......................................... 31:14 3/10....................................... 3rd Down Conversion....................................... 7/19 6-31............................................Sacks By-Yards.............................................. 0-0

Rushing: PSU—Royster 15-118 NU—Persa 14-42 Kafka 8-42

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Individual Leaders Passing: PSU—Clark 22-31-274-1 NU—Kafka 14-18-128-0 Persa 14-23-115-0

Receiving: PSU—Moye 6-123 NU—Markshausen 9-60

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Game Recap: Iowa NORTHWESTERN IOWA

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Northwestern forced four turnovers—all in the second quarter—and overcame a game-ending injury to quarterback Dan Persa to gut out a 17-10 win over fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Iowa at Kinnick Stadium, NU’s third-straight win in Iowa City. The win was NU’s third against a top-10 team since 2000. The ’Cats defeated No. 7 Wisconsin on the road in 2000 and No. 6 Ohio State at home in 2004. Mike Kafka started the game at quarterback for Northwestern but played sparingly in the first half before Persa took over for most of the second and third quarters. A right hand injury late in the third quarter knocked Persa out of the game and put Kafka back in Nov. 7, 2009 the pocket, where he performed fantastically despite at Kinnick Stadium limited mobility as a result of a leg injury sustained vs. Attendance: 70,585 Penn State. Iowa jumped out to a 10-0 lead with a 74-yard TD pass on the third play of the game and a 39-yard field goal on its next possession. NU got on the scoreboard with 11:46 left in the second quarter thanks to its defense. Corey Wootton earned his second sack of the season when he forced a Ricky Stanzi fumble in the end zone that was recovered by Marshall Thomas to cut NU’s deficit to three, 10-7. The sack also knocked Stanzi, the Iowa QB, out for the remainder of the game. The turnover-turned-touchdown ignited NU’s defense, which forced turnovers on the Hawkeyes’ next two possessions courtesy of a Quentin Davie interception of Iowa backup quarterback James Vandenberg and a Brad Phillips’ forced fumble. Persa led the Wildcats on a 46-yard drive following the Davie pick, giving NU the lead, 14-10, on a four-yard TD strike to Drake Dunsmore. After both teams struggled offensively to start the second half, Kafka led NU on a 14-play drive at the end of third and start of the fourth quarters. Stefan Demos capped the drive with a 47-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 17-10 advantage. Kafka battled the effects of a lingering leg injury to finish 10-of-18 for 72 yards passing in the win. Scott Concannon paced NU’s running backs with 59 rushing yards.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN IOWA

0 10

14 0

0 0

3 0

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First Quarter: 14:00 IOWA—McNutt 74 pass from Stanzi (Murray kick); 9:50 IOWA—Murray 39 FG Second Quarter: 11:46 NU—Thomas 0 fumble recovery (Demos kick); 5:20 NU—Dunsmore 4 pass from Persa (Demos kick) Fourth Quarter: 13:29 NU—Demos 47 FG

Game Statistics NU IOWA 18.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 14 49............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 27 163........................................Yards Gained Rushing.......................................... 81 33............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 16 130...........................................Net Yards Rushing............................................. 65 109...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 216 27............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 36 15............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 13 1.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 2 76...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 63 239............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 281 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 2-2 5-55............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 4-40 2-22-0.................................. Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 1-0-0 8-293.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 5-235 36.6.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 47.0 1-5-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD.................................... 4-16-0 3-46-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 4-82-0 34:20.........................................Possession Time......................................... 25:40 9/18.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 4/14 2-14............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 3-22

Rushing: NU—Persa 17-67 IOWA—Wegher 19-63

Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 10-18-72-0 IOWA—Stanzi 4-9-134-1 Vandenberg 9-27-82-0

Receiving: NU—Stewart 4-24 IOWA—Johnson-Koulianos 6-63

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Game Recap: Illinois NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS

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Mike Kafka threw for 305 yards and a touchdown and Northwestern got an interception from Sherrick McManis late in the fourth quarter to seal a 21-16 victory over Illinois at Memorial Stadium. Both teams traded wide left field goal attempts in the first quarter, with Illinois’ Matt Elder missing from 23 yards and Northwestern’s Stefan Demos misfiring from 47 and 50 yards. Both of Demos’ kicks had the distance but snuck by the left upright. Illinois’ backup, Derek Dimke, broke the drought with a 30-yard make early in the second to give the Illini the first lead. Late in the second quarter, NU turned the ball Nov. 14, 2009 over on downs near midfield. Linebacker Nate Wilat Memorial Stadium liams then picked off an Illinois pass on the next play, Attendance: 60,523 leading to a 5-play, 54-yard drive capped by a Zeke Markshausen 28-yard touchdown reception from Kafka to put the Wildcats up 7-3 going into the half. Northwestern took its second drive of the second half 99 yards on seven plays with Kafka connecting on strikes of 52 yards to Andrew Brewer and 20 to Markshausen. Kafka then crossed the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to push the Wildcats’ advantage to 14-3. After the defense forced Illinois’ sixth punt of the game, Kafka led another scoring drive, this one finished early in the fourth quarter by an Arby Fields’ 1-yard score. Two Illini touchdowns cut the lead to 21-16 with 4:06 to play, then Illinois got the ball back with 1:14 left at its own 21-yard line. On fourth-and-1 three plays later, McManis made his pick to cement the victory. Kafka notched his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season, finishing 23-of-37 through the air. Markshausen recorded triple-digit receiving yards for the second time this year, hauling in six catches for 104 yards. Fields led NU’s rushing attack with 50 yards on nine carries and a score. Quentin Davie had eight tackles to lead the defense, while Brian Peters and Williams both forced fumbles in the game.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS

0 0

7 3

7 0

7 13

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Second Quarter: 11:58 ILL—Dimke 30 FG; 0:17 NU—Markshausen 28 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Third Quarter: 6:30 NU—Kafka 1 run (Demos kick) Fourth Quarter: 13:30 NU—A. Fields 1 run (Demos kick); 10:11 ILL—Charest 10 run (pass failed); 4:06 ILL—Duvalt 32 pass from Charest (Dimke kick)

Game Statistics NU ILL 24.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 22 42............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 45 155........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 229 16............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 17 139...........................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 212 305...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 162 37............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 29 23............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 15 0.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 2 79...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 74 444............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 374 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 2-0 5-29............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 6-56 2-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 0-0-0 5-172.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 6-246 34.4.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 41.0 0-0-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 1-8-0 1-29-0................................. Kickoff Return-Yards-TD.................................. 3-74-0 30:45.........................................Possession Time......................................... 29:15 5/14.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 4/14 1-3..............................................Sacks By-Yards.............................................. 1-5

Rushing: NU—A. Fields 9-50 ILL—Leshoure 13-76

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Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 23-37-305-1 ILL—Charest 14-27-145-1

Receiving: NU—Markshausen 6-104 ILL—Benn 4-31

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Game Recap: Wisconsin WISCONSIN NORTHWESTERN

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Northwestern led nearly the entire day before holding off a late charge by 17th-ranked Wisconsin to earn an exciting 33-31 victory on Senior Day. Jordan Mabin’s interception of a Scott Tolzien pass with 33 seconds remaining sealed the victory. It was the second turnover forced late by the NU defense. With UW driving for the go-ahead score and facing 3rd-and-1 at the Northwestern 46 with under two minutes remaining, Quentin Davie forced a John Clay fumble that was recovered by Brian Peters. The Wildcats were forced to punt, but Stefan Demos pinned the Badgers at their own 20 with 42 seconds left before Mabin picked off Tolzien. Nov. 21, 2009 Quarterback Mike Kafka, playing in his final at Ryan Field home game, had a huge day for NU, completing 26Attendance: 32,150 of-40 passes for 326 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The ’Cats marched down the field on the game’s opening drive with Kafka capping it off by firing a 26-yard TD strike to Andrew Brewer. NU extended its lead to 10-0 later in the quarter when Demos nailed a 45-yard field goal. UW quickly answered to take the lead. Clay scored on a two-yard run before Tolzien hooked up with Garrett Graham on a 27-yard TD pass to give the Badgers a 14-10 edge. The remainder of the opening stanza belonged to the ’Cats. A 64-yard kickoff return by Stephen Simmons preceeded Brewer and Kafka connecting for a 12-yard score to give the ’Cats the lead back at 17-14. NU extended it when Kafka threw a lateral to Zeke Markshausen, who then found a wide-open Sidney Stewart for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 6:02 left in the half. Demos capped the half by hitting a 38-yard field goal with 34 seconds remaining to give Northwestern a 27-14 lead heading into the intermission. The Badgers trimmed NU’s advantage to three after the break. Demos then hit on field goals from 45 and 34 yards to push NU’s lead back to nine, 33-24, early in the fourth. But again, Wisconsin answered back, getting within 33-31 with 10:45 to go as Tolzien found Graham in the end zone for the second time, this time from 13 yards.

Scoring Summary WISCONSIN NORTHWESTERN

0 10

14 17

10 3

7 3

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First Quarter: 11:25 NU—Brewer 26 pass from Kafka (Demos); 2:09 NU—Demos 45 FG Second Quarter: 13:52 WIS—Clay 2 run (Welch kick); 11:04 WIS—Graham 27 pass from Tolzien (Welch kick); 8:23 NU—Brewer 12 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 6:02 NU—Stewart 38 pass from Markshausen (Demos kick); 0:34 NU—Demos 8 FG Third Quarter: 11:11 WIS—Welch 35 FG; 8:16 WIS—Gilreath 68 punt return (Welch kick); 4:20 NU—Demos 45 FG Fourth Quarter: 14:50 NU—Demos 34 FG; 10:45 WIS—Graham 13 pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Game Statistics WIS NU 18.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 20 35............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 25 131........................................Yards Gained Rushing.......................................... 83 32............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 10 99.............................................Net Yards Rushing............................................. 73 235...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 364 30............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 41 19............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 27 1.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 0 65...........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 66 334............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 437 1-1................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 1-1 5-44............................................Penalties-Yards............................................ 9-61 0-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD..................................... 1-0-0 5-205.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 5-171 41.0.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 34.2 2-70-1...................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 1-5-0 8-133-0............................... Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 5-167-0 31:06.........................................Possession Time......................................... 28:54 4/13.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 6/14 1-3..............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 3-19

Rushing: WIS—Clay 23-100 NU—A. Fields 8-28

Individual Leaders Passing: WIS—Tolzien 19-30-235-2 NU—Kafka 26-40-326-2

Receiving: WIS—Toon 7-80 NU—Brewer 6-102

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Game Recap: Auburn NORTHWESTERN AUBURN

OT

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Senior Mike Kafka broke an Outback Bowl record with a school-record 532 passing yards, throwing for four scores and running for another to lead a furious Northwestern comeback to force overtime, but the Wildcats ultimately fell to Auburn, 38-35. With NU trailing by 14 and three minutes to play, Kafka scrambled for a 2-yard score to draw the Wildcats within eight, 35-27, after the extra point was blocked. On the ensuing Auburn possession, Brad Phillips forced a fumble recovered by Sherrick McManis, setting up a Kafka to Sidney Stewart 18yard strike with 1:15 to go. A beautiful tricky 2-point conversion pass from Andrew Brewer to Brendan Jan. 1, 2010 Mitchell tied the game. at Raymond James A fumble on the ensuing kick gave NU the ball Attendance: 49,383 back again, but a field goal attempt went wide to force overtime. After Auburn kicked a field goal on their possession, Northwestern first attempted one of its own, but it clanged off the right upright. Auburn drew a roughing the kicker penalty to give NU another shot, however. A fake field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 2 was not successful, ending the game. Kafka recovered from five interceptions in the game to set NCAA records for total plays by an individual (98) and total plays by a team (115). He hit Brewer for two scoring strikes and also found Drake Dunsmore in the flat before Dunsmore broke several tackles on a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown scamper. Brewer finished with 133 yards receiving while Dunsmore had 120. Zeke Markshausen caught 12 passes while Stewart caught 10. Kafka completed 47 of a bowl-record 78 pass attempts. Defensively, Jordan Mabin and Quentin Davie led NU with nine tackles, with Davie making a team-best 2.5 TFLs. McManis had three stops, a fumble recovery and a pick.

Scoring Summary NORTHWESTERN AUBURN

7 14

0 7

14 0

14 14

0 3

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First Quarter: 12:25 AU—Burns 1 run (Byrum kick); 4:37 AU—McFadden 100 interception return (Byrum kick); NU— Brewer 39 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Second Quarter: 8:54 AU—Carr 46 pass from Todd (Byrum kick) Third Quarter: 2:42 NU­—Brewer 35 pass from Kafka (Demos kick); 0:27 NU—Dunsmore 66 pass from Kafka (Demos kick) Fourth Quarter: 10:10 AU—Tate 5 run (Byrum kick); 7:32 AU—Tate 7 run (Byrum kick); 3:20 NU—Kafka 2 run (kick blocked); 1:15 NU—Stewart 18 pass from Kafka (Mitchell pass from Brewer) Overtime: 15:00 AU—Byrum 21 FG

Game Statistics NU AU 34.................................................. First Downs.................................................. 18 37............................................. Rushing Attempts............................................. 39 114........................................Yards Gained Rushing........................................ 219 21............................................Yards Lost Rushing............................................ 29 93.............................................Net Yards Rushing........................................... 190 532...........................................Net Yards Passing........................................... 235 78............................................. Passes Attempted............................................. 33 47............................................ Passes Completed............................................ 20 5.................................................Had Intercepted................................................. 2 115.........................................Total Offensive Plays........................................... 72 621............................................. Total Net Yards............................................. 425 0-0................................................Fumbles-Lost................................................ 3-2 3-25............................................Penalties-Yards........................................ 12-140 2-0-0.................................... Interceptions-Yards-TD................................. 5-103-1 5-158.............................................Punts-Yards............................................. 6-253 31.6.............................................Avg. Yard/Punt............................................. 42.2 1-1-0.....................................Punt Return-Yards-TD...................................... 0-0-0 5-116-0................................ Kickoff Return-Yards-TD................................ 5-125-0 34:11.........................................Possession Time......................................... 25:49 6/23.....................................Third-Down Conversions..................................... 4/13 3-19............................................Sacks By-Yards............................................ 3-19

Rushing: NU—Schmidt 8-36 AU—Tate 20-108

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Individual Leaders Passing: NU—Kafka 47-78-532-4 AU—Todd 20-31-235-1

Receiving: NU—Markshausen 12-84 AU—Adams 12-142

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios For NU’s online player bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nw-m-footbl-mtt.html For NU’s 2010 recruiting class bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020310abm.html

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6-1 • 220 • Jr. Safety Copley, Ohio Copley 2009

Played in nine games with five starts at outside linebacker ... 34 total tackles with 4.5 TFL’s ... Three solo hits vs. Auburn ... Two tackles vs. Wisconsin ... Notched four stops vs. Illinois ... Five tackles, including one assist on a TFL, in win over Iowa ... Posted six stops against Penn State and named team’s defensive player of the game ... Did not play in the Indiana game due to a leg injury ... Enjoyed a career day at Purdue after missing the first three games due to injury ... Posted four tackles—including his first career sack—and a forced fumble on kickoff coverage against the Boilermakers ... Earned his first career start at linebacker vs. Miami, recording five tackles and 2.0 TFL’s (one sack) in a 16-6 NU win ... Started and posted five tackles—including one TFL—at Michigan State, earning team’s defensive big playmaker award ... Named team’s defensive practice player of the week vs. Minnesota.

2008

Backup safety ... Netted one special teams tackle against Syracuse ... Knee injury sidelined him for three games (Duke through Ohio) ... Returned to action at Iowa, but saw limited action ... Notched a special teams tackle vs. Michigan State and Purdue ... One stop vs. Ohio State ... Two tackles at Michigan and vs. Illinois ... Assisted on one tackle in Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri.

2007

Did not see action.

High School

Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Velocity/PrepStar AllRegion safety ... Ranked 28th among all players (ninth among defensive backs) in Rivals.com Ohio player ranking and 32nd among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Ranked 20th-best safety nationally by Tom Lemming, 43rd-best safety nationally by SuperPrep, 49th-best safety nationally by Rivals. com and 55th-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... First-team All-Ohio (Division II), first-team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District and first-team All-Suburban League in 2006 ... Also named a first-team all-league selection and a second-team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District player his junior season ... Team MVP in 2006 ... Tabbed Best Offensive Back and Best Defensive Back by teammates his senior year ... Named the team’s Best Receiver as a junior ... Named to Ohio’s Tremendous 26 ... Akron Touchdown Club and Dapper Dan honoree ... Tabbed Copley’s Oustanding Senior Athlete of the Year ... Rated as a five-star prospect by Ohio High Magazine and the state’s 14th-best prospect, regardless of position ... McDonald’s Athlete of the Week ... In his junior and senior seasons, totaled 145 tackles (60 solo hits his senior year) and eight

interceptions ... Had 37 receptions in 2005 and ‘06 for 850 yards ... Scored 12 touchdowns ... Also ran for 803 yards (69 carries) in 2006 ... Notched the gamewinning interception against Parma Normandy, which helped team advance to regional semifinals ... Selected to play in 2007 Ohio North-South game in Columbus, Ohio (June 16) ... Three-year starter and letterwinner, team captain ... Also lettered one year in track (sprints/relays) ... National Honor Roll and Who’s Who ... Coached by Dan Boarman.

Personal

Born David P. Arnold Jr. on 9/15/89 ... Son of Shannon and Frank Pangas and Dave Arnold ... Father, Dave, played football at Michigan and was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers (1989) ... Uncle, Steven Arnold, is the head basketball coach at Warren Harding ... Uncle, Peter Pangas, played basketball at Eastern Michigan before playing professionally in Greece for seven years ... Learning and organizational change major.

ARNOLD’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2008 Game Solo Ast Tot SYRACUSE 1 0 1 at Duke DNP SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DNP OHIO DNP at Iowa 0 0 0 MICHIGAN STATE 0 1 1 PURDUE 1 0 1 at Indiana 0 0 0 at Minnesota 0 0 0 OHIO STATE 0 1 1 at Michigan 2 0 2 ILLINOIS 1 1 2 vs. Missouri 0 1 1 2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TOWSON DNP EASTERN MICHIGAN DNP at Syracuse DNP MINNESOTA 0 0 0 at Purdue 3 1 4 MIAMI (OHIO) 4 1 5 at Michigan State 2 3 5 INDIANA DNP PENN STATE 6 0 6 at Iowa 4 1 5 at Illinois 2 2 4 WISCONSIN 2 0 2 vs. Auburn 3 0 3

TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH

0/0 1.0/4 2.0/9 1.0/1

0/0 1.0/4 1.0/8 0/0

0 0 0 0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0

0/0 0.5/1 0/0 0/0 0/0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0

ARNOLD’S CAREER STATS TACKLES Year G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 2008 10 5 4 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2009 9 26 8 34 4.5 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 Career 19 31 12 43 4.5 15 0 1 0 0 0 0

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vince browne

6-4 • 300 • Jr. Offensive Line Caledonia, Ill. Boylan Catholic 2009

ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District selection ... Former walkon ... Started at right guard every game and has made 21 consecutive starts ... Can also play the center position ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Walk-on lineman who started at right guard in all eight Big Ten games and against Missouri in the Alamo Bowl ... One of team’s most pleasant surprises ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007

Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Eastern Michigan.

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6-5 • 265 • Jr. Defensive End Lisbon, Ohio David Anderson 2009

Started all 13 games at defensive end ... Eight TFL’s this season and team’s coleader with five pass sacks ... Led all defensive linemen with 39 tackles ... Named team’s defensive player of the game vs. Towson and vs. Miami ... One tackle vs. Towson ... Recorded two tackles vs. Eastern Michigan ... At Syracuse, racked up five tackles, including 2.0 TFL’s and one sack ... Credited with five tackles and a QB hurry vs. Minnesota ... Named defensive big playmaker following his fourtackle performance at Purdue ... Set a career high with eight total tackles vs. Miami, including 2.0 TFL’s and one sack ... One stop at Michigan State and two tackles vs. Indiana ... Notched one sack for an 8-yard loss and one quarterback hurry vs. Penn State ... Two tackles at Iowa ... Three stops, including one TFL, at Illinois ... One sack and two total tackles vs. Wisconsin ... Had three tackles, including a 6-yard pass sack, in Outback Bowl vs. Auburn.

2008

high school

Named to the NIC-9 All-Conference team (defensive tackle) and the Rivals Class 5A-8A All-State (defensive lineman) team in 2006 ... NIC-9 Conference Outstanding Scholar-Athlete recipient in 2005 and 2006 ... Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for the Titans ... Rockford Register Star Prep Athlete of the Week (12/14/2006) ... Totaled 56 solo tackles his senior season ... 2006 Academic All-State selection ... Helped lead the Titans to the 2006 Class 7A state playoffs in 2005 and ’06—Boylan reached the second round in 2005 and the quarterfinals in 2006 ... Also lettered in track and baseball, and played basketball ... National Honor Society two years ... Coached by Dan Appino.

Personal

Born Douglas William Bartels on 5/30/89 ... Son of David and Carol Bartels ... Uncle, Alan Lettow, played football at Wisconsin (1967-71) ... Anthropology major.

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Named a Sporting News and Rivals.com second-team Freshman All-American ... ESPN.com first-team All-Big Ten Freshman team ... Suffered a knee injury at Minnesota and sat out the remainder of the regular season but returned to play in 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl ... Recorded four tackles and 0.5 TFL’s vs. Missouri ... Was a key reserve as the first to spell Corey Wootton or Kevin Mims at defensive end ... At time of injury, was tied for fifth in Big Ten with two forced fumbles and ranked 11th in sacks per game ... Earned Big Ten Conference and team Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Ohio ... Filled the stat sheet recording seven tackles (five solo), 4.0 TFL’s, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one blocked field goal and one QB hurry ... Also earned an ESPN College Gameday Helmet Sticker for his career day ... Followed up the Ohio outing with another solid effort at Iowa, which included snaring his first career interception ... Also had a forced fumble on special teams and two tackles ... Against Southern Illinois, rang up three tackles, including his first career TFL (loss of 4 yards) ... At Duke, registered four total tackles ... Two tackles vs. Michigan State ... Recorded four tackles, including 2.0 TFL’s and 1.0 sacks against Purdue ... Named team’s defensive big playmaker vs. the Boilers.

2007

Did not see action ... Named team’s defensive practice player of the week vs. Ohio State.

high school

Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region defensive end ... Ranked 20th among all players (third among defensive ends) in Rivals.com Ohio player ranking, 28th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking and 15th by Ohio High Magazine ... Ranked 31st-best strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, 58th-best defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and 43rd-best defensive end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Injured his knee in the third game of his senior season and missed the remainder of the year ... As a junior, earned first-team All-Tri-County, All-County, All-Quad County and All-Northeast Ohio Inland District honors ... Vindicator “Elite 11” honoree ... In 2005, totaled 100-plus tackles (as a middle linebacker) and four forced fumbles ... Had 21 tackles his senior season before suffering the injury ... Totaled 11 tackles, as well as three receptions (two for TD’s), against Minerva his senior year ... Played tight end for the Blue Devils in 2006 ... Blue

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios Devils went 7-3 his junior year ... Team captain ... Also lettered in track ... Graduated with honors ... Presidential Merit Award ... Received football conference’s All-Academic Award ... Recipient of U.S. Marine Corps Award (given for courage) ... Coached by Jim Tsilimos.

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6-4 • 285 • Sr. Defensive End Chicago, Ill. Morgan Park

Born Vincent Alan Browne on 10/13/88 ... Son of Ed and Mary Browne ... Social Policy major.

BROWNE’s GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2008 Game Solo Ast Tot SYRACUSE 0 0 0 at Duke 2 2 4 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 2 1 3 OHIO 5 2 7 at Iowa 1 1 2 MICHIGAN STATE 1 1 2 PURDUE 3 1 4 at Indiana 0 0 0 at Minnesota 0 0 0 OHIO STATE DNP at Michigan DNP ILLINOIS DNP vs. Missouri 1 3 4

TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/4 0/0 0 0/0 0 4.0/25 3.0/21 0 0/0 1 0/0 0/0 0 1/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 2.0/11 1.0/10 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0

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2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH TOWSON 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Syracuse 4 1 5 2.0/7 1.0/4 0 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 0 5 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 1 at Purdue 3 1 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 6 2 8 2.0/9 1.0/8 0 0/0 0 at Michigan State 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 INDIANA 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 PENN STATE 1 0 1 1.0/8 1.0/8 0 0/0 1 at Iowa 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Illinois 3 0 3 1.0/5 0/0 0 0/0 0 WISCONSIN 2 0 2 1.0/5 1.0/5 0 0/0 0 vs. Auburn 2 1 3 1.0/6 1.0/6 0 0/0 0

2009

Started all 13 games at defensive tackle ... Recipient of team’s Bryan Paynter “Ultimate Wildcat” Award (given to a player who serves as an example by confronting adversity with courage and dedication and always putting the needs of the team first) ... 22 career starts ... 30 tackles (second-most among NU’s defensive linemen) and 5.5 TFL’s ... Two tackles against Wisconsin and Illinois ... Two tackles at Iowa, including an assist on a 4-yard sack ... Posted three tackles vs. Penn State ... Recorded three stops and a TFL against both Indiana and Michigan State ... Two tackles and one TFL at Purdue ... Picked up four tackles vs. Minnesota, including one sack for an eight-yard loss ... Notched two stops at Syracuse ... Three total tackles against Eastern Michigan ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Recipient of a Randy Walker Wildcat Warrior Award (presented to a player who demonstrates the work ethic, toughness and attitude of a warrior) ... At Michigan, notched four total stops, including one TFL, before being sidelined with a knee injury ... Missed remainder of the season ... Recorded three tackles, including one TFL, in win at Minnesota ... At Indiana, started and registered two tackles, including one sack ... Assisted on two tackles in win against Purdue ... Made fourth straight start vs. Michigan State and turned in one of his top career efforts: career-best four solo tackles, which included an 11-yard sack, and an assisted tackle ... Also assisted on one TFL and had one QB hurry ... Notched a tackle and a key fumble recovery at Iowa ... The fumble recovery led to NU’s game-winning points in the fourth quarter ... Against Ohio, earned a starting spot and matched a career high with four tackles, including two solo stops ... Tallied two tackles against Southern Illinois, including his first career TFL for a three-yard loss ... Credited with one tackle at Duke ... Registered four tackles and a forced fumble in his first career start vs. Syracuse ... One of D-line’s most productive players with 28 tackles ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007

Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in nine of team’s 12 games ... Totaled five tackles, which included two each against Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

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UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 15 11 26 7.5 41 1 2 0 1 1 0 24 15 39 8.0 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 26 65 15.5 81 1 2 0 1 1 0

2006

Reserve defensive end ... True freshman who played his first snaps at Miami (Ohio) ... One assisted tackle vs. New Hampshire ... Suffered a broken leg in practice (Sept. 12) and missed the remainder of the season ... Earned a medical hardship year.

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Playing just one year of high school football, finished as the No. 27-ranked prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Earned honorable mention all-state and all-area honors ... Played end, tackle and linebacker on defense for the Mustangs, who finished 12-2, won the Chicago City Championship and the 2005 Prep Bowl ... Totaled 105 tackles, which included eight sacks, as well as four pass deflections and two forced fumbles ... Offensively, caught 28 passes for 450 yards and seven TD’s as a tight end ... Notched a game-saving tackle in the Mustangs’ early-season win over Richards High ... Participated in June (2006) Chicago city all-star game (North vs. South) ... Member of school’s Honor Roll ... Triple A Academic Athlete of the Year ... Coached by Lexie Spurlock.

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Born Corbin Sinclair Bryant on 1/4/88 ... Son of Calvin and Priscilla Bryant ... Learning and organizational change major and business institutions minor.

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BRYANT’s GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2007 Game Solo Ast Tot NORTHEASTERN 0 0 0 DNP DUKE DNP at Ohio State 0 0 0 MICHIGAN 1 1 2 at Michigan State 0 0 0 MINNESOTA DNP at Eastern Michigan 1 1 2 at Purdue 0 0 0 IOWA 1 0 1 INDIANA 0 0 0 at Illinois 0 0 0 2008 Game Solo Ast Tot SYRACUSE 1 3 4 at Duke 0 1 1 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 1 1 2 OHIO 2 2 4 at Iowa 0 1 1 MICHIGAN STATE 4 1 5 PURDUE 0 2 2 at Indiana 2 0 2 at Minnesota 3 0 3 OHIO STATE 0 0 0 at Michigan 2 2 4 ILLINOIS DNP vs. Missouri DNP

6-4 • 285 • Jr. Center Toledo, Ohio St. John’s Jesuit

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TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/3 0/0 0 0/0 0 0.5/1 0/0 0 0/0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/11 1.0/11 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/2 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0

2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH TOWSON 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Syracuse 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 2 2 4 1.0/8 1.0/8 0 0/0 0 at Purdue 2 0 2 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 3 1 4 1.0/5 1.0/5 0 0/0 0 at Michigan State 1 2 3 1.0/5 0/0 0 0/0 0 INDIANA 3 0 3 1.0/1 0/0 1 0/0 0 PENN STATE 1 2 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Iowa 1 1 2 0.5/4 0.5/4 0 0/0 0 at Illinois 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 WISCONSIN 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 vs. Auburn 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0

2009

In his second year as NU’s starting center ... Started all 13 games ... Has 26 career starts ... 2009 Rimington Trophy watch list.

2008

Started all 13 games at center ... Named a Phil Steele’s third-team All-Freshman selection ... ESPN.com first-team All-Big Ten Freshman team honoree ... Recipient of team’s NGN Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award ... Started first career game vs. Syracuse ... Named NU’s offensive player of the week at Indiana ... Earned team’s offensive player of the game honors (collectively with entire O-line) vs. Syracuse.

2007

Did not see action.

high school

Velocity/PrepStar All-Region offensive lineman ... Ranked 166th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Two-time all-state, three-time alldistrict and three-time all-city honoree ... Selected to play in Ohio’s North-South All-Star game ... Helped the Titans to back-to-back 8-3 records in 2005 and ’06, and appearances in the Ohio state playoffs ... Team captain ... Also lettered in baseball, playing first base ... Regular on school’s Honor Roll ... Coached by Doug Pearson.

personal

Born Benjamin James Burkett on 6/19/89 ... Son of Jim and Susan Burkett ... Grandfather, Ernest Berg, played baseball at Arizona ... Economics major.

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UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 0 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 13 28 5.5 19 0 1 1 0 0 0 17 13 30 5.5 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 29 64 11.0 43 1 1 1 0 0 0

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5-10 • 190 • Jr. Running Back Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge 2009

Played in 12 games (missed Purdue game) and made five starts (NU’s final five games of season) ... Second among NU running backs with 241 net rushing yards ... Totaled 13 all-purpose yards vs. Wisconsin (eight rushing, five receiving) ... Gained 39 yards on nine carries vs. Illinois and caught one pass for nine yards ... Started in NU’s victory over No. 4 Iowa, racking up 59 yards on 15 carries ... First career start came against Penn State ... Posted 13 yards on eight carries and 29 yards on two receptions vs. the Nittany Lions ... Enjoyed a breakout day in sparking NU’s 25-point comeback win vs. Indiana, setting career highs with 16 carries and 73 yards ... Rushed for 45 yards in the fourth quarter against the Hoosiers, 32 of which came on NU’s game-winning drive ... Had eight carries vs. Eastern Michigan, totaling 21 yards ... Carried seven times for 32 yards and two touchdowns against Towson, scoring on running plays of 21 and 3 yards ... Academic All-Big Ten.

CONCANNON’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2009 Game Rush Yds TD Rec TOWSON 7 32 2 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 8 21 0 0 at Syracuse 1 (-3) 0 0 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0 at Purdue DNP MIAMI (OHIO) 0 0 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 0 0 INDIANA 16 73 0 0 PENN STATE 8 13 0 2 at Iowa 15 59 0 0 at Illinois 9 37 0 1 WISCONSIN 3 8 0 1 vs. Auburn 1 1 0 0

RUSHING Year G Att Yds 2008 8 0 0 2009 12 68 241 Career 20 68 241

Registered his first career tackle against SIU on special teams ... Assisted on one tackle vs. Ohio ... One tackle at Iowa ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Ohio State and team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Michigan.

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6-4 • 230 • Sr. Linebacker St. Louis, Mo. Cardinal Ritter

high school

Born Scott Michael Concannon on 12/10/88 ... Son of Larna Lavelle and Pat Concannon ... Communication studies major.

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2008

Rivals.com All-Region and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region running back ... Ranked 29th among all players (seventh among running backs) in Rivals.com Missouri player rankings ... Ranked 129th-best running back nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... 2006 all-state selection ... Two-time Columbia Tribune All-Area selection (2005-06) ... Tabbed the Tribune’s Offensive MVP in 2006 when he led the area in rushing (1,690 yards) and averaged 10.3 yards per carry ... Scored 20 rushing TD’s and 25 overall to finish as the Bruins’ rushing and scoring leader ... Versus Hickman H.S., produced a career-best game: 324 total yards and four TD’s (just eight rushing attempts) ... Had TD runs of 98 and 99 yards in the contest, along with a 96-yard screen pass ... Holds school marks for career rushing, career points, single-season rushing and single-season points ... Team captain ... Also lettered one year in baseball ... Coached by A.J. Ofodile.

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2009

Started all 13 games at outside linebacker ... Has started 26 career games ... After leading NU with nine tackles in the Outback Bowl, moved from second to first on NU’s tackle chart with 90 hits (fellow linebacker Nate Williams, who sat out one game, led the team in tackles per game with 7.17 while Davie was second with 6.92) ... Also led team with 11.5 TFL’s ... Ranked 18th in the Big Ten with 6.9 tackles per game and tied for fifth with four forced fumbles ... Led ’Cats in the Outback Bowl with nine tackles, 2.5 TFL’s (including one sack) and a pass breakup ... Landed an honorable mention nod on ESPN.com’s All-Big Ten Bowl team ... Named team’s defensive big playmaker vs. Miami, Indiana and Wisconsin ... One sack and two total stops vs. the Badgers while also causing a fumble that was recovered by NU in the late stages of a 33-31 win ... Led the defense with eight tackles at Illinois ... Intercepted the first pass of his career and notched five tackles in win at Iowa ... Recorded seven stops (six solo) against Penn State ... Six tackles with one TFL and two quarterback hurries vs. Indiana ... Posted seven stops for the second consecutive game at Michigan State along

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2008

Starting outside linebacker (started 11 of 13 games) ... Tied for 20th in Big Ten in TFL’s per game (0.73) ... Tied for second on team in TFL’s (9.5) ... Notched two tackles in Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... Four stops and one fumble recovery vs. Illinois ... Seven tackles vs. Ohio State, including one TFL ... Recorded four tackles at Indiana ... Tallied six stops, one 6-yard sack, one pass breakup and one QB hurry against Purdue ... Notched six tackles, including a 2-yard TFL, against Michigan State ... Notched three tackles, including a TFL, and a QB hurry at Iowa ... Against Ohio, collected four tackles, including one TFL, and his first career pass breakup ... Set a career high with 3.5 TFL’s (loss of 21 yards), including 1.5 sacks, on his way to six tackles against Southern Illinois ... Named team’s defensive big playmaker vs. SIU and Syracuse ... Posted eight tackles against Duke and had two QB hurries ... Made his third collegiate start vs. Syracuse, totaling seven tackles (five solo, two assist) and registering his first career sack when he pressured quarterback Andrew Robinson into an intentional grounding penalty, giving the Wildcats a safety.

2007

Played in 11 games, starting two ... Made his first collegiate start at outside linebacker vs. Michigan ... Finished the Michigan contest with a season-high six tackles (four solos) and a pass deflection ... Started at MSU and notched two solo tackles against the Spartans ... Recorded three tackles, including a 1-yard TFL, in his collegiate debut vs. Northeastern ... Two solo tackles vs. Nevada ... Two tackles vs. Duke ... Notched two more tackles at Ohio State ... Three tackles vs. Minnesota ... One tackle vs. EMU and Purdue ... Closed year with three tackles and a 0.5 TFL at Illinois.

2006

Did not see action ... Named team’s special teams practice player of the week on two occasions (Penn State and Illinois).

high school

Ranked 14th in Missouri and 57th nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Midlands Region linebacker ... Ranked 47th by SuperPrep among Midlands (11 states) players and 12th in Missouri ... Two-time all-state linebacker (first team in 2004, second team in 2005), as well as a twotime all-conference and Post-Dispatch all-metro honoree ... Two-time team MVP ... 2005 finalist for the U.S. Army All-American game ... Also played quarterback and tight end on offense ... Team captain that led Cardinal Ritter to the state semifinal round in 2005, where they won a pair of postseason games for the first time ... Completed 52-of-115 passes for 1,214 yards (third-most passing yards in school history) and 13 TD’s, and rushed for 567 yards ... Defensively, totaled 94 tackles (7 TFL’s), an interception and fumble recovery ... Recorded a pair of defensive touchdowns his junior season-fumble returns of 70 and 80 yards ...Who and senior year First Honors ... Coached by Ron Villars.

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Born Quentin R. Davie on 2/15/88 ... Son of Mary Younger and Alvin Davie ... Learning and organizational change major.

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DAVIE’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2007 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH NORTHEASTERN 2 1 3 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 NEVADA 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 DUKE 1 1 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Ohio State 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MICHIGAN 4 2 6 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 at Michigan State 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Eastern Michigan 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Purdue 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 IOWA DNP INDIANA 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Illinois 1 2 3 0.5/2 0/0 0 0/0 0 2008 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH SYRACUSE 5 2 7 1.0/5 1.0/5 0 0/0 0 at Duke 1 7 8 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 2 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 4 2 6 3.5/21 1.5/12 0 0/0 0 OHIO 2 2 4 1.0/3 0/0 1 0/0 0 at Iowa 1 2 3 1.0/4 0/0 0 0/0 1 MICHIGAN STATE 3 3 6 1.0/2 0/0 0 0/0 1 PURDUE 3 3 6 1.0/6 1.0/6 1 0/0 1 at Indiana 1 3 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Minnesota 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 OHIO STATE 3 4 7 1.0/4 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Michigan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 ILLINOIS 2 2 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 vs. Missouri 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH TOWSON 4 5 9 1.5/1 0/0 0 0/0 1 EASTERN MICHIGAN 4 4 8 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Syracuse 3 1 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 4 5 9 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 3 at Purdue 7 2 9 1.5/7 1.0/6 1 0/0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 5 2 7 3.0/10 3.0/10 0 0/0 0 at Michigan State 2 5 7 1.0/3 0/0 0 0/0 0 INDIANA 2 4 6 1.0/3 0/0 0 0/0 2 PENN STATE 6 1 7 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Iowa 3 2 5 0/0 0/0 1 1/7 0 at Illinois 2 6 8 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 WISCONSIN 2 0 2 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 vs. Auburn 6 3 9 2.5/10 1.0/6 1 0/0 0

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UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 18 7 25 1.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 32 57 9.5 45 2 0 1 0 0 0 50 40 90 11.5 35 4 4 1 0 1 7 93 79 172 22.5 83 7 4 2 0 1 7

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6-8 • 320 • So. Offensive Line Elmhurst, Ill. York 2009

Recipient of team’s NGN Newcomer Award (offensive player honoree) ... Played in all 13 games, starting final seven contests at right tackle.

2008

Did not see action.

high school

SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest Region offensive lineman ... Ranked 31st among all players (sixth among offensive tackles) in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 36th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/ Scouts, Inc. ... Chicago Tribune second-team All-State selection ... Two-time (2006-07) Daily Herald All-Area and All-West Suburban Silver Conference selection ... 2007 West Suburban Silver Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Two-time academic all-state and all-conference selection ... Selected to play in 2007-08 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... Helped the Dukes rush for 2,553 yards his senior season and score 39 touchdowns ... Team captain ... Also lettered in track and basketball and played one year of baseball ... Placed first in the shot put at the 2008 indoor conference meet and 2008 sectional outdoor meet ... Qualified for state track meet in the shot put (first and only year on York’s track team) ... Four-year Honor Roll member ... School’s mathematics honor society ... Coached by Bill Lech.

personal

Born Neal Patrick Deiters on 1/5/90 ... Son of Rich and Kelly Deiters ... Played against current NU players Jack DiNardo (Hinsdale Central) and Kevin Watt (Glenbard West) ... Major is undeclared.

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5-10 • 185 • Sr. Punter/Place-kicker Scottsdale, Ariz. Horizon 2009

Consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Tabbed one of 20 semifinalists (one of two Big Ten kickers on the list) for the Lou Groza Award (nation’s top kicker) ... ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-American and first-team Academic All-District honoree ... Handled all of NU’s punting, placekicking and kickoff duties ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 30th nationally with 1.38 field goals per game, and ranked fifth with a 72.0 percent (18-of-25) conversion rate on field goals ... Ranked seventh in the league among all players with 6.8 points per game ... Opened season by making first nine field goal attempts ... Was 14-of-16 after 10 games with both misses being blocked attempts ... Only truly missed five field goal attempts, and those five came in two games (Illinois and Auburn) ... Three-time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honoree (vs. Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin) ... Named team’s special teams player of the week vs. Eastern Michigan and Penn State ... Nailed all four field goal attempts—tying a career-best—in NU’s 33-31 win over Wisconsin, including two 45-yard boots ... Punted five times at Illinois with a long of 47 yards and one inside the 20 ... Hit a 47-yard field goal—the second-longest of his career—in the fourth quarter of NU’s win at No. 4 Iowa while also hitting a season-high eight punts, landing three inside Iowa’s 20 ... Connected on 2-of-3 field goal tries vs. Penn State (good from 34 and 45 yards) and punted five times at a 36.2-yardper-punt average ... Hit his second game-winning field goal of the year vs. Indiana, a 19-yard attempt with 21 seconds remaining ... Also made a 28-yard attempt vs. the Hoosiers in the first quarter ... Booted six punts at Michigan State, including one inside the 20 ... Converted 1-of-2 field goal attempts vs. Miami (good from 46 yards) and punted seven times, landing two inside MU’s 20 ... Made four field goals at Purdue, hitting on attempts of 18, 35, 25 and 39 yards to improve to 8-for-8 on the year ... Also named one of the three Lou Groza “Stars of the Week” for his performance at Purdue ... Punted four times and landed one inside the 20 vs. the Boilermakers ... Connected on his only field goal attempt vs. Minnesota (26 yards) and averaged 40.8 yards per punt on four punts ... Landed three of his six punts at Syracuse inside the 20 ... Hit a gamewinning, career-long 49-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 24-24 tie against Eastern Michigan ... Also hit on a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and landed two of his three punts inside the 20 against the Eagles ... Against Towson, connected on five PATs, his first career FG (36 yards) and punted one time for 36 yards ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Named Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Syracuse ... 40.6 percent (26-of-64) of his punts landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (with just two touchbacks)—that percentage (40.6) led all Big Ten punters ... In 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri, had six punts for a 38.0-yard average with a long of 44, including one inside the 20 ... Booted five punts against Illinois with a long of 50, landing two inside the 20 ... Tied a career high with eight punts at Michigan, landing two inside the 20 ... Four punts, including two inside the 20, with a 32.2-yard average against Ohio State ... Landed three of six punts inside the 20 at Minnesota, compiling a 42.8-yard average ... At Indiana, planted two of his three punts inside the 20, including a career-long 63-yard boot that was downed at the Hoosiers’ 1-yard line ... Also had two solo tackles on kickoff coverage vs. the Hoosiers ... Against Purdue, punted three times, with two landing inside the 20, and had a long of 52 yards ... Punted twice for a 46.5-yard average against Michigan State ... Punted five times (for a 37.4 average) with two boots inside the 20 vs. Iowa ... Against Ohio, punted five times for 177 yards and planted one

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drake dunsmore 6-3 • 235 • Jr. Superback Lenexa, Kan. Saint Thomas Aquinas

2007

Academic All-Big Ten ... Handled team’s punting duties ... Averaged 40.1 yards per punt with 23 of his 54 punts landing inside the opposition’s 20-yard line ... Averaged 40.0 yards or better in final seven games ... NU’s punt return yardage defense ranked eighth nationally—just 4.9 ypp return ... Closed season vs. Illinois with best punting effort: five punts for a 49.0 average with three inside the 20 (season-long 56-yarder) ... Named team’s special teams player of the game for that effort ... Averaged 42.5 yards per punt (four boots) at Michigan State with three punts inside the 20 ... Had a 43.8 average against Minnesota ... Averaged 40.0 ypp vs. Eastern Michigan with two of three landing inside the 20 ... Had a 42.0 average (five punts) at Purdue ... Averaged 42.0 ypp vs. Iowa ... One punt for 44 yards against Indiana ... Handled kickoff duties for first eight games, averaging 59.9 yards per kickoff with six touchbacks.

2006

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All-state place-kicker and punter for Horizon High ... Ranked ninth nationally among place-kickers by Rivals.com ... Three-time all-region and all-Northeast Valley kicker ... Named to Arizona Football Coaches Association first-team all-star squad ... Converted 13-of-16 field goals in 2005, with a 51-yarder being his long ... Kicked off the ground his entire senior season, as well ... Averaged 45 yards per punt, with a long of 66 ... 15 of his 36 punts fell inside the 20-yard line ... Boomed 58 of 69 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks ... Booted one kickoff 80 yards ... Helped the Huskies go 10-2 in 2005 with a quarterfinal state appearance ... Kicked a 44-yard field goal with 12.8 seconds remaining to record a 27-24 win over Chandler ... Starting place-kicker for the 2006 AZFCA All-Star game ... Converted two-of-two field goals (31, 29 yards) and booted all six kickoffs into the end zone in that game ... Also averaged 45 yards per punt (four punts) in the all-star game with two inside the 20-yard line ... Also lettered four years on the Huskies’ soccer team, and was named all-Arizona, as well as all-Northeast Valley and all-region for four years ... Named the 2006 Phoenix and Scottsdale Player of the Year ... Tied school record with 25 goals ... Named Horizon’s 2005-06 Male Athlete of the Year ... Ranked No. 6 nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking ... One of Chris Sailer’s top-12 camp winners ... Coached by Keith Brown (two years) and Steve Casey (two years).

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Born Marc Stefan Demos on 12/18/87 ... Son of Fran and Harry Demos ... Father played football and soccer at Santa Clara ... Brother, Jordan, was a soccer player at San Diego ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

DEMOS’ CAREER STATS PUNTING Year G No. 2007 12 54 2008 13 64 2009 13 63 Career 38 181 FIELD GOALS Year G 2009 13 Career 13

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2009

Starting superback ... Officially, started seven of team’s 13 games ... Finished third on team’s receptions list with 47 catches ... Ranked second in receptions among Big Ten tight ends (behind Wisconsin’s Garrett Graham) ... Closed season with a career-best performance in the Outback Bowl: nine catches for 120 yards, which included a spectacular 66-yard tackle-breaking TD ... That 66-yard TD play was tabbed the 10th-best play among all 34 bowl games in 2009-10 ... Three catches for 45 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Caught one pass for 14 yards at Illinois ... Scored the go-ahead touchdown in NU’s victory at No. 4 Iowa, a 4-yard pass from Dan Persa in the second quarter ... Finished with 19 yards receiving yards on three catches vs. the Hawkeyes and was named team’s offensive big playmaker ... Caught three passes for 28 yards against Penn State ... One grab for 11 yards against Indiana ... Posted two catches for 16 yards at Michigan State ... Four catches for 38 yards in a 16-6 win over Miami ... At Purdue, totaled four receptions for 42 yards ... Caught four passes for 37 yards against Minnesota ... Savored one of his season’s top games at Syracuse in which he led NU with nine catches for 81 yards and his first career touchdown—a 22-yard second-quarter reception—earning him team offensive player of the game honors ... Two catches for a team-best 48 yards against Eastern Michigan ... Named team’s offensive big playmaker vs. Eastern Michigan ... Hauled in two passes—both on NU’s opening scoring drive—for 24 yards vs. Towson ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Suffered a season-ending knee injury on the fifth day of preseason practice ... Was slated to play a major offensive role.

2007

Named to Sporting News’ Freshman All-Big Ten team ... One of two true freshmen to play in 2007 ... Reserve superback and special teams performer ... Had a pair of catches for 70 yards (two 35-yard receptions) against Duke ... Two more receptions (for 8 yards) against Michigan ... Six-yard catch at Michigan State ... Two receptions for 16 yards vs. Minnesota ... Two catches for 20 yards vs. Eastern Michigan ... Two catches (21 yds.) vs. Purdue ... Notched six special teams hits.

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Rivals.com All-Region and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region tight end ... Ranked 15th among all players (second among tight ends) in Rivals.com Kansas player ranking ... Ranked 21st-best tight end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Twotime first-team all-state honoree ... Two-time team MVP and first-team All-Eastern Kansas League selection ... 2006 first-team All-Sun ... Named to 810 Sports Radio all-star team ... As a junior, caught 41 passes for 586 yards and 8 TD’s ... Totaled 56 receptions for 841 yards and 9 TD’s his senior season ... Finished career with 105 receptions and 19 TD’s ... Helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to

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Born Drake C. Dunsmore on 11/4/88 ... Son of Pat and Blanca Dunsmore ... Father, Pat, who played college football at Drake, played tight end two years (1983-84) with the Chicago Bears ... Communication studies major.

6-0 • 180 • Jr. Wide Receiver Hilliard, Ohio Hilliard Darby

DUNSMORE’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2007 Game Rec Yds NORTHEASTERN 0 0 NEVADA 0 0 DUKE 2 70 at Ohio State 0 0 MICHIGAN 2 8 at Michigan State 1 6 MINNESOTA 2 16 at Eastern Michigan 2 20 at Purdue 2 21 IOWA 0 0 INDIANA 0 0 at Illinois 0 0

TD Rush 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Yds TD PR Yds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2009 Game Rec Yds TOWSON 2 24 EASTERN MICHIGAN 2 48 at Syracuse 9 81 MINNESOTA 4 37 at Purdue 4 42 MIAMI (OHIO) 4 38 at Michigan State 2 16 INDIANA 1 11 PENN STATE 3 28 at Iowa 3 19 at Illinois 1 14 WISCONSIN 3 45 vs. Auburn 9 120

TD Rush 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Yds TD PR Yds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DUNSMORE’S CAREER STATS RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2007 12 11 141 2009 13 47 523 Career 25 58 664

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 0 35 0.9 12.8 11.8 3 66 3.6 11.1 40.2 3 66 2.3 11.4 26.6

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2009

Played in all 13 games with four starts ... Offseason surgery (hip) slowed his production early in the season ... In his four starts, had 15 catches for 162 yards ... Finished sixth on NU’s reception list with 21 catches ... Turned in his best performance of the year in the Outback Bowl with six receptions for 64 yards ... Had four catches for 44 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Two catches for 26 yards at Illinois, including a season-long 19-yard reception ... One grab for six yards at Iowa ... Against Penn State, brought in one pass for a 10-yard gain ... One catch for five yards against Indiana ... At Michigan State, caught one pass for 12 yards ... Caught one pass for 12 yards vs. Minnesota ... Two catches for 26 yards at Syracuse ... Against Eastern Michigan, made one catch for seven yards ... Caught one pass for eight yards against Towson ... One catch for five yards against Indiana ... At Michigan State, caught one pass for 12 yards ... Caught one pass for 12 yards vs. Minnesota ... Two catches for 26 yards at Syracuse ... Against Eastern Michigan, made one catch for seven yards ... Caught one pass for eight yards against Towson.

2008

Made his debut vs. Syracuse, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Bachér in the second quarter for his first collegiate catch ... Finished with two receptions for 21 yards ... Also contributed on special teams ... Caught one pass against Southern Illinois for 4 yards ... Against Ohio, returned his first career kickoff for 18 yards and recorded two special teams tackles ... Had a 5-yard catch vs. MSU ... Against Purdue, led the team in receiving yards (55 on four catches) and hauled in a 30-yard catch from Bachér ... At Indiana, caught two passes for 24 yards ... Grabbed a career-long 36-yard touchdown pass from Mike Kafka on NU’s opening drive at Minnesota and finished with 48 yards receiving on three catches to earn team offensive big playmaker honors ... Set career highs for kickoff returns (two), kickoff return yards (34) and long return (20 yards) against Ohio State ... Also caught two passes for 4 yards vs. the Buckeyes ... Recorded one tackle in Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri.

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SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar honorable mention All-Midwest Region selection ... Played quarterback in high school, but will move to wide receiver in college ... Ranked 80th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Ranked 185th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... 2007 Ohio Capital Conference MVP ... Two-time first-team all-conference quarterback ... 2007 Columbus Area Football MVP ... 2006 Columbus Area Super 25 Team ... Two-time all-district selection (2006-07) ... This Week Newspaper Columbus Area Player of the Year for 2007 ... Panthers’ 2007 team MVP ... For career, rushed for 2,692 yards (6.48 ypc on 415 attempts) and 26 TD’s, while throwing for 3,835 yards (278-of-537) for 30 TD’s ... Led the Panthers to their first playoff berth in school history in 2007 as Hilliard Darby reached the regional finals and finished 11-2 ... In regional final game, completed 21-of-29 passes for 321 yards and 4 TD’s, and had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries ... Team captain ... Team won the 2007 Ohio Capital Conference title ... As a sophomore, helped team finish with the school’s first winning season (6-4) ... Selected to play in a pair of all-star games: Ohio’s North-South game and the Central Ohio game ... Also lettered in basketball (shooting guard) and track (sprints) ... Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Paul Jenne.

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Born Jeremy J. Ebert on 4/6/89 ... Son of Chip and Colleen Ebert, and Joanie Hershiser ... Father, Chip, is the athletics director at Darby ... Major is undeclared.

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2 36 1.2 10.7 12.4 0 28 1.6 10.8 17.4 2 36 1.4 10.8 14.9

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5-9 • 200 • So. Running Back Alta Loma, Calif. Los Osos 2009

One of three true freshmen to play in 2009 ... Played in all 13 games with three starts ... NU’s leading rusher with 302 net yards and five rushing TD’s ... Led all running backs with five rushing scores ... Gained 28 yards on the ground vs. Wisconsin ... Against Illinois, gained 50 yards on nine carries (5.6 ypc) and scored on a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter ... One carry for six yards at Iowa ... Against Penn State, caught one pass for six yards and rushed one time for five yards ... Gained 10 yards on five rushes and caught one pass for six yards vs. Indiana ... Two carries for five yards at Michigan State ... Rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries vs. Miami ... First career start came at Purdue where he rushed a career-high 18 times for 43 yards and one TD and caught four passes for 16 yards ... Carried the ball nine times vs. Minnesota for 43 yards and one TD while also catching two passes for 12 yards ... Gained 24 yards on two carries at Syracuse, including a career-long 25-yard scamper ... Against Eastern Michigan, ran seven times for a net gain of five yards and caught two passes for seven yards ... Rushed six times for 48 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut against Towson ... Scored on runs of 2 and 22 yards vs. the Tigers.

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A. FIELDS’ GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2009 Game Rush TOWSON 6 EASTERN MICHIGAN 7 at Syracuse 2 MINNESOTA 9 at Purdue 18 MIAMI (OHIO) 11 at Michigan State 2 INDIANA 5 PENN STATE 1 at Iowa 1 at Illinois 9 WISCONSIN 8 vs. Auburn 3

Yds TD Rec 48 2 0 5 0 2 24 0 0 43 1 2 43 1 4 27 0 0 5 0 0 10 0 1 5 0 1 6 0 0 50 1 1 28 0 5 8 0 1

Yds 0 7 0 12 16 0 0 6 6 0 1 23 8

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A. FIELDS’ CAREER STATS RUSHING Year G Att Yds 2009 13 82 302 Career 13 82 302

TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 5 25 3.7 23.2 5 25 3.7 23.2

RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2009 13 17 79 Career 13 17 79

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 0 12 1.3 4.6 6.1 0 12 1.3 4.6 6.1

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Rivals.com All-Region and SuperPrep All-Far West Region running back ... Ranked 35th nationally among all-purpose backs by Rivals.com and the 74th-best player overall from the state of California ... Ranked ninth among all running backs from California by Rivals.com ... Ranked 96th nationally among running backs by SuperPrep ... Ranked 141st among all players in the Far West Region (California, Nevada, Hawaii) by SuperPrep ... A 2008 first-team All-CIF, All-County, All-Southern Section, All-Valley and All-State running back ... Recipient of team’s Mr. All-Purpose Award ... All-Daily Bulletin Prep Team ... Participant in the Western Section and Inland Valley All-Star games ... Helped Los Osos to a 10-3 record in 2008 and a state semifinal appearance ... Totaled 285 all-purpose yards (174 rushing, 50 receiving and 61 punt returns) in a regular-season win over Upland (same high school that 2009 NU signee Davion Fleming attended) ... Career-best rushing performance was 242 yards (39 carries) and 2 TD’s vs. Etiwanda (288 all-purpose yards) ... Averaged 9.3 ypc (177 rushing yards) and 3 TD’s in a win over Elsinore ... Totaled over 2,000 allpurpose yards in 2008 ... For his three-year career, totaled 2,959 rushing yards, 1,534 receiving yards and 50 touchdowns ... Notched 117 career tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back ... Also lettered in baseball as a centerfielder and second baseman ... Drafted in the 34th round of Major League Baseball’s

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Born Arby Enrico Fields II ... Son of Arby Sr. and Josetti Fields ... Plays baseball (centerfielder) for the Wildcats as well.

EBERT’S CAREER STATS RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2008 13 15 161 2009 12 21 226 Career 25 36 387

Amateur Draft in June, 2009 by the Atlanta Braves ... Team captain for both football and baseball ... Principal’s Honor Roll ... Scholar-Athlete Award ... San Gabriel Valley NAACP Award ... Coached by Tom Martinez.

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6-0 • 205 • So, Wide Receiver Dallas, Texas South Oak Cliff

D. FIELDS’ CAREER STATS RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2009 13 24 225 Career 13 24 225

keegan grant

2009

Played in all 13 games with four starts ... 24 catches for 225 yards (9.4 ypc) ... Had a season-long 26-yard grab vs. Auburn ... One catch for 14 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Caught two passes for 14 yards at Illinois ... One grab for seven yards against Penn State ... One catch for eight yards vs. Indiana ... Member of the starting lineup at Michigan State ... Caught one pass for eight yards vs. Miami ... One catch for 11 yards at Purdue ... Four catches for 43 yards against Minnesota ... Scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter at Syracuse and finished with 39 yards on five catches ... Caught a team-high four passes totaling 25 yards against Eastern Michigan ... Three receptions for 30 yards—including a long of 14 yards—in his collegiate debut against Towson.

2008

Did not see action ... Named team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Duke.

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 1 26 1.8 9.4 17.3 1 26 1.8 9.4 17.3

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6-2 • 300 • Sr. Offensive Line Coal City, Ill. Coal City 2009

Started six games at right guard, including the last six regular-season contests.

2008

Slowed much of the season with an ankle injury ... Played in one game.

2007

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Played in all 12 games ... Played a key reserve role, mostly at left guard.

Two-time All-District 14-4A wide receiver (first-team selection in 2006, second-team selection in 2007) ... Helped lead the Golden Bears to a 9-4 record in 2007, which included a perfect 5-0 league record in District 14-4A ... Played wide receiver and free safety for SOC ... Team captain ... In the team’s final game vs. Hillcrest, the third round of the 4A playoffs, recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery ... Totaled 17 receptions for 350 yards and three TD’s as a senior ... SOC was a regional semifinalist in 2007 ... Missed part of his senior season with an injury ... Ranked 81st-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Also played guard for the Golden Bears’ powerhouse basketball team ... Honorable mention all-district basketball selection (2006-07) ... Honor Roll ... Class salutatorian and vice president ... Coached by Christopher Gilbert.

2006

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Born Demetrius Duran Fields on 7/7/90 ... Son of Darrell and Marcella Fields ... Brother, Dexton, was a star receiver for Kansas (had seven receptions for 101 yards in KU’s 2008 Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech, and for the season, 63 receptions for 834 yards and six TD’s) ... Major is undeclared.

Started at offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Illinois High School Association Class 4A state semifinalists ... Named first-team all-state offensive lineman by Chicago Tribune and first-team defensive lineman by Morris Daily Herald ... Earned Coal City Lineman of the Year and Varsity Athletic awards ... Received an Academic All-State Award by the Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association ... Named an all-area scholar athlete by the Kankakee Daily Journal ... National Honor Society member ... 2006 Illinois State Scholar ... Also a four-year letterwinner in wrestling and track and field ... Finished fourth in the IHSA Class A wrestling meet (275-pound weight class) ... Broke Coal City shot put record by 3’ 5-1/2’’ ... Qualified six times for IHSA state tournaments in his three sports ... Became first Coal City athlete to qualify for three IHSA state tournaments in the same year (2004-05) ... Coached by Lenny Onsen.

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2009 Game Rec Yds TOWSON 3 30 EASTERN MICHIGAN 4 25 at Syracuse 5 39 MINNESOTA 4 43 at Purdue 1 11 MIAMI (OHIO) 1 8 at Michigan State 0 0 INDIANA 1 8 PENN STATE 1 7 at Iowa 0 0 at Illinois 2 14 WISCONSIN 1 14 vs. Auburn 1 26

TD Rush 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Yds TD PR Yds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Born Keegan Brian Grant on 3/15/88 ... Son of Brian Grant ... Political science major and history minor.

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6-4 • 220 • Jr. Linebacker Trevor, Wis. Shoreland Lutheran

JOHNSON’S CAREER STATS TACKLES Year G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 2008 12 3 3 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2009 9 18 10 28 3.5 7 2 1 1 1 1 70 Career 21 21 13 34 3.5 7 2 1 1 2 1 70

jordan mabin

2009

Played in nine games with seven starts ... Finished season with 28 tackles (3.5 for loss) ... Missed the Iowa and Illinois games and played sparingly vs. Wisconsin due to a leg injury ... Started Outback Bowl game vs. Auburn and totaled a career-high-tying six tackles ... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Indiana after missing Miami and Michigan State games with a leg injury and notched six tackles with one TFL and a QB hurry ... Two stops at Purdue ... Finished with five tackles vs. Minnesota, including 0.5 TFL’s ... Stuffed the stat sheet at Syracuse, collecting three tackles, one sack for a 4-yard loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on his way to NU’s defensive player of the game honors ... Against Eastern Michigan, intercepted the first pass of his career and returned it 70 yards for a pick-six ... Named team’s defensive big playmaker vs. EMU ... Finished with four tackles and one TFL against the Eagles ... In his first start vs. Towson, recorded two tackles and one pass breakup.

2008

Recorded the first blocked punt of his career at Michigan ... Posted three tackles vs. Purdue ... Had one tackle in his collegiate debut vs. Syracuse and one tackle at Duke ... Missed the SIU and Ohio games with an injury ... Came back with a special teams tackle at Iowa.

2007

Did not see action ... Named team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Iowa.

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Velocity/SuperPrep All-Region and Rivals.com All-Region selection ... Ranked 10th among all players (first among linebackers) in Rivals.com Wisconsin player ranking ... First-team all-state selection by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WisconsinPreps.com ... Second-team all-state selection by Associated Press ... A two-time Kenosha News All-County and Midwest Classic All-Conference firstteam selection (defensive back) ... Named the Midwest Classic Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 ... Also earned all-conference honors (second team) as a sophomore ... Totaled 195 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, 10 interceptions and 26 TFL’s (16 his senior season) during three-year prep career ... As a receiver, totaled 53 receptions for 1,098 yards (20.7 ypr) and 14 TD’s ... Selected to play in Wisconsin’s North-South All-Star game ... 2007 U.S. All-American Bowl nominee ... U.S. Army National Scholar-Athlete Award ... Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee ... Led the Pacers to a two-year mark of 16-5 (junior and senior seasons), with his team reaching the state playoffs both years ... Shoreland Lutheran went 9-2 and won the conference title his junior season ... Team captain ... School’s Alan Ameche Award nominee (best high school football player in the county) ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... Advanced to the state finals in the long jump his junior year ... Set conference record in 55 meters, 400 meters and long jump (22’ 9”) ... Placed second at state meet (Division 2) in the long jump and 100 meters ... National Honor Society and Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Mark Stein.

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5-11 • 180 • Jr. Cornerback Northfield Center, Ohio Nordonia 2009

Started all 13 games at cornerback ... Has 24 career starts ... Finished year with 75 tackles, fourth-most on the team ... Sealed NU’s win over Wisconsin with an interception in the final minute and closed with seven tackles (fifth time in his career with seven tackles) ... Five total tackles at Illinois ... Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career at Iowa while recording six tackles ... Posted six tackles vs. Penn State ... Five tackles against Indiana and six stops at Michigan State ... Tied a career high with seven tackles in consecutive games vs. Miami and at Purdue ... Also recovered a fumble at Purdue ... Five tackles against Minnesota ... Tied for team lead with seven tackles at Syracuse ... Picked up four stops against Eastern Michigan ... One tackle vs. Towson.

2008

Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Phil Steele’s Freshman All-American ... Also tabbed a second-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com and a member of the ESPN.com first-team All-Big Ten Freshman team ... Named team’s NGN Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... Started last 11 games at cornerback ... Finished with 52 total tackles and three interceptions for the year ... Named team’s defensive big playmaker vs. Duke and Michigan ... Notched three tackles in 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... Four tackles, including one TFL, and one pass breakup vs. Illinois ... At Michigan, tallied four tackles and his team-leading third interception ... Recorded four tackles and one pass breakup against Ohio State ... One stop at Minnesota ... Totaled five stops and one pass breakup at Indiana ... Against Purdue, registered his second career interception, which he returned 38 yards down to the 1-yard line ... Also collected six tackles vs. the Boilermakers ... Delivered a season-most eight tackles (four solos) vs. Michigan State ... Totaled three hits vs. Iowa ... Against Ohio, recorded his first career interception and TFL in addition to totaling seven tackles, including five solo stops ... Returned one kickoff for 11 yards and had one pass breakup against SIU ... At Duke, rang up five tackles, a forced and recovered fumble and a pass breakup ... Returned his first career kickoff for 20 yards at Duke ... Registered one tackle in his collegiate debut vs. Syracuse.

For NU’s online player bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nw-m-footbl-mtt.html For NU’s 2010 recruiting class bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020310abm.html

Born Benjamin Thomas Johnson on 11/9/88 ... Son of Russell and Deborah Johnson ... Uncle, Steve Smith, played baseball at Miami (Ohio) ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

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MABIN’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs

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high school

Velocity/PrepStar All-American and All-Region honoree ... Rivals.com AllRegion and SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree ... Ranked 10th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking and 17th among all players (sixth among defensive backs) in Rivals.com Ohio player ranking ... Ranked 20th-best cornerback nationally by SuperPrep, 27th-best defensive back nationally by Rivals.com and 87th-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Ohio’s Division II Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Ohio (all-state) selection ... Named 2006 Offensive Player of the Year by Northeast Ohio Inland District, the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Summit/Portage County), the Akron Beacon-Journal and Sun Newspapers ... Four-time first-team All-Western Reserve Conference selection ... Named conference’s Offensive MVP in 2006 ... Also tabbed the Fox 8 and Cable 9 Player of the Year ... Ohio News Network (ONN) first-team tailback in 2006 ... Recipient of the Plain Dealer’s “Best of the Best” award ... Knights’ three-time team MVP (2004-06) and their 2006 Offensive MVP ... Offensively, rushed for 6,700 career yards, including 2,354 yards his senior year, on 869 attempts (7.7 ypc) ... His career rushing figure is the sixth-best mark in Ohio prep history ... Averaged 8.1 ypc his senior season ... Totaled 81 career rushing TD’s (28 in 2006) ... Also added 61 career receptions for 649 yards (10.6 ypr) and 5 TD’s ... Scored a total of 92 career TD’s—ninth most in Ohio history—(81 rushing, 5 receiving, 3 kickoff returns, 3 punt returns) and 12 two-point PAT’s for 564 career points ... Defensively, totaled 143 career tackles (123 solos) and 11 interceptions ... 8,866 career all-purpose yards (2,805 his senior season) ... Rushed for a school-record 317 yards against Twinsburg ... Invited to play in MSL All-American Bowl in Orlando and the Big 33 All-Star game, pitting stars from Ohio vs. Pennsylvania ... Helped the Knights go 38-10 during his four-year career ... Team made the playoffs three of his four years, which included a state semifinal appearance in 2006 ... Conference champs in 2006 ... Played in every game ... Also lettered in track (sprints/relays) ... High Honor Roll and Leadership Award ... Played against fellow NU signee David Arnold ... Coached by Keith Boedicker.

personal

Born Jordan C. Mabin on 10/31/88 ... Son of Howard and Debbie Mabin ... Father played football at Louisville, while cousins Dorin Dickerson (U. of Pittsburgh) and Ron Dickerson (Miami Dolphins, Temple coach), also are involved in football ... Uncle, Wes Mabin, played at Nebraska ... Attended same high school as former NU player, Rashad Morton ... Learning and organizational change major.

2008 Game SYRACUSE at Duke SIU OHIO at Iowa MICHIGAN STATE PURDUE at Indiana at Minnesota OHIO STATE at Michigan ILLINOIS vs. Missouri

Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 4 1 5 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 6 2 8 1.0/3 0/0 0 1/0 0 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 4 4 8 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 4 2 6 0/0 0/0 0 1/38 0 3 2 5 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 4 4 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 4 0 4 0/0 0/0 0 1/0 0 3 1 4 1.0/1 0/0 1 0/0 0 1 2 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0

2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH TOWSON 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 4 0 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Syracuse 5 2 7 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 3 2 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Purdue 5 2 7 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 5 2 7 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Michigan State 4 2 6 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 INDIANA 5 0 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 PENN STATE 6 0 6 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Iowa 2 4 6 0/0 0/0 0 1/15 0 at Illinois 4 1 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 WISCONSIN 6 1 7 0/0 0/0 0 1/0 0 vs. Auburn 7 2 9 0.5/3 0/0 0 0/0 0

MABIN’S CAREER STATS TACKLES Year G 2008 13 2009 13 Career 26

UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 32 20 52 2.0 4 8 2 1 0 3 38 57 18 75 0.5 3 2 0 2 0 2 15 89 38 127 2.5 7 10 2 3 0 5 53

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6-4 • 280 • So. Offensive Line Glenview, Ill. Loyola Academy 2009

Played in four games and made his first career start against Auburn in the Outback Bowl ... Missed first eight games with an injury ... Made first collegiate appearance at offensive guard against Penn State (20 plays).

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Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Michigan State.

PERSONAL

Born Alexander Joseph Netter 7/21/89 ... Son of Joe and Barbara Netter ... Economics major.

high school

Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest Region offensive lineman ... Ranked seventh among all players in Rivals.com Illinois player ranking and 34th among all players in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 20th-best offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com, 66th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., and 40th-best offensive guard nationally by SuperPrep ... Illinois IHSA Class 8A All-State lineman ... Earned first-team all-area honors from the Chicago Sun-Times and second-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune ... Two-time North Shore All-Area and All-Chicago Catholic League Blue first-team selection ... Academic all-state selection in both junior and senior seasons ... Led the Ramblers to Illinois Class 8A state playoffs in both 2006 (7-5 record) and 2007 (9-4) ... Team captain for both football and baseball ... Coached by John Holecek.

PERSONAL

Born Brian Patrick Mulroe on 2/23/90 ... Son of Martin and Colleen Mulroe ... Fellow classmate James Kurzawski, an NU walk-on, was a prep teammate ... Played against York’s Neal Deiters, a fellow 2008 NU signee, as a junior.

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6-6 • 300 • Jr. Offensive Line Rohnert Park, Calif. Cardinal Newman 2009

Started all 13 games at left tackle ... 26 consecutive career starts ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media ... Named team’s offensive player of the game vs. Penn State ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Starting left tackle ... Made his first career start at left tackle vs. Syracuse ... Member of starting offensive line, that as a unit, was tabbed the team’s offensive player of the week (vs. Syracuse) ... Started all 13 games.

2007

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high school

Rivals.com All-Region player ... 2006 All-North Coast Section first-team tackle and second-team San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro team honoree ... Ranked the 80th-best player (11th among offensive linemen) by Rivals.com in California player ranking ... Ranked 61st-best offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com and 188th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked 78th-best tight end nationally by SuperPrep ... Named to Rivals.com all-state first team (for medium-sized schools) ... Honorable mention all-league selection in 2005 ... Helped lead the Cardinals to the Division 3 state title game where they fell 27-20 in overtime to the nation’s top-ranked team, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Calif., which was led by Notre Dame-recruit Jimmy Clausen ... Cardinal Newman finished 13-2 in 2006 and won the NCS title ... Helped lead the Cardinals to the conference title in 2005 ... Recipient of a lifetime membership in the California State Federation (due to academic successes) ... Four-year Honor Roll and NCS Scholar-Athlete honoree ... Coached by Paul Cronin.

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6-1 • 210 • Jr. Quarterback Bethlehem, Pa. Liberty 2009

Played in 10 games as NU’s backup quarterback ... Rushed seven times for 23 yards at Illinois ... Played most of the second and third quarters in upset of No. 4 Iowa before being forced to leave the game with a hand injury ... Led NU in rushing vs. the Hawkeyes (67 yards on 17 attempts) and completed 5-of-9 passes for 37 yards, including the go-ahead 4-yard TD pass to Drake Dunsmore ... Entered NU’s game vs. Penn State in the second quarter to replace an injured Mike Kafka and threw for 115 yards on 14-of-23 passing while also rushing 14 times for 42 yards ... Named team’s offensive big playmaker against Penn State ... Four rushing yards on two carries at Michigan State ... One carry for two yards against Miami ... Saw action at Syracuse, carrying the ball twice for eight yards ... One carry for five yards against Eastern Michigan ... Played quarterback for the first time vs. Towson, completing a 72-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Brewer in the second quarter for his first career completion and scoring pass ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Outstanding athlete who contributed on special teams while waiting for his opportunity to play quarterback ... No. 3 on NU’s depth chart at QB ... Returned one kickoff return for 15 yards.

2007

Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week on two occasions—vs. Michigan State and Indiana.

high school

Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Northeast and Velocity/PrepStar AllRegion honoree ... Ranked 33rd among all players (third among quarterbacks) in Rivals.com Pennsylvania player ranking and 54th among all players in SuperPrep Pennsylvania player ranking ... Ranked 22nd-best dual-threat quarterback nationally by Rivals.com and 70th-best overall quarterback nationally by SuperPrep ... Ranked 93rd nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... 2006 Pennsylvania 4A A.P. Player of the Year ... 4A first-team all-state quarterback ... 2006 Maxwell Club Award for top high school player of the year (Jim Henry Award) from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware ... 2006 Eastern Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year ... Quarterbacked Pennsylvania to a 28-10 victory over Ohio in the 50th Annual Big 33 All-Star game, which was televised by the NFL Network ... Starred in the game, earning MVP honors ... Rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, while totaling 65 rushing yards (11 carries)

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios ... Three-time all-area and All-Lehigh Valley Conference quarterback (2004-06) ... 2005-06 All-Area Player of the Year ... Became first player in Pennsylvania history to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season ... Finished career with 5,779 passing yards (402-of-669), 59 passing TD’s, 2,526 rushing yards (400 attempts) and 32 rushing TD’s ... National Football Foundation (NFF) top Scholar-Athlete for the Lehigh Valley Chapter ... One of NFF’s “Play it Smart” participants ... 2006 Platinum 33 selection ... Posted a 42-9 record as the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback ... Team won the 2005 District XI championship and finished as the 4A PIAA state runner-up ... Liberty duplicated those feats again in 2006 ... Both years, the Hurricanes won the Eastern Pennsylvania championship ... NHS and Lehigh Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete ... Also lettered four years in basketball and three in track and field (sprinter) ... Football team captain ... Coached by Tim Moncman.

personal

Born Daniel Vaughn Persa on 11/20/88 ... Son of Dan and Jane Persa ... Communication studies major.

PERSA’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2009 Game Comp Att Int TOWSON 1 2 1 EASTERN MICHIGAN 0 0 0 at Syracuse 0 0 0 MINNESOTA DNP at Purdue 0 0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 0 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 0 INDIANA DNP PENN STATE 14 23 0 at Iowa 5 9 1 at Illinois 0 0 0 WISCONSIN DNP vs. Auburn 0 0 0

Yds 72 0 0

TD Rush 1 2 0 1 0 2

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42 67 23

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PERSA’S CAREER STATS RUSHING Year G Att Yds 2008 11 2 (-2) 2009 10 49 167 Career 21 51 165 PASSING Year G Att Cmp Int 2008 11 0 0 0 2009 10 34 20 2 Career 21 34 20 2

TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 0 0 (-1.0) (-0.2) 0 25 3.4 16.7 0 25 3.2 7.9

Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/G Eff. Rat. 0 0 0 00.0 0.0 0.0 224 2 72 58.8 22.4 121.8 224 2 72 58.8 10.7 121.8

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6-4 • 215 • Jr. Safety Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington Central 2009

Played in all 13 games with five starts ... Started five of the last six regular-season games at safety in place of an injured Brendan Smith ... A key member of NU’s nickel package on defense ... Finished season fifth on NU’s tackle list with 67 hits ... Ranked second on team with three interceptions, two of them (vs. Miami and Auburn) being one-handed grabs ... Posted four tackles and an interception in the Outback Bowl vs. Auburn ... Rang up nine tackles vs. Wisconsin and helped NU clinch a 33-31 win over Wisconsin by recovering a John Clay fumble late in the fourth quarter ... Posted seven tackles (one TFL) and a forced fumble at Illinois ... Three stops at Iowa ... One tackle vs. Penn State ... Against Indiana, led the defense with seven tackles and recorded one forced fumble and one pass breakup ... At Michigan State, started in place of Smith and set a career high while tying for the team lead with 11 tackles ... Also assisted on one TFL and was named team’s defensive player of the game vs. the Spartans ... Against Miami, recorded eight stops, one interception and a fumble recovery (his second in as many games) which he returned 27 yards ... At Purdue, recovered one fumble and had two tackles ... Credited with five tackles vs. Minnesota ... Collected five tackles and one pass breakup at Syracuse ... Three tackles vs. Eastern Michigan—including one TFL—in addition to the second interception of his career ... Notched two tackles vs. Towson ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Played in all 13 games, primarily as a fifth defensive back ... Started in the 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri, compiling five tackles and intercepting Missouri QB Chase Daniel for his first career pick ... Against Illinois, recorded three stops, including one hit that knocked Illinois’ Arrelious “Rejus” Benn out of the game ... At Michigan, set a career high and tied for the team lead with seven tackles while also forcing a fumble ... Five tackles against Ohio State ... Started his first career game as a fifth defensive back at Minnesota ... Registered five tackles (all solo) against the Gophers ... One tackle at Indiana ... Against Purdue, recorded his first fumble recovery and returned it 39 yards to the Purdue 19 ... Credited with two tackles ... One tackle vs. Michigan State ...Contributed a big pass breakup in the end zone on one of Iowa’s final offensive plays (NU led 22-17 at the time) ... Collected three tackles against Southern Illinois ... At Duke, racked up three tackles, including his first career TFL ... Tabbed team’s special teams player of the game vs. Duke ... Had one tackle in his collegiate debut vs. Syracuse ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007 For NU’s online player bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nw-m-footbl-mtt.html For NU’s 2010 recruiting class bios, visit: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020310abm.html

Did not see action ... Named team’s defensive practice player of the week vs. Illinois and named team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Duke.

high school

2006 second-team All-Ohio (all-state) selection ... Ranked 75th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Two-time first-team all-district, first-team all-county and first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference selection (2005-06) ... 2006 Agonis-Columbus Dispatch selection ... Registered 127 tackles, 4 interceptions and 8 pass breakups his senior season ... Also added 32 receptions (as a tight end) for 493 yards in 2006 ... Served as the Tigers’ place-kicker, booting 53-of-55 PAT’s and 4-of-8 field goals ... Finished career with 277 tackles and 18 interceptions (7 in both 2004 and 2005) ... Selected to play in 2007 Ohio North-South All-Star game, as well as the OCC All-Star game ... Tigers

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios finished 2006 as the Division II state runners-up, regional champions and OCC champions ... Team captain ... Also lettered in baseball and track, and played one year of basketball ... Team captain in baseball (center fielder and pitcher), as well ... Four years on High Honor Roll ... Vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) ... Student Council and Principal’s Advisory Staff ... Coached by Jay Sharrett.

josh rooks 6-6 • 265 • Sr. Superback Zeeland, Mich. Holland Christian

personal

Born Brian Edward Peters on 10/31/88 ... Son of Jeff and Carla Peters ... Father, Jeff, wrestled at Miami (Ohio) ... Played against fellow NU teammate Jordan Mabin ... Learning and organizational change major.

PETERS’ GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2008 Game SYRACUSE at Duke SIU OHIO at Iowa MICHIGAN STATE PURDUE at Indiana at Minnesota OHIO STATE at Michigan ILLINOIS vs. Missouri

Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 2 3 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 5 0 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 4 1 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 6 1 7 1.0/3 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 1 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 3 2 5 0/0 0/0 0 1/0 0

2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH TOWSON 1 1 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 2 1 3 1.0/3 0/0 0 1/0 0 at Syracuse 3 2 5 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 MINNESOTA 4 1 5 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Purdue 1 1 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 2 6 8 0/0 0/0 0 1/8 0 at Michigan State 3 8 11 0.5/2 0/0 0 0/0 0 INDIANA 5 2 7 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 PENN STATE 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Iowa 1 2 3 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Illinois 6 1 7 1.0/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 WISCONSIN 5 4 9 0.5/1 0/0 0 0/0 0 vs. Auburn 2 2 4 0/0 0/0 0 1/0 0

2009

Played in all 13 games with four starts ... Two catches for 11 yards at Purdue ... Caught a career-long 23-yard pass at Syracuse ... Named NU’s special teams player of the game vs. the Orange ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

Played in all 13 games in 2008, including the Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... One catch for seven yards at Michigan ... Caught a 2-yard TD pass, the second of his career, from Mike Kafka at Minnesota ... Grabbed a 10-yard reception at Indiana ... Hauled in one pass for a 3-yard third-down conversion against Purdue ... One catch for 12 yards against Ohio State ... Against Ohio, caught one pass for 10 yards ... Caught his first career touchdown pass vs. Syracuse, a 2-yard completion from C.J. Bachér in the fourth quarter ... It was just the second catch of his career ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2007

Along with Drake Dunsmore, one of two true freshmen to play for NU ... Caught his first collegiate pass (7-yarder) against Duke.

high school

Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region tight end ... Ranked 16th among all players (first among tight ends) in Rivals. com Michigan player ranking and 21st among all players in SuperPrep Michigan player ranking ... Ranked 33rd-best tight end nationally by Rivals.com, 22ndbest tight end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., and 80th-best defensive tackle nationally by SuperPrep ... 2006 honorable mention all-state selection ... Named to 2006 Grand Rapids Press and Holland Sentinel All-Area teams ... Two-time all-conference honoree (2005-06) ... Totaled 20 receptions for 312 yards (15.6 ypr) and 2 TD’s his senior season ... Defensively, while playing end, notched 32 tackles (20 solos), 8.5 TFLs and a pair of sacks ... Led the Maroons to the state playoffs for the first time in 2006 ... Finished 7-3 overall ... Also lettered two times as a standout center for the Maroons’ basketball team ... National Honor Society ... Coached by Tim Lont.

personal

PETERS’ CAREER STATS TACKLES Year G 2008 13 2009 13 Career 26

Born Joshua Daniel Rooks on 6/5/88 ... Son of Daniel and Deborah Rooks ... Psychology major.

UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 24 11 35 2.0 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 36 31 67 3.0 7 5 2 3 0 3 8 60 42 102 5.0 11 7 3 4 0 4 8

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ROOKS’ CAREER STATS RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2007 12 1 7 2008 13 7 46 2009 13 3 34 Career 38 11 87

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 0 7 0.1 7.0 0.6 2 12 0.5 6.6 3.5 0 23 0.2 11.3 2.6 2 23 0.3 7.9 2.3

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5-10 • 200 • Jr. Running Back Rhinelander, Wis. Rhinelander 2009

Played in 12 of 13 games and made first two career starts ... Former walk-on who earned a scholarship in September 2009 ... Two starts (vs. Syracuse and Minnesota) at running back this season (181 yards on 56 carries) ... Named team’s special teams player of the week vs. Miami (Ohio) and co-special teams player of the week vs. Iowa and Wisconsin ... Led NU with 36 rushing yards (4.5 ypc) in Outback Bowl vs. Auburn ... Three tackles in win over the Badgers ... Five carries for 10 yards and one catch for 12 yards at Illinois ... One catch for seven yards and two special teams tackles at Iowa ... Two carries for seven yards to go with one catch for 10 yards vs. Penn State ... Against Miami, carried 10 times for 29 yards and caught a career-long 25-yard pass from Mike Kafka ... At Purdue, caught two passes for 37 yards -- including a long reception of 17 yards -- and carried the ball twice for two yards ... Six carries for 20 yards vs. Minnesota ... Started for the first time in his career at Syracuse, rushing 10 times for 30 yards and catching a career-best four passes for 46 yards ... Set career highs for carries (13) and yards (61) against Eastern Michigan ... Carried four times for 18 yards vs. Towson and scored the first touchdown of his career on a 2-yard run in the first quarter ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008

SCHMIDT’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2009 Game Rush Yds TD Rec TOWSON 4 17 1 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN 13 61 0 0 at Syracuse 10 30 0 4 MINNESOTA 6 20 0 3 at Purdue 2 2 0 3 MIAMI (OHIO) 10 29 0 1 at Michigan State DNP INDIANA 0 0 0 0 PENN STATE 2 7 0 1 at Iowa 3 5 0 1 at Illinois 5 10 0 1 WISCONSIN 1 0 0 0 vs. Auburn 8 36 0 0

Yds 0 0 46 10 37 25

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 10 7 12 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

SCHMIDT’S CAREER STATS RUSHING Year G Att Yds 2008 13 2 4 2009 12 64 217 Career 25 66 221

TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 0 3 2.0 0.3 1 13 3.4 18.1 1 13 3.3 8.8

RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2008 13 0 0 2009 12 14 147 Career 25 14 147

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 29 1.2 10.5 12.2 0 29 0.6 10.5 5.9

Played in all 13 games in 2008, including the Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri where he registered one tackle ... Contributed primarily on special teams ... Two tackles at Minnesota, earning the team’s special teams player of the week honor ... Rushed one time against Purdue for three yards ... Against Southern Illinois, blocked a punt in the third quarter and recovered the ball on SIU’s 5-yard line, setting up a field goal ... Named special teams player of the week vs. SIU ... Also had his first career carry on offense, a 1-yard gain in the fourth quarter ... Collected two tackles against Ohio ... One special teams hit at Iowa.

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5-8 • 185 • Sr. Running Back St. Louis, Mo. Saint Louis University High

2007

Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Northeastern and team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Ohio State.

high school

Two-time All-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection at running back and cornerback (2005-06) ... Two-time team MVP and team captain (2005-06) ... Rushed for 2,150 career yards and piled up over 3,000 yards of total offense ... On defense, totaled 85 tackles and 7 interceptions ... Rushed for 148 yards on 18 carries and scored 3 TD’s vs. Lakeland ... Also had a 138 rushing yards, 3 TD’s and 3 interceptions vs. Merrill ... Earned 11 varsity letters in four sports -- three in football, four in baseball, two in basketball and two in hockey ... All-conference honoree in baseball (team’s leading hitter and RBI leader) and a two-year captain ... Hit three grand slams his senior season ... NHS member for three years ... Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Jim Moore.

2009

Played in nine games with three starts ... Averaged a team-best 103.0 all-purpose yards per game ... Ranks fourth on NU’s all-time list for yards per kickoff return (24.4) after averaging a team-best 25.3 yards per return—the 10th-best singleseason kick return average in NU history ... Named team’s special teams player of the week vs. Towson and co-special team’s player of the week vs. Iowa and Wisconsin ... Sat out the Syracuse, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana games due to injury ... Totaled 116 kickoff return yards, including a 36-yarder, vs. Auburn ... Also had 7 rushing yards against the Tigers ... Versus Wisconsin, returned four kickoffs for a season-best 155 yards, including a long return of 64 yards ...

personal

Born Jacob Andrew Schmidt on 11/15/88 ... Son of Ken and Kerri Schmidt ... Attended same high school that produced Steelers’ Hall of Fame center Mike Webster ... Human development and psychological services major.

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios Returned one kickoff for 29 yards at Illinois ... Brought back three kickoffs for 46 yards and rushed six times for 11 yards at Iowa ... Returned five kickoffs for 121 yards vs. Penn State, including a long return of 44 yards ... Also ran three times for eight yards against the Nittany Lions ... Five rushes for 25 yards and three catches for 11 yards at Michigan State ... Returned from injury for the Miami game and carried the ball twice for three yards ... Scored a career-best two rushing TDs and racked up 196 all-purpose yards against Eastern Michigan (108 kickoff return yards on five attempts, 73 rushing yards on 13 carries and one catch for 15 yards) ... Against Towson, posted a career-high 77 rushing yards on 18 carries and returned three kickoffs for 82 yards, including a long of 49 yards.

2008

Played in 10 games, including the 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri where he returned five kickoffs for 108 yards ... In his third career start (regular season finale vs. Illinois), tied a career high in carries (22) and set a personal best with 69 rushing yards while scoring one TD ... Also returned three kickoffs for 54 yards against the Illini ... Against Michigan, notched his first career rushing TD, a 21-yard burst in the first quarter while finishing with 56 yards on 22 carries ... Also returned one kick for 16 yards ... Started at running back for the first time in his career in place of the injured Tyrell Sutton and Omar Conteh against Ohio State ... Gained 34 yards on 14 carries and returned three kickoffs for 57 yards against the Buckeyes ... Brought back three kickoffs for 68 yards vs. Minnesota ... Returned one kickoff for 35 yards at Indiana ... Against Purdue, returned three kickoffs for a season-best 76 yards ... Sat out the Ohio and Iowa games with an injury ... At Duke, returned two kickoffs for 32 yards ... Against Syracuse, returned two kickoffs for 63 yards, including a 40-yard return to open the second half ... Gained 17 yards on the first three rushing attempts of his career ... Also made three tackles on special teams coverage ... Named team’s special teams player of the game vs. Syracuse ... Finished season tied for fifth on NU’s career list for kickoff return average (22.1 ypr).

2007

Team’s NGN Newcomer of the Year Award (Special Teams) winner ... Career highlight came in Big Ten opener vs. Ohio State, when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD—the second-longest return in NU history ... Averaged a team-best 26.8 yards per return (12 returns) ... Played in final nine games after missing the first three.

2006

Did not see action ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Iowa.

high school

SuperPrep All-Midlands Region running back ... Ranked the 24th-best player in the Midlands Region (11 states) ... Two-time all-state selection ... A three-time St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro and All-Metro Catholic Conference honoree ... 2004 MCC Player of the Year ... Led the MCC in rushing in both 2004 and 2005 ... Totaled a single-season school record 1,583 rushing yards (6.3 ypg), along with 41 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns in 2005 ... Piled up 1,270 yards (6.0 ypc), 86 receiving yards and 14 TD’s in 2004 ... Also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in 2003, totaling 1,155 yards (5.3 ypc), 72 receiving yards and 4 TD’s ... Rushed for 4,007 career yards, tops in SLUH history ... Helped the Jr. Billikens post respective 6-4, 7-3 and 8-2 marks his final three seasons ... FOX-2 and Post-Dispatch Player of the Week honors ... Rushed for a single-game school record 264 yards (32 carries) and two TD’s in second career varsity game (vs. Parkway West) ... Ran for 202 yards (21 carries) and three TD’s in final career game (vs. Vianney) ... U.S. Army All-American Combine participant ... Hails from the same prep school that produced NU quarterback Steve Schnur ... Also lettered four years in track, setting school marks in the 100-meters (10.3) and 300-meter hurdles (33.1) ... Honor Roll ... Coached by Gary Kornfeld.

personal

Born Stephen J. Simmons on 12/8/87 ... Son of Sheila and Charles Simmons ... Father was a track letterwinner at Truman State (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

SIMMONS’ GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2007 Game Rush Yds TD NORTHEASTERN NEVADA DUKE at Ohio State 3 0 0 MICHIGAN 0 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 0 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 at Eastern Michigan 1 (-3) 0 at Purdue 0 0 0 IOWA 0 0 0 INDIANA 0 0 0 at Illinois 0 0 0

KR DNP DNP DNP 3 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 0

Yds

TD

131 99 75 0 0 0 5 11 0

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2008 Game Rush Yds SYRACUSE 3 17 at Duke 0 0 SIU 0 0 OHIO at Iowa MICHIGAN STATE PURDUE 1 2 at Indiana 0 0 at Minnesota 0 0 OHIO STATE 14 34 at Michigan 22 56 ILLINOIS 22 69 vs. Missouri 0 0

TD 0 0 0 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

KR 2 2 0

Yds 63 32 0

TD 0 0 0

3 1 3 3 1 3 5

76 35 68 57 16 54 108

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2009 Game Rush Yds TOWSON 18 77 EASTERN MICHIGAN 13 73 at Syracuse MINNESOTA at Purdue MIAMI (OHIO) 2 3 at Michigan State 5 23 INDIANA PENN STATE 3 8 at Iowa 6 11 at Illinois 4 8 WISCONSIN 5 23 vs. Auburn 3 7

TD 0 2 DNP DNP DNP 0 0 DNP 0 0 0 0 0

KR 3 5

Yds 82 108

TD 0 0

0 0

0 0

0 0

5 3 1 4 5

121 46 29 155 116

0 0 0 0 0

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SIMMONS’ CAREER STATS KICK RETURNS Year G No. Yds 2007 10 12 321 2008 10 23 509 2009 9 26 657 Career 29 61 1,487

TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 1 99 26.8 32.1 0 40 22.1 50.9 0 64 25.3 73.0 1 99 24.4 51.3

RUSHING Year G No. Yds 2007 10 4 -3 2008 10 62 178 2009 9 59 233 Career 29 125 408

TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 0 3 -0.8 -0.3 2 21 2.9 17.8 2 18 3.9 25.9 4 21 3.3 14.1

sidney stewart

Did not see action ... Named team’s special teams practice player of the week vs. Iowa.

high school

Ranked the 17th-best player (third-best receiver) in Michigan by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest Region wide receiver ... Ranked 114th in the Midwest Region (six states) by SuperPrep ... Named a top-25 player in Michigan by Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Lansing Journal ... An all-metro, all-district and All-Oakland County selection ... Led the Hawks with a team-best 1,200 all-purpose yards in 2005 ... Caught 40 passes for 600 yards ... Helped lead Harrison to a 10-3 record and the state playoffs ... In a playoff game vs. Center Line, notched five receptions for a single-game best 156 yards (1 TD) and added 70 rushing yards (four carries) and an interception ... Also lettered in track, running hurdle events ... Hails from the same high school that produced Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton ... Honor roll all four years ... Coached by John Herrington.

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6-1 • 185 • Sr. Wide Receiver Farmington Hills, Mich. Farmington Harrison 2009

Played in 11 games with eight starts at wide receiver ... Team’s fourth-leading receiver with 42 catches for 470 yards and two TD’s ... Turned in his top career performance in the Outback Bowl, collecting a career-high 10 catches for 97 yards and the game-tying TD (18-yard grab) with 1:15 to go in the fourth quarter ... Finished the season strong, totaling 23 receptions for 264 yards and two TD’s in the last four games ... Caught his first season touchdown pass vs. Wisconsin, a 38-yard play off a pass from Zeke Markshausen ... Finished with 94 yards on four catches against the Badgers ... Five catches for 49 receiving yards at Illinois ... At Iowa, caught a team-best four passes for 24 yards and was named team’s offensive player of the week ... Against Penn State, caught three passes for 20 yards ... Gained 41 receiving yards on four catches vs. Indiana ... Against Miami, two catches for 32 yards ... Caught four passes for a season-high 51 yards at Purdue ... Five catches for 43 yards vs. Minnesota after missing EMU and Syracuse games due to illness ... One pass for 19 yards vs. Towson.

2008

Team’s sixth-leading receiver with 134 yards through the air ... Made first career start at Michigan, and had one catch for eight yards while playing against his brother, Charles, a defensive back for the Wolverines ... Caught one 7-yard pass at Indiana ... Against Purdue, caught the first TD pass of his career, a 30-yard reception from wide receiver Eric Peterman off a reverse ... Posted seven catches for 49 yards, including an 11-yarder against Michigan State ... Hauled in two passes for seven yards against Ohio ... Three catches for 22 yards vs. SIU ... At Duke, grabbed one pass for five yards ... Caught his first career pass (six yards) vs. Syracuse ... Contributed on special teams coverage.

personal

Born Sidney Curtis Stewart on 10/30/88 ... Son of Darcel and Charles Stewart ... His brother, Charles, played defensive back at Michigan (2004-08) ... Learning and organizational change major and business institutions minor.

STEWART’S GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2008 Game Rec Yds TD Rush SYRACUSE 1 6 0 0 at Duke 1 5 0 0 SIU 3 22 0 0 OHIO 2 7 0 0 MICHIGAN STATE 7 49 0 0 PURDUE 1 30 1 0 at Indiana 1 7 0 0 at Minnesota 0 0 0 0 OHIO STATE 0 0 0 0 at Michigan 1 8 0 0 ILLINOIS DNP vs. Missouri 0 0 0 0 2009 Game Rec Yds TD Rush TOWSON 1 19 0 0 EASTERN MICHIGAN DNP at Syracuse DNP MINNESOTA 5 43 0 0 at Purdue 4 51 0 0 MIAMI (OHIO) 2 32 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 0 0 INDIANA 4 41 0 0 PENN STATE 3 20 0 0 at Iowa 4 24 0 0 at Illinois 5 49 0 0 WISCONSIN 4 94 1 0 vs. Auburn 10 97 1 0

Yds TD PR Yds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0

0

0

Yds TD PR Yds 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2007

Played in six games ... Named team’s offensive practice player of the week vs. Iowa.

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2010 Northwestern Football Bios STEWART’S CAREER STATS RECEIVING Year G Rec Yds 2007 6 0 0 2008 12 17 134 2009 11 42 470 Career 29 59 604

TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1 30 0.9 7.9 11.2 2 49 3.8 11.2 42.7 3 49 2.0 10.2 20.8

nate williams

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6-2 • 235 • Sr. Linebacker Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2009

Played and started in 12 games ... Led team and ranked 15th in Big Ten with 7.17 tackles per game (86 on the year, second to Quentin Davie who played one more game) ... Totaled seven tackles, 2 TFL’s (one of them a sack) and a pass breakup vs. Auburn ... Posted seven tackles and a pass breakup in win over Wisconsin ... Recorded a forced fumble and his second career interception to go along with seven tackles at Illinois, earning team’s co-defensive big playmaker of the week honors ... Four tackles at Iowa ... Led NU with seven tackles—including one TFL —against Penn State ... Five stops in NU’s win over Indiana ... Tied for the team lead with 11 stops and notched one TFL at Michigan State ... Racked up a teambest 12 tackles as well as his first career interception vs. Miami ... Six tackles at Purdue ... Returned from injury vs. Minnesota to record four tackles and one pass breakup ... Against Eastern Michigan, finished with nine tackles (seven solo), one TFL and one pass breakup ... Notched seven tackles and 1.5 TFL’s in season-opener vs. Towson.

2008

Starting linebacker (started last six games after Malcolm Arrington suffered a season-ending injury against Purdue) ... Averaged 9.3 tackles per game after moving into the starting lineup at Indiana ... In 2008 Alamo Bowl, tied a careerbest with 12 total stops, including one TFL ... Notched 10 tackles and one pass breakup vs. Illinois ... Tied for team lead with seven stops at Michigan and had one pass breakup ... Against Ohio State, posted a career-high 12 tackles and 1.5 TFL’s ... Eight tackles (and a career-best six solos) at Minnesota, including his first career sack for an 11-yard loss ... At Indiana, recorded seven stops in his first career start ... Four tackles against Purdue, after replacing Arrington ... Two stops against Michigan State ... Recorded two tackles against Southern Illinois and Duke.

2007

Reserve linebacker ... Credited with a season-high four tackles vs. Nevada ... Two tackles vs. Duke ... Named NU’s special teams player of the week vs. the Blue Devils.

2006

SuperPrep All-Northeast Region linebacker ... Rated 36th-best player in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep ... Ranked 43rd in state by Rivals.com (ninth-best linebacker) ... 2005 first-team all-state selection ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fab 22” and

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Born Nathan Alexander Williams on 10/2/87 ... Son of Gerald G. and the late Evelyn G. Williams ... His younger brother, Quentin, is a backup defensive end for the Wildcats ... Learning and organizational change major and business institutions minor.

WILLIAMS’ GAME-BY-GAME STATs 2007 Game Solo Ast Tot NORTHEASTERN 0 0 0 NEVADA 2 2 4 DUKE 0 2 2 at Ohio State 0 0 0 MICHIGAN 0 0 0 at Michigan State 0 0 0 MINNESOTA 0 0 0 at Eastern Michigan DNP at Purdue 0 0 0 IOWA 0 0 0 INDIANA 0 0 0 at Illinois 0 0 0

TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0

2008 Game Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH SYRACUSE DNP at Duke 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 SIU 2 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 OHIO 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Iowa 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 MICHIGAN STATE 0 2 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 PURDUE 3 1 4 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Indiana 4 3 7 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Minnesota 6 2 8 1.0/11 1.0/11 0 0/0 0 OHIO STATE 5 7 12 1.5/4 0/0 0 0/0 0 at Michigan 5 2 7 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 ILLINOIS 4 6 10 0/0 0/0 1 0/0 0 vs. Missouri 2 10 12 1.0/2 0/0 0 0/0 0

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Did not see action.

high school

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25” ... Two-time first-team All-WPIAL (2004-05) ... Pennsylvania Football News first-team all-state selection ... Team captain ... Vikings’ all-time leading tackler (277) ... Totaled 88 tackles (13 TFL’s and 5.5 sacks) in 2005 ... Also compiled 242 rushing yards as a running back/ fullback as a senior ... Scored 12 career TD’s ... As a junior, filled in at running back and ran for 154 yards on 23 carries and scored all three TD’s in a 21-14 win ... Also added 13 tackles and two sacks in that game ... Played in Ohio/Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star game, helping Pennsylvania to a 61-42 victory ... Helped the Vikings, perennial state powers, win the WPIAL state championship in 2004 and ‘05 ... Three-time AAAA East champions ... Named to the top 100 YMCA Scholar-Athletes of western Pennsylvania ... Hails from the same high school that produced NFL stars Dan Marino and Marc Bulger ... High Honor Roll ... Two-time Student of the Week ... Also lettered in wrestling, baseball and track ... Coached by Terry Totten.

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2010 Bios/Schedules 2009 Game Solo Ast Tot TOWSON 3 4 7 EASTERN MICHIGAN 7 2 9 at Syracuse DNP MINNESOTA 3 1 4 at Purdue 4 2 6 MIAMI (OHIO) 2 10 12 at Michigan State 5 6 11 INDIANA 1 4 5 PENN STATE 7 0 7 at Iowa 0 4 4 at Illinois 3 4 7 WISCONSIN 5 2 7 vs. Auburn 4 3 7

TFL Sacks PBU Int QBH 1.5/4 0/0 0 0/0 0 1.0/3 0/0 1 0/0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1.0/3 0/0 1.0/1 0/0 0/0 0.5/1 2.0/8

0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1.0/7

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

N. WILLIAMS’ CAREER STATS TACKLES Year G 2007 11 2008 12 2009 12 Career 35

UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR Blkd Int Yds 2 4 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 35 66 3.5 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 44 42 86 7.0 20 6 1 0 0 2 0 77 81 158 10.5 37 8 1 0 0 2 0

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2010 Schedule September 4 at Vanderbilt 11 Illinois State 18 at Rice 25 Central Michigan October 2 at Minnesota 9 Purdue 16 Open 23 Michigan State 30 at Indiana November 6 at Penn State 13 Iowa 20 Illinois 27 at Wisconsin

2011 Schedule September 3 at Boston College 10 Eastern Illinois 17 at Army 24 Open October 1 Indiana 8 at Purdue 15 at Illinois 22 Penn State (Homecoming) 29 Wisconsin November 5 at Ohio State 12 at Minnesota 19 Michigan 26 Rice

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