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Game Thread Game Ten: Ohio State 48, Northwestern 7 (final)


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ChicagoSports.com is reporting that CB/KR Jeff Backes is ending his football career due to a shoulder injury. Backes is from Upper Arlington, and was Ohio's Mr. Football in 2000. He redshirted in 2001, and was a 1st team Academic All-American in 2004. Here's a link to his NW bio for those interested:

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Head coach: Randy Walker
7th year at Northwestern: 30-41
16th year overall: 89-76-5
Returning O Lettermen: 16
Returning D Lettermen: 18
Returning ST Lettermen: 3
Lettermen Lost: 17

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[font=Arial, Helvetica]Ten Best Wildcat Players

1. DE Loren Howard, Sr.
2. OT Zach Strief, Sr.
3. LB Tim McGarigle, Sr.
4. DT Barry Cofield, Sr.
5. WR Mark Philmore, Sr.
6. LB Nick Roach, Jr.
7. QB Brett Basanez, Sr.
8. WR Jonathan FIelds, Sr.
9. RB Terrell Jordan, Sr.
10. CB Marquice Cole, Jr.

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2005 Schedule

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2004 Schedule

[font=Arial, Helvetica]CFN Prediction: 3-9
2004 Record: 6-6

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By Pete Fiutak
Northwestern has created a nice little niche for itself in the Big Ten world under head coach Randy Walker. Now this team has to be viewed as a threat to the giants with a classic overtime win over Ohio State and a win over Purdue and with wins over the last few years against very good Wisconsin and Michigan teams. Now Northwestern has to be a steady bowl program. Yes, it can be that good, at least once in a while.

Unlike other great academic, big conference schools in a similar positions like Duke, Vanderbilt and Stanford, Northwestern has established a dangerous home field advantage, despite rarely playing in front of full crowds. Also unlike those other schools in limited situations, Northwestern has been strong on the lines allowing everything else to work from there.

With those great lines, the Wildcats have the talent in place for a good season led by Loren Howard and Barry Cofield on defense and Zach Strief, Trevor Rees and Dylan Thiry on offense. The receiving corps could be the best in school history, and is certainly among the deepest, and has a veteran in Brett Basanez to deliver the ball. As always, the ground game should be strong with the combination of Terrell Jordan and Brandon Roberson.

So really, how well can this year's team do? It won't win the title in the loaded Big Ten, but it's certainly good enough to come up with a winning season, get to a bowl game, and ruin the hopes of one or two of the main contenders along the way. However ...

The Schedule: ... the schedule isn't going to be easy. Missing Indiana from the Big Ten slate is a horrible break, but not getting Minnesota this year isn't a bad thing. The MAC games against Ohio and Northern Illinois to open the season have to be wins with an almost sure loss at Arizona State to follow. The Big Ten schedule opens up against Penn State and Wisconsin; both are tough, but winnable. And then comes the problem: at Purdue, at Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa and at Ohio State. Consider it a rousing success if the Wildcats can come out of that stretch with two wins before closing out at Illinois.

Best Offensive Player: Senior OT Zach Strief. He's big, athletic, and tough. One of the nation's best run blocking tackles will be the key cog in what should be one of the Big Ten's most successful attacks.

Best Defensive Player: Senior DE Loren Howard. Linebacker Tim McGarigle will try to force his way on to All-Big Ten teams, but it's the 285-pound Howard, who's back at 100% from an ankle injury that sidelined him in the first half of last year, who'll be the defense's top player.

Key player to a successful season: Sophomore FS Reggie McPherson. The corners, Jeff Backes and Marquice Cole, are as fast as any in the country and will be solid as the year goes on. The improvement of the lousy pass defense has to come from the safeties, most specifically, McPherson at free safety.

The season will be a success if ... Northwestern gets back to a bowl game. Six wins with this schedule will be a major accomplishment. The talent is there to do more, but there will need to be a few major breaks along the way to get to the 7-to-8 win mark.

Key game: September 24th vs. Penn State. The Wildcats have to be rock solid at home and could use the confidence boost of beating Penn State and its brick wall of a defense in the Big Ten opener. A loss means the following week's game against Wisconsin will have to be a must-win; that's not a good position to be in.

2004 Fun Stats:
- Second quarter scoring: Opponents 134 - Northwestern 51- Time of possession: Opponents 32:17 - Northwestern 27:43
- Sacks: Northwestern 23 for 128 yards - Opponents 12 for 69 yardsOffense Breakdown and Analysis | Defense Breakdown and Analysis
- Depth Chart

<HR>2005 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class
Chris Jeske LB 6-1 230 Joliet (Catholic) Ill.
SuperPrep All-Midwest Region and Rivals.com Top 20 linebacker ... Chicago Sun-Times Illinois Player of the Year ... Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette, Daily Southtown and IHSFCA 5A first-team all-state selection ... Also named Player of the Year by WJOL and the Daily Southtown ... Ranked 13th nationally among inside linebackers by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Named state's Co-Defensive Player of the Year by Illinois Prep Spotlight (Edgytim.com) ... Prep Nation 101 All-American and Old Spice Red Zone All-American teams ... Ranked 19th nationally among inside linebackers by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 12 (Rivals.com) and 19 (SuperPrep) in Illinois player rankings ... East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) Player of the Year in 2004 and league's 2003 Defensive Player of the Year ... Hard-hitting linebacker who led JCA to three consecutive Illinois Class 5A state championships ... Team was ranked No. 1 in state his senior year ... The Hilltoppers also were ranked nationally in 2004 ... JCA went 41-4 from 2002-04, while winning the school's 10th, 11th and 12th state titles ... In three-plus seasons (played five games as a freshman), totaled 508 tackles (333 solos) and 15 sacks

Instant Impact Players
Andrew Brewer QB/DB 6-2 195 Jenks (Jenks) Okla.
Named an all-state quarterback by the Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Coaches Association ... Led prep power Jenks to the Class 6A state title game in both 2003 and 2004 ... The Trojans won the state championship in 2003 (12-2) ... Went 12-1 his senior year, with the loss coming in the championship game ... SuperPrep All-Midlands Region team ... Ranked 47th in SuperPrep's region player rankings and ninth in the state ... Ranked 11th in the state by Rivals.com ... For career, threw for 3,705 yards (220-of-407), 45 touchdowns and 16 interceptions ... Also rushed for 1,081 yards (on 187 carries, 5.8 ypc) and 12 touchdowns ... Team captain ... 2004 District Co-Player of the Year ... Playing in the Oklahoma High School All-Star game in July, 2005 as well as the Oil Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Texas all-stars) ... Also played safety and registered 18 tackles and two interceptions in 2004 ... One of his best throwing performances came against Ponca City: 12-of-16 for 237 yards and three TDs ... Versus Muskogee, totaled 163 passing yards (three TDs) and 165 rushing yards (1 TD) ... Also helped the Trojans to a state title in track and field ... A 2004 NSIC All-American in the 4x400 relay

Omar Conteh RB 6-0 195 Cypress (Cypress-Fairbanks) Texas
Rated as the country's 45th-best running back by Rivals.com ... Two-time first-team all-district (2003 and '04) and a 2004 second-team all-region running back ... Turned in one of Texas' top single-season performances by rushing for 2,130 yards (268 carries, 7.9 ypc) and 29 touchdowns for the 7-3 Bobcats ... Ran for a career-high 390 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-15 win over Jersey Village ... Two-time team MVP (2003 and '04) ... Team captain ... Also caught nine passes for 138 yards (15.3 ypr) and two touchdowns ... Won district track and field titles in the long and triple jumps his junior year

Rest of the Class

<TABLE id=table18 width=445 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Malcolm Arrington</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>LB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-2</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>215</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Orchard Lake (St. Mary's)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Mich.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Thomas Bemenderfer</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-5</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>250</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Mishawaka (Penn)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ind.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Tyler Compton</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>OL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-5</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>270</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Humble (Humble)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Texas</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Ramon Diaz</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>OL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-4</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>280</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Morris (Morris)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ill.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Mike Dinard</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>LB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-2</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>220</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Parma (Padua Franciscan)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ohio</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>John Gill</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>OL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-3</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>285</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>San Jose (Bellarmine)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Calif.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Adam Hahn</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-4</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>245</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Hartford (Hartford)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Wis.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Mike Kafka</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>QB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-4</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>195</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Chicago (St. Rita)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ill.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Keegan Kennedy</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-3</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>240</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Fla.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Prince Kwateng</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>LB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-1</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>210</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Munster (Munster)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>-</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Kurt Mattes</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>OL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-6</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>265</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Plymouth (Wyoming Valley)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Pa.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Eric Peterman</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>QB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-2</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>200</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ill.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Brendan Smith</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-0</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>210</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>New Hampton (New Hampton Prep)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>N.H.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Tyrell Sutton</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>RB</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>5-8</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>185</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Akron (Archbishop Hoban)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ohio</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Desmond Taylor</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-3</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>260</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Los Angeles (Loyola)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Calif.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Rasheed Ward</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>WR</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-0</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>160</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Chicago (Harper)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>Ill.</TD></TR><TR><TD width=140 bgColor=#ffffff>Corey Wootton</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>DL</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>6-7</TD><TD width=30 bgColor=#ffffff>255</TD><TD width=215 bgColor=#ffffff>Ramsey (Don Bosco Prep)</TD><TD width=40 bgColor=#ffffff>N.J.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
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Northwestern offense

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Basically ... Consistency was a problem last year and there weren't enough points scored against most of the good defenses, but it was still the nation's 29th ranked offense and it should crack the top 25 this year. The passing game will be one of the Big Ten's best with veteran quarterback Brett Basanez working with an experienced and deep receiving corps. Terrell Jordan and Brandon Robinson will combine to keep the running game rolling behind Zach Strief and a good line. The guards are a bit of a question mark, but that's nitpicking.

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[/font][font=Arial, Helvetica]Passing: Brett Basanez
247-450, 2,838 yds, 12 TD, 9 INT
Rushing: Terrell Jordan
65 carries for 315 yds and 3 TDs
Receiving: Mark Philmore
54 catches for 633 yds and 2 TDs

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Star of the offense: Senior OT Zach Strief

Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior OG Joe Tripodi
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore OT Dylan Thiry
Best pro prospect: Strief
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Strief, 2) WR Mark Philmore, 3) QB Brett Basanez
Strength of the offense: Wide receiver, tackle
Weakness of the offense: Guard, proven backup quarterback


Brett Basanez has his faults and will occasionally throw a really, really bad pass at the worst of times, but he's five wins away from becoming Northwestern's all-time winningest quarterback and looks ready to be one of the Big Ten's best quarterbacks now that he's healthy after a shoulder problem. Backup C.J. Bacher appears more than ready to step in if needed.Player to keep an eye on: C.J. Bacher, RFr. ... Quarterback Rating: 7
Projected Starter
- Brett Basanez, Sr. - Talk about your night-and-day improvement, Basanez, who has started 28 straight games, became a more accomplished, confident passer throwing for 2,838 yards and 12 touchdowns despite a banged up shoulder. However, he was consistent at throwing picks with at least one in eight games, but he was far more accurate than he was in a rough 2003 season. When he gets hot, he's tough to stop starting out the year with a 513-yard, four touchdown day against TCU and finishing with a 319-yard day against Hawaii, but both were in losses. He's not much of a runner, but he's mobile with 11 career touchdown runs and 573 yards.

Top Backup
- C.J. Bacher, RFr. - Bacher had a great spring showing good accuracy and a great command of the offense for a redshirt freshman. He's a good runner with good speed and nice size at 6-2 and 190 pounds.

Running Backs

Northwestern is one of the nation's undderrated running back factories in recent years going back to Darnell Autry and Damien Anderson, while Jason Wright and Noah Herron were big-time producers over the last two years. Terrell Jordan will likely be the opening day starter, but Brandon Roberson has the best skills and will eventually be a 1,000-yard back. The Big Ten's third best rushing attack last year will keep on rolling.
Player to keep an eye on: Brandon Roberson, Soph. ... Running back rating: 7

Projected Starters
- Terrell Jordan, Sr. - The senior has averaged 5.1 yards per carry over the last few years with 568 yards rushing for 315 yards and three scores last season. He has great quickness, good power and decent hands, but he's trying to get over a hamstring problem and has to prove he can be a workhorse.
- Fullback Frayne Abernathy, Soph. - At 6-3 and 245 pounds, Abernathy is a big blocker taking over the job with Erryn Cobb moving to tight end. The Northwestern fullback is called an R-Back used as a second tight end as well as a fullback, and Aberanathy has the skills to do both.

Top Backups
- Brandon Roberson, Soph. - One of the starts of spring ball, Roberson will get every chance to win the starting job this fall. He's not a pounding back at 5-9 and 195 pounds, but he can move and has special skills. At Pearland High School in Houston, he ran for 5,232 yards and 65 touchdowns.
- Fullback Chris Malleo, Soph. - The 6-3, 220-pound sophomore moved over from quarterback and showed surprising toughness and good running ability this spring. He'll start out behind Frank Abernathy, but he'll be used early and often for his all-around skills.


There isn't a superstar to make a splash on a national scale (although Mark Philmore will likely come close), but this will be one of the Big Ten's steadiest, most reliable receiving corps with four excellent veterans in Mark Philmore, Brandon Horn, Jonathan Fields and Shaun Herbert, and electrifying young talents like Kim Thompson and T.J. Jones. This could turn out to be the best Wildcat receiving corps ever if everyone comes through as hoped.
Player to keep an eye on: Kim Thompson, Soph. ... Receiver rating: 8.5

Projected Starters
- Mark Philmore, Sr. - The team's leading receiver despite only playing in eight games suffering a knee injury late in the year, Philmore caught 54 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns earning honorable mention Big Ten accolades. He's an aggressive receiver who's great at outdueling defensive backs. He'll start at the X.
- Brandon Horn, Sr. - The 6-1, 220-pound senior is physical with enough speed to be a deep threat, but he only averaged 8.5 yards per catch with 24 grabs for 205 yards and two touchdowns. With his experience, he should be a steady player on the inside Z position.
- Jonathan Fields, Sr. - Fields finished second on the team with 48 catches for 560 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns. He's one of the team's fastest players and should be more of a home-run hitter as the H-Back.
- Tight End Erryn Cobb, Jr. - Tight ends and fullbacks mostly do the same thing in the Wildcat offense, but Cobb, a former fullback, will be more of a true tight end. He's 6-1, 255 pounds and a physical blocker. He has also seen time at linebacker.

Top Backups
- Shaun Herbert, Jr. - Herbert is a seasoned veteran with 42 career catches for 570 yards, but he's not much of a scorer with only one touchdown. Even so, he's reliable on the H and at 6-1 and 200 pounds is a bigger option at the H than Jonathan Fields.- Kim Thompson, Soph. - At 6-4 and 195 pounds, Thompson is the biggest target in the mix with track star speed. He'll start out behind Brandon Horn at the Z position coming off an 11-catch, 122-yard, one touchdown season, but he'll quickly grow into one of the team's best weapons.
- T.J. Jones, Soph. - Jones is a good-sized, physical receiver who should play more of a role than on special teams. He'll be the understudy at the outside X position behind Mark Philmore.

Offensive Line

Depth will be an issue and a steady left guard needs to emerge, but there's not much else to complain about. The tackles might turn out to be among the best in the Big Ten if Dylan Thiry plays like he did this spring. Tackle Zach Strief needs to be Big Ten's best lineman as the anchor of the rebuilding group. The guards will be iffy early on needing time and more reps. Even so, this group shouldn't be too much worse than the one that paved the way for 2,065 rushing yards and only allowed 12 sacks.
Player to keep an eye on: Dylan Thiry, Soph. ... Offensive line rating: 6.5

Projected Starters
- Tackle Zach Strief, Sr. - The 6-7, 335-pound senior is one of the Big Ten's best offensive linemen and will be on many All-America short lists. He's a dominant run blocker who does everything well as the one the team runs behind for key yards. He's a good pass protector, but has average feet. Even so, he's a great athlete for his size.
- Guard Ryan Keenan, Jr. - The former tight end and defensive lineman bulked up and is now an athletic 6-4, 290-pound guard. He has had some knee problems, but he appears ready for a breakout season on the right side.
- Center Adam Crum, Soph. - With the academic suspension of Trevor Rees, it'll be up to the 280 pound sophomore to fill the void. He has seen practice time at guard, but will be more needed now in the middle.
- Guard Joe Tripodi, Jr. - One of the few uncertainties of the offense, the 6-3, 300-pound junior will combine with Austin Matthews for the left guard job. Tripodi is a bit bigger, but he's still working the kinks out after being banged up for most of his career.
- Tackle Dylan Thiry, Soph. - Arguably the team's best blocker this spring, the 6-8, 300-pound sophomore is a lock for All-Big Ten honors at some point in his career. He's still a little raw and needs more time and more reps, but he'll be a great on on the left side taking over for Trai Essex.

Top Backups

- C Trevor Rees, Jr. - A starter from early on with a string of 21 straight starts, the 6-2, 285-pound junior has been a steady force in the middle and is great on the move. However, he has been suspended for academic reasons and likely won't be eligible this fall.
- G Austin Matthews, Soph. - He was a decent backup last year and will rotate at left guard with Joe Tripodi. He has room to get a little bigger and stronger even though he's already 6-5 and 285 pounds.
- T Alex Rucks,RFr. - While he won't see too much action playing behind Zach Strief at right tackle, he's a good athlete with great potential. He'll spend this year as an understudy, and then he should be a solid starter in 2006.

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The potential is there for a good year after struggling away from Evanston. The return of end Loren Howard, corner Marquice Cole and linebacker Adam Kadela from the injury problems of last year will be a big help. The line should be a rock against the run with excellent size, while the linebacking corps has two All-Big Ten talents in Tim McGarigle and Nick Roach to build around. There's not a sure-thing pass rusher on the line meaning the fast corners will have to be better in coverage to improve a shaky pass defense.

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[/font][font=Arial, Helvetica]Tackles: Tim McGarigle, 151
Sacks: Nick Roach, 5
Interceptions: Jeff Backes, Brian Heinz, Tim McGarigle, 1

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Star of the defense: Senior DE Loren Howard

Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore FS Reggie McPherson
Unsung star on the rise: Junior CB Marquice Cole
Best pro prospect: Howard
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Howard, 2) LB Tim McGarigle, 3) DT Barry Cofield
Strength of the defense: Run defense, cornerback speed
Weakness of the defense:
Pass rush, safety

Defensive Line

This should be a great run defense with excellent bulk up front and decent prospects in reserve ready to rotate in. There's a big boost from the return of end Loren Howard to be the leader up front and the one who'll get all the attention. Barry Cofield is an All-Big Ten talent at tackle. There isn't a true pass rusher needing to get in the backfield with strength, not speed. It would be nice to have one athletic speed rusher to count on.
Player to keep an eye on: DT Trevor Schultz, Jr. ... Defensive Line rating: 7

Projected Starters
- DE Loren Howard, Sr. - 22 tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hurries ... One of the nation's best ends, Howard missed the first half of last year trying to get over an ankle injury, but he came back and was lose to being his dominant old self. He's 6-4, 285 pounds and a fast pass rusher. He has 171 career tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He appears to be fine after all of his ankle problems and with a tendonitis problem in his knee.
- DT Barry Cofield, Sr. - 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hurries ... Able to play tackle or end, the 6-4, 305-pound senior was dominant in spring and appears ready for an All-Big Ten season. He's better when he's around 300 pounds as he has had a few issues getting heavy, but he's a good athlete and ultra-productive with 134 career tackles.
- DT Trevor Schultz, Jr. - 17 tackles, 1 tackles for loss ... The 285-pound junior will take over for Luis Castillo, who left for the NFL. Schultz has gotten enough playing time and enough practice reps to step in without missing a beat.
- DE David Ngene,Soph. - 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss ... A huge end, the 6-3, 270-pound sophomore never quite got past a knee problem last year and wasn't able to do much. Now he'll combine with Kevin Mims on the other side of Loren Howard as one of the team's strongest players.

Top Backups
- DE Kevin Mims, RFr. - A top scout teamer last year, the 6-3, 260-pound Mims is a high energy player with good quickness and strength. He'll combine with David Ngene at one of the ends.
- DT Ron Bardwell, Jr. - At 6-3 and 315 pounds, Bardwell is the biggest tackle in the mix. He has the talent to be a good run stopper behind Barry Cofield, but he has never been healthy, and that includes high school.


Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State will have the Big Ten's most heralded linebacking corps, but this one has the potential to be every bit as good and without the fanfare. Outside of OSU's A.J. Hawk, there's not a better tacking linebacker in the conference than Tim McGarigle in the middle. Nick Roach might be the team's most valuable defender as the only consistent pass rusher. Now it's up to Adam Kadela to stay healthy and Demetrius Eaton to find a spot somewhere in the lineup.
Player to keep an eye on: Demetrius Eaton, Jr. ... Linebacker rating: 8

Projected Starters
- Nick Roach, Jr. - 83 tackles, 5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss ... Roach is strong enough to play inside, and fast enough to do a little of everything well on the outside. Without much of a push from the front four, the 230-pound junior is a key pass rusher leading the way last year as the team's most consistent threat. He's also an excellent tackler finishing third on the team in stops.
- Tim McGarigle, Sr. - 151 tackles, 1 sack, 6 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 4 broken up passes ... The 6-1, 235-pound senior is one of the best linebackers in a conference loaded with great linebackers. He has the speed and motor to make plays on the outside, but his range and toughness are perfect for the middle. He's a tackling machine with 389 career stops and 13 tackles for loss.
- Adam Kadela, Jr. - 13 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss ... Projected to be a starter either in the middle or on the strongside last year, the 235-pound junior broke his leg early and was out for the season. He's a strong presence and a good tackler who should grow into a strong performer on the outside.

Top Backups
- Demetrius Eaton, Jr. - 33 tackles, 1 tackle for loss ... He'll be too good to keep off the field. The 6-2, 235-pound junior will play behind Tim McGarigle adding fantastic athleticism and good pass rushing skills. He could end up on the outside as the season goes on.
- Eddie Simpson, Soph. - 3 tackles ... Injuries have kept his career from taking off, but he has the speed to be a decent prospect on the weakside behind Nick Roach. He'll mostly be a special teamer.
- Campbell Black, Jr. - 3 tackles ... He hasn't seen a whole bunch of time only playing in five games last ear, but he'll be expected to add some depth behind Adam Kadela on the strongside. He'll play on special teams right away.

Defensive Backs

The secondary had problems allowing 252 yards per game and 25 touchdown passes. While the loss of safety Dominque Price hurts, the return of lightning-fast corner Marquice Cole will help. The loss of Jeff Backes to shoulder problems hurts, but the secondary should be fine. The safeties are average at best.
Player to keep an eye on: CB Marquice Cole, Jr. ... Secondary rating: 6

Projected Starters
- CB Deonte Battle, Soph. - 7 tackles ... With Jeff Backes needing to retire, Battle, A very quick, very tough backup, will have to take over the job and star right away on the right side. He'll be valuable on special teams.
- FS Reggie McPherson, Soph. - 13 tackles, 1 broken up pass ... The former receiver learned the ropes last year as a reserve and will now take over the free safety job. He finally got into the mix by the end of last year, but he'll have to grow into the starting job.
- SS Brian Heinz, Jr. - 67 tackles, 1 interception, 1 broken up pass ... A walk-on who turned into one of the team's surest tacklers, Heinz finished fifth on the team in stops and is always around the ball. He could stand to be a bit better when the ball is in the air, but he'll be good against the run taking over for Dominique Price.
- CB Marquice Cole, Jr. - Cole missed all of last year with a broken ankle, but he's 100% now and has all his speed back. He has next-level, 4.3 wheels and decent skills. Now he has to prove he can be a lock-down corner on the left side.

Top Backups
- FS Herschel Henderson, Sr. - 49 tackles, 2 broken up passes ... Henderson overcame a knee problem to be a good backup last year. While he has good size at 6-3 and 195 pounds, he's not physical player and is better in passing situations. Essentially, he's a big corner playing free safety.- CB Jeff Backes, Sr. - 45 tackles, 1 interception, 8 broken up passes ... An academic All-American, Backes was one of the Big Ten's best kick returners and a speedy, gritty defensive back who had problems at times, but came back at the end of the year to become a steady corner. Unfortunately, he had to retire due to shoulder problems.

Special Teams

The special teams weren't all that special last year with an inconsistent kicking game and lousy coverages. With a renewed emphasis this spring on improving, both areas should be better. The return game will be solid with running backs Terrell Jordan and Brandon Roberson adding some more flash to the kickoff returns.
Special Teams rating: 7
- Placekicker Josh Howells, Jr. - 4-5 FGs, 9-10 extra points ... Howells took over at the end of the year for a shaky Brian Huffman and was terrific showing a steady leg and good range. He's not a 50-yard kicker, but he should be automatic from within 40.
- Punter Ryan Pederson, Jr. - Pederson is 6-3 and 215 pounds with a big leg, but he only averaged 36.8 yards per kick playing behind Brian Huffman. He'll need to be more consistent and show good accuracy.

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QB 14 Brett Basanez, 6-2 210 Sr.
18 C.J. Bacher, 6-2 190 RFr.

RB 26 Terrell Jordan, 5-10 200 Sr. OR
11 Brandon Roberson, 5-9 195 Soph.

FB 49 Frayne Abernathy, 6-3 245 Soph.
2 Chris Malleo, 6-3 220 Soph.

WR(Z) 5 Brandon Horn, 6-1 220 Sr.
84 Kim Thompson, 6-4 195 Soph.
WR(X) 9 Mark Philmore, 5-10 185 Sr.
87 T.J. Jones, 6-2 180 Soph.

WR(H) 1 Jonathan Fields, 5-8 175 Sr.
2 Shaun Herbert, 6-1 200 Jr.

TE 44 Erryn Cobb, 6-1 255 Jr.
49 Frayne Abernathy, 6-3 245 Soph.

RT 63 Zach Strief, 6-7 335 Sr. 59 Alex Rucks, 6-4 300 RFr.

RG 56 Ryan Keenan, 6-4 290 Jr.
52 Joel Belding, 6-3 300 RFr.

C 77 Adam Crum, 6-1 280 Soph.
50 Trevor Rees, 6-2 285 Jr. suspended

LG 51 Joe Tripodi, 6-3 300 Jr. OR
62 Austin Matthews, 6-5 285 Soph.

LT 74 Dylan Thiry, 6-8 300 Soph.
75 Vince Clarke, 6-5 305 Sr.

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DE 66 Loren Howard, 6-4 285 Sr.
91 Mark Koehn, 6-3 260 Soph.

DT 67 Barry Cofield, 6-4 305 Sr.
64 Ron Bardwell, 6-3 315 Jr.

DT 53 Trevor Schultz, 6-2 285 Jr.
58 Warren Anderson, 6-3 265 Soph.

DE 72 David Ngene, 6-3 270 Soph. OR
95 Kevin Mims, 6-3 260 RFr.

WLB 38 Nick Roach, 6-2 230 Jr.
40 Eddie Simpson, 6-0 220 Soph.

MLB 41 Tim McGarigle, 6-1 235 Sr.
42 Demetrius Eaton, 6-2 235 Jr.

SAM 43 Adam Kadela, 6-2 235 Jr.
37 Campbell Black, 6-3 225 Jr.

LCB 20 Marquice Cole, 5-9 185 Jr.
6 Cory Dious, 5-9 165 Jr.

SS 21 Brian Heinz, 6-1 205 Jr.
25 Frederic Tarver, 6-2 215 Sr.

FS 27 Reggie McPherson, 6-1 190 Soph.
24 Herschel Henderson, 6-3 195 Sr.

RCB 22 Deonte Battle, 6-0 180 Soph.

6 Cory Dious, 5-9 165 Jr.

PK 93 Josh Howells, 6-4 225 Jr.
P 90 Ryan Pederson, 6-3 215 Jr.
PR 3 Shaun Herbert, 6-1 200 Jr.
26 Terrell Jordan, 5-10 200 Sr.
11 Brandon Roberson, 5-9 195 Soph.

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With a fresh set of downs?

1<SUP>st</SUP> and Ten ? Howard?s End ? When Loren Howard went down last August with an ankle injury, it didn?t mean the season was over for the Wildcats, but it wasn?t a good omen in the slightest. During August pre-season practice Howard injured his ankle, but was able to get back into the lineup for the last few games of the season. It was sadly evident that he didn?t have the quickness and burst off of the edge that he normally has, but he still found a way to make plays, gimpy leg and all. But, in his senior year, Howard is ready to show the Big Ten that the injury is nothing but a memory and they better look out. For a guy 6?4? and 280, Howard is quick on the perimeter, although he isn?t as speedy as some at that position. Regardless, he holds the point of attack well and is strong against the run. He doesn?t blow off of the edge like former Big Ten DE star Matt Roth of Iowa, but he pretty much eliminates any edge rushing game that an offensive staff wishes to establish. Teams may want to run away from Howard, instead of testing how healthy he is, and also find a way to deal with him in pass rush situations. The dilemma is that Howard can use his strength to get under the pads of a high pass setting tackle, but using a tight end/RB in addition may be overkill. He?s tough to game plan for, in a sense, because he doesn?t blow you away with his physical gifts, but has a motor that never quits. His presence on defense for all 11 games this season is a major key for Randy Walker?s Wildcats.

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3<SUP>rd</SUP> and Three ? The Hits Just Keep on Coming ? As with Howard above, the last thing a coach wants is to go into a season at less than full strength. However, unlike the situation with Howard, the losses of Trevor Rees at center and Jeff Backes at CB/returner are for the whole season. To say the loss of these two returning starters is a big time dagger to the Wildcats? hope for another bowl game this season is quite an understatement. Rees had been a two year starter before being suspended for academic issues. He was one of only two starters to that offensive line, and playing center, he was responsible for handling all of the line calls. Backes was one of the better return men in the Big Ten and a quality, speedy cover corner, but his shoulder injury will keep him off of the field in his senior year. For a team that doesn?t reload like other D1A powers, the loss of two major players on either side of the ball is a fatal blow.

4<SUP>th</SUP> and One ? Mad Mc ? 151 tackles should get your attention, but if it doesn?t, then please meet Tim McGarigle, NU inside linebacker. The senior had more tackles than any player in college football last season, and has had 291 over his last two seasons. Folks, that?s flat out phenomenal. He definitely flies under the radar, and not many people know about him, as they tout guys like AJ Hawk and Ernie Sims. However, McGarigle plays the game right ? hard, fast and nasty. He never quits on a play and, uh, obviously has a nose for the football. He?s good, very good and when he has another 140 or 150 tackle season, you?ll remember the name. Maybe.
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  • Northwestern had best be prepared for an old-fashioned ass-whipping in The Shoe. Our kids left over from last year's squad don't like carrying the stigma of being the first OSU team to lose to NW in 33 years and first to lose at NW in 46 years, and will take it out on them at home. And don't think the crowd won't remember last year either. We'll pound NW by at least three TDs.
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    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]8. Northwestern 4-7 (2-6)[/font] Two Cent Overview
    The Wildcats lost their best player from last year, running back Noah Herron, but they are still the poor man's Running Back U. They have a senior quarterback in Brett Basanez and playmakers at receiver. The defense suffered some losses, including their standout defensive end Loren Howard who is transferring to Arizona State, but they do return linebacker Tim McGarigle.

    Sept. 3 Ohio (W)
    Sept. 10 Northern Illinois (W)
    Sept. 17 at Arizona State (L)
    Sept. 24 Penn State (L)
    Oct. 8 Wisconsin (W)
    Oct. 15 at Purdue (L)
    Oct. 22 at Michigan State (L)
    Oct. 29 Michigan (L)
    Nov. 5 Iowa (L)
    Nov. 12 at Ohio State (L)
    Nov. 19 at Illinois (W)

    Five Questions Begging For Answers

    1. Who will be the next running back to ease into 1,300 yards?

    2. Will Brett Basanez finally throw for more than one touchdown per game?

    3. Will cornerback Jeff Backes be missed more for his coverage or his experience?

    4. Will Dan McGarigle lead the nation in solo tackles again?

    5. Could they have gotten a more difficult Big Ten schedule?

    Something To Look For
    Expect a more inflictive passing attack this year. Basanez is a senior and he needs to show it with his arm as much as he has with his head.

    Returning Starters
    Six on offense, four on defense and the place kicker.

    Best Player
    Linebacker Dan McGarigle. He led the NCAA in tackles last year. He's going to continue to get opportunity after opportunity in 2005.

    Second Best Player
    Quarterback Bret Basanez. A senior quarterback in Randy Walker's system has no reason not to succeed. Walker believes that he has never had a group of seniors like this, and Basanez is at the head of that table, "I don't think there's a quarterback in the country that works harder than Brett Basanez...he came into our place at about 185 pounds. Now he weighs about 218 pounds and almost resembles a division one football player."

    Best Chance For A Bad Loss
    at Ohio State. Revenge is a dish best served in Ohio Stadium.

    Most Important Game
    Penn State. Not only would it be a quality win against a quality opponent, there is a chance that these two teams could be close in Big Ten record, and it would be nice to have the tiebreaker at the very least.

    Best Game To Pack Up The Family Truckster And Travel To
    at Arizona State. It'll be your only chance to see where the Fiesta Bowl is played. (Zing!)

    Player People Will Be Pleasantly Surprised By
    Running back Brandon Roberson. The sophomore will be battling Terrell Jordan for the starting spot. Roberson is faster and more elusive, but Jordan is more experienced. Either way, it's not unusual for the backup running back to get significant yards in this offense--Noah Herron rushed for 700 as a backup in 2003.

    Something They Don't Do So Well
    Reach the endzone via the pass. Twelve touchdown passes last year for Basanez. Granted this is a running spread offense, but still, twelve touchdowns? They threw for almost 3,000 yards and only managed one touchdown pass per game. That's just odd.

    Player Most Likely To Own A Restaurant
    Campbell Black. Assorted tomato-based canned soups, duh.
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    this game looks to be tougher than most of us thought....

    i gotta agree with you. IMO, this could be the best team in the big 10. if they had upset Penn State(which they should have), they could have almost been on the way to the big 10 title. granted, the next two weeks for them will show how good they really are, espcially when they come to the shoe to play the best defense in the nation
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    Tim the Enchanter... WOLVERINE SLAYER!!
    This should definitely be a fun game to watch. The good guys (still remembering last year) come out hot ala Iowa and lay the wood to NW: 38 - 17.

    It's a damn shame we let Sutton get away...
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    Yes I agree I was just stating the obviously.. I think alot of people would agree that this game seemed liked a gimme before the season started.. Im just saying this team looks like it's gonna be one of the better teams we play this year and if were not fireing on all cillinders they could give us some fits.. Go Bucks! Early Prediction 31 - 20 OSU
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    Total Coverage.
  • Damn, already to week 10! Where has the season gone? Ok, NW is no pushover this season. But I'm loving the revenge factor at the Shoe. I expect them to hang tight through the first half, then we pull away in the second half as the D clamps down and the offense hits its stride just as in recent weeks. Early prediction 37-24 goodguys.
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    One thing's for certain...the team had better darn sure play all 60:00 on the clock, because the Wildcats have won and lost at least 2 games apiece in the final minute or two.

    The key to this one is using our running game to control,the clock and containing Sutton. Basanez won't be nearly as scary without a running game, and with some serious Pittman, we can reduce their number of possessions by 2 or 3.

    That, and covering the onside kicks properly they will be starting in the third quarter :wink2:
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