Football: Bennett Skowronek to enter the transfer portal

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Bennett Skowronek scores a touchdown against Iowa. His catch in 2018 propelled the Cats to clinching the Big Ten West.

Andrew Golden, Sports Editor


Football


Senior wide receiver Bennett Skowronek entered the transfer portal Monday, according to 24/7 Sports.

After suffering a leg injury against Michigan State, the 2019 captain would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer if he decides to leave Northwestern.

It was also reported last week by the Chicago Tribune that Skowronek was headed to the NFL, but it seems that the senior wideout will look at all of his potential options.

If Skowronek doesn’t come back, he will go down as a key part of Northwestern run to the Big Ten Championship game last year. Against Iowa, he hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch that helped propel the Wildcats to clinch the Big Ten West.

For his career, Skowronek has compiled 110 catches for 1417 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons.

Without Skowronek, the NU’s wide receivers haven’t produced, but quarterback issues have also played a large role in the team’s offensive struggles. Regardless, despite missing the final nine games, Skowronek finished the season fourth on the team with 141 receiving yards and tied for fourth in receptions with 12.

The Indiana native is the second wideout in the past two years to enter the transfer portal, as former Wildcat receiver Charlie Fessler took his talents to FCS Richmond, where he is the team’s leading receiver.

Due to his production for the NU, Skowronek will surely attract offers from other FBS programs.

Senior defensive back Brian Bullock also entered the transfer portal. The Texas native has played sparingly over his three years on campus. In a tweet posted Monday, Bullock thanked those who paved the way for him to play at Northwestern.

“I want to thank Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Brown and Springer for giving me the opportunity to attend Northwestern and play football,” Bullock said. “With that being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal for my last two years of eligibility as I graduate in March.”

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