The Daily Northwestern

Football: Wootton, Kafka and McManis selected in the NFL draft

Rodger Sherman

April 24, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

After four years without having a player selected in the NFL draft, Northwestern saw three picked in a two-hour span Saturday morning.Defensive end Corey Wootton, quarterback Mike Kafka and cornerback Sherrick McManis were draf...

Football: Defense dominates in scrimmage

Rodger Sherman

April 24, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

In a game without a score, an opponent or a running clock, coach Pat Fitzgerald still seemed pretty confident he won Saturday's spring scrimmage."Mission accomplished," Fitzgerald said. "Most importantly, we came out healthy."...

Spring scrimmage success: Wildcats escape injury free

Rodger Sherman

April 23, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

In a game without a score, an opponent, or a running clock, coach Pat Fitzgerald still seemed pretty confident that he won Saturday's spring scrimmage."Mission accomplished," Fitzgerald said. "Most importantly, we came out healt...

Football: Northwestern, University of Illinois football to face off at Wrigley Field

Rodger Sherman

April 23, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

CHICAGO - With the Northwestern fight song playing and purple flags waving from Wrigley Field's historic centerfield scoreboard, officials from NU, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears confirmed Friday the rumors that the Wi...

2010 Schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

Robbie Levin and Robbie Levin

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Sept. 4 at Vanderbilt2008 was a banner year for the Commodores. Not only did Vanderbilt make its first postseason appearance since 1982, but it came from behind to defeat Boston College in the Music City Bowl. Last year the Commo...

The evolution of a coach

Robbie Levin and Robbie Levin

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Fitzgerald walked into the press room in Raymond James Stadium with a steely resolve. On fourth-and-goal with the game-and Northwestern's 61-year bowl drought-hanging in the balance, the 35-year-old coach had called one of...

Front four: forward focus

Rodger Sherman and Rodger Sherman

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Life as a Northwestern defensive lineman is about moving forward.When defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz arrived at NU in 2008, he installed a system featuring an attack mentality. Where his predecessor, Greg Colby, preached ...

Juniors Mabin, Peters lead young NU secondary

Katherine Driessen and Katherine Driessen

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

After three years of stability, 2010 will bring a changing of the guard in Northwestern's secondary.NU will look to junior cornerback Jordan Mabin this year to be the stronghold of what has been a transient defense."I've been there so th...

Halfbacks: running wild

Colin Becht and Colin Becht

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

When Northwestern takes the field on Sep. 4 at Vanderbilt, it has already been decided that rising junior Dan Persa will be taking the snaps. But who Persa will be handing the ball off to remains in question.In one of the most ...

Hard-working Persa poised to disprove doubters

Christine Todd and Christine Todd

April 21, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

Last spring, one question perpetually hung on the lips of Northwestern football followers: "Can Mike Kafka be a passing threat for NU's offense?" In 2008, hopeful fans witnessed Kafka rush for a record-setting 217 yards as C.J. B...

Grayhack: Presidents should make Big Ten bigger

Pat Grayhack

April 18, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

As University President Morton O. Schapiro flies to Washington for the Association of American Universities Conference, the buzz concentrates not on academics but rather the expansion of the Big Ten into a college football su...

Feature: Ryan Field’s greens grounded

Ed Demaria

April 6, 2010

Filed under Football, Sports

The spring football game is two weeks away and football is on the minds of Northwestern fans once again. But what has been happening at Ryan Field since a wave of purple engulfed the playing surface after the 33-31 upset victory ov...