Northwestern spring football game recap, nuggets and tidbits

Northwestern spring football game recap, nuggets and tidbits

Spring college football is always interesting for it’s unique scoring system. It’s an intra-squad game and every school does it different. Some schools divide into two teams, others, like today’s Northwestern spring game, go offense vs. defense.

And therefore, Ryan Field in Evanston today featured a “pick-17″ (instead of a “pick-6″) with the points system in place.

The big boy, DL Chance Carter got 5 points for an interception, and then 12 for returning it for a touchdown (pick 17). And then, the entire defense got flagged for excessive celebration. Yes, excessive celebration penalties in a spring game, it happens.

It reminded of the old MTV “Rock n Jock” basketball game with “10 point field goals” and the last-two-minutes-in-the-quarter “25 point basket” which was suspended 25 feet high above the court.

But Carter’s play was critical in leading the defense to a 47-43 win over the offense after 70 plays.

Thus concludes spring practice in which one can say the defense is ahead of the offense.

“We’ve actually created a mentality where we’ve come together and really dominated the offense,” said sophomore DL Tyler Scott.

“It’s saying a lot, but I like to personally say that just to give them a little tough times.”

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Scott was the winner of the “Jugs Machine Challenge” earlier this week, the video of which went viral.

“I think our defensive line has really improved,” NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

“I think I said it earlier in the spring- that side of the ball was really grateful for the negative comments against them, and they’ve used that as fuel this spring, and we deserve it, we didn’t play really well at times. And what are you going to do about it? How are you going to react to it? It’s something that we value here, and I like our chemistry here on defense.”

On the other side of the ball, the offense had mostly conventional scoring, but also received 1 point for every play of  20+ yards. One of the big highlights was a Trevor Siemian to Cameron Dickerson fade route TD pass which went for 40 yards.

Siemian will be the backup QB, but out-played Kain Colter today. Siemian finished 8-14 for 119 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 0 sacks. Colter was 7-12 for 56 yards, 0 interceptions, but 5 sacks.

“I think we have three pretty darn good quarterbacks with skill sets that are unique to themselves and can help us win games,” Fitz said.

“I think Trev is doing a really nice job taking those steps, he moved today well in the pocket, and had a really good day. And Kain I thought has had a really good spring, he’s done a great job leading the offense, maybe today’s snapshot might not be his best practice of the spring, but he’s done a really good job.”

Today Pat Fitzgerald ended the media session with “GO SOX!” (he is an Orland Park native and big time White Sox fan) instead of his usual “GO CATS!”

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