The Wildcats will bolster not only a new offense with quarterback Kain Colter under center, but they will also feature new uniforms from Under Armor, which has yet to be seen.
With their offense being one of their main components this upcoming season, it will be interesting to note who will be their starting running back this season.
Northwestern will need to solidify this position before the beginning of the season as they play in one of the tougher conferences in all of college football, the Big Ten. The Wildcats currently feature a bevy of talent at the running back position with sophomore Treyvon Green possibly being the leading candidate for the starting role this fall.
Green had minimal playing time for the Wildcats last season as he rushed for only 362 yards in 13 games on 97 attempts. Green will undoubtedly be relied upon to help carry this offense in the Big Ten this fall and could very well become a threat in the backfield.
Another running back that could see quality playing time will be junior Mike Trumpy. Trumpy saw his season end prematurely on Oct. 1 against Illinois due to an ACL tear and will look to recapture the magic he had in his freshman year when he rushed for 530 yards in 11 games on 116 attempts.
Trumpy could compliment Green in the backfield and give the Wildcats a boost on third-down situations from short yardage. If Trumpy can remain healthy, the Wildcats could feature a combination that can give opposing defenses in the Big Ten problems.
The Wild card in this backfield could possibly be freshman Malin Jones from Joliet Catholic High School. Jones will probably see playing time on special teams before making the transition to running back for the Wildcats.
Jones is a versatile running back and will more than likely help Northwestern in its efforts to produce a solidified rushing attack this season. The best thing for head coach Pat Fitzgerald is to not waste the talents of his running game as they should be able to progress exponentially throughout the season.
With the Wildcats featuring a possible running back dual-threat in Green and Trumpy this upcoming season, their offense could reap the benefits as it will relieve pressure from Colter and their wide receivers to generate much of the offensive support for Northwestern.
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