Instead, the Wildcats took to practice indoors – speculation would probably be due to the high velocity of wind.
The Wildcats practiced in full pads for the first time, which is good timing considering defensive drills were the main focus.
The players were working in a combination of coverage drills, striping drills, tackling techniques, trench battles, etc.
One player that stood out in the fray was sophomore safety Ibraheim Campbell. He was all over the field, operating much like NFL Safety Troy Polamalu.
With Brian Peters gone, he’s the main cog of a Northwestern secondary that struggled mightily last season. He will be needed to shine. At one point, the Northwestern Wildcats were last in yards per pass attempt allowed (9.9). They also allowed 230.4 yards passing per game. The Wildcats nearly gave up as many yards as they passed for as a team.
The offense will not be left hanging either.
Outside the typical route running drills, the wildcat receivers worked on pass blocking. The best of the bunch in that was 6’5 Kyle Prater. His blocking paved way for a rushing touchdown. In fact, he made blocking look simple as he got his man on the ground.
It is known Prater’s a tall receiver, who could use that length in red zone situations, but he can clearly use it to his advantage when blocking defensive backs. Therefore, he helps pave the way for a better rush attack.
Unfortunately, practice ended on a sour note after Campbell collided with running back Treyvon Green. It was a clean, open field hit that eventually sent Green to the ground and out. He was attended to for about 10 minutes before the facility was cleared out. Green was taken to the hospital and Coach Pat Fitzgerald, as well as, Running backs coach Matt MacPherson went with.
Coach Fitzgerald did give a statement regarding the situation:
“During Friday’s practice, sophomore running back Treyvon Green was injured and transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons. After a thorough evaluation, all tests results returned negative and we expect Treyvon to be released from the hospital this evening and make a full recovery. I would like to thank our entire athletic training staff for their quick response and care in this situation. The safety and welfare of our student-athletes, for which we are responsible on a daily basis, is our top priority at all times.”
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