Northwestern to name Springer assistant

Northwestern has hired Dennis Springer as its new wide receivers coach and will make an official announcement later Monday.

Springer replaces Kevin Johns, who left earlier this month to become Indiana's co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach. In an interesting twist, Springer will come to Northwestern from Indiana, where he spent the past three seasons as running backs coach/co-special teams coordinator and spent the past two also serving as assistant head coach.

Springer spent four seasons coaching receivers at Ball State before working with running backs and safeties at Bowling Green, where he worked alongside Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

He inherits a strong group of receivers at Northwestern led by All-Big Ten selection Jeremy Ebert. His experience working with running backs also could help the Wildcats, who have struggled in the ground game under Pat Fitzgerald.

Johns will be a significant loss for the Wildcats, but Springer looks like a solid choice as a replacement.