Spring 'game' recap: Northwestern
Not because we have anything against the Wildcats. It's just that they didn't have an actual spring game. Because of injuries, head coach Pat Fitzgerald held a regular practice for his 15th session of the spring on Saturday.
Or at least it was supposed to be a regular practice, until storm clouds forced the team to rush indoors halfway through the drills.
"With the storm coming in,” Fitzgerald said, “we had to adjust quickly, which was a good challenge for the guys. And I thought the guys came back and finished practice well.”
You can find some coverage of the day's practice here and here. Because it wasn't a spring game, there is no star of the game or stats to report.
A big issue remains the defensive line, which had four key contributors out this spring.
"That is a major work in progress," Fitzgerald said. "I like what the guys did this spring, but there's no way, shape or form that we're ready to make any analysis there. I'd say the same thing at running back with the guys being out. Then we've got to get some things solidified in the kicking game."
There might not be another Big Ten team that will have to get more done early in fall camp than the injury-riddled Wildcats.
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