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Northwestern names receivers coach

Northwestern named Dennis Springer its wide receivers coach on Monday.

Springer replaces Kevin Johns, who left Northwestern earlier this month to join Kevin Wilson’s staff at Indiana. Coincidentally, Springer coached at Indiana for the past three seasons, serving as assistant head coach and running backs coach, as well as being the Hoosiers' co-special teams coordinator.

“We’re extremely excited to have someone with the experience of Dennis Springer join our football family," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. “He is a great coach and a great mentor and has established himself as a great motivator and recruiter as well. Dennis is going to be a major asset to our football team and we're glad to have him aboard.”

Springer should have plenty to work with next season. The Wildcats return nine of their 10 leading receivers, including Jeremy Ebert, who had team-highs of 62 receptions and 953 yards. Northwestern also played three true freshmen at wide receiver and will have ESPNU Top 150 wide receiver Christian Jones arriving next season.

Springer also coached at Ball State, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky.