Northwestern adds six football walk-ons

June, 3, 2010

Northwestern announced the addition of six walk-ons for its upcoming football season on Thursday.

Locally, the Wildcats added Cary-Grove offensive lineman Hayden Baker, a all-area selection, and Providence running back Tim Hanrahan. Baker, who is 6-2 and 260 pounds, helped Cary-Grove total 5,289 yards last season and was key to the Trojans’ winning the Class 6A state title. Hanrahan, who is 6-0 and 190 pounds, rushed for 1,936 yards on 287 carries as a junior and 1,851 yards on 351 carries as a senior.

Northwestern also added defensive back Joe Cannon (Oconomowoc, Wis./Marquette University High School), wide receiver Torin Dupper (Decatur, Ala./Decatur), defensive back Mike Eshun (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) and superback Christian Flores (Brambleton, Va./Briar Woods).

“Every year, our non-scholarship players make a huge impact on our program and we reward as many as possible,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We had a number of former walk-ons play prominent roles for our football team in 2009, led by Zeke Markshausen. Zeke is just one example of the many talented walk-ons who join our program and work their tails off to become significant contributors on the field. I'm pleased to welcome these six student-athletes to our football family.”

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Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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