NU's Vitale named co-freshman of the week

Northwestern freshman Dan Vitale is averaging 9.8 yards per catch this season. Mike Carter/US Presswire

Northwestern superback Dan Vitale was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Vitale, a Wheaton Warrenville South graduate, set career highs of nine catches and 110 receiving yards in the Wildcats’ 23-20 road win over Michigan State on Saturday. He became the second Northwestern receiver to go over 100 yards in a game this season.

The last Northwestern freshman to earn the award was Nick VanHoose on Oct. 15.

Vitale shared the honor with Michigan linebacker James Ross III, who had a career-high 12 tackles in Michigan’s win over Iowa on Saturday.