Career: Transferred from Notre Dame in June, 2008 ... Opted to graduate following 2010 season and not return for a potential fifth collegiate year ... Played in 14 career games ... Moved from linebacker to superback in the 2010 offseason ... Filled the superback role previously held by Mark Woodsum in 2007-09 -- similar to that of a traditional fullback ... Named to National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society in 2011.
2010: Played in all 13 games ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Returned a kickoff for 14 yards vs. Illinois ... One tackle vs. Central Michigan ... Recorded first career reception at Rice for a 6-yard gain.
2009: Appeared in one game, vs. Towson ... Named team's offensive practice player of the week vs. Syracuse.
2008: Sat out season due to NCAA transfer rules ... Named team's special teams practice player of the week vs. Illinois.
2007: Played inside linebacker for the Fighting Irish.
High School: Selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... Received the Doc Blanchard Award for the East team at the All-American Bowl, awarded to the player that best combines community service, football skills and grades ... Tallied 69 tackles and forced four fumbles his senior season despite missing four games with a knee injury ... Also rushed for 980 yards and averaged close to 10 yards per catch in just over seven games ... Named first-team all-state as a senior by the Chicago Tribune as a linebacker ... Scout.com had him listed as the No. 14 weakside linebacker in the nation and 10th-best prospect in Illinois ... Rated the 11th-best player in Illinois and the 41st-best outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... Tabbed the eighth-best outside linebacker ... Rated the 58th-best player in the Midwest in the 2006 preseason by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... Coached by Eric Michaelson.
Personal: Born Aaron C. Nagel ... Son of Ron and Linda Nagel ... Brother, Brett, was a member of the NU football team for three years (2008-10) ... Economics major and business institutions minor.
The A. Nagel File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
A: Love Like Crazy -- Lee Brice, Every Time I Hear Your Name -- Keith Anderson, Red Dirt Road -- Brooks And Dunn, What A Beautiful Day -- Chris Cagle, We Rode In Trucks -- Luke Bryan
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why?
A: Probably Jesus Christ since he is the only one that could answer any question that I have and lead my life in the right direction.
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: No matter how hard something may seem, you can accomplish and achieve anything that you put your mind to
Q: A song that best describes you and why?
A: Hmmm I don't really know any song that describes me
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
A: I'm an avid movie fan and have over 300 DVD's in my room
Q: My favorite place to visit is and why?
A: Orlando, Fla., because my family used to go on vacation there every year when we were younger and I grew to love it.
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why?
A: I'd say Mike Bolden because he just loves trying to make the guys laugh, and even though he has some off days, the majority of the time he has everybody around cracking up when he gets to "riding people."
Q: My favorite thing about NU is and why?
A: The reputation for excellence in all aspects
Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
A: All the great people you get to associate with including other players, coaches and staff.
Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
A: Down-to earth, Intense, Relates well to players
Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less:
A: Technique-oriented, Good sense of humor
Q: Most humbling experience:
A: Probably playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game in high school with the best players in the country
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
A: Maintaining a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA at such a prestigious university while juggling a full football schedule, school and social activities
Q: The best book I have ever read is and why?
A: Don't do much reading in my spare time. I'd say my previous favorite books I've read are probably To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher In The Rye, The Great Gatsby, The Brothers Karamazov, and Great Expectations. Don't really know which is my favorite.
Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
A: My dad
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
A: Walter Payton
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
A: Relax and listen to music
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick and why?
A: I would probably pick "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather" because I am enamored by gangsters and mobsters and these are my favorite genre of movie.
Q: My favorite food is:
A: Filet Mignon
Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
A: Enthusiastic and loyal fans
Q: Best thing about Northwestern is:
A: All the great people and nice to be so close to Chicago
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
A: Scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime of the Super Bowl
Q: My favorite television show is and why?
A: Don't watch much T.V., so probably NFL football games on Sunday
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
A: Probably weigh 20 pounds less and just working out and going to school, while involved in a few more clubs and school groups and activities
Q: The three words that best describe me:
A: Hard-worker, Perfectionist, Organized
Q: My football-related superstition is:
A: Listen to the same playlist on my IPod before every game
Q: If the Big Ten expands in the future, pick one school you'd like to see added and why?
A: Nebraska since they have such a great fan following and the state is so dedicated to their college football team.
Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why?
A: Obviously Fitz impacts me the most athletically, but also my mentor Doug Szymul has helped with my future career endeavors