April 2, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern moved one practice closer to full pads on Wednesday morning, conducting another 19-period workout in just jerseys, shorts and helmets.
Bright sunshine and crisp spring temperaturs greeted the Wildcats at 7:30 a.m. as they conducted an extremely spirited and fast-paced practice session. After starting with a number of special teams drills, the Wildcats closed the morning with several 11-on-11 team periods.
One of the noticeable aspects of the spring thus far is how many familiar faces are back on the offensive side of the ball, especially at the skill positions. With the return of wide receiver Andrew Brewer and the emergence of several talented underclassmen, offensive skill should be a major strength for the Wildcats in 2008.
After practice, new offensive coordinator Mick McCall spoke to NUsports.com about his goals for the offense this spring. He discussed the transition to his new role, his excitement for coaching many of the weapons in the NU offense and some differences fans will see in the Wildcat attack under his leadership.
Watch Coach McCall's interview with NUSports.com
The Wildcats are returning 75.8 percent of their rushing yardage, 99.6 percent of their passing yardage and 73.7 percent of their receiving yardage in 2008.
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced at the end of practice that offensive lineman Tyler Compton (Humble, Texas/Humble) would no longer be able to play football due to injury.
A reminder to NU fans who plan to attend the Spring Game on April 26: arrive at 9 a.m. in time to take part in the inaugural "Walk for Randy" -- for further information, click here.
With specialists Stefan Demos and Amado Villarreal presently sidelined, Kyle Daley is getting a significant number of reps at both punter and place-kicker.