Aug. 4, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fans who became accustomed to seeing the No. 1 uniform number worn by the spirited Bo Cisek in recent seasons can look forward to supporting a new No. 1 in 2013.
Continuing a tradition he began in 2011, head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced at a team meeting Sunday that junior running back Tim Hanrahan has been selected to don uniform No. 1 in the upcoming season. The selection was made with input and a vote from all 10 full-time members of the coaching staff.
"No. 1 in college football is usually worn by a player with a lot of flash and attention," Fitzgerald said. "But at Northwestern we use it to recognize a young man who embodies the best of the values we look for in a Wildcat, which means being a dedicated teammate, student and member of our community. The No. 1 jersey in our program represents a way of life, and Tim has demonstrated that quality of character throughout his Northwestern career. "
Cisek was on hand at today's season-opening team meeting to assist Fitzgerald in announcing the player who would succeed him in wearing the symbolic number.
"This football program is bigger than any one individual, and Coach Fitz does a good job of preaching that to us consistently," Cisek said. "Tim earned this honor by being selfless in everything that he does."
Hanrahan contributed primarily on special teams in his 11 appearances during the 2012 season but also recorded eight rushing attempts for 31 yards as a reserve tailback. He missed the 2011 season due to an injury suffered in preseason camp.
Ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/Coaches preseason poll, Northwestern opens fall training camp when it holds its first practice at 4 p.m. Monday in Evanston.
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