Aug. 13, 2012
BLOG: Injury and Personnel Updates from Skip Myslenski
WATCH: Coach Fitz talks with the media after practice
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Energized by the cool, light rain covering southern Wisconsin Monday morning, Northwestern hit the practice field at Camp Kenosha for the first time with a hard-hitting 18-period practice.
A few notes from the morning session in Kenosha:
This was Northwestern's third practce of fall camp in full pads, but the first for the 'Cats following an off-day Sunday. The time off their feet over the weekend seemed to pay dividends after a long first week of camp, with Northwestern's top returners practicing full-go through several periods of 11-on-11 scenarios in the latter half of practice.
Included in that list of high-spirited veterans Monday morning would be senior linebacker David Nwabuisi, who made a strong read on a Kain Colter offering to the sideline and finished the play with an interception and return for a score during 11-on-11 drills.
Among the high-intensity drills run by Northwestern on Monday was one emphasizing the run-blocking skills of NU's wide receivers. Tasked with taking on Northwestern's physical linebackers and defensive backs on the perimeter, the wideouts proved they are as willing to spring their teammates for a big play as they are to have their hands on the ball themselves.
After practice, head coach Pat Fitzgerald confirmed that sophomore running back Treyvon Green, who was injured Friday in Evanston and taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, is doing well and is expected to be available for NU's opener at Syracuse.
Northwestern's first true day of double sessions continues at 4:45 p.m. Monday with a lighter practice in "shells" -- helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
Looking ahead to Tuesday, Northwestern will welcome a Big Ten Network crew to Camp Kenosha as part of the network's preseason BTN Tour. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will be at Parkside to discuss the 2012 Wildcats and interview Fitzgerald, offensive coordinator Mick McCall, defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz and several Wildcat players after practice. Don't miss the debut of BTN's NU preview show at 9 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Follow the link at the top of this page for Skip Myslenski's full report on Monday's practice, recapping the litany of Wildcats aiming to emerge with a starting role at training camp's end, including one at his third new position in eight months.
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