Aug. 14, 2012
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Coming off their first true two-a-day session of training camp, Northwestern's coaching staff had a simple message for their players on Tuesday: the hard part is not the double session, but coming back with the same intensity the next day.
Safe to say the Wildcats responded to the challenge, completing an 18-period full-pads practice Tuesday morning at Camp Kenosha. Below are notes from an eventful practice session, Northwestern's ninth since camp opened last week:
The Big Ten Network Bus Tour made its stop in Kenosha Tuesday, with studio hosts Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith setting up shop on the hill at Wisconsin-Parkside to analyze practice and talk to Pat Fitzgerald, offensive and defensive coordinators Mick McCall and Mike Hankwitz, and several players. (Coach Fitz continued his tradition of presenting the crew with authentic Wisconsin brats on the set.) The one-hour show will debut at 9 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network.
Junior defensive end Tyler Scott had a chance to see firsthand his own likeness on the BTN Tour Bus that has been touring the Midwest this month. Scott obliged the Network's request to add his autograph to the image.
In addition to the BTN Bus Tour representatives, a crew from the upcoming series "The Journey" on Big Ten Network stopped by for the first time this year. The award-winning series will chronicle the characters and stories of the 2012 football season from behind the scenes. On Tuesday, the crew snuck inside NU's training room and locker room to see how the Wildcats suit up for a training session.
On the field, junior running back Venric Mark continued to shine as he has since camp started, using his speed and pass-catching ability out of the backfield to create big plays in 7-on-7 and full-team drills.
Despite Mark's exploits, NU's defense impressed as a whole for the second straight day, most notably the self-anointed "Sky Team" in the secondary. Led by safeties Ibraheim Campbell and Davion Fleming, the Wildcats got their hands on a significant number of passes and produced what might be described as a coverage sack on more than one occasion.
Northwestern will regroup for another double session on Wednesday, with the first practice beginning at 8:50 a.m.
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