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KENOSHA, Wis. -- The countdown to kickoff for the 2013 Northwestern Football season hit two weeks on Saturday, and the Wildcats marked the occasion by holding their annual training camp scrimmage at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. Catch up on the day's action by scrolling through a recap below:
Before hitting the practice field Saturday, the 'Cats had an opportunity to wrap up their annual "Last DJ Standing" competition, a week-long affair to determine which Wildcat can play the best tunes in the training room each morning. This year's winner? Senior defensive tackle Chance Carter, whose efforts this morning included "Chelsea Dagger" -- the celebration song of Carter's beloved Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks -- and French Montana's "Ain't Worried Bout Nothin.'"
With much of the varsity roster held out from competition, the scrimmage represented a chance for a long list of young players to show off their skills in a game setting as well as demonstrate their knowledge of the playbook. For the veterans, Saturday was a chance to rest their bodies after a tough week of camp ... or, in the case of Kain Colter, to try out a new role as offensive coordinator:
On the field, sophomore Zack Oliver and true freshman Matt Alviti saw the lions' share of snaps at quarterback, while senior Mike Trumpy started the scrimmage at tailback. Trumpy then gave way to junior Tim Hanrahan, redshirt freshmen Malin Jones and Mike Panico, and newcomers Warren Long and Xavier Menifield -- all of whom ran the ball hard out of the backfield.
Defensively, several veterans saw action early in the scrimmage -- particularly on the defensive line where Carter, Dean Lowry and Will Hampton saw reps as they continue to improve their cohesion during training camp. In the secondary, Davion Fleming and Jimmy Hall were among the most senior-ranking 'Cats to see action Saturday, while freshman Godwin Igwebuike made his presence known with a well-timed pass breakup in the end zone on an on-target pass by Alviti.
Although the offense consistently moved the ball under the direction of all its QBs, the defense stood its ground and surrendered just one touchdown over the course of the 75-minute scrimmage.
Click the YouTube video below for all the video highlights from Saturday's practice.
After hosting Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany at practice Thursday, Northwestern had a few more special guests at Camp Kenosha this morning, including Morton Schapiro -- introduced by Pat Fitzgerald as "the best University president in the country" -- as well Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips. Schapiro addressed the team huddle after the scrimmage, sharing his fond memories of being on the field for NU's Gator Bowl victory and his excitement to get the season started two weeks from today.
The Wildcats will have a chance to catch their breath with a day off Sunday and will hold one final practice in Kenosha Monday morning. On their way back down to Evanston Monday afternoon, the Wildcats will make their annual stop at the Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago for lunch with their friends at the military training base.
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