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    Northwestern Holds Spirited Intrasquad Scrimmage at Camp Kenosha

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore receiver Tony Jones brings in a well-thrown 27-yard pass from Kain Colter on the scrimmage's first series.
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    Sophomore receiver Tony Jones brings in a well-thrown 27-yard pass from Kain Colter on the scrimmage's first series.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Aug. 20, 2011

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    KENOSHA, Wis. -- After watching a wicked thunderstorm move through southern Wisconsin in the late morning, Northwestern took advantage of the clear skies that followed to hold its annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage Saturday on the campus of Wisconsin-Parkside.

    The session lasted nearly 90 minutes and included approximately 70 offensive plays.

    "I thought after the weather delay they came out with a good attitude and did some good things on both sides," said head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "We had some opportunities for turnovers but didn't make the plays, that'd probably be my biggest negative for the defense. We have to get the ball back, that was the only negative I saw.

    "We have two big weeks left and you have to look at this not as the end (of Camp Kenosha) but the beginning. Two weeks from today we're going to be in the first quarter of our game against an outstanding opponent on the road so we have to have a great sense of urgency this week to finish camp the right way."

    Sophomore quarterback Kain Colter was the first under center for the NU offense on the day, moving the chains with a 27-yard pass to classmate Tony Jones and following it up with an 18-yard keeper down to the 12-yard line. After linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo stepped in front of Colter's next offering for a pass breakup, Colter's only drive at QB eventually culminated in a 34-yard field goal by sophomore Jeff Budzien.

    NU's defense put the clamps on over the next two possessions before Evan Watkins led the 'Cats on a scoring drive, getting some help when true freshman superback Jack Konopka laid out inside the red zone to draw NU close to a score. Running back Tyris Jones finished the job with a 2-yard plunge to paydirt.

    Watkins finished the scrimmage as NU's leading passer, connecting on 8-of-14 attempts for 82 yards.

    Northwestern's third touchdown came at the end of a 14-play, 58-yard drive orchestrated by redshirt freshman Trevor Siemian. Siemian found Venric Mark leaping in the back of the end zone, helping the QB finish with 49 yards on an accurate 7-of-9 passing clip. It was one of three catches for Mark, who compiled a team-best 60 yards receiving.

    NU's defense was spearheaded by sophomore Davon Custis, who racked up 6.5 tackles from his defensive end position. Ariguzo finished with two pass breakups, while cornerback Daniel Jones also broke up a would-be touchdown late in the scrimmage.

    Following an off-day on Sunday, Northwestern will head back to Illinois for one final offsite practice Monday at the Naval Station Great Lakes base, where the Big Ten Network will be on hand to film its annual preview show. The Wildcats then return to campus with a double-session scheduled for Tuesday.

    Northwestern opens its season Saturday, Sept. 3, at Boston College.

    Individual statistics from Saturday's scrimmage are listed below:

    Passing Statistics
    Evan Watkins -- 8-of-14, 82 yards
    Trevor Siemian -- 7-of-9, 49 yards, 1 TD
    Kain Colter -- 2-of-3, 28 yards
    Zack Oliver -- 2-of-2, 22 yards, 1 TD

    Rushing Statistics
    Kain Colter -- 2 carries, 23 yards
    Treyvon Green -- 7 carries, 18 yards
    Jordan Perkins -- 4 carries, 17 yards
    Mike Trumpy -- 2 carries, 15 yards
    Adonis Smith -- 5 carries, 12 yards
    Tyris Jones -- 6 carries, 12 yards, 1 TD
    Tim Hanrahan -- 4 carries, 8 yards
    Zack Oliver -- 1 carry, 8 yards
    Evan Watkins -- 1 carry, 4 yards
    Venric Mark -- 1 carry, 3 yards
    Trevor Siemian -- 4 carries, (-13) yards

    Receiving Statistics
    Venric Mark -- 3 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD
    Drew Moulton -- 6 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
    Tony Jones -- 1 catch, 27 yards
    Jack Konopka -- 1 catch, 19 yards
    Cameron Dickerson -- 2 catches, 12 yards
    Brendan Barber -- 2 catches, 12 yards
    Rashad Lawrence -- 1 catch, 10 yards
    Demetrius Fields -- 1 catch, 6 yards
    Adonis Smith -- 1 catch, 1 yard
    Mike Jensen -- 1 catch, 0 yards

    Defensive Statistics
    Davon Custis -- 6.5 tackles
    Damien Proby -- 6 tackles
    Chi Chi Ariguzo -- 3.5 tackles, 2 pass breakups
    David Nwabuisi -- 3 tackles
    Timmy Vernon -- 3 tackles
    Bryce McNaul -- 2.5 tackles
    Michael Bolden -- 2.5 tackles
    Jimmy Hall -- 2.5 tackles
    Daniel Jones -- 2 tackles, 1 pass breakup
    Doug Diedrick -- 2 tackles
    Anthony Battle -- 2 tackles, 1 sack
    C.J. Bryant -- 1.5 tackles
    Bo Cisek -- 1 tackle
    Collin Ellis -- 1 tackle
    Ricky Weina -- 1 tackle
    Sean McEvilly -- 1 tackle
    Mike Eshun -- 1 tackle
    Hunter Bates -- 1 tackle
    Kevin Watt -- 1 tackle

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