2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2011 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Conference Big Ten Conference
Division Legends Division
2011 record 6–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald (6th as HC) (10th overall season)
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall (4th season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (4th season)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
No. 11 Michigan State x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Michigan %   6 2         11 2  
No. 24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders Division
No. 10 Wisconsin xy$   6 2         11 3  
Penn State x   6 2         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his sixth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They are members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 3–4 in Big Ten play to finish in fifth place in the Legends Division. They were invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas where they were defeated by Texas A&M 22–33.

Previous season[edit]

In 2010 the Wildcats had a 7–6 record, ending the season with a 45–38 loss to Texas Tech in the 2011 TicketCity Bowl.

Preseason[edit]

Conference divisions[edit]

Starting in 2011, the Big Ten Conference created two divisions, "Legends" and "Leaders", following the University of Nebraska's membership into the conference. Northwestern was placed in the "Legends" division, with the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska joining them.[1]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule is as follows:[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 AM at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, Massachusetts ESPNU W 24–17   37,561[3]
September 10 2:30 PM Eastern Illinois* Ryan FieldEvanston, Illinois BTN W 42–21   28,042[4]
September 17 2:30 PM at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, New York CBSSN L 14–21   35,784[5]
October 1 11:00 AM at No. 22 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois (Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPN2 L 35–38   53,243[6]
October 8 6:00 PM No. 11 Michigan Ryan Field • Evanston, Illinois BTN L 24–42   47,330[7]
October 15 6:00 PM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa BTN L 31–41   70,585[8]
October 22 6:00 PM No. 22 Penn Statedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, Illinois BTN L 24–34   40,004[9]
October 29 11:00 AM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana BTN W 59–38   39,239[10]
November 5 2:30 PM at No. 9 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska BTN W 28–25   85,115[11]
November 12 11:00 AM Rice* Ryan Field • Evanston, Illinois BTN W 28–6   26,886[12]
November 19 11:00 AM Minnesota Ryan Field • Evanston, Illinois BTN W 28–13   26,215[13]
November 26 11:00 AM No. 10 Michigan State Ryan Field • Evanston, Illinois BTN L 17–31   32,172[14]
December 31 11:00 AM Texas A&M* Reliant StadiumHouston, Texas (Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas) ESPN L 22–33   68,395[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Regular season[edit]

Boston College[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 3 777 24
Boston College 3 707 17

[16]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[17]
2–1 1993 NU, 22–21

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Eastern Illinois 0 777 21
Northwestern 14 1477 42
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
0–0 First Meeting

Army[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 707 14
Army 7 077 21
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[19]
3–1 1988 Army, 23–7

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 14147 35
Illinois 7 3721 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
46–53–5 2010 Ill, 48–27

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 7 71414 42
Northwestern 14 1000 24
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[21]
15–52–2 2008 NU, 21–14

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 71014 31
Iowa 10 7024 41
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[22]
23–46–3 2010 NU, 21–17

Penn State[edit]

1 234Total
Penn State 14 1370 34
Northwestern 14 1000 24
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
3–11 2010 PSU, 35–21

Indiana[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 17 21147 59
Indiana 7 14107 38
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[24]
44–34–1 2010 NU, 20–17

Nebraska[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 7 0714 28
Nebraska 0 3715 25

[25]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result[26]
2–3 2000 UNL, 66–17

Rice[edit]

1 234Total
Rice 0 006 6
Northwestern 7 1407 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[27]
3–4 2010 NU, 30–13

Minnesota[edit]

1 234Total
Minnesota 7 303 13
Northwestern 21 007 28
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[28]
31–50–5 2010 NU, 29–28

Michigan State[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan State 3 1477 31
Northwestern 0 377 17
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[29]
16–35 2010 MSU, 35–27

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 234Total
Texas A&M 3 17103 33
Northwestern 0 7015 22
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
0–0 First Meeting

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches' RV RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Roster[edit]

2011 Northwestern Wildcats roster[30][31]

Quarterbacks

  • 2 Kain ColterSophomore
  • 7 Dan Persa (C)Senior
  • 10 Zack Oliver – Freshman
  • 13 Trevor SiemianRedshirt Freshman
  • 15 P.J. Carollo – Freshman
  • 18 Evan Watkins – Sophomore

Running Backs

  • 4 Adonis Smith – Sophomore
  • 21 Jordan Perkins – Freshman
  • 22 Treyvon Green – Freshman
  • 28 Tim Hanrahan – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Mike Trumpy – Sophomore
  • 34 Tyris Jones – Junior
  • 39 Jacob Schmidt – Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 5 Venric MarkSophomore
  • 6 Charles Brown – Senior
  • 8 Demetrius Fields – Junior
  • 11 Jeremy Ebert – Senior
  • 12 Tony Jones – Sophomore
  • 14 Christian Jones – Freshman
  • 17 Rashad Lawrence – Sophomore
  • 23 E.J. Webb – Freshman
  • 27 Cermak Bland – Freshman
  • 80 Mike Jensen – Sophomore
  • 81 Cameron Dickerson – Freshman
  • 84 Drew Moulton – Sophomore
  • 86 Brendan Barber – Junior
  • 88 Torin Dupper – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Pierre Youngblood-Ary – Freshman

Superbacks

  • 9 Drake Dunsmore – Senior
  • 40 Brett Nagel – Junior
  • 82 John Plasencia – Sophomore
  • 83 Jack Konopka – Freshman
  • 85 Mark Szott – Freshman
 

Offensive Line

  • 53 Geoff Mogus – Freshman
  • 57 Matt Frazier – Freshman
  • 61 Alex Pietrzak – Freshman
  • 62 Taylor Paxton – Sophomore
  • 64 Doug Bartels – Senior
  • 65 Ben Burkett – Senior
  • 66 Brandon Vitabile – Redshirt Freshman
  • 68 Hayden Baker – Redshirt Freshman
  • 70 Patrick Ward – Junior
  • 71 Shane Mertz – Freshman
  • 72 Brian Mulroe – Junior
  • 73 Colin Armstrong – Senior
  • 74 Chuck Porcelli – Junior
  • 75 Al Netter (C)Senior
  • 76 Brian Smith – Sophomore
  • 78 Paul Jorgensen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Neal Deiters – Junior

Defensive Line

  • 42 Kevin Watt – Senior
  • 55 Bo Cisek – Junior
  • 58 Max Chapman – Freshman
  • 60 Jake Gregus – Sophomore
  • 67 Sean McEvilly – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 C.J. Robbins – Freshman
  • 88 Quentin Williams – Junior
  • 90 Jack DiNardo – Senior
  • 91 Brian Arnfelt – Junior
  • 92 Will Hampton – Sophomore
  • 93 Niko Mafuli – Senior
  • 94 Vince Browne – Senior
  • 95 Davon Custis – Sophomore
  • 96 Anthony Battle – Sophomore
  • 97 Tyler Scott – Sophomore
  • 98 Deonte Gibson – Freshman
  • 99 Chance Carter – Redshirt Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 31 Stone Pinckney – Junior
  • 33 David Nwabuisi – Junior
  • 35 Ben Johnson – Senior
  • 41 Doug Diedrick – Freshman
  • 43 Tim Riley – Sophomore
  • 44 Chi Chi Ariguzo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 45 Collin Ellis – Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Damien Proby – Sophomore
  • 48 Roderick Goodlow – Junior
  • 50 Timmy Vernon – Sophomore
  • 51 Bryce McNaul – Senior
  • 54 Drew Smith – Freshman
  • 56 Will Studlien – Sophomore

Defensive backs

  • 15 Daniel Jones – Redshirt Freshman
  • 16 Davion Fleming – Sophomore
  • 18 Matt Carpenter – Freshman
  • 19 Jimmy Hall – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Austin Kassner – Freshman
  • 23 Nick VanHoose – Freshman
  • 24 Ibraheim CampbellRedshirt Freshman
  • 25 Jarrell Williams – Freshman
  • 36 Mike Eshun – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 Joe Cannon – Redshirt Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Jeravin Matthews – Senior
  • 13 C.J. Bryant – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Tim Weak – Junior
  • 21 Mike Bolden – Senior
  • 22 Demetrius Dugar – Junior
  • 26 Jordan Mabin (C)Senior
  • 47 Ricky Weina – Senior

Safeties

  • 7 Hunter Bates – Junior
  • 10 Brian Peters (C)Senior
  • 27 Jared Carpenter – Junior
  • 32 David Arnold – Senior
 

Punters

  • 31 Chris Gradone – Freshman
  • 49 Brandon Williams – Sophomore

Kickers

  • 34 Steve Flaherty – Junior
  • 37 Jeff Budzien – Sophomore
  • 38 Arthur Omilian – Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 59 Pat Hickey – Sophomore
Head coach
  • Pat Fitzgerald
Coordinators/Assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates – Linebackers Coach
  • Jerry Brown – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
  • Adam Cushing – Offensive Line Coach
  • Mike Hankwitz – Defensive Coordinator
  • Bob Heffner – Superbacks Coach
  • Marty Long – Defensive Line Coach
  • Matt MacPherson – Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Mick McCall – Offensive Coordinator/QB's Coach
  • Dennis Springer – Wide Receivers Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Northwestern Football Schedule
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  4. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Box Score". ESPN. September 10, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
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