2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2016 Northwestern Wildcats football
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
Pinstripe Bowl champion
Pinstripe Bowl, W 31–24 vs. Pittsburgh
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2016 record 7–6 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald (11th season)
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall (9th season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (9th season)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Captain Austin Carr
Matthew Harris
Connor Mahoney
Anthony Walker
Home stadium Ryan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his 11th season as the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Schedule[edit]

Northwestern announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, and will travel to Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue.[1]

The team will host all three non–conference games which are against the Duke Blue Devils from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Illinois State Redbirds from the Missouri Valley Conference, and the Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 a.m. Western Michigan* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPNU L 21–22   30,635
September 10 2:30 p.m. No. 10 (FCS) Illinois State* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 7–9   30,748
September 17 7:00 p.m. Duke* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 24–13   34,464
September 24 6:30 p.m. No. 20 Nebraska Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 13–24   40,284
October 1 11:00 a.m. at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPNU W 38–31   67,047
October 15 2:30 p.m. at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN W 54–40   75,625
October 22 11:00 a.m. Indianadagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 24–14   35,417
October 29 2:30 p.m. at No. 6 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN L 20–24   107,296
November 5 11:00 p.m. No. 8 Wisconsin Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC L 7–21   42,016
November 12 11:00 a.m. at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 45–17   30,548
November 19 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN L 12–29   38,162
November 26 11:00 a.m. Illinois Ryan Field • Evanston, IL (Rivalry) BTN W 42–21   30,022
December 28 1:00 p.m. vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh* Yankee StadiumBronx, NY (Pinstripe Bowl) ESPN W 31–24   37,918
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 6 10 6 22
Wildcats 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 NW, 38–17

Illinois State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 (FCS) Redbirds 0 6 0 3 9
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2010 NW, 37–3

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 7 0 6 13
Wildcats 7 0 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–8 2015 NW, 19–10

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Cornhuskers 0 10 14 0 24
Wildcats 0 7 6 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 2015 NW, 30–28

at Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 7 14 7 38
Hawkeyes 7 14 3 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–50–3 2015 IOWA, 40–10

at Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 12 21 14 54
Spartans 14 3 14 9 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–37 2013 MSU, 30–6

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 3 0 9 2 14
Wildcats 14 10 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–34–1 2012 NW, 44–29

at Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 7 3 20
#6 Buckeyes 10 7 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–60–1 2013 OSU, 40–30

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Badgers 0 10 3 8 21
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
53–57–5 2015 NW, 13–7

at Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 7 21 10 45
Boilermakers 10 0 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–50–1 2015 NW, 21–14

at Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 6 6 12
Golden Gophers 6 6 3 14 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–52–5 2015 NW, 27–0

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 14 7 0 21
Wildcats 14 7 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
49–55–5 2015 NW, 24–14

Pittsburgh–Pinstripe Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Panthers 3 7 7 7 24
Wildcats 0 14 7 10 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 1973 PITT, 21–14

Roster[edit]

2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Flynn Nagel So
RB 4 Solomon Vault Jr
WR 5 Charles Fessler Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 6 Jelani Roberts So
QB 7 Matt Alviti Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 9 Garrett Dickerson Jr
QB 10 T. J. Green Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 11 Aidan Smith Fr
RB 12 Auston Anderson Redshirt.svg So
RB 13 Warren Long Sr
QB 14 Lloyd Yates Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 15 Macan Wilson Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 16 Quinn Baker Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 17 Daniel Kubiuk Redshirt.svg So
QB 18 Clayton Thorson Redshirt.svg So
SB 19 Jayme Taylor Redshirt.svg So
RB 20 John Moten IV Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 21 Justin Jackson Jr
WR 23 Steven Reese Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 25 Corey Acker Redshirt.svg Jr
JR 26 Chad Hanaoka So
RB 28 Jeremy Larkin Fr
RB 36 Jesse Brown Fr
SB 44 James Prather Redshirt.svg So
SB 46 Eric Lutzen Redshirt.svg So
SB 48 Cody Link Fr
OL 57 Cam Kolwich Fr
OL 59 J. B. Butler Redshirt.svg So
OL 60 Jason Goosen Fr
OL 63 Ian Park Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 64 Andrew Otterman Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Jared Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 66 Nik Urban Fr
OL 68 Connor Mahoney (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 69 Brad North Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 70 Shane Mertz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 71 Tommy Doles Redshirt.svg So
OL 72 Blake Hance Redshirt.svg So
OL 73 Gunnar Vogel Fr
OL 74 Graham Bullmore Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 75 Ben Oxley Redshirt.svg So
OL 76 Eric Olson Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 77 Jesse Meyler Fr
OL 78 Adam Lemke-Bell Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 Sam Coverdale Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 80 Austin Carr (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 81 Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman Fr
WR 82 Andrew Scanlan Redshirt.svg Sr
SB 83 Heath Reineke Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Cameron Green Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Jack Tirmonia Fr
WR 86 Riley Lees Fr
SB 87 Eric Eshoo Fr
WR 88 Bennett Skowronek Fr
WR 89 Cole Johnson Redshirt.svg Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Anthony Walker (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 3 Keith Watkins II Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 7 Ifeadi Odenigbo Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 10 Brett Walsh Redshirt.svg So
CB 11 Matthew Harris (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 14 Jake Murray Redshirt.svg Fr
S 16 Godwin Igwebuike Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 17 Marcus McShepard Redshirt.svg Jr
S 21 Kyle Queiro Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 22 Parrker Westphal Redshirt.svg So
CB 24 Montre Hartage So
DB 26 Brian Bullock Fr
DB 27 Roderick Campbell Fr
DB 28 Alonzo Mayo Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 29 Trae Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 31 Tommy Vitale So
LB 32 Nate Hill Redshirt.svg So
LB 34 Simba Short Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 35 Tom Hruby Sr
LB 40 Paddy Fisher Fr
S 41 Jared McGee Redshirt.svg So
LB 42 Joseph Jones Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 45 Nathan Fox Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 47 Joe Bergin Redshirt.svg Fr
S 48 Tommy Odell Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 49 Josh Roberts Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 50 Jango Glackin Fr
LB 51 Jaylen Prater Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 53 Cameron Queiro Redshirt.svg So
DL 54 Trent Goens Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 55 Mark Gooden Fr
DE 56 Xavier Washington Jr
DL 67 Tyler Lancaster Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 90 C. J. Robbins Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 92 Fred Wyatt Redshirt.svg So
DL 93 Greg Kuhar Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 94 Tommy Carnifax Fr
DL 95 Alex Miller Fr
DL 97 Joe Gaziano Fr
DT 98 Jake Saunders Fr
DL 99 Jordan Thompson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 8 Jack Mitchell Redshirt.svg Sr
K, P 33 Matt Micucci Redshirt.svg Sr
K, P 38 Drew Luckenbaugh Fr
K 38 Mason Weissenhofer Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 43 Tyler Gillikin Fr
LS 52 Chaz Fitzpatrick Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 58 Trevor Stroebel Redshirt.svg Sr
P 96 Hunter Niswander Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates (Linebackers)
  • Jerry Brown (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs)
  • Adam Cushing (Offensive Line)
  • Mike Hankwitz (Defensive Coordinator)
  • Bob Heffner (Superbacks)
  • Marty Long (Defensive Line)
  • Matt MacPherson (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Mick McCall (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Dennis Springer (Wide Receivers)
  • Chris Bowers (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Cody Cejda (Director of Football Operations)
  • Darby Dunnagan (Director of Video Operations)
  • David Girardi (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jay Hooten (Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Jacob Schmidt (Director of Player Development)
  • Mike Jasinski (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Bryan Payton (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Christian Sarkisian (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Mike Kafka (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Steve Pursley (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Tim Brandon (Offensive Graduate Assistant)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: November 7, 2016

Awards and honors[edit]

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Ifeadi Odenigbo Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week October 3, 2016 [3]
Justin Jackson Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week October 17, 2016 [4]
Solomon Vault Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week October 17, 2016 [4]
John Moten IV Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week November 12, 2016 [5]
John Moten IV Big Ten Freshman of the Week November 29, 2016 [6]
Austin Carr Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year November 30, 2016 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B1G RELEASES NINE-GAME CONFERENCE SCHEDULES FOR 2016, 2017" (Press release). Northwestern University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "2016 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 3, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 17, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Pereles, Zach (2016-11-30). "Austin Carr wins Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award". Inside NU. Retrieved 2016-12-16.