2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2015 Northwestern Wildcats football
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
Outback Bowl, L 6–45 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 22
AP No. 23
2015 record 10–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald (10th season)
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall (8th season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (8th season)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Ryan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 2, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Pat Fitzgerald's tenth 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, they finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they were defeated by Tennessee 45-6.

Previous season[edit]

The 2014 Northwestern Wildcats football team finished the regular season 5–7, 3–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the West Division. They had highlight wins against #18 Notre Dame and #17 Wisconsin.

Schedule[edit]

Northwestern announced their 2015 football schedule on June 3, 2013, the 2015 schedule consist of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big Ten foes Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue and will travel to Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.[1]

The Wildcats hosted three of their four non conference games against Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Stanford. Northwestern traveled to Durham, North Carolina to face Duke of the Atlantic Coast Conference on September 19.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 11:00 a.m. No. 21 Stanford* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 16–6   36,024
September 12 3:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPNews W 41–0   29,131
September 19 11:30 a.m. at Duke* No. 23 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ACCN W 19–10   24,127
September 26 7:00 p.m. Ball State* No. 17 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 24–19   30,107
October 3 11:00 a.m. Minnesota No. 16 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 27–0   30,044
October 10 2:30 p.m. at No. 18 Michigan No. 13 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 0–38   110,452
October 17 11:00 a.m. No. 17 Iowadagger No. 20 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC/ESPN2 L 10–40   44,135
October 24 11:00 a.m. at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN2 W 30–28   89,493
November 7 11:00 a.m. Penn State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPNU W 23–21   34,116
November 14 11:00 a.m. Purdue No. 24 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 21–14   30,003
November 21 2:30 PM at No. 21 Wisconsin No. 20 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 13–7   75,276
November 28 2:30 PM at Illinois No. 17 Soldier FieldChicago, IL (Rivalry) ESPNU W 24–14   33,514
January 1, 2016 11:00 a.m. vs. Tennessee* No. 12 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN2 L 6–45   53,202
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time Zone.
Schedule Source:[2]

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 NR RV 23 17 16 13 20 RV RV RV 24 20 17 13 12 23 
Coaches NR RV 24 19 17 14 21 RV RV RV 24 21 17 13 12 22 
CFP Not released 21 18 20 16 14 13 Not released

Roster[edit]

2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Salem, ChristianChristian Salem Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 4 Vault, SolomonSolomon Vault So
WR 5 Shuler, MilesMiles Shuler Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 6 McHugh, MikeMike McHugh Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 7 Alviti, MattMatt Alviti Redshirt.svg So
WR 8 Buckley, StephenStephen Buckley Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 9 Dickerson, GarrettGarrett Dickerson So
QB 10 Oliver, ZackZack Oliver Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 11 Green, T. J.T. J. Green Fr
WR 11 Youngblood-Ary, PierrePierre Youngblood-Ary Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 12 Anderson, AustonAuston Anderson Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 13 Long, WarrenWarren Long Jr
WR 14 Jones, ChristianChristian Jones (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 14 Yates, LloydLloyd Yates Fr
WR 15 Wilson, MacanMacan Wilson Redshirt.svg So
WR 16 Baker, QuinnQuinn Baker Redshirt.svg So
QB 17 Kubiuk, DanielDaniel Kubiuk Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 18 Thorson, ClaytonClayton Thorson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Dickerson, CameronCameron Dickerson Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 20 Moten IV, JohnJohn Moten IV Fr
RB 21 Jackson, JustinJustin Jackson So
WR 24 Gorogianis, MarkMark Gorogianis Redshirt.svg So
WR 25 Dauch, LukeLuke Dauch Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 36 Acker, CoreyCorey Acker Redshirt.svg So
SB 40 Vitale, DanDan Vitale (C) Sr
WR 43 Johnson, ColeCole Johnson Redshirt.svg So
SB 46 Lutzen, EricEric Lutzen Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 53 Mogus, GeoffGeoff Mogus Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 57 Frazier, MattMatt Frazier Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 59 Butler, J. B.J. B. Butler Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 63 Park, IanIan Park Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Otterman, AndrewAndrew Otterman Fr
OL 65 Thomas, JaredJared Thomas Fr
OL 68 Mahoney, ConnorConnor Mahoney Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 69 North, BradBrad North Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Mertz, ShaneShane Mertz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 71 Doles, TommyTommy Doles Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Hance, BlakeBlake Hance Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 DePietro, AdamAdam DePietro Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Bullmore, GrahamGraham Bullmore Redshirt.svg So
OL 76 Oloson, EricEric Oloson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 78 Lemke-Bell, AdamAdam Lemke-Bell Fr
OL 79 Coverdale, SamSam Coverdale Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Carr, AustinAustin Carr Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 81 Roberts, JelaniJelani Roberts Fr
WR 82 Scanlan, AndrewAndrew Scanlan Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 83 Hanaoka, ChadChad Hanaoka So
WR 84 Green, CameronCameron Green Fr
WR 85 Cliff, ChrisChris Cliff Fr
SB 85 Szott, MarkMark Szott Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 86 Nagel, FlynnFlynn Nagel Fr
WR 87 Kidd, GarrettGarrett Kidd Redshirt.svg Sr
SB 88 Taylor, JaymeJayme Taylor Redshirt.svg So
WR 89 Fessler, CharlieCharlie Fessler Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 1 Chapman, MaxMax Chapman Redshirt.svg Sr
S 2 Henry, TraveonTraveon Henry (C) Sr
CB 3 Watkins II, KeithKeith Watkins II Redshirt.svg So
DL 7 Odenigbo, IfeadiIfeadi Odenigbo Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 10 Murray, JakeJake Murray Fr
DL 13 Gibson, DeonteDeonte Gibson (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
S 16 Igwebuike, GodwinGodwin Igwebuike Redshirt.svg So
CB 17 McShepard, MarcusMarcus McShepard Redshirt.svg So
LB 18 Walker, AnthonyAnthony Walker Redshirt.svg So
S 21 Queiro, KyleKyle Queiro Redshirt.svg So
CB 22 Westphal, ParrkerParrker Westphal Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 23 VanHoose, NickNick VanHoose Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 24 Hartage, MontreMontre Hartage Fr
S 26 Brown, TerranceTerrance Brown Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 27 Harris, MatthewMatthew Harris Jr
DB 28 Mayo, AlonzoAlonzo Mayo Fr
DB 29 Williams, TraeTrae Williams Fr
LB 31 Vitale, TommyTommy Vitale Fr
LB 32 Hall, NateNate Hall Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 33 Reese, StevenSteven Reese Fr
LB 34 Short, SimbaSimba Short Fr
LB 35 Hruby, TomTom Hruby Jr
DB 38 Arowolaju, DamiDami Arowolaju Jr
S 41 McGee, JaredJared McGee Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Jones, JosephJoseph Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 44 Prather, JamesJames Prather Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 45 Fox, NathanNathan Fox Fr
LB 46 Pierce-Adams, AnthonyAnthony Pierce-Adams Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 47 Bergin, JoeJoe Bergin Fr
S 48 Odell, TommyTommy Odell Redshirt.svg So
LB 49 Roberts, JoshJosh Roberts Redshirt.svg So
LB 51 Prater, JaylenJaylen Prater Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 53 Queiro, CameronCameron Queiro Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 54 Goens, TrentTrent Goens Fr
LB 55 Smith, DrewDrew Smith Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 56 Walsh, BrettBrett Walsh Redshirt.svg So
DL 58 Reineke, HeathHeath Reineke Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 67 Lancaster, TylerTyler Lancaster Redshirt.svg So
DL 90 Robbins, C. J.C. J. Robbins Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 92 Playko, KentonKenton Playko Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 93 Kuhar, GregGreg Kuhar Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 94 Lowry, DeanDean Lowry Sr
DL 95 Thompson, JordanJordan Thompson Fr
DL 97 Gaziano, JoeJoe Gaziano Fr
DL 98 Washington, XavierXavier Washington So
DL 99 Oxley, BenBen Oxley Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 7 Mitchell, JackJack Mitchell Redshirt.svg Jr
K, P 33 Micucci, MattMatt Micucci Redshirt.svg Jr
K 38 Omilian, ArthurArthur Omilian Redshirt.svg Sr
K 38 Weissenhofer, MasonMason Weissenhofer Fr
LS 52 Fitzpatrick, ChazChaz Fitzpatrick Redshirt.svg Jr
P, K 96 Niswander, HunterHunter Niswander Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates (Linebackers)
  • Jerry Brown (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)
  • Clay Bignell (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Chris Bowers (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Cody Cejda (Director of Football Operations)
  • Darby Dunnagan (Director of Video Operations)
  • David Girardi (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Dan Hernandez (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jay Hooten (Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Tommy Rees (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jacob Schmidt (Director of Player Development)
  • Troy Sutton (Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Mike Jasinski (Recruiting Intern)

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

Roster
Last update: December 30, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B1G Releases 2015 Big Ten Football Schedule" (Press release). Northwestern University Department of Athletics. June 3, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 17, 2015.