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
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 Christian Salem Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 4 Solomon Vault So
WR 5 Miles Shuler Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 6 Mike McHugh Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 7 Matt Alviti Redshirt.svg So
WR 8 Stephen Buckley Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 9 Garrett Dickerson So
QB 10 Zack Oliver Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 11 T. J. Green Fr
WR 11 Pierre Youngblood-Ary Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 12 Auston Anderson Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 13 Warren Long Jr
WR 14 Christian Jones (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 14 Lloyd Yates Fr
WR 15 Macan Wilson Redshirt.svg So
WR 16 Quinn Baker Redshirt.svg So
QB 17 Daniel Kubiuk Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 18 Clayton Thorson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Cameron Dickerson Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 20 John Moten IV Fr
RB 21 Justin Jackson So
WR 24 Mark Gorogianis Redshirt.svg So
WR 25 Luke Dauch Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 36 Corey Acker Redshirt.svg So
SB 40 Dan Vitale (C) Sr
WR 43 Cole Johnson Redshirt.svg So
SB 46 Eric Lutzen Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 53 Geoff Mogus Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 57 Matt Frazier Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 59 J. B. Butler Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 63 Ian Park Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Andrew Otterman Fr
OL 65 Jared Thomas Fr
OL 68 Connor Mahoney Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 69 Brad North Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Shane Mertz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 71 Tommy Doles Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Blake Hance Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Adam DePietro Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Graham Bullmore Redshirt.svg So
OL 76 Eric Oloson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 78 Adam Lemke-Bell Fr
OL 79 Sam Coverdale Redshirt.svg So
WR 80 Austin Carr Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 81 Jelani Roberts Fr
WR 82 Andrew Scanlan Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 83 Chad Hanaoka So
WR 84 Cameron Green Fr
WR 85 Chris Cliff Fr
SB 85 Mark Szott Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 86 Flynn Nagel Fr
WR 87 Garrett Kidd Redshirt.svg Sr
SB 88 Jayme Taylor Redshirt.svg So
WR 89 Charlie Fessler Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 1 Max Chapman Redshirt.svg Sr
S 2 Traveon Henry (C) Sr
CB 3 Keith Watkins II Redshirt.svg So
DL 7 Ifeadi Odenigbo Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 10 Jake Murray Fr
DL 13 Deonte Gibson (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
S 16 Godwin Igwebuike Redshirt.svg So
CB 17 Marcus McShepard Redshirt.svg So
LB 18 Anthony Walker Redshirt.svg So
S 21 Kyle Queiro Redshirt.svg So
CB 22 Parrker Westphal Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 23 Nick VanHoose Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 24 Montre Hartage Fr
S 26 Terrance Brown Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 27 Matthew Harris Jr
DB 28 Alonzo Mayo Fr
DB 29 Trae Williams Fr
LB 31 Tommy Vitale Fr
LB 32 Nate Hall Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 33 Steven Reese Fr
LB 34 Simba Short Fr
LB 35 Tom Hruby Jr
DB 38 Dami Arowolaju Jr
S 41 Jared McGee Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Joseph Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 44 James Prather Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 45 Nathan Fox Fr
LB 46 Anthony Pierce-Adams Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 47 Joe Bergin Fr
S 48 Tommy Odell Redshirt.svg So
LB 49 Josh Roberts Redshirt.svg So
LB 51 Jaylen Prater Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 53 Cameron Queiro Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 54 Trent Goens Fr
LB 55 Drew Smith Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 56 Brett Walsh Redshirt.svg So
DL 58 Heath Reineke Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 67 Tyler Lancaster Redshirt.svg So
DL 90 C. J. Robbins Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 92 Kenton Playko Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 93 Greg Kuhar Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 94 Dean Lowry Sr
DL 95 Jordan Thompson Fr
DL 97 Joe Gaziano Fr
DL 98 Xavier Washington So
DL 99 Ben Oxley Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 7 Jack Mitchell Redshirt.svg Jr
K, P 33 Matt Micucci Redshirt.svg Jr
K 38 Arthur Omilian Redshirt.svg Sr
K 38 Mason Weissenhofer Fr
LS 52 Chaz Fitzpatrick Redshirt.svg Jr
P, K 96 Hunter 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.