2017 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2017 Northwestern Wildcats football
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 24–23 vs. Kentucky
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 17
AP No. 17
2017 record 10–3 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald (12th season)
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall (10th season)
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (10th season)
Home stadium Ryan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, and competed in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They were led by 12th-year head coach Pat Fitzgerald. This was the Wildcats' fifth ten-win season, three of which were led by Pat Fitzgerald. They finished the season 10–3, 7–2 in Big Ten play to finish in second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they defeated Kentucky.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Wildcats signed a total of 19 recruits.

Schedule[edit]

Northwestern announced its 2017 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2017 schedule consisted of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats hosted Big Ten foes Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue, and traveled to Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Wisconsin.[1]

The Wildcats hosted two of the three non-conference opponents, Bowling Green from the Mid-American Conference and Nevada from the Mountain West Conference, and traveled to Duke from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 2:30 p.m. Nevada* Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 31–20   33,018
September 9 11:00 a.m. at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNU L 17–41   20,241
September 16 6:30 p.m. Bowling Green* Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 49–7   33,706
September 30 11:00 a.m. at No. 10 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC L 24–33   80,584
October 7 11:00 a.m. No. 4 Penn Statedagger Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC L 7–31   41,061
October 14 2:30 p.m. at Maryland Maryland StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPN2 W 37–21   38,325
October 21 11:00 a.m. Iowa Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 17–10 OT  40,036
October 28 2:30 p.m. No. 16 Michigan State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN W 39–31 3OT  39,369
November 4 2:30 p.m. at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 31–24 OT  89,721
November 11 6:00 p.m. Purdue No. 25 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 23–13   33,765
November 18 11:00 a.m. Minnesota No. 23 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 39–0   30,014
November 25 3:00 p.m. at Illinois No. 22 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Rivalry) FS1 W 42–7   30,456
December 29 4:30 p.m. vs. Kentucky No. 20 Nissan StadiumNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN W 24–23   48,675
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
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 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 23 20 20 17 
Coaches RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 23 20 20 17 
CFP Not released NR 25 23 22 21 21 Not released

Roster[edit]

2017 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Flynn Nagel Jr
WR 4 Solomon Vault Sr
WR 5 Charles Fessler Redshirt.svg So
WR 6 Jelani Roberts Jr
QB 7 Matt Alviti Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 8 Auston Anderson Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 9 Garrett Dickerson Sr
QB 10 T.J. Green Redshirt.svg So
QB 11 Aidan Smith Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 13 Andrew Marty Fr
QB 14 Lloyd Yates Redshirt.svg So
WR 15 Macan Wilson Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 16 Kyric McGowen Fr
WR 17 Jalen Brown Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 18 Clayton Thorson Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Riley Lees Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 20 John Moten IV Redshirt.svg So
RB 21 Justin Jackson Sr
WR 23 Steven Reese Redshirt.svg So
RB 25 Corey Acker Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 26 Chad Hanaoka Sr
RB 28 Jeremy Larkin Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 36 Jesse Brown So
SB 44 James Prather Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 46 Eric Lutzen Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 50 Samuel Gerak Fr
OL 57 Cam Kolwich Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 59 J. B. Butler Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 61 Jason Goosen Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 64 Andrew Otterman Redshirt.svg So
OL 65 Jared Thomas Redshirt.svg So
OL 66 Nik Urban Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 68 Connor Mahoney Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 69 Brad North Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 70 Rashawn Slater Fr
OL 71 Tommy Doles Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 72 Blake Hance Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 73 Gunnar Vogel Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 74 Graham Bullmore Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 75 Ben Oxley Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Ethan Wiederkehr Fr
OL 77 Jesse Meyler Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 78 Adam Lemke-Bell Redshirt.svg So
OL 79 Trey Klock Redshirt.svg Jr
SB 80 Trey Pugh Fr
WR 81 Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman Redshirt.svg Fr
SB 82 Alex Oelsner Fr
WR 83 Will Lansbury Fr
SB 83 Heath Reineke Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 84 Cameron Green Redshirt.svg So
WR 85 Jack Tirmonia Redshirt.svg Fr
SB 86 Cody Link Redshirt.svg Fr
SB 87 Eric Eshoo Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 88 Bennett Skowronek So
WR 89 Berkeley Holman Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 3 Keith Watkins II Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 7 Marcus McShepard Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 10 Brett Walsh Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 11 Parrker Westphal Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 12 Alonzo Mayo Redshirt.svg So
LB 13 Warren Long Redshirt.svg Sr
S 16 Godwin Igwebuike Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 18 Cameron Ruiz Fr
S 21 Kyle Queiro Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 22 Bryce Jackson Fr
DB 23 Donovan Sermons Fr
CB 24 Montre Hartage Jr
DB 25 Austin Hiller Fr
DB 26 Brian Bullock Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 27 Roderick Campbell So
DB 28 J. R. Pace Fr
DB 29 Trae Williams Redshirt.svg So
LB 32 Nate Hill Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 33 Travis Whillock Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 34 Chee Anyanwu Fr
LB 35 Erik Mueller Fr
DB 37 Moe Almasri Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 40 Peter McIntyre Fr
S 41 Jared McGee Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 42 Paddy Fisher Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 45 Nathan Fox Redshirt.svg So
LB 46 Troy Hudetz Fr
DB 47 Joe Bergin Redshirt.svg So
LB 49 Chris Bergin Fr
LB 50 Jango Glackin Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 51 Blake Gallagher Fr
DL 54 Trent Goens Redshirt.svg So
DE 55 Mark Gooden Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 56 Xavier Washington Sr
DL 1 Tyler Lancaster Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 87 Trevor Kent Fr
DT 90 Jake Saunders Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 91 Samdup Miller Fr
DL 92 Fred Wyatt Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 93 Joe Spivak Fr
DE 94 Tommy Carnifax Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 95 Alex Miller So
DL 97 Joe Gaziano Redshirt.svg So
DE 98 Earnest Brown IV Fr
DL 99 Jordan Thompson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P 14 Charlie Kuhbander Fr
H, P 17 Daniel Kubiuk Redshirt.svg Jr
K, P 31 Luke Otto Redshirt.svg Sr
P 37 Cody Gronewold Fr
K, P 38 Drew Luckenbaugh Redshirt.svg Fr
PK 39 Mason Weissenhofer Redshirt.svg So
LS 43 Tyler Gillikin Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 48 Peter Snodgrass Fr
LS 58 Trevor Stroebel Redshirt.svg Sr
P 96 Hunter Niswander Sr
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)
  • Jay Hooten (Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Jacob Schmidt (Director of Player Development)
  • Tim Brandon (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Erik Frazier (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Deonte Gibson (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Kevin Koch (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Mike Jasinski (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Bryan Payton (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Christian Sarkisian (Recruiting Assistant)

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

Roster
Last update: August 18, 2017

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Justin Jackson RB 7 251 Los Angeles Chargers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B1G Releases Nine-Game Conference Schedules for 2016, 2017" (Press release). Northwestern Wildcats Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 17, 2017.